Instant Photography

Polaroid Spectra 2

This is a great little Polaroid camera if you simply want something you can point and shoot with and not worry too much about focusing or lighting. Whilst it’s quite a big hunk of plastic to carry around, I love the way it folds up and the balance of the thing in my hands – it’s a pleasure to use!

You can watch my video here for all the deets but I wanted to use this space to show some of the photos I have taken with it to demonstrate what this humble beast is capable of:

quince blossom

beach huts

new forest pony

grassy things

And finally – and this is a pretty scary photo, so apologies – this is the self portrait you saw me take if you watched the video.

I’ve ensured it stayed as true to what came out of the camera as possible – the yellow line about a centimetre from the bottom of the image; that’s the ‘edgecut’ – hardly noticeable I’m sure you’ll agree. This is Softone film and you can see it’s VERY soft and the colours are pretty muted. I think it should produce better results in lots of natural light (and no flash). I’ll keep you posted!


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  • Reply
    urban muser
    26 January 2012 at 03:06

    loved your video, especially how you hold up your selfie at the end while it’s developing :) i have a spectra and love it too! just need to use it more.

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      27 January 2012 at 16:24

      Thank you so much :) Spectra’s are awesome aren’t they – I can’t wait to get out in the daylight with it, so pleased it’s the weekend now!

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    26 January 2012 at 09:04

    You know, I saw one of these in Oxfam once and didn’t buy it?! I’ve been kicking myself ever since!

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      27 January 2012 at 16:25

      D’oh!!! x

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    26 January 2012 at 12:00

    On the subject of Polaroids, have you seen these: ? They take one of your polaroids, enlarge it and then mount it in a polaroid-shaped back-lit frame. I want one so badly it hurts.

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      27 January 2012 at 16:26

      I totally saw that the other day too – aren’t they awesome! The price is ‘on application’ (which translates as ‘pricey’) – all the same though, I want one!!

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    26 January 2012 at 13:06

    wow! I love the flowers! ♥ ;D

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      27 January 2012 at 16:27

      Thank you – that one’s my fave too 😀

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    8 February 2012 at 07:40

    Love the video. I’ve just bought myself a Spectra for a project I’m doing and I found this really interesting.

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      13 February 2012 at 19:23

      They are brilliant fun! You’ll love it, I’m sure :)

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