polaroid 600 film manipulation techniques?

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  1. syntheticemoti0N

    syntheticemoti0N TPF Noob!

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    i'm new to the polaroid scene, and i just purchased a polaroid one600 ultra last night with some 600 film.. i was curious if someone could help me out with telling me/showing me photos of some different techniques you can do with the film.. any type of maipulation preferably; i want to experiment with different things to see what all i like the most^_^

    thanks again in advance!
     
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    Hi, synth, welcome to TPF! Always happy to see another Polaroid enthusiast here! :thumbup:

    What kind of manipulation did you have in mind? I am wondering if you are curious about SX-70 manipulations, done with Time Zero film. You asked for some examples, here ya go:
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    These are Time Zero manipulations I've done, with a little hand coloring thrown in, but you get the general idea. :) Was this what you were interested in?

    Your 600 model will accept Time Zero film with slight modification. Have you tried this? You mentioned 600 film, but unfortunately this film cannot be manipulated like Time Zero can.

    What else would you like to know? We have a few other enthusiasts here who will be glad to help however they can. :D
     
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    can you explain the sx-70 manipulation? i don't know what that means..

    and how did you get the first photo to look like that? is that handcolored? also about the handcoloring thing, how do you do that? take the film off the polaroid and then put it on paper? *confused*

    what i've been experimenting with is shaking the polaroid right after i take it, so as to move the chemicals around to create different colors/blotches/etc with it.. been okay so far, but not amazing like a lot of other polaroids i've seen in the past..

    if you have any other techniques you know, please let me know for i want to see what all i'm capable of with this new weapon i got yesterday^_^

    ps: what's time zero film? what's the price difference and the overall difference between that and the 600 film?

    thx again^_^
     
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    hmm, can my one600 ultra use time zero film?
     
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    sweet, now what's the difference with the time zero film? what purpose does it surve compared to 600? and what kind of manipulations can you do with it?
     
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    It actually takes around fifteen minutes to fully set, even longer if you heat it back up, so you can mash around the emulsion inside to change colors and shapes and such.

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    These were both done by applying pressure with the edge of a set of fingernail clippers. I usually start messing with the image five minutes after it's started to take and adjust the pressure until it starts moving the colors around. Sometimes I mash too hard and it turns kinda nasty but for the most part it starts looking like a watercolor instead of a polaroid.
     
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    heh heh.... I was hoping you'd weigh in here, Hobbes. ;)

    syntheticemotiON, all these examples are called SX-70 manipulations....done exclusively on the Polaroid Time Zero film. Hobbes is a genius at using all these little implements he finds lying around the house, nail clippers and the like. :thumbup: Me, I went to an art-supply store and looked at burnishers and wooden sculpting tools (after trying a few with a golf tee!). :D They fit more easily in my hands.

    You asked about the hand coloring....I just had a couple of Time Zero prints where, even after I did the manipulation, I wasn't satisfied with the color I got, so I scanned the print, converted it to B&W in photoshop, and printed it out on a special inkjet paper that can take photo oils and oil pencils - and did the hand coloring that way. My original Time Zero prints are safely tucked away, and I care for them as if they were film negatives, so to speak. :)

    But you can get results as good as Hobbes' with Time Zero film, do the manipulation and have a little masterpiece in no time!

    I haven't really heard of anything you can do with the 600 film, as far as alternative processing. I think it's considered a straight instant color print film, colors probably stay true for years, like so much of Polaroid's formulas do. :heart: I love Polaroid!

    There are other things to be done with different Polaroid films, and different ways you can get there. But right now, you're perfectly set up to get going with Time Zero. Don't forget the neutral density filter! ;)
     
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    i looked at the girl who started this post hasnt logged on in a while but ill go ahead and share...
    i was planning on trying the time-zero film to do the polaroid manipulation thing but came across polaroids explainer that 'due to manufacturing techniques...' or whatever = that it no longer worked. well, thats what i got out of their explanation. so, i am very glad i happened upon this forum [and more specifically terri's update *smiles thanks*] that i can go ahead and try it with some extra heat.
    but... before i knew this, i began to dread the 25 images due by next week. i havent had good luck with image transfers thus far & on top of that it was the sunday before labour day
    :meh: [ie: not one open photo store in kansas city] :meh:
    after browsing endlessly on line with out one idea or suggestion using 600 film and my mightly green one stop express [the only materials i had on hand] - i made up these *grins*
    hopefully they display... ack!
    <img src="http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b102/feydehway/plrd_silverFace.jpg" alt="feyd ehway 2005">
    <img src="http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b102/feydehway/plrd_fave01.jpg" alt="feyd ehway 2005"><br>
    <img src="http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b102/feydehway/plrd_dieOrange.jpg" alt="feyd ehway 2005"> [this one is a scan of the polaroid before i peeled it apart]
    i wrote on the back while it was developing backwards [my best friend and i used to exchange 'secret' notes this way in high school]. i then proceeded to see what happens if you disect it, peeling it apart. i think its a pretty cool sorta e6 transparency feel. well, im sure someone else has done this and a lot more but i sure as h3ll couldnt find it. these are my first experimentation. i need to develope my story line further and such... [i used to be a 'cutter' and that is what my work relates to - fyi]
    i would like to see if anyone has explored any further / thought of processes to 600 that didnt occur to me.
    cheers
    -feyd
     
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    The Im so sorry one is pretty neat!
     
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    Very cool. :thumbup: I like the first one the best.

    This technique has actually been done, or something similar. Did you actually have the 600 "write on" film? I've had no reason to fool with the stuff, but what you've done is very effective. I've seen a few other examples scattered throughout my reading, and it's a really great technique.

    Welcome to TPF! Hope you share some more of your work with us. We're always happy to see more Polaroid freaks here. :lol:

    btw, the links to photobucket didn't really come over properly. Try again and use the "test forum" at the bottom of the main page, so you can preview your post until you've figured it out. Hope this helps. :)
     

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