why i drove 400 miles to take a polaroid

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    polaroid night photography at the very large array (vla) outside of datil, new mexico.
    day one of 'Roid Week 2008

    if you are interested in how i did this, it's kinda easy...

    a) set your polaroid sx-70/680/690 on a tripod. they don't lock too well to the tripod btw, be careful about overtightening.

    b) set focus to manual and focus on infinity.

    c) cover the photocell with a finger while pressing the shutter.

    d) after the shutter has fired, open the front of the camera using the release (like you use to take out/put in film). this turns off the electronics and locks the shutter open. as soon as you are doing this, the film is being exposed....

    e) start timing..... when you think you've gone long enough, close the front of the camera and then fire the shutter button again. in a short moment the film will eject.

    f) wait... look at the pola with a flashlight, or even better in the car/house. reshoot as needed. i tried basing the exposure off the D3, but it didn't work. reciprocity failure, i suppose....

    oh! and the reason that the dish is lit up like that was that the (more-or-less) full moon had just risen a couple of minutes before the shot. the colors in the sky are from the twilight, not light pollution.

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    1. fotonomous 84 months ago | reply

      i've been to the VLA - a very unique place! but i was there in the daytime - a night capture is very cool indeed!

    2. Lady Vervaine 84 months ago | reply




    3. Peter S.... 83 months ago | reply


      Btw, I got a sunrise shot that required getting up at 4:00 and having a 1200m ascend to get there. It was worth the effort. And so was Yours! :-)

      Best regards

    4. Keren Fedida 83 months ago | reply

      i would too. oh we have already.

    5. davidteter 83 months ago | reply

      @keren fedida we should have stayed an hour longer... i still have the fireworks. :)

    6. The Photomaton 83 months ago | reply

      I can see why. great work

    7. narcisopantunez 81 months ago | reply


      SAL, U2

    8. jefftolentino 81 months ago | reply

      seriously awesome

    9. maximumfunkage 78 months ago | reply

      Fantastic! happy to have you on my contacts, and proud to be a native new mexican

    10. David Tenebre 77 months ago | reply

      AWESOME!!! I really wanna check out the VLA

    11. gab- 73 months ago | reply

      tanks for your tecnique!

    12. Shalaco 72 months ago | reply

      Amazing amazing shot.
      And thanks so much for sharing your polaroid hack!
      I used to live in Datil NM oddly enough.
      Some of my most beautiful memories are from the VLA.

      Mad props!

    13. sproutgrrl 72 months ago | reply

      Wowzers! That is completely awesome!!!

    14. Myron Hensel 71 months ago | reply

      Quite the photo, major props. Love the feel.

    15. cablefreak 70 months ago | reply

      This is absolutely amazing and very inspiring. Makes me wanna grab a rare pack of Polaroid 600 even more. Thanks for showing!

    16. j.furino 70 months ago | reply

      This has to be one of my favorite photos on Flickr, no lie.
      Just...everything about it is fascinating.
      Amazing job.

    17. jojonas~ 60 months ago | reply

      both a very nice photo and a good instruction. thanks! :)

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