Last November I purchased a new camera. Of course I have enough cameras, but after seeing a few too many wonderful tweets with instax images, I couldn’t resist anymore. Actually, I was considering it for quite some time, when I was finally pushed to go for it when someone on Twitter mentioned that I would probably be too serious for this type of photography. That triggered me, because I want to be/have fun too! You see, the instax camera is all about fun, and I wanted in on this. In the end I am just a girl, and girls wanna have fun (right? 🙂 ). I decided to go for the Fuji Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic (quite the mouth full!), because it has the looks, and it has the option of double exposure.
When I purchased the Mini 90, Fuji had just released a monochrome version of the instax film, so I started with some experiments in black and white:
Shooting with the Instax is obviously quite different from shooting with a leica. Where I am used to shoot in whatever direction suites me, preferable against the sun, this will lead to some problems with the cheap and plastic lens. However, I found that it is possible to shoot against the sun if I am careful, for example with the image below I hid the sun behind the tree. It still leads to an overexposed part with black spot, but a reasonable result non the less:
With more or less perfect light, sun at noon, almost from behind, you can get quite some detail, like in the image below that I took in Utrecht (click on it to see a larger version). I like this image a lot. To have this in your hand a few minutes after shooting, is magic. The small size only adds to that, in my opinion.
A few more from Utrecht:
Another one showing quite some detail:
A few experiments with double exposure (I really need more practise to nail this):
On to some colour photos. I am really not disappointed, in some circumstances the colours can be a bit dull, or de-saturated, but I’ve got a few results with really nice colors. It all depends on your personal taste, of course!
As I often photograph in the morning, on my way to work, I have quite a few photos from the same canal:
Sometimes I do get to a city 😉 :
But mostly I hang out in nature:
Again two experiments with double exposure. Not really successful, but they are a lot of fun!
I took this last one outside, I liked the clouded sky. It is still difficult to frame well, the balloon is quite large, covering the sky, but I like it. I think the colours on the balloon would have worked better with flash, which I turned off. I got some learning to do here!
As you may have seen, I also started a commute project with the instax, making photos at the same spot every time I go to work. But I also want to continue trying other stuff. Like I mentioned in the beginning of the post, I want in on the fun, but I have to admit that I have to be careful not taking it too serious. It will be an exercise in letting go of control, and excepting that not everything will work equally well. And channeling the inner little girl who just wants to have fun…
All instax photos were scanned on an Epson V800 scanner with minor adjustments in Lightroom (I do have to get more consistency in white balance, but alas).
Thanks for reading!