The Color Protection Film is some of the latest and greatest film that The Impossible Project has made. It is amazing that we no longer have to shield the Polaroid from light once it has come out of the camera. Although their film is still in its early development stages and I glad that they have been able to progress so far in this amount of time. As of right now the Color Protection film only comes in color, but it is currently being made for 600, SX-70 and Spectra model cameras. You no longer have to shield it from light and it develops in about 40 minutes.
This being said The Impossible Project is still working on their formula for the film and it has its quirks. For this particular film its saturation and color is affected by temperature. If you develop the picture in super hot weather you will have lots of red and orange tones, but if you develop it in cold weather then you have lots of green and blue ones. You have to find the sweet spot, and find the balance so that you reach just the right temperature to produce the best picture. Now spring is in the air and the weather is only going to get hotter, which in turn is going to make you and all of your equipment susceptible to it. This causes a major issue to all of your Color Protection Film as there is going to be a risk that all of you shots with come out with an orange tint.
The Polaroid above was taken on a mild spring day and the valley is actually full of bright emerald fields and luscious green leaves, but due to the camera having sat a few moments in the hot car and of the humidity outside the Polaroid developed with orange and red tones. You can’t even tell that it was green outside it looks like it’s the fall and everything was starting to die 🙁
The same thing happened in the below Polaroid. Though it is a little better, because you can actually see that my coat is blue, there are still a lot of orange and red tones to the picture.
The trick is to try to keep your film and camera as cool (not cold) as possible. Don’t leave film or your camera ( with film) in the heat such as outside or in the car. Your Polaroids will definitely come out tinted orange even if they develop in cooler temperatures. Always keep your film stored in the fridge until you need to use it. Let it sit out for about an hour to get up to room temp and you should be ready to go. If you are travelling around with your film and aren’t going to have a cool place to store your film I would pack a small ice pack in your camera bag. Such as like the ones you use for injuries or the ones that keep your camping coolers nice and cold. I would get either like the Rubbermaid Blue Ice Flexible Ice Blanket or the Blue Ice Twin Lunch Pack. You can then wrap the ice pack up in a hand towel or other cloth and keep it in you camera bag or backpack. I wouldn’t keep the film to close to pack though since you don’t want it too cold. Keep you bag slightly open so that most of the coldness airs out making your bag cool. The Impossible Project Blog also says to do just about the same exact thing. The below Polaroid was taken on a nice Spring Day, but it was still pretty cool outside so I didn’t have to do anything special to it. I just had to leave it in my bag to develop. You can really tell the difference between this one and the other two and how rich all of the colors are.
If you are just taking picture outside, but are close to your home or a building that you are using, I would just take the Polaroid and have it develop inside instead of taking the risk of having it be too hot outside. If you have your car with you and you had the AC blasting inside for a long time and just took a few shots I would let them develop in the car if it’s going to be running. This next picture I took on an overcast day, but I just got out of the car took some cool looking shots of the buses parked and then got back in and drove to lunch. The nice temperature inside the car and then at the restaurant were just right to really let the yellow in the buses pop.
I hope that this little tutorial helps with trying to take a good rich colored Polaroid while being out and having fun in the sun. No reason to be having a great photo shoot only to discover discolored Polaroids! So keep shooting and please let me know if you have any other good tips or tricks!
If you are also worried about how the extreme cold will affect your Film, please read my post on The Impossible Project Film and the Bitter Cold