Sunday, December 26, 2010

Buddha, Polaroid Transfer

Catching up on my "to do before the end of the year list" includes scanning some fragile old artwork.  This is a scan made with an Epson V500 Photo of a Polaroid transfer on watercolor paper by Susan Page from a 35mm Kodachrome 25 slide I shot circa 1974 using a Nikon F2 and Nikkor 105mm f/2.5.  The already muted colors have faded and some of the pigment is flaking away.

For those unfamiliar with Polaroid transfer, here is a video that demonstrates the technique:

I made a scan of this print several years ago using a scanner by HP, but the results were not very clean.  Epson certainly makes a better photo scanner and software than HP.


benjamin gandhi-shepard said..., is the first step making out, or getting the paper wet?

Preston Page said...

Oh, making out definitely comes first. When done properly, wet paper products are sure to follow.