Sunday, May 10, 2009

Adventures with Expired ID-UV...

Mmm... Polaroid ID-UV film. 
Just the thought of that gorgeous film makes me incredibly happy and giddy inside. What's ID-UV film you ask? Well, it's very similar to Polaroid type 669 film. But ID-UV film has a special security 'tracer' that's printed across the surface of the film that's only visible under special UV light. The security feature was ideal for making ID prints and passport pictures. Production of ID-UV film stopped when Polaroid ended it's instant film line of products. So, even though there is relatively 'fresh' film out there in the market, there is also a great deal of expired stock. And expired ID-UV film is a real treasure to shoot with for the Polaroid photographer. Here's some of my favorite Polaroids I've shot with expired ID-UV: 




These particular images were developed from film expired from 2001-2003. As you can see, the colors are just amazing. I love shooting ID-UV because the colors are so unique and unusual. Even though expired ID-UV results are always a surprise, the colors do tend to lean on the blue/cool side. 

Here are some more of my better expired ID-UV Polaroids. 
And here is a group on Flickr devoted to this fine film. 

6 comments:

Nathan said...

Very informative!! Thank you for sharing in your beautiful obsession!! :)

dejvicka said...

you killed it with these IDUVs!!! awesome! really great work.
dejvicka

ct said...

i love the aged look of these photos. beautiful.

bonbon’s vintage

Buy a dog said...
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Buy a dog said...

Hi! Great 'roids! I just bought some of this film and I was wondering if you had any idea if it works in an sx-70 sonar. Thanks!

jls said...

It definitely does not work in an SX-70; this is a peel-apart film, so you will need a camera that takes packfilm.