I brought one of my favorite instant cameras on vacation my Instax 210 made by Fuji. You can still buy the Instax today (check my Amazon recommendations) and Fuji continues to make film readily available. I can find the film on eBay (its also on amazon as well) for about $1 per photo, (down to .50-.75 for the mini size that fits in both the Mio or the Instax mini). The Instax also comes with a detachable macro lens that is great for portraits and sneaking up on cool bugs and butterflies. I also used the Mio (a camera made by Polaroid in the 80s) it still works very well with Instax Mini Film (see photo right). The colors are always rich and bright. One of my favorite things to do with these cameras is to take a photo with the instax photo blending in, we call it ‘photo within a photo‘ or if you take a photo of an Instax with your mobile phone we call it #instaxagram on instagram. How about a short How To slash tutorial on how to achieve that?
We stopped at Baldwin Park after a day on the road visiting the south side of the island at the recommendation of Maui family photographer, Kellie Hatcher. She told me this would be a great place to spot wind surfers. It was gusting that day! I had to brace myself against palm trees to steady my camera for some of the shots. I ended up talking to the lifeguard who was in the tower below. He was curious about the Instax, he saw he film pop out and said, ooooh I want one! I should him my stash of instant cameras in my bag, I think he laughed. I’m kinda a bag lady when it comes to cameras. The photo below is my favorite Instax from the batch titled tower 7. I can’t wait to get this scanned for a canvas print, it is even MORE vibrant in real life. I think I might get this one up on my ETSY site this fall.
There is a nice new feature available now called carousel on WordPress that allows you to view the individual photos below in a slide show format. Click on the first photo below and the page will transform into a slide show with full sized images. Enjoy.