Polaroids from The Pass

Okay, so these are technically Instax Mini photos, not Polaroids, but how else am I supposed to incorporate some alliteration into the post title? I took these photos on a trip to Byron Bay a few weeks ago and it was so nice to just chill out and enjoy the lazy beach days. It’s taken me some time to upload these photos as scanning them has been the biggest pain. For some reason or another I couldn’t get the colours right or there was too much glare or dust/scratches/other gunk from my scanner would show up on the photos. I also tried a few photo scanning apps on my iPhone but wasn’t too impressed with them either. After playing around with a few settings on my scanner these were the best I could manage. If anyone has any tips for scanning/digitising Instax photos (apart from “clean your scanner Soph”) please help a sister out!

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Falls Festival Film Photos

Falls Festival, Byron Bay
Remember how it took me 6 months to develop my film photos from Sydney? Well, here are my photos from Falls Festival at Byron Bay nearly a WHOLE YEAR LATER. Timeliness is not my strong point, obviously. Although, with Falls Festival coming up again soon I guess this post is sort-of-maybe timely again. I really wanted to embrace Falls Festival, because I’d heard so many good things about the Lorne and Marion Bay festivals, however Byron Bay didn’t really cut it for me. Don’t get me wrong, the musical acts were all top notch, but the entire experience just wore me down. Which is weird because usually I love Byron Bay festivals. Despite being a pretty adept camper, I struggled with the festival camping situation. The searing summer heat, thunderstorms, and bare minimum shade really got to me in the end. And don’t get me started on those composting toilets. It probably didn’t help that I was coming down with a summer cold, either. Thems the breaks I guess. For those heading to Falls at Byron Bay this year, the following is a list of things I learnt or would do differently if I had the chance.

1. Test out your camping gear. Make sure your tent can withhold a thunderstorm. Summer storms are rife around these parts and you don’t want to be caught off guard. We were lucky in that our cheap tent from Kmart held the rain at bay (#blessed) but others around us with seemingly solid tent set ups weren’t so lucky. 
2. Wear sunscreen. LOTS OF SUNSCREEN. Think the amount you’ve put on is enough? Nope. Double that. Apply that stuff liberally. Shade is a luxury on these grounds. Also avoid wearing anything that’s going to leave you with a weird tan for the rest of the year. Learn from my mistakes etc.
3. Start training for those hill climbs NOW. One of the main entrances to the amphitheatre involves hiking up a bitch of a hill. If you’re constantly zipping between stages, you will feel the burn. There ‘s another entrance to the amphitheatre on lower ground but it’s not always the most direct route. Start on those squats and lunges now and by the time the festival rolls around everything will be a cake walk.
4. Plan your escape and stick to it. If you’re staying the full length of the festival, avoid the mass exodus and potential traffic jams by leaving super early on the last day. I’m talking pack most of your gear the night before and leave at 5:30 in the morning early. As someone who survived the great Splendour in the Grass/Woodfordia traffic jam of 2010, I have well and truly learnt my lesson. Every minute counts. If I were to do Falls again I would even consider booking accommodation elsewhere for the final night and not have to deal with the mad rush to leave in the morning. 
5. This is one of those wishful thinking tips but if you can, scam some VIP passes. Anything VIP. Even if it’s not *really* VIP. Just so you at least give yourself the chance to use some clean toilets/access some shade/avoid queues… anything. One time I won VIP tickets to a festival I would usually avoid but HOLY MOLY what a difference proper toilets/full-strength alcohol/VIP viewing platforms/not having to deal with shirtless bros makes. This is probably just coming from someone who is getting older and more weary of festival crowds but whatever. 

There are definitely way more generic advice tips like drink plenty of water, pack snacks etc. but they’re pretty much givens and these were my main takeaways from the festival. The only festival I’ve got lined up this season is Laneway and luckily that’s a one day-er, at home, and rarely requires any planning other than “just show up and have a good time”.

Falls Festival, Byron Bay
Falls Festival, Byron Bay
Falls Festival, Byron Bay
Falls Festival, Byron Bay
Falls Festival, Byron Bay
Falls Festival, Byron Bay
Falls Festival, Byron Bay
Falls Festival, Byron Bay

^ Someone brought a T-rex along to Tkay Maidza’s set. They probably couldn’t find a Brontosaurus.

Shoot: Blue Skies & Bougainvilleas

Bougainvillea #1
Bougainvillea #2
It’s been quite a while since I’ve had any film photos developed. I used to regularly drop rolls of film off to get developed at good old Big W but now I’m not even sure if they still have film processing facilities. That’s why I’m so fond of my Instax Mini. The rewards are near instant and there’s no need for a middle man. Plus who can resist the lure of watching your photos develop right before your very eyes? I used to love developing film in the dark room at high school but I wouldn’t know where to start these days. So I guess this is the closest I’ll get for now. I’ve also started up a new Flickr account under sophsthingsI couldn’t change my username on my old one so this will be a bit of a fresh start. If you’re on Flickr, feel free to let me know in the comments so we can follow each other or be friends or whatever it is you do on Flickr!

& other things: august

Palm Tree
Succulent Cluster
I’ve resolved to use my film cameras more often and currently have three on the go. The trouble with that is that by rotating through them it’s taking me longer to finish off even just one roll of film. To remedy my lack of film photos I’ve been playing around with my Instax Mini more often. And while about 60% of my photos so far have been misses, I think I’m finally getting the hang of it. The two shots above are probably my favourite ones so far. Anyway, the following is a round up of stuff that has caught my attention this past month:

– The Colour Palette Generator, via Fieldguided. Now everything has to have a colour palette.
Gorman’s Spring 2013 lookbook (but seriously, when aren’t I lusting over all of the Gorman things?)
Pastel Oxford shoes by Golden Ponies. Thanks to Christina for the tip off.
– More leopard print, this time in the form of Limedrop’s rosewood jewellery collection.
Paracosm by Washed Out, such a perfectly spaced out album.
– Kinga Burza’s Iceland photo diary. Cue extreme case of wanderlust.
Ideas at the House featuring Tavi Gevinson. Bummed I couldn’t make it to her Sydney or Melbourne talks but thanks to the wonders of modern technology it’s like I was basically there!