Sunflower Field in Polaroid

Sunflower - Polaroid

Sunflower Field in Polaroid © 2011 Bo Mackison

Same sunflower field that I posted yesterday, but this photo was post-processed using Nik Color Efex Pro 3™ and the Polaroid setting.

I can remember the first time I took a photo with a Polaroid Land Camera, circa 1969. A close up portrait of a newborn cousin.

The snap-snap-clicks, while the internal workings did whatever they did, then the count down until the hidden chemicals worked their magic, and out popped the photo.

The adults fussed, “Do be careful. Don’t touch the paper.” And we three cousins were grubby-handed and elbowing each other — ten, twelve, and fourteen-year-olds– pushing each other for the first look. Moments later, none of us would admit whose thumb print landed on the photograph, square on the baby’s face.

It wasn’t a pretty picture!

We denied our guilt repeatedly throughout the afternoon and evening, and begged our uncle, the one who never did have any kids, for just one more try. But he had whipped that Polaroid out of our hands, packed it back into its original cardboard box, and locked it in the trunk of his car, deaf to our protests and apologies.

This Polaroid manipulation was a bit time-consuming, but for sure, provided none of the angst of that first click I took forty years ago!


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is practicing new post-processing techniques with the Nik Software. Might be one more sunflower photo in the works.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. I love the processing a lot Bo

  2. Reminds me of a Shawn Colvin song. Very nice.

  3. It’s an interesting effect. The field looks somehow transformed.

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