A new start with Hasselblad
"While there won’t be a film camera in my bag, it’s still in my heart", that's how I ended my blog post with the last photos taken with my Hasselblad. But as always, passion wins! I kept missing my favorite camera, especially because of the process of taking photos with it. The Hasselblad slows me down and when I use it I have more intent in my work.
Process vs end result
You can argue that shooting film while there are perfect digital cameras that can shoot a running black cat in the dark night. But I have used modern cameras with the best sensors, but they didn't make me happy.
What a difference with the Hasselblad. I love the beautiful viewfinder. to get the best result, I have to observe the light in a scene, choose where to focus and shoot the subject without moving the camera. The reality that every click costs me money actually makes me a better photographer. I don’t mind when a photo isn't perfect. I love the process of taking a photo and a 'good' photo is a bonus. The goal is to learn, to grow and have fun.
Developing and scanning film
Shooting film means that you create a distance between the moment of taking and seeing the photo. I usually sent my rolls to Carmencita Film (Spain) or Richard Film Lab (USA) to process and scan the film for me. They’ll do all the work, while I wait. while I hate waiting, getting that email that the photos are ready to download is like Christmas time.
Hasselblad back in my camerabag
Last September I knew what I had to do. I had to get a Hasselblad back into my camerabag. I hoped to find one just as beautiful as the 501CM I had before. And I was lucky! I found a mint Hasselblad 503CW with an extra A12 back. I got some Kodak Portra 400 film and bought the same Sekonic lightmeter I had before. It felt like coming home.
I did get a digital camera for family photos, the Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II. It's great little camera for photos and videos, my kids can use it and it fits in the pocket of my jacket. I will also add a 35mm film camera later.
So .. the Hasselblad is back, and I couldn't be happier. I feel more relaxed, shootings have been more fun I loved goning through Rome with the Hasselblad and my iPhone. This one will stay. Mission accomplished.
Here are some images from last month, all images are taken with the Hasselblad 503CW and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 CFE on Kodak Portra 400 and are processed by Carmencita Filmlab.