Posts Tagged ‘hasselblad’
Three weeks ago, I was about to get on my car when I got distracted by loud noises at a nearby Malay wedding.
Without thinking too much, I whipped out my Hasselblad 503 CW and crashed the wedding, hoping to take some pictures. And I also completely forgot I had a roll of Ilford Delta 400 black and white film in my camera. It was simply not doing the colorful wedding any justice at all so I capped it at five frames.Read More
The idea of thought-process in photography is simple: putting a little more thoughts and effort before pressing that damn shutter.
In fact, people do it all the time, just that they are not acutely aware of it.
Street photographers, for example, are constantly sensing and thinking about their surrounding, waiting for all the right elements to come together to form a great shot. In other genres like portraiture photography, some people take that process one step further. Richard Avedon was said to sit his subject in front of a large format camera for one hour, where he kept quiet but 'talked' to the subject with his eyes. In that one hour, he took no more than four/five shots (at least that's what I'm told).
Every photographer out there has some sort of photography-related resolutions for 2013 and I'm no different from them.
I do have some other resolutions for the year but I shall list my photography-related ones here:
1. Buy as little photography gear as possible. In fact, I am trying to make it a point to make no major buys this year. Right now, I have a Hasselblad 503 CW + 100mm f/3.5 CF setup as well as a Contax 645 + 80mm f2 setup. I hardly need any more new gear. If I ever need to use additional gear, I will try to borrow lenses rather than buy. The only exception to this rule is film itself.
2. Become proficient in manual focusing on the Contax 645, to the extent where I am ready to offer my services to potential clients. This probably applied to the Hasselblad setup as well.Read More
It's been more than a year since I did my last dance shoot with the folks at Mosaic Dance. Therefore, with some leave days to clear, I decided to arrange yet another shoot with the crew.
Getting the technical details out of the way:
- Hasselblad H4D-40 with HC 55-110mm
- Lighting with several Profoto lights, including the Pro-8a and Acute B2 600w
This shot alone was worth all the effort that I put into the shoot, considering that I worked almost non-stop for 9 hours from setup to tear-down of equipment.
Don't believe? Check out the amount of Profoto gear used in the shoot.Read More
Over the last week days, there has been tremendous chatter about the arrival of the new Sony RX-1 at the nearest camera store.
There's plenty of reason to get excited on the full frame compact compact camera, largely because of the form factor as well as a 35mm f/2 Zeiss glass.
Well you what? I am also welcoming a new camera to my collection which also boasts a f2 aperture too!Read More
It's been a really long while since I last took a decent portrait.
In fact, I've been so fixated on shooting landscapes I do feel a little bit rusty. Portraiture has always been an area where I take tremendous pleasure doing so. Therefore when a Tango legend visited Singapore, I figured it was the right time to whip out the long lens and make full use of this opportunity.Read More
It took a really long while but my negatives are finally back from Konota.
My hasselblad journey started out with a 60mm CF and as a result, never really saw the need to own a 80mm, which was widely known as the standard lens.
I did try to use the lens earlier this year in Phuket but there were not enough opportunities to run a few shots.
It therefore made sense to use my holiday in Gold Coast to try it out. After all, I was not there for a hardcore photography trip like my Huangshan visits so I needed a highly versatile lens to encompass all the things I plan to shoot.
If you read my blog frequent enough you will know that I am NOT a technical person in that I compare MTF charts and stuff. Photography was never about numbers and statistics (beyond exposure, ISO and focal range lah). Instead, I like to talk more about usage and its relevance to an everyday photographer's needs.Read More
I got informed by Hasselblad about the book launch early last month and I quickly placed an order for it. It took a really long while but my copy of Victor Photography Book One has finally arrived.
Victor has always been a month online magazine produced by Hasselblad. Photography Book One is a totally new direction for the digital medium format camera maker.
Featuring the works of 12 outstanding photographers, including past-year Hasselblad Masters winners, this book packs some really beautiful prints binded by a nice hard cover.
Without revealing too much, here's another too shots of the book.Read More
Over the last two weeks, I learnt a very important lesson in film photography.
Film is not film. It sounds a little oxy-moroninc but read on.
You see, not too long back I decided to invest in a bunch of Fuji Neopan Arcos 100 film with the intention of replacing my usual Ilford FP4. The reason was simple; FP4 was becoming so pricey and at the rate that I was shooting, I thought it was best to look for cheaper alternatives.
After all, film is film right? They are all black and white negatives right?
I was wrong.Read More
Those of you who like to shoot landscapes using a Hasselblad with agree with me that it is a pain to do so. Very often it's because Hasselblad V series lenses has a bayonet thread unlike most other camera lenses. This means that your regular (and expensive) B+W filters used with Canon and Nikon DSLRs cannot be used with Hasselblad unless there's some sort of adaptors.
If you are like me, who uses square filters for landscapes then you need more than one adaptor to make it work.
This is what today's blog entry is about.Read More