Prowling my world, camera in hand

24 March 2006

Week 11: Square stuff

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This week we change gears significantly in terms of equipment, going back to 1987 for the camera and the 1970s for the lenses. One of the side effects of the digital revolution in photography has been that prices of film cameras, and in particular medium format gear, have fallen to ridiculous levels. So when I had a chance to pick up a complete Hasselblad outfit (with three lenses) a couple of weeks ago for 800 Euro, I could not resist. These are really just my test images from the first 3 rolls of film I put through the Hassy.

On Sunday 12th March I went to a big second-hand camera fair in Houten, just south of Utrecht. There, I met up with fellow LUGger Michiel Fokkema and his father-in-law:
(Hasselblad 500CM, 150mm Sonnar, Kodak BW400CN)

On the way home from the fair, I stopped at our local beach near Blaricum. It was cold and wintry, so the place was largely deserted:
(Hasselblad 500CM, 50mm Distagon, Kodak BW400CN)

(Hasselblad 500CM, 50mm Distagon, Ilford Pan F Plus)

The next day I stopped in Zaltbommel, a place where I often stop, to test the equipment a bit more:
(Hasselblad 500CM, 50mm Distagon, Kodak BW400CN)

(Hasselblad 500CM, 50mm Distagon, Kodak BW400CN)


  1. Week 11:

    No1: good face, but light could be better
    No2: I like it, wonderful clouds
    No4+5: Like them both, but No 5 more, somehow surrealistic.

    Comment by Klaus H. Peters — 24 March 2006 @ 12:41

  2. I typed a longer comment here, but when I submitted it, it was gone. I repeat only my comment for no5: I like it, it looks somehow surrealistic.

    Do you think your Hasselblad made b&w pictures are better than those made by the digial Caonon?

    Comment by Klaus H. Peters — 24 March 2006 @ 12:46

  3. Balicum beach is great composition. Perfect day for B&W. I probably would have eliminated the sky at upper left of the mans portrait. Thanks for sharing, we want more.

    Comment by Charles Carstensen — 24 March 2006 @ 17:31

  4. Hi Nathan,

    I love the openness of the Hassel’s images. Their substantiality. In portraiture their depictions transmit real character and liveness. Authenticity. And might I say pofessionalism. The Hassel produce the type of photograph people want to pay for.

    Comment by Bob Rosen — 25 March 2006 @ 01:23

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