So, in our last post about getting into Film photography we mentioned we had caught the bug.
I thought I’d write a quick post with some results I’ve (Ben) been getting from the Hasselblad 500C/M.
I’ve popped a couple of different films through the Hasselblad 500C/M and the following are from a roll of Kodak Portra 400, with some subtle tweaks in Lightroom once scanned.
I mainly use the waist level view finder on the Hasselblad, I find it gives a magical feel to taking and framing the image and it is so different to taking a photo this way to any DSLR you will use.
The roll of film was developed at home, as are all the images we have taken on film so far. I purchased a kit with tank, changing bag etc. and followed the supplied instructions, along with some internet videos to have an idea of the task ahead. I’ve found a decent thermometer is well needed, developing a higher temperatures is easier and quick, but you need to be accurate.
Once developed I scan into my Apple Mac using an Epson V550 scanner, which has a dedicated insert for 120 film, due to the 6×6 size of the Hasselblad, I can only scan 3 at a time. The scanner is decent, I am pleased with the results, Epson’s software on the other hand is to be desired.
I personally love the results I get, for a 30 year old camera, it still produces sharp and well balanced images. These images are most likely let down daily by our developing techniques, and I am looking to get a roll professional developed soon. We always get a blue colouring to our results, which can be for a variety of reasons, but nothing you cant tweak out in Lightroom, but it would be nice to not have to worry.
We have a few videos already live over on our YouTube channel relating to film photography, pop along and have a look.
It would be great to hear from you, you comments on my developing efforts and if you have/own a Hasselblad an the results you get.
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