Railroad Sunset (Hasselblad, Ektachrome)

Way back in 2002, I was taking photographs with a marvelous Hasselblad 202FA equipped with an equally impressive Zeiss lens. I got lucky late one afternoon when this scene evolved in a rail yard at sunset:

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Ektachrom V100S captured the moment in stunning color, exactly as it was. There is no “photoshop” work done on this photo; it was simply scanned from the original slide. I miss that Ektachrome and the camera. Sometimes the results astounded me.

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Bollard (Hasselblad SWC/M)

Testing out the Hasselblad SWC/M, I took the shot below.

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As you can see, that 38mm biogon lens captures the whole scene. This was Kodak Tri-X and then scanned by the lab from the negative. All in all the SWC is working correctly. I tested it with a light meter and the bracketed the aperture and shutterspeeds with predictable results. Now it’s time to find some worthy subject matter.

Instant Film Redux

Out making tests today, and that included some instant film. Loaded a pack of Fuji FP-100c into the Hasselblad holder, attached it to the SWC/M, and here’s one of the pics.

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Gives an idea of what the frame will look like. Has it’s own look, instant film does. Part retro, part impressionistic, part something else. Either way, it comes in handy to have an idea what you’re getting before you start burning film, especially with a rangefinder camera. Get out there and make some images.

Hasselblad 903SWC

Keeping with the theme of film photography, I present the Hasselblad 903SWC, which has been in reserve for about 12 years.

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This beast is the only component of my Hasselblad equipment that I kept. It does take a wide angle picture in that beautiful square format. I have some Kodak Tri-X that I’ll be loading and testing of the next several weeks. Hope to report back with good results. We’ll see.