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.

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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.

Tugboat Devon

As long as we’re on the subject of boats, let’s go to one of my favorite categories, the tugboat. Here’s a snap from 1994 of the Devon at the dock in Philadelphia.

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Was a perfect morning for that photo, which prints much nicer than it scans for digital use here. Can’t wait to get out and do some old school photography soon. Will be interesting to see the artistic differences.

Nikon F3

Way back when (the 1980’s anyway) the Nikon F3 was a top of the line 35mm camera. After saving my money for a long time, I bought a new one in 1986. It’s a little dusty, but here it is, complete with the MD4 motor drive:

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This camera has traveled everywhere I’ve gone, never once missing a shot. Here’s a look at the other side:

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And speaking of the MD4 motor drive, the ergonomics of it were perfect for my hands as seen in the next photo:

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The motor drive, with 8 AA batteries, made for a sturdy hand-hold and great base. I’m not sure how many rolls of film I ran through this camera, thousands at the very least. Having just found a local lab that will process b/w film, I’ve decided to take it out for a spin, just to see how things look. Of course, it’s all digital now, but the simplicity of this camera (in today’s terms) can’t be beat. Remember, it’s the quality of the light, much more than the quality of the camera, that makes for great photos. Try it, you’ll see.