I haven’t done a review of my Hasselblad 500 C/M yet, but I want to use it and get to know it well before I do. The main thing I have done with it is still life. I just got the negatives back from the lab of a roll of Kodak Portra 800 I shot back in August, and after scanning them I thought I’d share this experience.
My fiancé regularly buys me a bouquet of blowers from the grocery store for me to practice my still life photography with. One day she brought home these beautiful pink Alstroemerias that I had never seen before and she arranged them in a glass vase. I had it sitting in my usual area where I set up my still life next to the window. I had tried several shoots with them over the days and wasn’t crazy with the results in black and white.
One day as I walked past them sitting on the table I noticed the afternoon light trickling in from the window and I knew I had to catch it quickly before the sun started to set behind my trees.
I quickly set my Hasselbald up on a tripod, and shaking, loaded a roll of Portra 800 into the back. I am surprised in my rush that I was even able to coherently load and wind the film correctly because it is still something I am learning.
I didn’t have a lot of time. I could see the sunlight was already moving, so I couldn’t put much thought into the composition itself. I arranged some fake fruit around it to add more color and then just started metering and taking shots.
The sunlight through the window started to weaken and the picture started to become darker so I decided to add one soft box to the equation facing the ceiling.
Adding the soft box in the front made it possible to get some light on the vase and the fruit where the area would’ve otherwise been total darkness.
If you follow the above sequence of photos, you can see the sunlight slowly move from the left side of the flowers and slowly dissolve on the right until you see just the soft box lighting in the last photo.
In the end, I really like the way these turned out. I think I might even print and frame one of them.
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