As I mentioned in a previous post, I spent Christmas in North Yorkshire and, along with the D-Lux 5 sporting its newly-arrived EVF, I took the Hasselblad and a few rolls of films. I figured on holiday, I’d be in much more relaxed frame of mind and could take more time and care over the picture-taking process.
And, apart from a disastrous final roll, it appears to have worked. There were far fewer technical errors and, despite the difficult light conditions – snow, overcast skies (and the severe cold) – most of the photos were within acceptable parameters. They’re not great pictures by any means, but they’re much improved and they were all shot hand-held using the 80mm lens (a focal length I rarely use). I hadn’t really tried using the ‘Blad in this way before before, preferring to use a tripod to tweak the composition and generally shooting with the wide. I even managed an action shot on the gallops on Middleham Moor.
The colour of the processed film still feels a little off – strangely muted, even allowing for the monochromatic nature of the light (I often had the D-Lux 5 with me and the RAW images I took at the same time show plenty of subtle colour). I’ve finished the packs of 120 print film, so now I’ve switched to transparency film. I always used to shoot slide film in the days of my F3 (although I often used print films in the compact cameras), it’s a medium I know quite well – perhaps I should have stuck with what I know whilst learning to use the 500C/M. However, I’m still not very happy shooting black and white film, again I put it down to familiarity – I rarely shot black and white back in the Eighties and Nineties.
Oh, and the disastrous final roll was the result of forgetting to wind on the roll of film after I’d loaded it into the magazine.