You just gotta love images from a Hasselblad. Today’s photos come from Wolfgang Spekner and what can I say? They are GORGEOUS.
first of all thank you very much for your work and your website. It’s a daily inspiration to me.
Lately – also because of your recent analog inputs – I’ve started to use my old Hasselblad 503cx with it’s 80mm CF T* lens again. Photography feels so much more real when using film, especially medium format. My big problem with digital has always been the flatness, the lacking 3D-look of the images, ever since I used my first digital camera in 2004 (a Nikon D70). I’ve been using a Canon 5D, a Canon 5DII, a Leica M8 and nowadays I’m using a Nikon D700 and a Panasonic GF1, but I never get the look and the feel of film out of these electronic devices. And back in the days, when I was using film-cameras, I never got the looks of medium format out of a 35mm camera. When I first got my hands on a Hasselblad 501cm and shot the first roll of 120 film back in 1999, I instantly fell in love with the brilliance, the 3D-look and the DOF of the images. I’m not at all a tripod guy. I like to photograph in the streets, in bars, in daily life situations. I don’t plan my pictures and a tripod would mostly prevent me from shooting intuitively. So I ended up using my Hasselblad mostly handheld. I never used a lightmeter with the Hasselblad and learned how to guess exposure. It was amazing how often I was right with my guessing – especially using mostly slide film.
So today I thought it might be a nice addition to your daily inspirations to inspire you and the others with the beauty of film medium format and to tell you that medium format too – when kept simple – can be a quite spontaneous, lightweight and fun experience – especially considering the quality of the output. Besides medium format cameras are cheap today on the used market.
The two pictures are from a trip to Rome, Italy in 2001 and a trip to Venice, Italy in 2000. Both were shot on Kodak E100S (that’s the E100G today), scanned on an Epson V750 scanner and postprocessed in Lightroom with dust and scratch removal and resizing in Photoshop. I’d like to draw your attention especially on the shallow DOF with the 80mm lens at f2.8 that makes part of the beauty of this format.
Keep on with your amazing work!