We went to Bone Gully in Kuitpo Forest south of Adelaide recently, specifically to shoot on Hasselblads: the relatively old H4D40 digital camera and the much older 500CM film camera, loaded with Kodak Portra 400. Twelve shots on the roll, one roll only. Focussing this camera is quite difficult, it has no autofocus, no auto exposure, no auto anything. No electronics, no battery. When I got the film back I found that 6 shots were a little out of focus, the other six were good. I did not shoot tight enough, so the resultant scanned images have been cropped in Lightroom, no other changes made.
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The Woman in Black
I went out to Brownhill Creek on a not too warm spring morning with the wonderful Sophia Anna, primarily to shoot with the blooming wattle, but also to test some video gear, and use a black cloak I’ve had for a while.
The video was not wonderful, but useful in learning some limitations of the equipment. The stills photography was much more successful. Here some images of Sophia in black.
Shoot with Amy Caldwell
We were lucky enough to have a shoot with Amy Caldwell at Heywood Park in Hyde Park Adelaide. Lucky also in that the weather cooperated and gave us the big softbox sky rather than the usual blowtorch Adelaide summer sun. For this shoot we borrowed some clothes from Coltish Boutique on King William Road: the Daisy Royale Top from Dasha the Label, and the Venice Wrap skirt. The colours matched Amy’s red hair and the greens and browns of the park perfectly. As another outfit we paired the Daisy Royale top with Minkpink’s Mandala Wonderpants, and obtained an image which I can call the Heart and Soul of Boho.
When I can afford it, I like to shoot film on the old Hasselblad 500CM. It is a real challenge to get results with only a few frames. Unlike the unlimited number of shots we do with a digital camera, shooting film, specially medium format, is expensive. 24 frames is about the limit for a non paying shoot. Here is a portrati I shot recently on the Hasselblad, using Kodak Portra film, processed and scanned at Atkins Photo Lab. The model is Amy Caldwell.
And here is another of Amy, shot on the Nikon F5 again on Kodak Portra: Colours are much more muted than is currently fashionable for digital.
More of Amy Caldwell here