Another outing for the Hasselblad 500CM

I had the opportunity to shoot again with Sophia, again using the 40 year old Hasselblad 500CM loaded with a roll of 12 shots of Kodak Portra 400 film. That’s right, 12 shots only, fully manual, no auto anything. I also took along my Nikon F5 film camera loaded with Kodak Ektar 100, 36 shots this time, and just to be sure, the Sony.  It turns out that the Nikon flares badly when pointed anywhere near the sun, and the autofocus took a little time to get the hang of,  so only 21 shots worked out of 36. I’m not sure that I will use the Nikon again. And the Hasselblad with its manual focus really begs to be on a tripod.

The wall art in frames 6-9 is a painting of drowned Ophelia by renowned artist James Cochran aka Jimmy C. His art can be found across the world, in Australian, European (and the UK)  and South American cities. He is particularly well known for his painting of Bowie in Brixton, London.  Ophelia is a character in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, and has been painted by many great artists over the years. Best known and also showing Ophelia floating in a stream is by John Millais. Famously Millais used a model in a bath of water – she became severely chilled from hours in the cold bath and subsequently became very ill.