Where: Ashridge Estate, Bedfordshire
When: November 25th 2012
A crazy misty November morning made the photographic decision for me to try out my new (to me) Hasselblad 500cm. Driving toward one of my favourite spots I happened to notice this scene in the most inaccessible spot on route. I had to stop about a mile up the road to walk back. The scene did not disappoint.
Using my iPhone as a light meter and then checking the corresponding meter reading with the meter winder on the Hassey I took shot after shot. I initially tried a Polaroid back I had also bought of eBay but it didn’t work for two reasons, one the film was 3000asa and I was metering for 100asa the other which I found out later was the film was too old an the Polaroid back itself was broken.
I left the scene with no idea what shots I had got other than the iPhone viewfinder pictures I facebooked (I am no longer on facebook) to friends. After receiving the film back form the lab I was in a quandary (which I posted in a journal – “To Scan or not to Scan?”) It has been 4 months and I’ve deliberated whether to go all film or digitise the film, I’d go on eBay and search for scanners and enlargers like crazy, the main problem was space. Space was my main worry with an enlarger, I don’t have any in the house, especially with a 4 year old running around. The other route was a scanner and that was stupidly expensive for a good quality one and if I was spending that money why not buy a digital back for the Hasselblad.
Then came the eureka moment, what would the internet people do?
My salvation came with youtube and a chap who managed to digitise his 120 films with his digital camera on a 5000k lightbox. OMG I had to try this.
I stuck frost paper on the underside of a glass coffee table and the film to the other side. I then got our two standing lamps underneath the table with the already fitted daylight 16w led bulbs and then borrowed my wifes SonyRX100 and took a shot of it from the tripod.
Barring the fact the RX100’s macro is not that all magnified and it’s a silly small sensor. Wow, it worked.
So this is a mixture of old and new techniques, all hashed together.
I hope you like it.
Hasselblad 500cm, 120mm C Lens, f8, 125th, Fuji 100f E6
“Scanned” with a Sony RX100 and imported and Cropped in Lightroom.
The text at the bottom added in Photoshop.
This shot is also available from a photobook collection called rural mementos by redtree.me
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