6x6 Format

6x6 is an interesting format to shoot with. It creates these beautiful, huge negatives, but they´re square. Which is something I'm not a huge fan of, especially when shooting with a Hasselblad. Because when you´re shooting with a 6x6 Hasselblad, the viewfinder is inverted, which means that when you´re trying to compose an image everything goes the wrong way. Trying to pan or tilt the camera is a bit difficult. I guess you get used to it, but at first its super hard and frustrating. And when i got my first rolls developed that were taken with the Hasselblad, it seemed like every image was kind of, off. Looking at them, they just felt weird and wrong. Because i wasn't used to shooting with the camera. But don't get me wrong, when you get used to it, its a fantastic camera. I mean, everything just works and the shutter might be the best sounding shutter out there. If you ever get a chance to use or buy one, do it. Give it a little time and you have a friend for life. 

Here´s a few frames I'm quite happy with. 

Shot on Kodak Tri-X 400.

Color film converted to bland and white

Sooo...

This might be one of the deadly sins when it comes to film photography, i don't know. 

But have you ever found yourself with a bunch of rolls of a certain type of film that you really don't like? I did, a few months ago. I, for some reason, not really known, bought a 5-pack of Fuji pro 160ns. I think i was supposed to buy the h version, not the ns. But somehow i mixed them together and didn't really think about it until i got 2 rolls developed. And to be honest I don't like this film, not at all. The highlights and skin tones are really pink and the blacks are muddy and green. Not a great combo. At least not to my liking. So as disappointed as I was i put the images away for awhile and kind of forgot about them. Until yesterday. I stumbled upon them in a file somewhere on my computer and started to look through them, they´re not bad images, i just don't like the colors. And the scans are too bad to really work with. But then it hit me, why not just make them black and white? And so i did and were actually quite surprised. The greens and the pinks really worked well together when converted to black and white. Because different colors and tones create different blacks, greys and whites. The green created a really rich black and grey. And the pink/magenta made for great highlights, with surprisingly a lot of data in it. Now i have a set of images that i actually really like. So as soon as my scanner arrives i will do a better scan and actually put some work in to this small series of pictures. But until then, heres a few for you to look at. Just don't zoom in. Both you and me are gonna be disappointed. The quality isn't very good, sorry. 

 

New York on 120mm Cinestill film

I´ve been shooting a lot on Cinestill film lately. Cinestill is motion picture film that has been modified so you can develop it in a c-41 process. Which is what you develop regular 35 or 120mm film with. By modifying it they remove something called rem-jet, or anti-halation backing. What ever you wanna call it. What the rem-jet does is that it removes halation off of bright light sources, so that it doesn't get a red halo around it, which is great for motion picture film. But if you develop film with rem-jet through a c-41 process it will ruin your chemicals. So they remove it and so that you can process your film like you always do. BUT. Now you don't have the anti-halation anymore. So when you take a picture with cinestill 800t for example, you will get a red halo around any bright light source, which is totally awesome looking. Some people hate it, some people love it. I love it. It gives the photo a cinematic 80s kind of look.  I think it looks really cool. 

I shot 2 rolls with it in New York and got them back from the lab today.  

New York on 35mm, part 1

I recently came back from a trip to New York where i worked with Caliroots and Adidas. Shot the whole campaign digital but managed to shoot a lot with my newest thrift store score, The Olympus AF-1. It´s a great camera made in the 80s. It has a 35mm f/2.8 lens which is fairly sharp. Being it is a point-and-shoot, everything is automatic and i noticed a lot of the images where slightly overexposed, and it turned on the flash when it really didn't need it. So some of the images came out a little bit overexposed and with a bright flash.. But hey, it´s an old camera so who cares really.                    

Shot 9 rolls of HP5 and got about half of them developed and scanned. 

So here´s a few for you to enjoy!