Hasselblad Portraits – Colour (NYC I)

Hasselblad Portraits – Colour (NYC I)

Matthew Osborne Photography / Mr Leica

February 2016

In December 2015 I took my Hasselblad 501C medium format film camera to teach a 1-2-1 model photography workshop for a week in New York.  I took two Hasselblad lenses; a Zeiss Sonnar 150mm f4 CF lens and a Zeiss Distagon 60mm f3.5 CF lens.

Here are some of the colour film negative scans, lab developed and scanned.  I have split them by film stock and model.  Some models got more keepers depending on the light on the day.  I used an old Hasselblad A12 6×6 film back and it seems to have a light leak top left of the images.  On bright days photos were more affected I think.

120 Kodak Ektar 100 Film Portraits

Hasselblad Ektar Portrait
Hasselblad Fashion Shoot
Hasselblad Film Fashion
Hasselblad Fashion NYC
120 Kodak Ektar Fashion


Hasselblad + Ektar Portrait
Hasselblad + Ektar Portrait
120 Kodak Ektar Portrait
120 Kodak Ektar Portrait
Hasselblad Fashion Shoot

Kodak Ektar 120 Portrait

120 Kodak Portra 400 Film Portraits

Manhattan Balcony Shoot
Good Morning World
Hasselblad in New York

120 Fuji Velvia 50 Film Portraits

Fuji Velvia 50 Portrait
Fuji Velvia 50 Portrait


Author: matthewosbornephotography

Coventry, UK studio based Model and Wedding Photographer offering both Medium Format Film and Digital Images. 1-2-1 Photography and Lighting Tuition also available.

15 thoughts on “Hasselblad Portraits – Colour (NYC I)”

  1. To be brutally honest, while I’m glad for you that you make money from photography, I don’t know how. Your pictures are ok but not outstanding. Your marketing skills must be exceptional. Fair play to you, I see so many who blag their way to a living in photography with weddings and workshops with little experience. I should have done it years ago before digital handed it on a plate

  2. Outstanding pictures! Of special note is the color saturation of the EKTAR 100 and Velvia 50 films! The choice of textures for the backgrounds outside are very interesting, I like the cobble stone texture, the maple tree leaves and a little of her navel and belly showing up! Even the Brooklyn Bridge (?) although slightly out of focus, to conduct the sight towards the gorgeous model, provides a solid industrial background and a stark contrast to her feminine beauty!

  3. Matt, have looked at these portraits previously but are more relevant now since I will be swapping my Mamiya 7II for a 501CM + 80mm. After reading your posts again I looked online for a 60mm f3.5. Well the fickle finger of fate worked favourably for me this time because this lens was just listed this evening in Ffordes Photographic. Needless to say I pushed the button on it.
    Question: I mostly do portraits and like to concentrate on the face. Would the 120mm macro be a good choice over the 150mm? Thanks.

    1. Hi Des, thanks and congrats on your new 60mm. Lenses are probably a matter of personal preference but it is worth noting that the 120mm macro focuses much closer than the 150mm and is sharper too. If you look through my Flickr posts with the Hassy you should be able to see examples with both lenses. Happy shooting! Matt

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