Hasselblad Portrait Photos (Colour Film)(NYC Models)

Hasselblad portrait photos taken with a Hasselblad 501C.  Photos were all taken during my Photography Workshop in NYC. Kodak Ektar Portraits, Kodak Portra 400 portraits and Fuji Velvia 50 portraits.


NYC Taxis

Mr Leica New York Photography Workshop

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

Hasselblad Portrait Photos – Colour Film

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 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

Kodak Portra 400 Portraits

Manhattan Balcony Shoot
Good Morning World
Hasselblad in New York

Fuji Velvia 50 Portraits

Fuji Velvia 50 Portrait
Fuji Velvia 50 Portrait

Ektar vs Velvia Portraits

Neither Kodak Ektar 100 nor Fuji Velvia 50 is regarded as a film for portraits.  Fuji Velvia portraits especially are uncommon but I like to try everything once.  I loved the vibrant colours comparing Ektar vs Velvia but I think I will still to Ektar 100 and Portra film for portraits going forward.  (It’s worth noting that I appreciate Fuji Pro400H and Fuji Provia 100F too but I didn’t have them on this trip).

More Hasselblad Portrait Images

Colour film Hasselblad portrait photos still to come from NYC plus all those photos with the Leica M3, M6, M8 and XPan on the second trip!

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15 thoughts on “Hasselblad Portrait Photos (Colour Film)(NYC Models)”

  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. Elijah Lamoore

    I think shooting medium-format has helped me slow down, be a lot more conscious of each shot, and also made me appreciate the act of image-making.

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  4. Robert H. Bruce

    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!

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  6. mariuslopsaitisMarius

    Hi Matt,

    How/where do you scan your films? Quality is stunning! I love shoot film but there is one problem- to get good scans.

    Thank you!

  7. 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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