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.
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
Kodak Portra 400 Portraits
Fuji Velvia 50 Portraits
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!
- New York Model Photography Workshop – 1
- 35mm Hasselblad XPan Camera
- New York Model Photography Workshop – 2
15 thoughts on “Hasselblad Portrait Photos (Colour Film)(NYC Models)”
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
Thanks Jezza as always for your honest thoughts
Wow, talk about sour grapes. Those in glass houses Jeremy…
Wow, Velvia 50 and Ektar for people? What are you doing to get the skin looking so nice?
Thanks Joe, i’m sorry I don’t have a magic answer for this. If it looks OK visually I shoot it.
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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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!
Thanks for all your comments Robert! 🙂
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How/where do you scan your films? Quality is stunning! I love shoot film but there is one problem- to get good scans.
Hi Marius, Sorry for my delay. I use my own Epson v800 flat bed now (all in house). Older colour photos on Flickr were lab scanned but it will say on photo detail. B&W has always been scanned at home. Cheers Matt
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.
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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