The Hassie made it to London

Wellington Arch

So the good news is that yes the Hassie made it to London. It looks a bit more used than I remember, from when I used it last in Singapore, last year un June. A different time a different place.

Sakura in Saint James Park

For those who picked this blog recently , my Hassie is a 500 CM with the classic 80mmF2.8 lens. I am lucky enough to own the hood for this lens, but also an original strap 9or a knock off) and a second back plus a couple of filters.

Tulips game

I picked up the Hassie probably 8 years ago when I wanted a bit better medium format that my usual folding Agfa. I used the Hassie quite nicely and carried it quite a bit around the world : France, Italy, India, Sri Lanka and more.

Out of focus daffodils but lovely colours

The Hassie is a great camera but I kind of fail out of live with her. Well first I invested so much in the Leica system that I have to justify spending the money. But also as I was warned the Hassie is a big, heavy beast, not super fast to use when you are walking around.

Saint James Park

I think its pretty good for an outing with photog friend or a photo-walk on your own, definitely not a carry around camera when walking 15K a day on weekends with my wife.

Anyway… this is however a great camera, I I still enjoy using it, and also I shave a few films around, particularly a box of Ektar 100 that I bought before leaving Singapore.

I like the particularly vibrant colours of this roll (and the next). Processing was done by Analogue Lab in Shoreditch once again.

Southbank central

One thing the Hassie is for sure is a conversation starter.

Car boot coffee stall.

I hope you enjoyed watching

The Hassie made it to London

Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur – India

Lake Palace Hotel - Udaipur - Rajasthan - India
Lake Palace Hotel

The famous Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur, as seen in James Bond’s Octopussy.

Highlights are blown on that one; well that was a very sunny day and the hotel is white; I could not really pull them out. Maybe shall I try to re-scan the film just to try to restore this part and merge different pictures to restore both highlights and the rest of the picture. I’ll have a try soon and post results here.

Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: 80mm F2.8
Film: Kodak Portra 400
Scanner: Epson v500+Lightroom 3

Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur – India

Shan Women – Jumping Cats monastery

Shan Women - Jumping Cats monastery

We met these 3 Shan women and a man in the jumping cats monastery on lake Inle. They were coming from the hills, about 60 kilometers from there and were on a pilgrimage of Burma sacred sites.
Valerie had a row at other tourists which she felt was too invasive picturing them, I just took two quick shots, not wanting to have troubles with the wife.

These people were as much interested in us as we were in them, and we had a quick chat via our guide. The man was wondering if we were wearing “folkloric” clothes back home or if even there we were just dressed as tourists. Good fun and a gentle reminder on relativity of values.

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikkor 50mm F1.8 D
Retouches: Lightroom 3

Shan Women – Jumping Cats monastery

The Little Girl paddling on Lake Inle

Probably my best picture of Burma. The D700 makes wonders! or maybe the magic air of Inle? I like the quality of the image, that one feels like a slide.

[FR] LA petite fille qui ramait sur le Lac Inle.

Probablement ma meilleure photo be Birmanie. Le D700 fait des merveilles, ou alors c’est la magie de l’air du Lac? J’aime la qualité de l’image, on dirait une diapo.


Camera:Nikon D700
Lens: Nikkor 80-200 F2.8 D
Retouches: Lightroom 3

The Little Girl paddling on Lake Inle