I spend so much time using simple
cameras, that "real" cameras like the one above shock me a bit when I
use them. They force me to slow way down and think about more than
composition. The 501CM is a bull of a camera. It's big and heavy.
Especially with the Distagon mounted. It demands a tripod of equal
mass. It's a complex device and even the film loading procedure
is an excercise in attention to detail.
I always lock up the mirror before shooting at any
speed. The mirror slap is
awesome and sounds like a triggered rat trap. The shutter, however, is
Even people that know little about cameras show interest in the
Hasselblad. It's a beautiful piece of machinery. I often wonder what
people think when they see me lugging this monster around on its
massive tripod while a Diana flops around my neck.
The photos below are of The Old
Harbor Lifesaving Station of Race Point in Provincetown MA. The day was
bitterly cold and windy with snow squalls. The area was deserted and
bleak. Just right.
APX 400 rated at ASA 200. Processed in WD2.