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May 31, 2008

Hasselblad mirror blues

Filed under: Photography, SoFoBoMo — Doug Stockdale @ 8:43 pm

While working on the film scans for my SoFoBoMo series, one tiny little thing kept dogging me, why was I getting some slight blurriness to my images. Not every image, but enough. Okay, way toooo many. This was another of those distracts that made me wonder, was I just producing crap in this 30 days and if so, what for?

Perhaps another reason that I opted out for the DSLR images so quickly, I was not getting good results with the film. Turns out, it was for a simple reason.

And the answer came tumbling down on me like a ton of bricks while I was quitely reading the David Plowden’s book. In the last year and half since I made the switch from the Hasselblad to the DSLR, I had forgotten one of the golden rules with the Hasselblad; first fire the mirror and then wait a couple of seconds and then expose the film. Duh!

The sounds of that old mirror slapping up during the exposire is a kinda of a neat sound. But it does have consequences. And I had forgotten them. Yikes.

So the second edition of my book will take a might bit longer, as I will be reshooting some photographs as well. First I need to quickly sort through my scanned negatives and pull out the near hits. Then I will have my short list to head out again. Oh well, it is a process and to enjoy the journey.

And this time, no deadlines. nice.

Best regards, Doug

oh, and if I quicly sell enough books, I can purchase a used 50 mm f/4 Distagon for the Hasselblad to complete this project. Unless, of course, any of you would like to donate one?

Update: 9 of 27 images were deleted and two maybes. I will add a sharpening layer to see if they continue to hold up or need rephotographed or use my digital version. grrrrrrrrrrrrr and I have myself to blame in as I should have remembered to pop that mirror up first.

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4 Comments »

  1. Did my bit towards the purchase of said lens and ordered both your Blurb offerings!

    Comment by akikana — June 3, 2008 @ 10:34 pm

  2. Yea! I appreciate the support for the square format club.

    Comment by Doug Stockdale — June 3, 2008 @ 11:37 pm

  3. I don’t know anything about Hassleblads, but that sounds like a serious design flaw. I would think that mirror vibration dampening would be a top priority! Perhaps they figured that a ‘professional’ could be able to handle it for themselves! Kind of cuts down on the opportunity to capture the critical moment!

    Comment by Paul — June 4, 2008 @ 12:00 pm

  4. Paul, not neccessarily a ‘current’ design problem in as mine is 30 years old. It is popular for studio and strobe use and at faster shutter speeds, could be hand held. Mirror design was eventully dampened, but it is a big mirror. FYI, even with 35mm for critical work, best to mirror up, tripod and cable release;- )

    Comment by Doug Stockdale — June 4, 2008 @ 2:42 pm


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