Coronavirus is keeping us all indoors, or perhaps close to home if we live in the country. I decided that I should find something around the place to photograph and fell upon this really beautiful ‘Peace Lilly’ that was just opening in the dining room. I thought, as it was a stark white flower that I’d photograph it against a black background, and it would look wonderful in monochrome. However I still went and put the digital back, which is ‘colour’ of course, on the Hasselblad 500.
Having shot some on the Aptus, I also did do some on black and white Acros 100 film. The film is still to be developed, but I think I prefer this particular image in colour anyway, even though the green stalk is only bit of colour!
I’m a film photographer again….having been through the ‘digital phase’ …and come out the other side. I love shooting film in my 30 year old Hasselblads. But V Series Hasselblads come with wonderful interchangeable film backs of course…and they can use digital backs instead of film and yes I do now also have a digital back. Not a Hasselblad CFV-50C or a Phase One, but very old Leaf Aptus 22MP model from way back in 2005. Even I know there are many advantages to digital…as sometimes I want to see or use an image immediately and it’s great for portrait work. So lets see what was required to change the old dead internal battery in my Leaf Aptus 22.
Living on the Dorset coast I’m near that strange bit of coastline that runs the 8 miles from Portland to Burton Bradstock that is Chesil. It’s a ‘beach’, made of stones that are washed up forming a bank with a partly freshwater lake, The Fleet inland of the bank.
One of my favourite spots is to go onto the South Dorset Ridgeway above Abbotsbury at Wear’s Hill. From here I can look down on The Fleet, bounded by Chesil Bank and with the rather strange ‘island’ of Portland beyond.
Sunrise with the low sunlight reflecting off The Fleet. St. Catherine’s Chapel is foreground and Portland at the end of The Chesil Bank.