Colouring – In B&W


I forgot to formally post these earlier.

This is the Hasselblad 8mm Extension tube.

In my view, it addresses one of the major shortcomings of the Hasselblad 500 series: The close focus distance.  Had I had one of these earlier, I probably would not have bought and sold so many different Hasselblad (and MF…) cameras.

(Okay fine…and bought and sold and bought and sold and…you get it).

I previously tried the 16mm tube, but it brought the focal range down to basic macro, and was not terribly useful.  The 8mm extension brings the 80mm lens down to useful “household” distance.  DOF is exceedingly thin, so focus is a little bit more deliberate; also moving targets are a tad challenging.  Portraits at close-focus show some very minor perspective distortion…but kids don’t really care about that.  😉

These are all on HP5+ pushed to 1600 ISO.






The North Saskatchewan River Valley, and in the distance, plumes of steam and smoke rising from the Strathcona Refinery complex.

I’m not an “activist” per se, but Alberta has the world’s highest incidence of Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s, UC) Multiple Sclerosis, and Asthma–all autoimmune-related diseases in some manner.

Sure, maybe it’s the cold; but I often wonder whether there is a link…

More Lomo Shenanigans


I decided to try this film because (a) a 3-pack was relatively cheap; and (b) it was supposedly ISO 800–In reality, I wouldn’t shoot it at more than 400 unless you really want grain and shonky colours.  (I guess that’s probably why it’s “Lomo” and not “Portra”).


I have since discovered that if your exposure is bang on, the tonality is reasonable.  If, however, you have to push it in PP at all, the grain really (really) comes out.


The interesting thing about this film is two-fold: (a) It is really dense (making scanning difficult) and (b) it is extremely thick.  As a result, most cameras (ie. Hasselblad) have trouble with proper frame spacing, except for the Kiev and Pentacon models!  Apparently they come calibrated from the factory for old Russian Svema film (THICK) and are not “smart” like most “modern” MF cameras (ie. they do not automagically adjust for differences in film thickness).  As a result, they actually like Lomo, and not so much Portra.

(Oh the other problem is, this stuff curls like mad–It simply refuses to lay flat unless you have a proper film carrier).