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 Pointless Endeavour


This completely pointless endeavour (proudly brought to you by Iftimestoodstill Industries™) is another fine example of what happens when I have too much time on my hands.


It was actually conducted as a test of:

  • The new 6×7 camera that followed me home;
  • Pushing Ilford HP5+ to at least ISO 3200 (3 stops…plus 1.5 more in post!) No development times were available, so I kind of had to guess…
  • My new Foldio macro light box (super cool!)

Now I ask you: Is there anything more beautiful than a B&W film photo of the best digital camera ever made??



(…Why yes!  Yes there is!)

How about a B&W film photo of the most beautiful film camera ever made?  (Except, of course, the MP3, M3-J, and MP Titanium…which don’t count because I will unfortunately NEVER own any of them…)





Some stylized downtown architectural sights–First one on Portra 800 with the Hassy, and the rest on cross-processed Provia 400X with the Pentax 6×7.








This was a bit of a surprise–

This is Provia 400X (E6) shot at ISO 800 (Pushed) and cross-processed (cheaper and easier) in C-41 chemistry.

Other than scanning with the Fuji NPH 400 profile, I have done nothing to it in terms of adjustment.  The colors may be a bit off (overly blue…) but I am surprised at how reasonable the skin tones look.



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…