I grew up with a photography dad and one thing that I found so intriguing was his “big camera”, his Hasselblad.  What fascinated (and still fascinates) me is how much detail the camera can capture.  Looking down the viewfinder, it is almost as if you’re looking at things in 3D.

Anyways, one day, I casually mentioned to my dad that if he doesn’t use his Hasselblad as much anymore, that he should just let me have it.  To my surprise, he gave me the “big camera” along with the 120 film back and the polaroid back.  The purpose of the polaroid back, he once told me, was to test your shot.  Unlike digital camera, where you can chimp after each shot, you need something else and that something else is polaroid film.  Meter your exposure, adjust your focus, and take a shot with the polaroid back.  60-90 seconds later, you get to see if everything is the way you want it.  If not, make more adjustments.  If it’s perfect, switch to the 120 film back and shoot.

After storing the Hasselblad in my camera drawer for a long time, I decided to take it out and start shooting more stuff with the polaroid back to see if I’ll like it.  See the results for yourself.

Beaverton Farmer’s Marketpolarioid3

The lovely Northeast Portland neighborhoodpolaroid2

The love of my life, Lindsay, and our sleepy gnome, Seanpolaroid1

If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.  ~Lewis Hine”

5 Responses to “Looking through the Hasselblad”

  1. herfina says:

    Koes, bagus banget ^^

  2. Awesome! Love the sense of depth in the farmer’s market shots!

  3. Rachelle says:

    Sweet! I love that you’re doing this. I love photo blogs, but usually don’t know the photographers personally. You rock!… and you take great photos!

  4. Rachelle says:

    ps. can I subscribe to this?

  5. koesbong says:


    @jason: well said. i was looking for “depth of field” or “sense of depth”, but settled for “3D” instead. i blame it on staying up late.

    @Rachelle: of course you can subscribe to this. here ya go: http://blog.koesbong.com/feed/

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