the most boring photo i have ever taken yet…

one of the most exciting because it means that i am getting the Hasselblad back in action.

i promise to do more interesting things with the camera, but the twins were sleeping and the bear was relaxing on the couch.  i think the bear’s smile actually gets a little broader when he knows that he will not be molested by the twin terrors.  their nap is his reprieve.  mine and the cat’s as well.

i really love the square format and this camera has been in my life for ages.  it was my father’s camera and it means the world to me.  i am so glad that i am going to be using it again and i will at some point get a digital back for it…someday.  somehow.

for those who do not know the technique done to make the photo above, it is called TTV (through the viewfinder) so it is a digital photo taken with my d3 through the view finder of my medium format hasselblad camera.  the focusing screen has the cross marks on it and the mirror is VERY dirty so that is why the photo is all dusty.  it is a fun little way to use the older cameras without having to load film or buy the digital back (which costs about the same as a small car.)

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  • Lou - That's a great idea – I've never thought of doing that! My partner just bought a telescope and took some amazing pics of the moon, close up with his little point and shoot and got great results. February 4, 2010 – 12:46 amReplyCancel

  • Charlaine - Wow, I've heard people use the term TTV but I didn't know what it meant until now. Thanks for the tutorial, and glad you're getting to shoot with your dads camera again 🙂 February 4, 2010 – 1:01 amReplyCancel

  • @ManicSpider - Oh, what a fantastic idea! I love it 🙂 February 4, 2010 – 1:25 amReplyCancel

  • @joepennant - Looking for a new or used back? February 4, 2010 – 2:22 amReplyCancel

  • Claudia - I love this! Thanks for sharing it! February 4, 2010 – 2:50 amReplyCancel

  • @dawnk777 - My hubby would love to have a personal digital SLR, let alone a digital back for a Hasselblad. (Work cameras don't really count. Canon 1Ds – old.) February 4, 2010 – 4:24 amReplyCancel

  • sesameellis - yes, but not at the same time…set up the first camera and then you only have to work with the digital one. February 4, 2010 – 7:33 amReplyCancel

  • karri - so… does this mean you have to focus and adjust exposure for both cameras??? February 4, 2010 – 3:30 amReplyCancel

  • janette - I'm so excited for you, Rachel! I'd like to get a square format some day…but at least I can enjoy a bit of vicarious fling through your images to come. I do like the square format…maybe it's just a different way of seeing things — somehow shooting from a rectangular frame and then cropping the image square isn't quite the same. Plus, I like the grit.

    (I had posted a comment for your film scan post, but my Mac wigged out and I don't think you ever got it. Hope this one makes it to you.) February 4, 2010 – 5:55 pmReplyCancel

  • tracy - fun. and i love the live traffic feed, so fun to read! random, but it thrills me to see what other cities are reading with me. February 4, 2010 – 6:17 pmReplyCancel

  • @kpmgeek - Grab some Ektar 100 for that blad, finest grain film I've ever seen and the results are stunning. Exciting things are happening in the world of film. February 4, 2010 – 7:43 pmReplyCancel

  • sesameellis - you have one that you are looking to get rid of?????? February 5, 2010 – 2:34 amReplyCancel

  • Melissa - I love all these great tricks you share! Thank you for being willing to do that, I've had some old cameras moldering away in my closet that can become fresh toys again w/ttv! February 13, 2010 – 4:40 pmReplyCancel

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