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40 Years within the Household: My Grandfather’s Hasselblad

All people loves a digital camera with historical past. For me, there’s one particular digital camera with plenty of historical past and nostalgic worth: It’s a Hasselblad 500C/M that has been in my household for about forty years. It was my grandfather’s digital camera.

Cornelis de Kemp (1918-1994), whom I’m named after, handed away once I was a younger baby. The Hasselblad was inherited by my uncle, who used it on plenty of his travels.

For the previous few years, the Hasselblad was in possession of my father, a photographer as nicely, however he doesn’t shoot that a lot movie anymore.

The 500C/M, launched in 1970, was fitted with an interchangeable focusing display, together with a prism viewfinder with a built-in publicity meter.

After a number of delicate — and some not-so-subtle — hints to my father, I lastly acquired to shoot with it, urgent the identical shutter button as my grandfather, uncle, and pop. The pictures bloodline runs deep on this household.

My first lesson on utilizing the Hasselblad was a harsh one: I believed each of the movie backs had been sq. however it seems, one of many two backs is panorama oriented. So the photograph’s from the primary roll of Tri-X movie acquired some fairly unlucky crops.

This was my very first shot with the Tri-X movie on the Hasselblad 500c/m.
Oops, dangerous crops.
A photograph taken in Rotterdam on Tri-X.

The second roll of movie, this time with the sq. again, was Portra 400. These photographs turned out a lot better.

The analog really feel of the digital camera, the way in which it sounds and operates, the photographs that it takes, and the truth that it has been in my household for such a very long time, make capturing this Hasselblad a beautiful expertise — and it’s a digital camera with what I believe is a fairly cool story.

Concerning the creator: Niels Kemp is a Dutch road photographer and YouTuber. On his channel Niels Kemp Inventive, he makes movies about exploring pictures. As a Ricoh GR ambassador, he makes content material about road pictures with the Ricoh GR and he teaches workshops. Niels additionally works as a police officer in Rotterdam.

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