Hasselblad 500C, Zeiss 80mm/2.8 Planar C, Ilford XP2 Super

I have been bringing my Hasselblad along with me on routine outings where I find myself indoors.  Being a medium format camera with a slower maximum aperture (than say my Nikon gear) you can’t get away with hand holding exposures in low light as much.

I do use my tripod, but I also have been improvising support when needed.  In the above case I placed the Hasselblad on the counter a few feet away from the display of glasses in order to have a much longer shutter opening that I could have possibly handheld.

The classic chrome Zeiss 80mm C lens has a self timer built into it, so I pulled this off without a cable release.  You can use this trick with any camera with a self timer that you set down.

Written by Bubble Level

Jamie Zucek lives in California and enjoys film and digital photography, collecting and shooting vintage and modern cameras whenever he can.

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