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Butterfly World

There are few places like Butterfly World. It's exceptionally better than a butterfly garden or a mini exhibit that you sometimes see at zoos and festivals. The amount of exotic butterflies flying around is so incredible, and most of them are imported or rare species. I had trouble capturing them since they are so fleeting! This is one of those places where you can sit on any number of benches and enjoy a nice day in an enclosed environment (which means no unwelcome bugs, thank you very much). 

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All images were taken with the Hasselblad 503CW and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 on Kodak Portra 400. They were scanned and processed by Richard Photo Lab in California

Hasselblad 503CW First Images

Happy Thanksgiving, all! I took my first shots with my new Hassy on the 500th year mark of the Reformation, which happens to be on Halloween. I went to Crane's Roost to catch the last few minutes of daylight to at least take one shot of the Majesty building and totally forgot about the trick-or-treater traffic! So I didn't make the sunset but at least I had a few minutes of dusk left.  

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The Boathouse at Disney Springs - the 6x6 format really covers the whole scene

This being my first roll of 120mm film, I tried several experiments. Mostly I tried overexposing by one and two stops, but I also tried shooting hand held at low shutter speeds. Since Daylight Savings Time (DST) happened, the sun sets around 5:30pm, which leaves my beloved golden hour of shooting quite elusive for me. I actually took two images of the Majesty building, shot on two different days. In the first photo, the sun was still above the horizon but I maybe overexposed it more than I should have and lost some definition of color. However, you can see the pinks and purples picked up in the waterfront.

Initially I was a little disappointed with my images as a whole, mostly because I accidentally only took 10 out of 12 photos (??? learning curve...), and most of my shots were during overcast skies or at dusk. I did find however that the shots I liked the most were the ones that I actually metered for. I have an okay/bad ability to guess my metering (lol) but I didn't receive my meter until half way through my roll. I feel comforted by the fact that I can get predictable images when I plan correctly, and otherwise...well... I get what I 'pay' for.

The fortunate thing is that since this was my first roll, all of my mistakes are easy to be corrected for. I'm still building a relationship with my film lab, I'm still defining my ideal look, I'm still waiting for DST to happen again so the clocks will change back. I tried to squeeze this roll into my everyday life so I could get some quick feedback and it served it's purpose. Now I'm excited to take what I've learned and apply it with even more intention. Patience is certainly a virtue with this craft...a painstaking one... but photography wouldn't be the same without it. Ahem, cell phone cameras.

My first shot - the sun had already set below the horizon - (handheld)

All images were taken with the Hasselblad 503CW and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 on Kodak Portra 400. They were scanned and processed by Richard Photo Lab in California