Fresh from the Lab: Shooting London at Dawn with Fuji Provia 100


Everything is possible, even in low light conditions.

I bought my first Hasselblad 500C in October 2013. Since then I went through different stages of using it. At first I was shooting anything and everything only to realize that it was a way too expensive approach, and that I should focus and only use it for some special projects. Then there was a month where the poor camera only gathered dust.

And then I decided to put myself to the test: the Hasselblad with 80mm lens was the only camera I brought along on a safari at the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. I was only going to shoot what would come close to me and not bother pretending that I was a wildlife photographer, sitting there staring at the world through a zoom lens. And close did they come! Lions, zebras, elephants – they all didn’t shy away from my camera. You may have a look at the albums in my LomoHome.

And then I put shooting with my Hasselblad on pause again. Until one summer night when I had a genius idea: why don’t I go to St. Paul’s Cathedral and shoot London at dawn? I decided to take three films with me: one roll of Lomography CN 800 ISO and two rolls of Fuji Provia 100 ISO because it always was my favorite. I wasn’t sure if it was such a good idea because of the low light conditions and further cross processing, but I decided to give it a go and see what happens. The Hasselblad is quite a heavy camera so you have to try and be as steady as possible and keep your finger on shutter even after you have already heard the “click.”

To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for that roll but I do tend to believe in magic when it comes to shooting film.

When I picked up the films from the lab, I immediately rushed home to scan it with my trusty Epson V700 scanner. Being in high spirits did pay off – I loved the results! The Hasselblad’s lens is so powerful, you can definitely shoot slides at dawn and then cross process it. Oh, maybe I was just lucky!

written by neja on 2014-07-25 in #lifestyle


  1. roxyvonschlotterstein
    roxyvonschlotterstein ·

    Can't wait to go there again in November.

  2. neja
    neja ·

    @roxyvonschlotterstein haha , u will love it!

  3. neja
    neja ·

    @jaalvarez another one for u:)

  4. roxyvonschlotterstein
    roxyvonschlotterstein ·

    I know, I'll travel to London usually once a year.

  5. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Great ones, @neja!!
    It´s so difficult to take photos with light like this ... but you can obtain great results ...

  6. rbruce63
    rbruce63 ·

    Hasselblad 500C, London, slide film cross-processed, outstanding!

  7. neja
    neja ·

    @rbruce63 thank u!

  8. neja
    neja ·

    @herbert-4 and one more...

  9. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Outstanding article, gallery!!

  10. neja
    neja ·

    @herbert-4 thank u xx

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