Peach blossom - momo - in Tokyo, Japan shot with Hasselblad H4D-40 and 120mm macro lens
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The Blossom is Starting: in my local park with the Hasselblad 120mm Macro Lens

The Blossom is Starting: in my local park with the Hasselblad 120mm Macro Lens

Blossom time is on its way again here in Tokyo and I spent a little time in my local park, Shinagawa Kumin Koen, to do some flower shooting the other day.

I haven't really had time to do any pictures like this recently but I wanted to try out the Hasselblad HC 120mm f/4 macro lens on my H4D as I had heard so many things about it.

The lens is heavy. It's a massive lump of glass and the helicoid on the focus barrel is super long, allowing for very close focusing.

Hand-holding this thing is tough. Almost as much weight as the HC 300mm lens I have shot with a few times.

Weight for macro can be a good thing, up to a point. Weight means stability but I was pushing my [fairly good] skills to keep this baby still.

But, all the shots I made the other morning were hand-held. I find tripods and even monopods a hassle when shooting macro outdoors: too many limitations, too much time to get the lens to exactly the right spot. Hand-held is easier.

Great momo [peach] blossom and early sakura [hayazaki-zakura].

This one is momo.

My lens was about 2cm away from the flowers for this shot.

Hasselblad H4D-40
HC 120mm f/4 Macro
Straight out of camera for colour and processing. Just re-sized in Photoshop, with watermark added.

#tokyo   #japan   #blossom   #nature   #macro   #hasselblad   #alfiegoodrichblog

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10 Comments

  1. Nice one and you have a firm hands +Alfie Goodrich!

  2. I was in the cadets for some years and in army, once upon a time, +Anita Seman . Learned my breathing and posture there.

  3. I feel extremely mortal that you did this handheld…

  4. Ha. Thanks, +John Hoare. Haven't trained myself to stop my heart yet…. 🙂

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