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