The fluffy white snow had begun crusting into ice, rain fell from the sky, and our fingertips were frozen, but with a classic Hasselblad 501C in hand, it was all tolerable. Beautiful, even. I can think of no better way to commemorate a snowy New York City than with these lovely film– yes, analog film that you unroll and wind into your camera– images.
All of these square frames were shot on Fuji 400H on the Hasselblad 501C, rented from Foto Care in New York City. I was originally looking for a Contax for my Art for Art shoot with Melanie, but we settled on the Hassy because it also uses Zeiss glass.
All of my film was processed and scanned by CS Film Lab in Colorado. They are a new lab with the unique business model of fast turnaround, which completely revolutionizes film processing. I got my scans back the same day which is absolutely unheard of. I still ended up tweaking the color on all of them in Lightroom, but their standard 2-3 day turnaround time actually makes shooting film or shooting a mix of film & digital enticing for me. Usually, by the time I get my film back, two or three weeks after I sent it in, I have already edited all my digital files and blogged them.
In order to maintain their speed, CS Film Lab is only taking a very limited number of photographers as clients, so if you’re interested, be sure to jump on it!
I made my friend Yifan run out to Central Park to meet me for a few portraits.
The next morning, before I returned the camera, I made my boyfriend get up early with me to finish my last roll of film out in the rain on the Brooklyn Bridge. A New York classic.
It’s as if we reserved the whole bridge to ourselves.
A rainy New York City.
Capture your own wintry adventures on film:
Rent a medium format 6×6 Hasselblad from Foto Care in New York City.
Have your film processed and scanned with a 2-3 day turnaround from CS Film Lab.
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Anna Wu is a wedding and portrait photographer whose love for travel rivals her love for documenting life. Follow her adventures on facebook.