For some time, I’ve really wanted to take some photos of my cats indoors. I had recently taken a photo of one of my cats on the Hasselblad when I first got it and the photo had turned out ok so thought it would be nice to dedicate a whole roll of 120mm film to cat shots.
I decided to do it one Sunday afternoon when the sun was shining nice and brightly into my living room and set to work taking photos of them using my Hasselblad 500 C/M camera and some Rollei Retro 400 S film.
Admittedly I just used the light meter at the beginning of the first photo then was more obsessed with getting the cats attention and focus and getting them to pose in a way I was happy with and in an area of the living room where I wanted them.
Unfortunately when I got the roll of film back from the local lab it was severely under exposed.
I can only think that I hadn’t light metered it correctly, hence the underexposure.
I tried to enlarge some images in the darkroom with no success. I then scanned a couple of images on my Epson V600 scanner but they clearly weren’t salvageable. Here are a couple photos I attempted scanning before giving up:
These images remind me of an old fuzzy black and white television screen where you cannot seem to get a good picture from the aerial.
I was very disappointed as I thought I had taken some nice photos of my cats.
However, this complete and utter fail hasn’t put me off and I’m determined to try again and see if I can improve on this last mishap.
I was thinking perhaps I would try a higher ISO film and see if this will make a difference?
For anybody reading my blog who has experience of using a Hasselblad indoors then any advice would be much appreciated before I potentially waste another roll of film on taking more bad photos.
I was really hoping that I would be able to take photos indoors with natural lighting from outside without having to use a flash or indoor lighting but perhaps these two things are essential to shooting indoors?