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Just spent a half hour retouching this famous image from the Daily Record when we all got Hasselblads, the picture was taken by the then Picture Editor Martin Gilfeather.
Another from my memory box from 47 years in newspaper photography.
You may never see this many Blads together at one time.

Title:Hasselblad Days...
Username:Scottishlandscapes Scottishlandscapes
Uploaded:26 Feb 2014 - 10:22 AM
Tags:Black & white, Photo journalism
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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 10:59 AM

Whoah!!!a fair bit of brass there then......unbelievable!
Have you still got yours?
I wanted one till I found out the costs
Which one is you
I am going for the handsome one in the front. Wink

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 11:09 AM

the wee chubby one top right, this was 50 years ago remember.

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 11:33 AM

You even needed a shoulder to lean on in those days.

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 12:01 PM


Quote: You may never see this many Blads together at one time.

Well I certainly never have, especially when so many have motor drives attached.
My father had one, but only briefly, around 1960. He preferred his 3.5 Rolleiflex, swapped the Blad for a wide-angle Rollei.
Haven't seen a press photographer wearing a tie for yonks.
Those were the days.
Regards
Bill

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 12:16 PM

I am just an old romantic fool Dougie.
I thought all you ''old timers'' used Speed Graphics for your press work !!
I do believe that would have just been in the States though.
I recall 50 years ago my father had a Halina camera.
He developed his own black and white film in his darkroom.
Colour film was a bit of ''new technology'' at the time.
I thought he would need a new camera to use colour film as I thought the Halina would only take in black and white !!
Not so stupid today I suppose with that Leica M that only takes mono shots !!
Mick.

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 12:32 PM

A wonderful memory captured for all time. Some proud boys there.

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 12:38 PM

Mick, the plate cameras were just going out of fashion as I joined the business. MPPs and VNs were the more common plate camera here, Speed Graphics were more expensive, we had a VN with a wooden bellows, a home made refinement and there was a string shutter as I recall???

whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 163 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England70 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 12:59 PM

Quiff and sideburns, Dougie... you racy fellow.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7395 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom971 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 1:15 PM

What a fabulous bunch of characters, all of course vying for the camera's attention.
Our local press photographer favours frayed jeans and a Yasser Arafat - style scarf. For all occasions. He is actually old enough to have grown up by now...
Moira

Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 1:39 PM

Brilliant.... I have spent a good while looking at this, everyone looks so jollyGrinGrinGrin
Diane

Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 2:00 PM

A totally unique shot Dougie Smile
Rende

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 2:06 PM

Certainly a good memory image to he Dougie. How many of your fellow photographers are still shooting images?
certainly a lot of money in everyone hands in this image
Regards Richard

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104000 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 2:45 PM

so common WinkGrin

Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4521 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 4:31 PM

GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin !!.....few quids' worth there !!......lovely old shot !!

RysiekJan
RysiekJan e2 Member 8146 forum postsRysiekJan vcard United Kingdom
26 Feb 2014 - 5:41 PM

Blady hell.

Richard

dudler
dudler Critique Team 1092 forum postsdudler vcard England261 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 5:43 PM

AS I recall, this was befroe I graduated from a Box Brownie to an Instamatic 100...

I do now have a 'Blad, as they are both proportionately and absolutely a lot cheaper than they were. It might even be one of the ones from this shot - though i rather doubt it, as it doesn't seem very worn!

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 6:17 PM

Richard:: quite a few are still shooting some like me are retired and very sadly 8 out of this crew have gone to the big darkroom in the sky. They are missed and are spoken about quite often, every one had their own stories.

dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101450 forum postsdark_lord vcard England123 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 7:28 PM

A shot like this just wouldn't work well with today's photographers (if you'd ever get a large pool of press photographers working for a paper these days) as the 'blad was distinctive.

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 8:10 PM

A superb record Dougie - I love those smiley faces. It looks as if you all enjoyed your work... What a joy to view this! Smile Thanks for bringing it to us all.

IanFlindt
IanFlindt  9739 forum posts United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 8:58 PM

A fascinating portrait, Dougie. They all look as if they were genuinely happy with their lot. The chap in the centre with white hair and glasses looks very familiar, for some reason.

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 9:41 PM

I have never seen a Blad full stopBlush great picture from your memory box Dougie

andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 10:46 PM

happy memories dougie Wink
andy

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2014 - 11:32 PM

Thanks for all your very kind comments about this photograph, it was a little bit of history as we moved into the colour era in newspaper production. There was no looking at the back of the camera when you took a photograph, it was back to the office and an hour's wait till the transparency film was processed. If you were unlucky somebody came out of the studio and 20 rolls of film was in the machine in front of yours.

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
27 Feb 2014 - 8:01 PM

Hard to get a picture these days with that many digital Hasselblads

Peter

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2014 - 9:08 PM

These were film cameras back in the 1960's Peter.

viscostatic
28 Feb 2014 - 8:32 AM

I bet this lot could tell a tale or two Dougie. Looks like a great bunch of characters.

Phil.

brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2014 - 3:50 PM

Oh aye... days gone by... I got my first camera in 1969 - an Agfa Optima - and I was sooooooooo proud! Had it till 1980, till I left Rumania.
Nice memories,
Johanna

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