Diamond Head

PhotographerFabian Schmid
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanySchmid Bilder
City/CountryBern, Switzerland
Photo Date2016/11/15
Technical InfoHasselblad 503 CW
Entry Description

In late 2016, I got to spend five weeks on magnificent Hawaii. On my last day, walking down from the Diamond Head crater, I’d just finished a roll of Portra 400 and wasn’t planning to shoot any more before my flight. I always feel uneasy when I have to travel with film in my cameras. At the foot of the volcano, though, I saw a yellow-ish field with some majestic trees and those beautifully shaped hills in the background, the sky above a light blue with no clouds but a nice spot in the middle. I had to take the shot. I loaded another roll into my Hasselblad, fired the shutter just once, and left with a very good feeling. I had almost forgotten about the frame when I got the negative’s scan a few weeks later. It turned out to be one of my favorite photographs of the year.

About Photographer

A travel & fine art photographer from Bern, Switzerland, I have shifted my focus from digital to analog photography throughout the last few years. It’s the beautiful looks, the colors and the slowing down in the process that fascinate and motivate me. I compose my photos much more carefully when I shoot film. Although I like the process of developing film myself, I usually send it to the amazing Carmencita Film Lab in Valencia, Spain or the awesome Richard Photo Lab in Valencia, California. Still, I develop some rolls myself every now and then. I follow a minimalistic approach, trying to have as little equipment as possible and as much as necessary. I usually work with available/natural light only and mostly shoot a Hasselblad 503 CW medium format camera and a Leica M6 rangefinder. My preferred film stocks are Kodak’s Portra 400 and Tri-X 400.