Confucius Temple 孔廟 - Hasselblad 501 CM Roll #3

Normally, I don't go downtown on weekends, especially to a tourist attraction, because here in Taiwan, not just in Tainan City, the whole island would always swarm with people of all sorts. People are an element that most landscape photographers would try hard to avoid. As a landscape photographer, I am no exception.

Yet this Sunday, for my new Hasselblad 501CM, I still chose Confucius Temple as my shooting location. I chose it because first off all, it is close, right in the city, and secondly, it has some great elements for my test shooting, especially I chose to use Kodak New Portra 400 this time. Confucius Temple consists of beautiful historical buildings that were built in Qing Dynasty, of which the most attractive feature would be its salmon-colored walls. This was the main reason why chose Confucius Temple - I wanted to see how Kodak did with this unique red color.

Compared with those digital images I made before, the salmon color of the walls seems to be a lot more natural, as well as all the other colors in the images. When using digital cameras, I used to spend time, either on the site or at computer desk, working on the white balance in hopes of reproducing the unique salmon color, but often than not, in vain.

All the images below were taken with the Hasselblad 501CM and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80  on Kodak Portra 400, shot and developed at box speed.