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Flora Borsi & The X1D II 50C


Imaginative self-portrait photographer Flora Borsi is no stranger to the X System, and now, is one of the first photographers to try out the next generation X1D II 50C. Usually working with darker tones, Flora decided to put the camera to work capturing a wide spectrum of colours, dressing herself in melting ice cream, gooey lettuce, vibrant roses, and splattered blue paint.

The X1D II 50C was way faster than the first X1D, both in terms of continuous shooting mode and system start. The menu navigation's user interface is extended with useful, additional sub-menus. I especially liked the opportunity to shoot with interval capturing mode, where I could select how many images I wanted to take with self-timer, setting the time between each take. I love the new, bigger screen with higher resolution. The preview images were a lot clearer and bigger, therefore making it easier to spot any mistakes. 


RICH COLOUR DEPTH

I wanted to capture the strongest profile of Hasselblad, which is color and detail. Even though it has the same sensor, somehow, I noticed that the color-grades and color depth is more developed, so I wanted to play with the viewer's imagination. I want to inspire people to create something unordinary, otherworldly – so I was thinking in the same way while creating my images. 


SHARP DETAILS FROM THE FIRST SHOT

The X1D II was amazing to work with when it comes to details, colours and resolution. Even with 50MP, I could easily enlarge it to 1,5 or 2 meters when it comes to printing. The details are so rich that I couldn't complain or compare it to other cameras. The details don’t come from post production sharpening; they're really sharp from the start!

TAKING A PHOTO IN ONE TAP

I was working mostly with Phocus Mobile on my iPad. To adjust autofocus through Phocus is a precious function since I'm doing self-portraits and sometimes, I don't have time for metering distance. Just one tap and the image is captured – how amazing is that?


I felt really inspired to create. I knew that the final result was going to be technically perfect and this is exactly what I need – I didn't have to worry.  The new style of the camera is also very inspiring. When I was looking at this camera, I felt like I wanted to do all of my projects (which have been in my sketchbook for years) immediately. The X1D II is just beautiful and smart – everything I need in a camera. Cameras are tools and should help artists to manifest their ideas. I think the Hasselblad X1D II totally made this possible, without any doubt. 


Behind the Scenes with Flora Borsi and the X1D II 50C

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ABOUT FLORA BORSI

Based in Budapest, Hungary, Flora Borsi is a fine art photographer drawing on surrealist themes that explore the female body and its representation. Teaching herself photo editing at the young age of 11, Flora also holds a degree in photography from the Moholy-Nagy University of Arts. Her work has been exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions in Europe and the USA. Her images have received critical acclaim from the press, including features in BBC Culture and Vice. See more of her work here.



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