Leica wedding where I got to use the Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2 lens for the first time on my Leica M9! That said, most of this wedding was covered using a Voigtlander Classic Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii.
The 35f1.2 is also a great lens and in my mind the 35mm equivalent of the Noctilux in terms of shallow DOF if used correctly). 🙂
Alexa and Rich opted for a mix of film photography and digital photography for their wedding day. Here are a selection of the film photos taken at Hatton Hall, Warwickshire wedding venue using my 1950s Leica M2 loaded with 35mm Kodak Portra film. I used a Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 lens for most of the day. Lens used is marked on each photo.
(These photos were also shared as part of the “Wedding: Alexa & Rich” blog post however as they were tucked away at the bottom I thought I better re post to make them more findable).
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I was at one of Coventry and Warwickshire most popular wedding venue locations yesterday doing pre-wedding engagement photos with my Leica M9. There was a wedding taking place and everyone was outside for their photos. As a fellow wedding photographer I am always interested to see how others operate, what gear they are using and what directions they give. I could hear a loud authoritative voice from a far moving people around in what appeared to be an orderly fashion. The bridal couple were then brought out to where we were shooting so I let them use our spot to get their photos. A formally dressed photographer arrived with two mid range crop sensor DSLR cameras around their neck and lenses attached. My first observation was the lens hoods were still fitted backwards on the lens bodies. I looked on in bemusement as they started photographing the wedding couple. The camera had a bare speedlight pointing up to the sky flashing away perhaps in an attempt to bounce light off a distant satellite. No posing direction was being given and it appeared little or no consideration was taken to composition and direction of available light. They were there a matter of minutes and were moved on back to the house. The photographer said thanks to us and they were gone.
We then carried on with my manual focus Leica M9 rangefinder and manual off camera flash. I was thinking to myself, in today’s world of ‘professional’ (oppotunist?) wedding photographers, how many of them could actually photograph a wedding day if their auto everything cameras suddenly died and a guest lent them a full manual camera with a basic non-TTL speedlight? I would guess as few as 25% of new wedding photographers who have started in the last 5yrs.
Sample photo I took yesterday – Leica M9 + 1980s Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2
There is of course big money to be made in the wedding industry today, especially in the Asian wedding market. I think many people who are good at project management with good communication skills have realised that they do not actually need to know anything about photography, f stop, shutter speed or ISO. Modern cameras give nice pictures automatically and if it doesn’t Photoshop can fix it. I think it is 100% true that for wedding photography technical ability only plays a very small part in getting new clients. I would say communication skills come first followed by project management and of course who you know. As they say it is always who you know not what you know!
I am wondering if I should now advertise my photography workshops days to wedding photographers to teach them the basic fundamentals of photography just so they appreciate what the f number means on the back of their camera.
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Yesterday I was invited to photograph Alexa and Rich’s wedding at Hatton Village Hall in Warkwickshire. It was set to be the hottest day of 2014 so far and I was really looking forward to getting started. I had asked the couple in advance if they liked the style of my wedding photos achieved using my Leica M9 camera and the 1981 Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2 lens shot at f1. To my delight they said yes so I arrived with my 3 stop ND filter attached to the lens ready for the bright conditions. I took my Leica M8 as a second Leica body to use the 1.5x crop sensor together with my Leica Summicron 90mm f2 lens to give me an equivalent 137mm reach if needed. I shot almost the entire day with the Nocti 50mm f1.0 and loved every minute of it. I had to work for my images as inside the village hall was quite dark and outside was very bright so the ND filter was on and off constantly. For some of the wedding portraits I used speedlights and the lens aperture at f1 so had to use 2x ND filters to darken the ambient light to the correct level while having a slow enough shutter speed for flash sync. The Noctilux f1 lens also has a long focus throw so it involved much turning of the heavy manual lens focus ring to focus throughout the day.
The two new upgrades to the Leica M9, the Leica 1.4x viewfinder magnifier and Leica Thumbie thumb grip both worked a treat and I was able to easily nail focus at f1 and also shoot the whole day without hand ache (even when using one of the heaviest Leica M mount lenses).
Here are a few sample wedding photos exported so far –
I also shot a roll of colour 35mm Kodak Portra 160 film in my 1950s Leica M2 + Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 so have those to follow too once developed and scanned.
A full wedding highlights post will follow on my new wedding page – www.LeicaWeddingPhotographer.co.uk