Leica Noctilux Wedding
Rich & Alexa – Hatton Village Hall, Warwickshire
MatthewOsbornePhotography – Coventry & Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
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