35mm Ilford FP4+ 125 Film (2)

35mm Ilford FP4+ 125 Film

(Part 2)

Matthew Osborne Photography

35mm Ilford FP4+ 125 film was the first film I ever tried, in my late Grandfathers 35mm Yashica MG-1 back in 2012.  FP4+ film has a classic grain structure and negatives often have a vintage low contrast grainy appearance.  I find the grainy appearance of FP4+ and Kodak Tri-X 400 can sometimes be too much for my female portraits shot on 35mm film so I wanted to try to minimize grain when developing.

I bought 3 rolls of 35mm FP4+ last year to try it again (vs the Kodak T-Max 100 film I used mostly in 2013-2014) and last weekend I decided to load a roll in my 1950s Leica M3, with Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2 lens at f1.  I developed the FP4+ film at box speed in 1:100 Rodinal, semi stand developed for 45 minute at 21 degrees.  Negatives were scanned with my new Epson v800 scanner at 2400dpi using an Epson v600 35mm film insert (placed on the v800 glass).  Please see the results below.  I think this film has a lot of character and it is up there with my favourites.

Leica M3 + 35mm Ilford FP4 plus

Studio Shoot - Film

35mm Ilford FP4+ film - M3 & Noctilux

Leica Noctilux + Ilford FP4+ film

Ilford FP4+ in Rodinal 1:100

Ilford FP4+ & Leica M3 / Noctilux

Here is some of my early film days photography with Ilford FP4+ 125, both 120 and 135 formats – Part 1

Ilford Black & White Film

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Teresa & Wojciech

Teresa & Wojciech couple shoot in Poland with the Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 lens on the Leica M9

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Teresa & Wojciech – Romantic Evening with the Leica Noctilux

Matt Osborne Photography (Coventry UK)

Leica M9 location shoot in Sopot, Poland.  On my last evening in Poland I organised a couple photoshoot shot in a similar style to an engagement photo session but perhaps with a more romantic look to it.  Engagement shoots can be very  relaxed such as a countryside walk or something more stylised if the couple are happy in front of the camera.  There really is no limit and I tailor each engagement session to the couples requirements and taste.

Teresa and Wojciech arrived later than planned so the entire shoot was shot using my Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 (v2) at f1 and a high ISO between ISO 640 and ISO 1000 approximately.  Teresa is an agency represented catwalk model so was used to being in front of the camera however for boyfriend Wojciech it was…

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2014 Wedding: Sian & Mat

Leica Noctilux Wedding – Sian & Mat

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Wedding: Sian & Mat (Leica Noctilux Wedding)
Coventry Wedding Photographer

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August 1st, 2014
Wedding Venue – Eaton Hotel, Birmingham UK

Leica M9 Wedding

Leica Noctilux Wedding

Leica Wedding

Leica Summicron 75 f2 Wedding

I started the day with Mat and his guests at The Bell pub in Harborne next door to the church.  Sian met us at the church then after the wedding ceremony we did the group photos then moved on to Eaton Hotel on the Hagley Road for the wedding breakfast and evening guests arriving.

Here is a selection of photos from the wedding day. The couple opted for digital wedding photography and I had planned to do some additional medium format film photography but we didn’t get chance due to time constraints.

Digital Photos – Leica M9 + Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 at f1 for most of the day (including all group photos at 50f1)(excluding some 21mm f2.8 + 28mm f2 wide angle photos…

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2x Leica M9’s, 50mm Redundant

2x Leica M9’s, 50mm Redundant – First Wedding with 2 Leica M9 Cameras!

Matt Osborne (“Mr Leica”)

On Saturday I covered Dutch photographer and fellow Leica M9 shooter Patrick and his now wife Sam’s wedding at Upper House, Hayfield in the Peak District.  Patrick is a successful architect with a keen eye for detail so the pressure was really on this time!

Wedding Photography – One Camera

I normally shoot with a single Leica M9 and have a Nikon D800 in the car as a back up camera.  Using one Leica M body keeps things simple and me nice and mobile.  For the last few weddings I used the 50mm Leica Noctilux f1.0 as my main lens for as much of the day as possible shooting it wide open.  I have a Leica M8 but the rangefinder suddenly shifted out of focus six months plus ago so it is currently out of action.  The only problem with one camera and prime lenses is if I want to quick do a wide shot then say a telephoto shot such as during speeches or the first dance I have to quickly change lenses.  Although this can be done very quickly and on the go there is always a chance I might miss something.

Wedding Photography – Two Camera Bodies

As I knew Patrick also had a Leica M9 body I asked if I could use it for the day to give me two Leica M9 cameras and a similar setup to what I used in my pre-Leica days when I used a Nikon D800 and a Nikon D700.  Patrick agreed so I was all set for the day.  I knew the indoor photos would be in some tight spaces so wanted wide angle lenses on one body and then telephoto lens on the other to get closer to the action when I wasn’t able to on foot.

Lens Choice (for the 95% of the day*)

Camera 1 (M9)

  • 21mm – Carl Zeiss Biogon 21mm f2.8
  • 28mm – Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f2

Camera 2 (M9)

  • 75mm – Leica Summicron 75mm f2 APO
  • 90mm – Leica Summicron 90mm f2 Pre-ASPH

*There were a few photos taken with the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH and some also with the Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4.

Verdict

When using one camera for wedding photography my most used focal length is 50mm, then followed by 35mm.  When I had two camera bodies for a wedding both of these FL were hardly used.  I really enjoyed the 28f2 / 90f2 combo for much of the day and I think I kept the ISO on both cameras at ISO 200 all day despite it being typical overcast British weather.  I am happy using slow shutter speeds and enjoy using off camera lighting.

Anything else new?

Yes, my style continues to evolve.  For my last 2 or 3 Leica weddings shot over the summer I used my Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 wide open for much of the day.  That followed the same style of my model photography that was also taken at the widest lens apertures to give the shallow depth of field look.  Recently, and perhaps since getting my Leica Summicron 75mm f2 APO I have started to enjoy stopping my lenses down my lenses to give sharper results.  The model photography photos take on more of a fashion look in my eyes when they are sharper.  I often use any apertures from f2.8 to f11 depending on the lens. The lens I stop down the most is the Leica Elmar 135mm f4 as it can be softer at wider apertures.  This was the first wedding since my current taste had changed so many of the photos were shot at f2.8-f5.6 on the day where in the past I aimed to shoot wide open as much as possible.

Here is the first sample from Sam and Patrick’s wedding, taken of the beautiful Sam just before she met her Dad to walk down the isle.

Leica Wedding

Would I buy a second Leica M9 for weddings?

Not at this stage but I think I will get my Leica M8 repaired and use that as my second Leica M body for wide angle shots.  The 1.33x crop factor of the M8 would make my Zeiss Biogon 21/2.8 the equivalent of a 28mm f2.8 lens on the M9 which is perfect for my needs.  This is what I started to do when I first bought the M8.

See my Leica weddings and engagement photography on my sister site, http://www.LeicaWeddingPhotographer.co.uk

Featured: MOTW – Zuza

Featured Model of the Week (“MOTW”) : Zuza

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This is a new feature to share some of my favourite model photography/ fashion and beauty images from a selection of the best models I have had the pleasure of working with over the last few years, both here in the UK and overseas.  Photos have been captured with various camera equipment and you can see the details by clicking on the images.
Model – Zuzanna (“Zuza”)
Location – Gdansk, Poland

I met Zuza on my last trip to Poland when shooting with a model agency in Gdansk. We only spend perhaps 3 hours together taking photos but within that time I was able to capture so of my perhaps best portrait images. We had no wardrobe person, no makeup artist, no hair stylist, no studio, no lights, just the basics, a camera, a lens and a 5 in 1 reflector. The equipment used was a Leica M9 rangefinder camera and a Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2. Zuza brought her own clothes and style along to the shoot and I styled her with the garments she had and posed her accordingly. All photos are daylight lit only. Zuza seemed to have this very relaxed not really bothered personality yet when I pressed the shutter it instantly looked like some stylised photo that had taken a whole team hours to prepare. The entire shoot was effortless and Zuza was a real pleasure to work with. I hope to work with her again on my next trip to Poland.

Here are some sample images from our shoot. I was taking photos as B&W JPEGs + DNG (colour):

Leica M9 Fashion
Vintage Leica M9
Facebook Cover Photo
Leica Noctilux
Leica M9 Poland
Leica M9 + Noctilux f1
Natural Beauty
Leica Fashion Location Shoot
Leica M9 + Noctilux
Noctilux Portrait
#Fashion

I hope you liked them?
Look out for my “MOTW” blog posts for more model photography photos going forward!
Thanks
Matt

Leica Noctilux Prom Night

Leica Noctilux Event Photography

Prom Night for King Henry VIII School, Coventry leavers at Arderncote Manor Hotel & Spa, Warwickshire

I covered the event with my Leica M9 + Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2 lens set at f1 for the entire night, group shots and all.  (I did take one all pupil photo with my Zeiss Biogon 21mm f2.8 as the 50mm was not wide enough.  All the photos except the last few are daylight only.

It was the first prom night I have been invited to photography and I must admin I was a little nervous at the thought of being ripped to pieces by 100+ 18yr olds.  I could not have been more wrong.  The King Henry VIII school pupils were some of the most polite young adults I have had the pleasure of meeting.  The whole evening was great fun and the photos seemed to be well received.  I also took along my Mamiya RZ67 Pro II shooting Polaroid film (Fuji FP100C) and again everyone really took to it.

Here are a few sample images to show that the Leica Noctilux 50f1 lens really can do almost anything you throw at it.

Gallery – samples (The James Bond 007 car was borrowed for the event!)

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Leica M9 vs Mamiya RZ67 Fashion

Leica M9 vs Mamiya RZ67 ProII Fashion – Sample Photo
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Today I did another location fashion shoot. This time at Blighty Bazaar, Leamington Spa with designer Viv Whelan, MUA Bina M and model Georgina. I had no idea what to expect when I arrived but I knew I wanted to shoot both film and digital. (I had been reading about the Leica S2 so that had pushed me even more so to shoot some ‘proper’ 6×7 format film with my Mamiya RZ67 Pro II).

Film Photography – As it was a desgner shoot I wanted more satured colours so chose to load 120 Kodak Ektar 100. I wanted a sharp lens so picked the Mamiya Sekor 110mm f2.8. The Mamiya 65mm f4 is possibly even sharper but I find is often too wide for portrait work. I used the standard 6×7 format RZ film back for maximum resolution capture (rather than 6×6 or 645 I also own). I also used a RZ Polaroid back to take a few test shots with the RZ before moving onto roll film (and also just for the fun of it!). I loaded Fuji FP100C colour instant film (ISO 100 speed).

Digital photography – I chose my current favourite setup – Leica M9 + Leica Noctilux 50m f1.0 v2. As it was fashion for once I stopped the lens down to f5.6 to mirror the RZ settings for light metering purposes.

Results – I am interested to see the film photography results and will share a full blog post once the film has been scanned/ developed comparing the Leica M vs Mamiya RZ. I often rave about Leica everything so I want to see if the RZ can win me over doing what it does best.

The title of this photo is “Crime Passionel“, the name of the hat that the very talented Viv Whelan spent all day yesterday making in advance of our shoot.

I love nothing more than collaboration fashion shoots where creative people that are strong in their field all come together and together make something amazing. I could happy do shoots like this everyday despite the pressure to get it right and move onto the next garment all within a limited timeframe. Great day! 🙂