Leica Wedding Photography: Sarah & Ed

2016 Leica Wedding Photography: Sarah & Ed Wedding Venue: Tythe Barn, Charbridge Lane, Launton, Bicester, OX26 4SR http://www.MrLeica.com September 2016 Sarah kindly invited me to join her and Ed on their wedding day at Tythe Barn, Bicester UK. Sarah wanted all digital wedding photograhy so I didn’t take my analogue film cameras. Thanks for […]

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Leica Wedding (*and Hasselblad!)

Here are a sample of wedding photos frorm Sarah and Ed’s wedding back in 2016.  Still catching up on blogging the 2016 weddings before I start the 2017 weddings!  Pictures include Leica wedding photography with a Leica M240 (mostly hence the Leica title) and Hasselblad wedding photography with a digital Hasselblad H3D-31.

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Leica M3 Bridal Session – Ukraine

Leica M3 Bridal Session – Ukraine

Matthew Osborne Photography / MrLeica.com

October 2015

Leica M240 Wedding

Bridal Photography

Bridal session photography is quite possible my favourite type of photography.  A mix of model photography, wedding photography and fashion photography with the best bits from each.  By that I mean a nice model in a beautiful wedding dress and where we have all the time we need to create hopefully beautifully crafted images without the pressures and time constraints of an actual wedding day. To then shoot it all on a film camera is then icing on the cake for me.  I prefer the look of film and hope to shoot a higher percentage of film at every wedding I cover going forward.

Bridal Fashion

Leica Wedding Photography / Film Wedding Photography

If every couple allocated at least one hour of their wedding day for me capture stylised wedding photos like this I would be a very happy man and I think the resulting images would result in a happy bride (bride and groom too depending who was in the photos).  Posing two people is often easier than one and a real bride and groom are on their wedding day high so that normally results in nice smiley natural looking wedding photos. Posing does not need to be a dirty word. It merely lets me place my bride and groom in the best possible light.

Bridal Fashion

For this bridal shoot in Ukraine I shot with available light only to be able to work quickly. I was using both the digital Leica M 240 and the Leica M3. For the second roll of film in the M3 most of the photos were taken within a space of five minutes.  It was my fastest roll of 35mm film shot to date as I wanted to make the most of the situation.  Beautiful and willing models, the flowers, the dress, the location all in a remote woodland clearing one afternoon in Ukraine after a mini road trip.  The bride(s) spoke little / no english but we still managed to get some nice photos with me directing with my hands and using body language. The first of two bridal shoots was with model Evgenia and I used AGFA Vista 200 Plus colour film (below).  I then did the shoot again with model Olga in the same dress using Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film (not all scanned yet). Here is an example photo with model Olga in black and white.

Black and White Bridal Shoot

Hasselblad Wedding Photography

The Ukraine trip was pre-Hasselblad era so I had my Leica M3 35mm film camera, Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v5 lens and was shooting 35mm AGFA Vista 200 plus budget film.  I really like AGFA Vista film at the moment and prefer the more saturated look to that of Kodak Portra that can look a little flat.  I wish there was a 120 AGFA Vista film for me to use in my Hasselblad as there seems a real gap in the colour film available for 400 speed saturated film.  I need a Kodak Ektar 400 film ideally as I love the saturation from Kodak Ektar 100. Going forward my new Hasselblad 501C medium format film camera will be with me at all my weddings. It is not as fast to use as the Leica M3 rangefinder for film photography but the results are just amazing.

Bridal Photos

Without further ado here are the AGFA Vista colour film photos from the first bridal photography session shot with my recalibrated Leica M3 and model Evgenia.

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2014 Wedding: Sarah & Mike

Highlights from Sarah & Mike’s Wedding at the Saxon Mill, Warwick. Photo with a digital Leica M9 plus analogue film cameras, Leica M2, Leica M3 and Fuji GF670
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/15321590517

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Wedding: Sarah & Mike
Coventry Wedding Photographer – http://www.MatthewOsbornephotography.co.uk / http://www.MrLeica.com

October 11th, 2014
Wedding Venue – The Saxon Mill, Warwick UK

The Saxon Mill Warwick -  Weddding

Leica M9 Colours

Sarah and Mike’s Wedding was my second Saxon Mill wedding and it was great to be back. The building has great character and even better surroundings with the views across the River Avon to Guys Cliffe.  The day actually started in the morning at Chesford Grange Hotel for Sarah’s bridal preparation photos.  From there we moved onto the Saxon Mill for the wedding ceremony that was held upstairs.  It was not a huge wedding so the room worked well for the number of guests.  After the ceremony we did group photos and wedding portraits outside then back upstairs to sit down to eat for the wedding breakfast, speeches and cake cutting.  My day finished after the first dance and it was then time to pack up and drive…

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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

Leica Noctilux Wedding

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

MatthewOsbornePhotography – Coventry & Warwickshire Wedding Photographer

Leica Noctilux Wedding

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 –

Leica Noctilux Wedding
Leica Noctilux Wedding (2)
Leica Wedding

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 – http://www.LeicaWeddingPhotographer.co.uk

Pimp my Leica – for Weddings!

Pimp my Leica (M9) – for Weddings!
Mr Leica – Matthew Osborne Photography – Coventry Wedding Photographer, UK

Pimp my Leica  - for Weddings!

At my last Leica wedding I was using my Leica M9 with some heavy (in Leica M terms) prime lens. The next day I had to change what camera I used to give my hand a rest. As per my last post I then ordered a Leica Thumbie Thumb Grip (self adhesive brass thumb grip that does not use the hotshoe) which is now fitter.

When shooting longer focal length Leica M prime lenses, especially if they are fast primes such as f1, f1.2, f1.4, f2 etc it can be tricky to nail focus at the widest apertures when pushed for time such as during a wedding. For this reason I bought and have fitted a Leica 1.4x Viewfinder Magnifier giving me 1:1 view with a 50mm lens such as my Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.

The sun is forecast to hit the UK this weekend so I have my 3 stop ND filter fitted to my Nocti 50f1 lens. The lens is attached to the M9 and they sit patiently in my Billingham Handley Digital bag ready to go!

Can’t wait! 🙂 New Leica wedding photos coming soon! Have a great weekend. 🙂

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2 (1981)
MatthewOsbornePhotography – Leica Photographer

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0

After getting the chance to try a new Leica Noctilux 50mm f0.95 lens during a London Photography Workshop a few weeks back I was excited for the arrival of my older Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0. I purchased the mint condition vintage Leica lens on eBay from ‘longmilan84’ (Long) who it based in Milan, Italy. Despite the worry of the high value purchase the transaction all went very smoothly and the lens arrived as described. Many thanks Long!

Leica Noctilux 50f1.0 for wedding photography?

I ordered the Nocti lens to arrive in time for a wedding booking last weekend. I used the Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 for wedding photography and was really pleased with the results. It is well documented that the f1.0 lens is much softer wide open the compared to the newer 50mm f0.95 but I was hoping to use this effect to my advantage. I relied on Leica m mount lenses I knew for the most part of the day (CV 35/1.2 ASPH + Leica Lux ASPH 50/1.4) but did use the Nocti at the end of the day and for arty ‘B roll’ style detail shots. Once I was confident with the results from the Noctilux for wedding photos I asked my next wedding couple in advance if I can use this lens for their wedding and they said yes! Great news! I now hope to use the Nocti as much as possible on the wedding day shot wide open throughout.

Here are some Noctilux wedding photo examples, all shot wide open at f1.0 on a Leica M9
Leica Noctilux Wedding
Noctilux Bokeh
Leica Nocitlux Bokeh
Leica Food Photography
Noctilux DOF
Leica Noctilux Bokeh
Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 Sharpness
Leica Look
Leica Nocti Wedding
Leica Noctilux Low Light

(I will share a separate blog post for the full wedding highlights including more Nocti photos)

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 for Leica Studio Photography?
Yesterday I was teaching a photography and lighting workshop again in my Coventry studio giving photography tuition on how to use available light for portrait photography. Holly kindly modelled for me and here are a few samples of me using the Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 in the studio shot wide open on a Leica M9 camera body.
Leica Noctilux f1
Leica Noctilux Portrait

Did I like using the Nocti 50f1 in the studio?
I found I kept wanting to get closer than 1m to my model to give a tighter crop. The 50f1 will not focus closer than 1m so at times changed lenses to my Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 that will focus as close as 0.7m. Here is a sample image using the Lux ASPH 50 as a comparison (on the M9) –
Leica Portrait

Initial thoughts.
I am very happy with the Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 purchase and I do not have the desire to upgrade to the newer f0.95. The Noctilux f0.95 gives a similar look to that from the Summilux ASPH 50 f1.4 but has the same drawback as the f1.0 in that you can only focus as close as 1m. If Leica released a new Noctilux with 0.7m focus distance I would be there in an instant! ..after robbing a bank en route! (joke – as I imagine it would be very expensive!)

I have not yet had chance to do a dedicated model / fashion photography shoot with the Leica Nocti as I have been teaching photography much more in recent weeks. That said, as soon as I do I will share the results. I am also really looking forward to all the Leica weddings booked for the year as I hope to sell them the Leica Noctilux look as I have for the next wedding. Wedding photography is no different to any of my other photography genre. If I can’t get excited when taking the photos I will not enjoy it and then I would stop doing it. The Leica Noctilux photos make the ordinary look extraordinary and that is what I want others to benefit from too.

MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk – Leica Wedding Photographer, Coventry

Related Links

> Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 (pre-arrival hype) – https://matthewosbornephotography.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/leica-noctilux-50/

> Leica Noctilux 50mm f0.95 (model photography workshop examples)
https://matthewosbornephotography.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/leica-noctilux-50mm-f0-95/

> Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 (as a comparison)
https://matthewosbornephotography.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/leica-summilux-asph-50mm-f1-4/

> Coventry Wedding Photographer /Leica Wedding Photography http://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Wedding-Photographer.html

> Photography and Lighting Workshop / Portrait Photography Courses
http://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Photography-Courses.html