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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Hasselblad Wedding Photography: Alex & Lisa

2015 Hasselblad Wedding Photography: Alex & Lisa Wedding Venue: Barton Hall Hotel, Barton Road, Barton Seagrave, NN15 6SG, UK http://www.MrLeica.com December 2015 Intro & Apologies! I know the days and weeks past by in a blur but I can’t believe it is almost two years since I shared any wedding photographs! Really sorry for the […]

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2017 Film Weddings

I covered Nick and Naz wedding photography a few weeks ago in the UK and they asked me to use analogue film cameras only.  I had a very enjoyable day and used a variety of film cameras – Hasselblad, Mamiya, Leica and more. It also made me realise I had not shared any wedding photos since 2015!  I am now on catch up!  More to come! 🙂

Destination Wedding Photographer

To my frustration, on the same day as the UK wedding I was also asked to photo a wedding in San Francisco, all expenses paid etc.  I added it to my list of destination weddings I was asked to cover but for some reason was not able to attend!

  • San Francisco
  • Barbados
  • Italy
  • India
  • Greece

I did manage to get to a wedding in Florida in 2014 and fingers crossed 2018 will bring more great destination wedding photography opportunities! 🙂

 

 

Ultimate Wedding Magazine – Competition

Ultimate Wedding Magazine – Film Wedding Photography

Competition – Win Free Kodak Film Wedding Photographer

Competition Deadline 31st August 2015

MrLeica.com has teamed up with friends at Kodak Alaris and UK Film Lab to offer you the chance to win a free wedding photographer thanks to Ultimate Wedding Magazine.  I will cover your wedding day for free* as a second photographer shooting exclusively with Kodak films (*Please see competition details for full T&Cs – link below).

Having Two Wedding Photographers

As the primary (or only) wedding photographer my creative possibilities are more limited as wedding photographers are always expected to stand in a certain place at certain times throughout the day to get the expected ‘key’ photos for the wedding album.  Most wedding couples also expect digital photos so I find I never get the chance to shoot as much film as I would like to.  For me this is a shame as I feel the film images look nicer with better colours and tones and with the soft timeless look.  For my personal work and model photography film takes preference for all shoots.  By offering my wedding photography services for free* as a second photographer you have no concerns that you wont have a complete set of expected digital photos as these will be captured by your primary photographer.  My wedding photography will instead give you some additional unique looking photos to enjoy taken from a different perspective.

My Wedding Photography Style

I am a documentary style wedding photographer with a low key photojournalist/ editorial approach.  My aim is to take photos that tell the story of your day and create lasting memories. The excitment and emotions of you and your guests, the wedding venue, the finer details and some stylised wedding portraits.  My wedding portraits are a blend of fashion photography and low key wedding photography to create flattering yet natural looking photos.

Kodak Alaris and UK Film Lab

Kodak arguably produces some of the very best film with Kodak Portra as my go to film for colour wedding photography.  Kodak Ektar is perfect for more saturated colours and for black and white film I use Kodak T-Max and Kodak Tri-X films.  When it comes to film developing in the UK it doesn’t come much better that UK Film Lab.  Christian and Erica offer a high end professional service to obtain the best possible prints and scans from the film negatives.

Is film better than digital?

Each photographer will give a different option depending on their preference but in honesty both are good and both have their strengths.

Digital – For me digital is better suited for low light photography; dark venues,  indoor  weddings and short overcast winter days.  I tend to shoot less or no film if there is insufficient light as the resulting images would be very grainy.  That said it is nice to get a few shots at the end of the day such as during the first dance.

Film – Film excels in bright sunny conditions such as outdoor weddings or locations that have lots of sunny blue sky days.  Film also suits weddings where couples have gone to great lengths to pick a beautiful wedding venue and have an eye for the finer details.

Film has a softer more arty look than digital images produced by modern DSLR cameras.  Many digital wedding photographers try to emulate the look of film with Photoshop plugins but why settle for imitations when you can have the real thing.

Is film right for your wedding?

Take into consideration the pros and cons of film detailed above, your wedding venue and the time of the year you will get married.  Perhaps Google ‘film wedding photography’ images and see if you like the look.  You might notice some the best photos are often taken in bright light and with the sun behind the subject.

Please find examples of my film wedding photography below using vintage Leica film cameras and various medium format film cameras.

Film Wedding Photography

Contax 645 Wedding :)

Mamiya 645 Wedding

Fuji GF670 Wedding Portrait

Leica Film Wedding

Kodak Portra Wedding B&W

Leica M2 Film Wedding

Leica M2 Wedding

Coventry Wedding Photographer - Film

Mamiya RZ Wedding Photography

Colour Film Wedding Photography

Nikon F4 Bridal Shoot

Film Wedding Photography

Film Wedding Photography

Mamiya 645 Wedding

Link to Ultimate Wedding Photography competition – Free Film Wedding Photographer

See more of my wedding photography examples at http://www.LeicaWeddingPhotographer.co.uk

Leica Weddings

Leica Weddings

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Sorry I have not shared any of my Leica wedding photography recently.  I am struggled to find free time to write but they are on my to do list together with many other topics to write up.  Wedding photos in the pipeline include:

2014: Marv & Paula (Florida) (Still to share)

#Leica #wedding #weddingphotographer - Congratulations to Marv & Paula today! :) www.LeicaWeddingPhotographer.co.uk

2015: Mike & Caroline (UK)

Kodak Portra Wedding Photography

2015: Dan & Amelia (UK)

Leica Wedding Photography

2015: Karen & Chris (UK)

2015: Andy & Andy (Latest – Yesterday!)

Ufton Court Wedding

Next: Dave & Amanda

2015 Wedding Camera Gear

In terms of camera equipment for wedding photography, it changes every shoot but I still use my digital Leica M9 as my main camera. I tend not to take my Leica M8 now as I was carrying too many cameras.  I normally take at least one medium format film cameras and always my 1950s Leica M3(s) and Leica M2 analogue film cameras.  I still have my Nikon D800 DSLR so have that with me as a backup just in case the M9 dies.

Lenses for weddings also vary each shoot but to give you an idea, for yesterday’s wedding I took the following Leica M lenses:

  • Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2
  • Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f1.2 ASPH
  • Zeiss Biogon 25mm f2.8
  • Zeiss Biogon 21mm f2.8
  • Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f4.5
  • Leica Elmar 50mm f2.8 Collapsible + SOOKY-M
  • Leica Summicron DR 50mm f2 (attached to my Leica M3)

(I didn’t take a 75mm or 90mm on this occasion).

Thanks

Fuji GF670 Portraits

Fuji GF670 Portraits

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Leica M9 vs. Fuji GF670!

(Fuji GF670 vs Leica M9 + Noctilux)

I originally bought my medium format film (6×6 / 6×7) Fuji GF670 Pro (aka “Voigtlander Bessa III”) folding camera to assist my Leica M cameras. I wanted a medium format rangefinder that was both compact and capable to fit in my hand luggage for photography trips away, whether model photography / fashion, wedding photography or travelling.  Since then I have bought several other medium format cameras including my Mamiya 645 Super and Rolleiflex SL66E.  My main photography interest is portraiture so I was uncertain that the Fuji GF670 rangefinder would tick all my boxes.  Rangefinders are not known for close focusing, fast lenses or a shallow depth of field.  Nine months on and I have used the Fuji GF670 for wedding photography, travel and fashion / portraiture. Here are some sample images (some you may have seen before on other posts):

Fuji GF670 Fashion / Portraits

Fuji GF670 6x6

Fuji GF670 Folding Camera

Fuji GF670 + 1:2 Xtol Dilution

Medium Format Rangefinder - Fuji GF670

Fuji GF670 B&W Portrait

Fuji GF670 Pro 6x7 Portrait

Fuji GF670 Portrait

Fuji GF670 + Rodinal 1:200

Fuji GF670 Portrait

Fuji GF670 6x6 B&W

6x6 B&W Film Portrait

Fuji GF670 Medium Format Rangefinder

Fuji GF670 B&W Portrait

GF670 Kodak Moment

GF670 + Ilford XP2 400

GF670 + Ilford film XP2

FUJI GF670 Analogue Rangefinder

Fuji GF670 / Voigtlander Bessa III

Fuji GF670 Pro Folding Camera

Fuji GF670 Pro - XP2 400 Portrait

Fuji GF670 + Portra Portrait

Fuji GF670 Film Portrait

#FilmIsNotDead

Fuji GF670 Rangefinder

Fuji GF670 Wedding Photography

Medium Format Film Wedding

Coventry Wedding Photographer - Film

Fuji GF670 Wedding Portrait

Fuji GF670 Travel Camera

Fuji GF670 Travel Camera

Fuji GF670 Rangefinder

Fuji GF670 - Soller, Majorca

Fuji GF670 6x6

So can the Fuji GF670 match the likes of the Mamiya RZ67, Mamiya 645 Super, Rolleiflex SL66E or even the Leica M cameras for portraits?

Yes and no.  The Fuji GF670 will of course not let me focus as close as my other medium format cameras, being a rangefinder (0.9m close focus) so I am never going to be able to achieve the dreamy look of say Contax 645 portraits.  That said, the lens is sharp, very sharp and it is capable of taking strong photos.  I just need to think more before taking an image.  Hopefully you will see a ‘slight’ improvement with the photos at the top of the portrait list vs those lower down.  A nice model alone is not enough to make a good photo with this camera.  Nice clothes and a good pose in a pretty place is not enough.  I need to really consider strong lighting, composition, background detail and have the help of a great model.  Put those all together and we start to see better results.

You may say I need all those components for every image? 

Again, yes and no.  With close focus lenses (even on the the Leica M cameras) the model can be pretty much anywhere in any light with any background and no experience and with a little direction and a shallow depth of field I can pretty much always get a nice image.  I didn’t realise how much I rely on a shallow DOF until I no longer have it!

I guess it is a bit like getting used to a 50mm f1 Leica Noctilux lens or perhaps an 85mm f1.4 lens for a DSLR camera and then being given a standard f3.5-f5.6 kit lens and someone saying go take some nice photos.  As I normally shoot portraits and weddings at f1-f1.2-f1.4-f2 I have to start approaching my photography differently with the GF670.  It is not a bad thing and hopefully it will result in me becoming a better photographer but it needs to be considered.

The Fuji GF670 camera itself seems well built and has an almost unnervingly near silent shutter sound to the extent that if there is any background noise you don’t know if you have taken the photo or not!  Great for quiet wedding photography photos in a church but I must admit I much prefer the big clunk of the larger camera shutters.  The Fuji rangfinder is OK.  I am spoilt with my Leica M3 rangefinder so in comparison everything else seems poor.  The GF670 rangefinder is not up to Leica standards so accurate focusing wide open and up close is not as easy as I would like / am used to. Stopped down a little the GF670 lens goes from sharp to crazy sharp and has a very modern look (I think).  I now need to use the camera to it’s strengths and see what I can get from the Fuji GF670.  I have just ordered some super fine grain 120 Ilford Pan F 50 film and have some 120 Fuji Velvia 50 film to try.  Coming soon!

Matt

See here my analysis and thought process before buying the Fuji GF670 (plus more technical info) – https://mrleica.com/2014/08/10/fuji-gf670-pro/

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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
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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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Medium Format Wedding Photography

Medium Format Wedding Photography – Fuji GF670

Coventry Wedding Photographer – Matthew Osborne (www.MrLeica.com)

Here are a few sample images from Sarah and Mike’s wedding ahead of the full wedding blog post on my wedding photography blog – http://www.LeicaWeddingPhotographer.co.uk

The following photos were taken with my Fuji GF670 Pro folding rangefinder camera using the 6×6 film format.  It can also shoot 6×7.  I was really impressed by the sharpness, contrast and colours from the Fujion lens and the Fuji Pro 400H colour film combination.  All photos were taken with daylight only.  Wedding venue – Saxon Mill, Warwickshire.

Fuji GF670 Wedding Portrait

Wedding Photographer - Film Camera

Coventry Wedding Photographer - Film

Medium Format Film Wedding

Film Photography Wedding Photographer

I also took my Leica M3 loaded with 35mm black and white film.  Sample images to follow.

I am disappointed I didn’t make the time to shoot some film photography at all my weddings during 2014.  I had planned to for the majority but often ran out of time working as a single shooter.  For 2015 I am going to advise wedding couples that I will be shooting some film at their wedding.  Many wedding clients are unlikely to tell the difference between film and digital photos but I feel I work better using old film cameras.  Film makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and I get a real buzz from using old analogue cameras, whether 35mm or medium format film.  As long as couples like the end result then they are happy and I am happy.  Win win.  For 2016 I hope to be shooting more film than digital.  That’s the goal!