May 3rd, 2014
Wedding Venue – Bartholomew Barn, Sussex
Leica camera equipment used on the wedding day:
> Leica M9 body
> Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii lens – 75%
> Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2 lens
This wedding was very soon after my Leica Noctilux 50f1 lens purchase. I was concerned from all the out of focus/ soft focus example images posted on Flickr using this lens and from the reputation of the Noctilux being a soft lens wide open. I thought it might not be useable for paying clients. As such, I chose to use the CV Nokton 35f1.2 as my primary lens on the wedding day but tested the Noctilux lens for some detail photos and less important candid photography during downtime.
May 17th, 2014
Wedding Venue – Hatton Hall, Warwickshire
Here are a selection of photos from the wedding day. The couple opted for a mixture of digital wedding photography and film photography.
Digital photos – Leica M9 + Noctilux 50mm f1: (Every photo except one (marked with 15mm) is taken with a M9 + Nocti 50f1.0 v2 lens. Almost all photos except the big group photo were taken with the lens wide open at f1)
Matthew Osborne Photography – Coventry Wedding Photographer
UK Leica Photographer – Leica Wedding Photography, Fashion Photography and Portraiture. Clients receive professional Leica quality documentary style wedding photography, fashion photography and portrait images.
Leica Camera – Leica cameras are made in Germany and have excellent optical and build quality. They lack the mod cons of modern mass produced cameras and use manual focus lenses. They are build in smaller numbers to very high specification so have a high price tag. Due to the small size, discrete styling and quiet action they are popular for documentary style photography. The lack of addition buttons and auto settings lets me concentrate on composing each photo before taking a picture. I find the Leica M9 perfect for my style of wedding photography.
Leica Wedding Photography – Leica M9 digital photos have a unique almost film like look to them. As a film photographer I value this style that cannot be achieved using standard DSLR cameras. I believe in quality over quantity so do not over shoot weddings. Using a manual camera such as a Leica slows down the speed at which I take photos so I have more time to consider each photo before pressing the shutter. As a Coventry Wedding Photographer visiting wedding venues in Coventry and Warwickshire but also across the UK and overseas I benefit from being able to travel light with the small compact Leica camera bag.
Black and White Photography using a Leica Camera – My preferred style of photography is black and white. Using the Leica M9 for wedding photography gives my clients a set of timeless looking film like images. Black and white photography places more emphasis on light, textures, shape and form. It captures all the emotions without the distractions of colour.
Leica Film Photography – I now offer clients 35mm film photography using my beautiful 1951 Leica M2 film camera. I favour colour Kodak Portra 160 colour film for the most flattering skin tones and shoot various black and white film types including Ilford FP4+ for a grainy look and Kodak T-Max 100 for a smoother finish.
How will this site differ from my website or BLOG? I will use LeicaWeddingPhotographer.co.uk to share my Leica wedding photography photos and experiences from each of the weddings I attend from 2014 onwards. For Leica wedding photos taken in 2013 please visit my BLOG at MrLeica.com