2015 Hasselblad Wedding Photography: Alex & Lisa

2015 Hasselblad Wedding Photography: Alex & Lisa

Wedding Venue: Barton Hall Hotel, Barton Road, Barton Seagrave, NN15 6SG, UK

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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 pause in my wedding blog posts.  I will do my best to share highlights from some of the weddings I have covered over the last two years, in date order.  To start off it is all the way back to 2015 with Alex and Lisa at the beautiful Barton Hall Hotel.

Leica M6 Wedding

Alex & Lisa’s Hasselblad Wedding Photography

A fellow Leica photographer / analogue film photographer Glen McKenna invited me along to one of his wedding bookings to help cover the wedding using only film cameras.  It would be my first real wedding using my Hasselblad 501C medium format film camera (rather than stylised bridal shoots with a model to give a wedding look).  The camera captures 6×6 film negatives so I would have to compose my images as squares rather than the usual 6×4 rectangle format.  I was happy there were more wedding photographers as it pretty much gave me a free licence to cover any angles I wanted to capture and not have to do the expected wedding photo shots (such as stand at the front of the aisle) (nor any wedding group photos).  My fellow wedding photographers and I did agree who would be where so we had all angles covered for the couple and also to avoid getting in each others photos.

Hasselblad Wedding Camera Gear

For the wedding I packed my Hasselblad 501C film camera, the 45 degree prism finder and two lenses.  A Zeiss Distagon 60mm f3.5 CF lens for wider photos and a Zeiss Makro-Planar 120mm F4 CF lens for wedding portraits and wedding detail photos.  I found I used the 60mm lens for most of the day but the macro lens is great to have in the bag.  For my own wedding bookings I enjoy the wedding portrait photography part of the day especially as I can bring my fashion photography / model photography experience to produce natural looking yet styled wedding photos.

 

Wedding Camera Film Choice

As it was a winter wedding I was a little worried about how much light we would have.  Film cameras love bright conditions and are less keen on low light photography / night photography.  I would also be using mostly available light so after sunset it would be quite tricky.  I decided to load the Hasselblad with 120 Kodak Portra 400 colour film for the day as it has good latitude and so works well to retain both highlight detail and more shadow detail than say E6 slide film.

Hasselblad Wedding Photos

Here are a selection of Hasselblad film photos I took at Alex and Lisa’s wedding

Additional Cameras

In addition to the above mentioned Hasselblad 501C camera I also took a Leica M6 35mm film camera with a Zeiss ZM Biogon 21mm f2.8  lens for wider shots, loaded with black and white Kodak Eastman Double-X 5222 (Cinestill BWXX) film.  In addition to the Leica camera I packed a 35mm Nikon F4 SLR for telephoto shots using a 100mm macro lens.

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Analogue Film Wedding Photographer Bookings 2018

Since this wedding I have invested in more of the best film cameras ever made with a goal to capture the highest quality wedding photos.  Wedding clients have a choice of me using medium format Hasselblad cameras (V-Series and H-series) (and an array of lenses), medium format Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, Mamiya 6, Fuji GF670 and/ or 35mm Leica cameras and the latest purchase a Nikon F5.  Most couples give the choice of what cameras I use and I currently use a mix of Leica cameras and Hasselblad cameras to capture your wedding day. (I also use 4×5 large format film cameras for the real camera enthusiasts!)

Leica Wedding Photographer Bookings 2018 (Digital)

As much as I wish every couple could appreciate analogue film photography as much as I do I realise some people prefer the look of digital photos.  For digital camera wedding photography bookings I continue to use my Leica M240 camera as the main wedding camera and then clients have the option to have Leica wedding photography (only) where I use a Leica M8 camera to support the Leica M240.  I also use a digital Hasselblad that I can bring on request and various other cameras as backups.

Contact

To book a Leica / film wedding see here for more details:

http://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Wedding-Photographer.html

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Leica Fashion

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 Engagement Shoot

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 M9 Engagement 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.

Leica Engagement Shoot

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.

Nikkor 200mm f2 AI-s

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

 

http://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Wedding-Photographer.html