Though I may only understand 5% of the words spoken this day I felt no less a member of this event. We've photographed countless weddings and the love and closeness I feel that is shared with this couple and their guests is easily among the warmest and most overwhelming that I have experienced in my seven years as a photographer. Thank you, Jana & Jascha, for this privilege. We have become insiders amongst mere acquaintances . . . friends amongst our favourite photographic subjects.
I'm a little embarrassed that I only blog about wedding photographs when there is something technical and photographically-relevant to discuss. It's not that I am ashamed to admit that Dong and I shoot weddings even though our specializations lie in fashion and architecture or, in Dong's case, fashion and food. I don't know from what this embarrassment stems. Perhaps it has something to do with wedding photography being one of the types of recreational shooting that we do and by only semi-admitting our involvement in this market we can participate more as outsiders and, when we don't feel there is a good fit between what we offer we can comfortably recommend a solid list of other photographers the couple should consider.
Many of the digital images in this entry were reworked in Lightroom 3.x with a MIDI controller connected through Knobroom. I'm currently using the Akai APC40 controller which was originally designed as an Ableton controller. While it is robust controller with excellent tactile feedback in the sixteen control knobs if I were to buy another controller to use with Lightroom/Knobroom I'd like to try the Behringer BCF2000 with its eight motorized faders plus an additional eight perpetual dials. The motorized faders and the memory recall functionality on the controller would allow semi-hardware-based preset recall functionality instead of having to somehow program a software bridge with the APC40 as it seems to require the software to recognize its preset keys to recall banks of settings. Using a hardware controller and mapping functions like white balance, tint, exposure, contrast, black point, recovery, fill light, saturation, split toning hues and saturations and memorizing the feel and location of the physical controls allows the photo editor to experiment with many more settings adjustments in the same amount of time. It also speeds up making similar but not exactly identical adjustments in groups of photographs which share similar lighting conditions that vary slightly. Using Knobroom allows you to view multiple images in the Library view in Lightroom to fine tune images without needing to work with the rough controls you're usually limited to in the Library view. This makes conforming a set of images in a grouping much faster and more precise.
With all that said, Jana's and Jascha's wedding shoot was one that we fought hard for. And it wasn't just because Jascha is especially handsome (okay okay . . . Jana isn't bad looking either); it was because they are a really fun couple and I enjoy talking with them and spending time with them. Later I learn that Jascha is an aspiring photographer and kite enthusiast.
Shot in Mike Isaak's and Cody Tait's "secret" mossy forest location with the Nikon D3 and the 135mm F/2 Defocus Control Nikkor. An edited version of this image was delivered to the couple shaping the ill-fitting pants and vest. I brought some clips and did what I could. I'd suggest a fitted suit and shirt as opposed to a typical formalwear rental if you're picky but I'm still pleased with the image.
I always struggle with group shots but I felt this one was interesting and reasonably natural. 24-70 on the D3.
One of the earlier shots of the couple together when we reached the forest location. Shortly after Jascha would slip and fall gracefully into a bed of moss.
With the D3 and 24-70 F/2.8 AF-S Nikkor at F/2.8. Justification for never cleaning my lenses . . . more exposure latitude and ethereal glow without editing!
A variation from the setup in the first image.
Many more images after the jump.
Some of the photos from the engagement shoot last year. We shot at the site of an abandoned homestead north of Edmonton. First image was taken through the Zeiss 35/2 ZM Biogon and the other two with the first generation 90mm Leica Summicron-M on the Zeiss Ikon. All on Fuji Pro-Z 800 film rated at ISO 640 and scanned with the Nikon Coolscan 5000. This was to be my last shoot on the Ikon before selling the camera after I decided to keep the Leica M7 which I had originally purchased as a backup for the Ikon.
A shot of Jana's brother. Kodak Ultramax 200 consumer film, Leica M7, 35mm F/2 Zeiss Biogon.
Bizarre eastern European rituals for trying to get into the bride-to-be's home; Jascha's drinking milk to get a housekey.
Minutes before the wedding ceremony, Jana's father in the foreground and Jana excitedly waiting in the background. Leica M7, 50mm Leica Summilux-M Pre-ASPH, Ilford Delta 400 @ 1600 in Kodak XTOL @ stock strength. Scanned with the Nikon Coolscan 5000.
Part way through the ceremony in front of the alter in St. Joseph's Basilica. M7/35Biogon-ZM/Delta400@1600/XTOL.
Catching some ghosting with the Leica 90mm Summicron-M Pre-ASPH during the reception.
1. how did the couple feel about the film images considering everyone uses digital these days. 2. how long have you been using hardware controllers for adjustments? 3. does it work with the jazzmutant lemur? i might finally have an excuse to get one of those things...
I believe most couples we shoot donít specifically ask for film capture or specifically request that we shoot the same cameras that the majority of photographers shoot. Furthermore, they also realize the deliverables are similar to an all-digital shoot in that we deliver full resolution and web-sized JPEGs plus full resolution TIFFs from drum scans of larger film formats. So in the end they have digital files throughout from which they can make prints. However, in 2010 I did have some comments from a bride specifically about the film scans they found on their disc. ďPS. I just need to tell you that Dong forwarded us a few of your shots and they were BEYOND PHENOMENAL! The film looked truly equisite! The shots were of the guys having lunch and it looked like a Vanity Fair editorial! So amazing! You are a rare talent! Ö I must say, we were both quite partial to the film... Something about the graininess that just can't be recreated digitally!Ē Other positive comments not specifically related to the film scans edited out for brevity. The shots of the boys having lunch were shot with the Leica M7, 35mm F/2 Zeiss Biogon, and Ilford Delta 400 pushed to ISO 1600 in Kodak XTOL. 2. Iíve been using the Akai APC40 for about five months now. 3. I donít have personal experience with the Jazzmutant Lemur but I assume that if it outputs standard MIDI commands then it should work with Knobroom. Give it a try. Let me know. =) Thank you for your questions.