For Mr and Mrs Brady’s wedding at Laughton Barns in East Sussex, I was asked if I’d be willing to take a number of photographs using the traditional methods of 35mm and 120mm film.
At first I was a little apprehensive, as there are so many things that can go wrong – with a lot of these things beyond the control of the photographer (camera malfunction, an accident at the lab during development or getting the prints lost in the post!). But after having a chat with the groom, someone who’d been following my progress with film over the past year, I was convinced to go for it. For back-up, I shot the ceremony on my Nikon D7000 and made sure that every portrait shot was taken digitally too.
The two film cameras I used were my Yashica 124g and my Nikon F50.
The Yashica 124g has proved itself to be quite a reliable medium format camera – whilst admittedly, I am still getting to grips with it, for the short time I’ve been using it, I’ve been very impressed with the shots. My last few rolls of Kodak Porta 400 have been nothing but pleasing, making it a combination I now swear by.
I brought the Nikon F50 along because for the most part, I am a Nikon shooter and as a result from shooting digitally, I have a number of F-mount lenses that can be attached to it (mostly AI lenses). One of these lenses is a broken 85mm AI lens, which unfortunately is a bit busted. The aperture control doesn’t work, meaning it is permanently wide open at f2.0.
During a rare moment where I decided to throw caution to the wind, I decided to use the lens and fire off a roll of Ilford FP4+ during the reception. Here’s a number of shots that I am quite pleased with.
Finally, I must’ve got through several rolls of Cinestill 800 – stock that is from motion picture film, prepped and rolled for still photography. It’s not a product I’ve ever used before, but is certainly something I’d like to try out again some time.
To view the complete set, go here.
I have to say, I’m really glad I had a crack at shooting a wedding with some film. Granted, not all the shots came out as hoped, but it was a great experience. Also, Natalie and Luke, were a great couple to work with and I got some shots that I’m really pleased with.
I will be sharing some digital shots from my Nikon D7000 on this blog later.