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Rangefinding a wedding…

Was wondering… since tri-x in rodinal looks so good and imparts that atmosphere of the photojournalists in the 60s, why would anyone be so lazy to use a DSLR in a wedding. Of course, most couples probably can’t tell the difference between digital and film, as long as you crank up the saturation a couple of notches and scale down the 12mpix image into a 640×480 web JPEG. And in terms of convenience, an auto everything DSLR with whatever lens and flash on bounce and diffusing dome would do the trick.
But what the hell, all talk and no action, so for my own sister’s wedding, I thought since she already has a professional photographer, why not go back in time. Brought a Nikon S2 paired with a Voigtlander 21mm Skopar lens, Leica M6 with 50mm summicron, and a third rangefinder, an Leica M2 with 35mm summicron ASPH to the wedding. The rule was, Tri-X for all shots, except for dinner when its my favourite Neopan 1600. All black and white. For safety measures, I brought a Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 Nokton ASPH. And for portraits, why not Fuji’s GA645i. 4 cameras with me. Swapping from one to another…

I have with me right now 6 rolls of 135 film and 2 rolls of 120. Will be processing them in my darkroom in Shanghai and the labs recommended by a fellow photographer. Here are some of the results…







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