Wedding of Leah and Neil Streete | St Marys West Moors - Summer 2011 | Photography by Robert Whetton

by Robert Whetton 3. November 2011 12:27

Back in November 2010 Leah asked Rachel if we'd shoot her wedding. As Leah had been a warden at our wedding, how could we not? The wedding was for the 30th of July so we met up the month before to chat about the day and timings of the big day.

Rachel wanted to cover Leah in the morning with me covering Neil.

When I turned up at the flat, I found Neil and his groomsmen outside making their button holes! Neil had been growing all the flowers in preperation for the wedding and was just finishing when I arrived.

Neil making button holes - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Neil making button holes - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

I couldn't resist it and had to use the left over flowers for the ring shots.

Wedding bands - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Meanwhile Rachel was with Leah and her family preparing for the day.

Wedding dress - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Leah preparing - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Wedding shoes - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

The boys were pretty relaxed in the morning with the chaos going on all around them.

Boys playing on Nintendo DS - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Leah and Cameron - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

putting on tie - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

With the guys ready, it was off to the church

Leah and Cameron - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

putting on tie - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

I love the organ at St Marys, the shape and colours are great.

Waiting for the Bride - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

The Congregation - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Violinists - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Leah's friends from The Royal School of Church Music in Salisbury were kind enough to supply the music and choir (which Leah also is part of).

Bride arriving - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Leah walking down the isle - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Wedding ceremony - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Singing - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Laughter - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

First reading - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Second reading - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Exchange rings - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

First kiss - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Steele - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Confetti - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Group shot - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Receiving line - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Speech - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Speech - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Speech - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

After the speeches we were in for a treat, some of Leah's friends are Morris Dancers and they put on a small display which also included Leah and Neil.

Morris Dancing - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Morris Dancing with Leah and Neil - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

In this traditional dance, the bride and groom are kept apart by the figure of eight pattern performed by the Morris Dancers.

Morris Dancing with Leah and Neil - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

After the cutting of the cake, we whisked Lean and Neil off to Knowlton Church for some couples shots. I also grabbed some frames with my Mamiya RB67 which was pretty exciting!

Knowlton Church Couple Shot - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

This image was captured with my Mamiya RB67 medium format film camera. While I am happy with the outcome, I did warn Leah and Neil that they might not come out as expected.. I still have much to learn when it comes to shooting with this beast. The scanned film comes in at just over 800 megabytes per shot.

Knowlton Church Portrait of Leah - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Knowlton Church Couple Shot - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

After the couple shots we hot tailed it back to the reception where the disco was in full swing, ready for the first dance from the bride and groom.

Wedding Disco - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

First dance - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Thank you Leah and Neil for allowing Rachel and I to capture your big day. It was a blast!

Wedding of Leah and Neil - St Marys, West Moors - Photography Sneak Peek

by Robert Whetton 31. July 2011 02:02

Flicking though the wedding photographs of Leah and Neil from yesterday, I just had to post this photo we took at Knowlton Church in the evening.

Leah looked stunning I think you'll agree.

Leah at Knowlton Church - Dorset Wedding Photographer Robert Whetton

Wedding Edit for Bobby Earle - San Diego Wedding Photographer

by Robert Whetton 18. July 2011 11:30

A couple of weeks back I got a Tweet from Bobby Earle asking if it was possible to remove the lady on the right in the picture below.Wedding Photography Edit for Bobby Earle - Before Image

Of course I said anything is possible and gave Bobby an estimate for the job. He said he would get back to the bride and let me know if she agreed to have the work done.

She gave the go ahead and I went to work on the image. 30 minutes later I was uploading the finished JPEG to Bobby for sign off. 

Wedding Photography Edit for Bobby Earle - After Image

The work got the thumbs up and is currently a double page spread in the couples album. Thank you Bobby for giving me the opportunity to work with you, and hope to be of assistance again when needed.

If you havent already go check out his blog, he updates more frequently than me!

Mamiya RB67 - New, but old camera - Medium Format Film in a Digital Age | Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

by Robert Whetton 11. July 2011 01:47

After using the IQ180 back in February of this year. I decided that I should get back into shooting some film, so I went looking for a film camera, I was originally looking for something along the lines of a 1 Series Canon body. I found a few that came in around the £160 mark.

Then I was reading on one of the camera forums I frequent about putting a Digital Back on an old Medium Format Body. So then I started looking in the cost of a Digital Back and a 2nd hand old Medium Format Body. I checked out a few sites that showed MFB (Medium Format Body) going for around £230ish and then looked into the price of a Digital Back, £1,250 which I figured was a bargain! but further investigation showed that that was for the Digital to Analogue conversion to allow a Digital Back... Delving deeper into the internet showed that Mamiya did a 22 megapixel back for around £2,500, but it was only a 14bit back (the same as Canon's current range of DSLR's) not 16 like most MF Backs.. 

I decided to hit the button and have some fun with a MFB anyway so went searching for Auctions. Bingo! I found one ending in just 4 days, so hit the watch it button and waited. To my surprise I won the auction for less than i thought! WOO!

But I am still without a lens - searching as shown that a 180mm on a MFB will make an ideal portrait combo. Until I can find a lens that doesn't bust my pocket (I dont wan't to over spend on something I'm going to use once in a while), I'm borrowing a 127mm.

It just so happened that the weekend that I got this beast, my cousin and his family were down and I asked if they would be my victims subjects for my 2nd roll of film. I used my first roll taking headshots in the garden and when the kids were playing in the pool (and that was used quickly!).

I wanted to see how well my radio triggers and the Mamiya played together - I had to blue peter a sync cable so that the lens triggered the transmitter (yes you read that right, the lens triggers the shutter - the RB67 is a 100% mechanical body and uses leaf shutter lenses) - i had heard that because of the shutter design you can sync shutter speeds faster than 1/250 - this could become very useful and testing of this was very exciting!

So i setup a couple of speedlights (i thought this should be enough) one in a softbox camera left and the other shoot though umbrella camera right. Clamped the RB on my tripod. Tested the light with my 50D (with digital, instant feedback is great) and when i was happy brought the family in for their shots.

Testing Mamiya RB67 - Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

Testing Mamiya RB67 - Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

Testing Mamiya RB67 - Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

Testing Mamiya RB67 - Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

Thanks to my cousin and his family for agreeing to be my guinea pigs for this shoot!

Lessons learnt?

  1. The viewfinder isn't WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) - the image I saw through the top of the camera everyone's feet were in frame, it would seem that I need to figure out how much of the top and bottom i need to knock off when composing - I'm guessing this will be the same for when i shoot portrait mode.
  2. Clicks cost money! I've worked out that each click costs £1.60 so for a roll of 10 shots that £16.00. Its easy to forget this when you shoot digital and before you know it you've burnt through 10 shots! And it takes a week to see the results..
  3. Depth of Field (amount that is in focus) is shallower than on a 35mm camera, although the shots above look pretty decent, the amount that is actually in focus @ 6.3 is very little on a MFB. Manual focusing with this camera needs to be spot on as well - i didn't focus each shot but instead decided to pre-focus before everyone sat down (for speed) - but I can see that each shot needs to be focused.
  4. Speedlights don't cut it with MF with the above f/6.3, both speedlights were on 1/1 setting and im figuring f/11 | f/16 is what will be needed to get a decent group in focus so Studio Lights will be a must for any further family type shots. f/6.3 will do for couple shots or portraits I think.
  5. File sizes are huge - much bigger than any 35mm shot I've taken, and when I shot the IQ180 at FOCUS I came away with some RAW files they were approx 80MB in size, but as the scans are 16bits and TIFF they come in more in the 600-700MB mark each!
  6. Retouching takes longer! not only because you're pushing more pixels with greater detail, but the dust and other crap that you get on the transparency which is picked up by the scanner (all the cleaning in the world and you still end up with some)
  7. Those white gloves you see the technicians at Jessops wearing are a must buy and I'm getting some for when I have to scan my next shoot!

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