June 27, 2018

Eithne and Andreas at Bellinter House

I’m building a time machine. My first trip is back to Bellinter House in early May to do this all over again.
This kind of wedding day is the stuff that wedding photographers dreams are made of. Amazing weather. A great setting but most of all, people who you warm to in an instant. Either and Andreas are those kind of people. And those kind of people come from good stock. So you end up with a great bunch of family members and a wonderful set of friends. It’s as good as it gets because wedding photography, or at least, the kind of weddng photograhy I want to take, revolves are people. Give me a face to photograph over anything and I’ll be happy.

This day was literally full of smiles (Andreas has the biggest and most incredible smile I’ve ever seen.) some wonderful happy tears, a LOT of kissing (from everyone – it’s a Swedish thing…) and some downright dangerous dancing that I shot while literally curling my toes back under my feet. (I need to invest in some quality steel toecap boots)

Eithne and Andreas, you guys are two in two million. The generosity and kindness you showed me on your day did not go unnoticed. I loved the time we got to spend together and I hope these images bring you both years of happy memories.

Oh before I go. There is a little bit of tech talk at the very bottom of the post for fellow photographers.

 

 

Suppliers
Hair – Glen Cullen
Makeup – Kate O Reilly
Florist Bouquets and Church – Marguerite Dolan.
Flowers and Decoration at the venue – Tracy Lavin Events
Suit – Custom made Empire Customs Toronto – @empirecustoms_official
Dress – Jenny Packham
Church Music – Carolan String Quartet 
Reception Music – Retrospect (The drinks reception music I’ve heard in a long time!)
Wedding Band – Entourage
Venue – Bellinter House
Wedding Car Bride and Groom – Court Yard Classics
Cake – Made by friend Julie Lyons

 

Tech Bit for fellow wedding photographers.
This wedding was shot entirely in JPEG. The reason for this is that when I first purchased my Fujifilm X-H1 I was intrigued by the Eterna Film Simulation. I knew it was really aimed at filmmakers however I did wonder how well a JPEG with the Enterna Film Simulation would stand up to some light editing. The answer is, really very well. Eterna is very kind of skin tones which as a wedding photographer is what you’re looking for from your files probably more than anything else.
So, after shooting quite a bit of personal work and liking what I saw, I decided to shoot a wedding with it to see if I liked the results even more than what I was getting from the RAWS and also to see if it would improve my overall workflow.  So with that, I shot RAW’s to one card and JPEG’s to the other just in case. Those RAW’s were never needed.
For any Fujifilm photographers out there who wonder about settings on the method I used, it’s as follows.
Under the IQ Settings
Film Simulation – Eterna
Highlight Tone – 0
Shadow Tone – Minus 1
Color – +3 (to give a bit more punch)
Noise Reduction – Minus 4

Under the Setup Menu
Then in Screen Settings
EVF Color +4 (This just give you a bit more vibrancy in the viewfinder rather than the very flat Eterna look)
LCD Color +4

And that’s it. From there my edits in Lightroom were as per usual with a few tweaks made to my usual look to ensure that there wasn’t too much over sharpening.

Editing the jpegs was pretty easy because as the file contains less data you have less room to play with it. So once you have your preset working well it’s really just a matter of working on simple things like the exposure and contrast etc. For some that might be a negative thing but for me, it was a big plus. You have to ensure you get things right in camera but with an EVF that’s not too difficult. Another big plus in shooting with mirrorless for sure.
At present I don’t see any signs of going back to RAWS but I guess if I’m faced with a venue that has really appalling lighting or something like that then I may reconsider just for a little bit more failsafe but I have to say I’m super pleased with how these Eterna files look when lightly edited.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll reply as quickly as I can.

Dave

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9 Comments

Paul

Lovely wedding dude crazy flare on that sunset!!

16:53 June 27, 2018
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    Dave

    Thanks man. Yeah the flare on that 56mm is insane.

    23:05 July 22, 2018
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Katie Kavanagh

This is wedding goals! So much love and fun from start to finish!

12:56 June 28, 2018
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    Dave

    Wedding goals indeed Katie! Duly noted :)

    23:05 July 22, 2018
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Peter Kasbergen

Cracking work, Dave! So glad we met in Bath as now I can be inspired by your great work. Cheers from Holland!

13:23 June 29, 2018
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    Dave

    Ah thanks so much Peter. That's really nice of you to say. It was so good to meet you too and I'll be keeping a keen eye on your work too I can assure you. Cheers man.

    23:06 July 22, 2018
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Barry Forshaw

Lovely, lovely wedding! I’m primarily using an X-Pro2 so don’t have the Eterna film simulation, and yours is the first wedding photography work where I feel I’m missing out. I’ve tried jpg weddings previously with mixed success, mainly because of dodgy light. Were you using auto white balance or setting it manually? What was your editing workflow with the jpgs? Did you use X-Raw studio or just bring the jpgs into Lightroom? And final question I promise - what lense were you using to get those lense flares? They are gorgeous!

06:42 July 22, 2018
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    Dave

    Hi Barry, Thanks so much for the wonderful comment. Firstly, trust me when I say, you're not missing out. This look is very similar to my old look which I used before I had the X-H1. The only reason I was using Eterna was that I could get the same look when shooting JPG's with the Eterna and my editing was a little quicker because of it. Since though I've actually returned the X-H1 and gone my to my X-Pro2 and X100F as the X-H1 just was too buggy for me to fully depend on at weddings. To answer your questions though, I was using Auto white balance - the Fuji has always been pretty good at that I've found. The editing workflow was a quick cull in Photo Mechanic and a full edit in Lightroom. Oh and the lens that got all that lovely flare was the 56mm 1.2 with no lens hood to let all that light hot the glass properly. To be honest, I think it was probably a bit to flare heavy, especially with the JPG's as there wasn't a lot I could do to the files later to get contrast back. Still, the ones I used here on the blog I was happy with :) Thanks again! Dave

    23:12 July 22, 2018
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      Barry Forshaw

      Thanks for that Dave. Coming from Canon I have found the Fuji auto white balance to be great too. I use the 56 too but never managed to get that crazy flaring. I’ll have to try taking the lens hood off at my next wedding. Shame about the X-H1, although I love the X-Pro2 so I didn’t even consider it. I’d love to add the X100f as my second body - I’m currently using an X-T1 for that. Take care!

      08:37 July 25, 2018
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