Whanganui road trip – Film stories.

From time to time I remember that I have half used films in various late 70’s/early 80’s camera bodies lying around and even rarer still, sometimes I actually finish them. A good friend of mine asked me to help him out on a wedding he was shooting in his home town of Whanganui and for the road trip north I decided to go analog. I finished off a roll of Fuji Superia 200 and then started a roll of Ilford XP2 Super 400 (B&W).

I have to say I’m quite pleased with the results even if there’s a few bright light leaks. Those are fixed easily enough and it serves as a visual reminder that you’re looking at something more special. Film is definitely not dead! The image above is from a recent shoot – yet another few shots tacked onto the end of goodness knows what. And that’s part of the fun and wonder. Getting back a few rolls of fresh process and then the memories come flooding back. I’ve also noticed that film has a distinct tilt shift -like quality to it. Doesn’t really matter where your focal point is there always feels like there’s more depth to a frame.

First shot. Sorry ’bout the light leak! Josh explaining something about frame rates and shutter speeds. I was definitely listening!!

This is the shot I think has the most tangible ’tilt shift’ quality. A simple case of vintage lens vignetting at max aperture but I really like it.

Very happy to get so much clarity taking a picture inside a moving vehicle of another moving vehicle.

Take two was better don’t you think?

Whanganui has some amazing old buildings!! I’d love to get back and explore some day.

All I was lacking here was a light source on my face. I had everything else just perfect but forgot the most important factor – LIGHT!

And here’s a perfect example of how an out of focus shot works with film. I’d discard this shot if it was digital because the expectation is for every shot to be pin sharp. Film is definitely more forgivable!

Loving the grain of the Ilford XP2!!!

Josh got some shut-eye on the flight back home. I got the shot.

Rainy, moody, lovely. Renée & Ben Edwards wedding.

Renée & Ben were married at the Calder family farm on a blustery, rainy day earlier this month. But that didn’t stop the smiles and love shining brightly!

Here’s a sneak peek of their day – so much fun to film this for them!

Die Deutsche Hochzeit Von Karin Und Micha

Before we get stuck in, there’s just one thing you should know.

Bevor wir anfangen, es gibt nur eine sache, die sie kenne sollten.

 

Karin & Micha are amazing people. So full of life and love and just a little bit of adventure. And maybe a bit of goofball. I’m not sure this is gonna translate well!

Karin und Micha sind tolle leute.  So voller leben und liebe und abenteuer. Und vielleicht ein bisschen goofball. Mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut. Apologies.

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I met Karin while on a YWAM  course here in New Zealand back in 2007 and from there we kept up with each other over the years on Facebook.

Ich traf Karin zu einem JMEM natürlich hier in Neuseeland im jahr 2007 und wir in kontakt über die jahre auf Facebook gehalten.

 

Last year I heard that Karin had got engaged to Micha and the next thing I knew we were having discussions over Skype about their German summer wedding!

Letztes jahr hörte ich, dass Karin war Micha zu heiraten und der nächste wir mit duiscussions über Skype über ihre Deutsche hochzeit im sommer verlobt!

 

And so I flew to Germany to photograph their beautiful wedding. But not before Micha had one last ride on a mountain bike, crashed, injured himself, and broke his friend’s bike. Two days before the wedding!!!!

Und so nach Deutschland flog ich zu fotografieren ihre schöne hochzeit. Jedoch nicht vor Micha hatte eine letzte fahrt mit dem mountain bike. Er stürzte. Er verletzte sich. Er brach seine freunde fahrrad. Zwe tage vor der hochzeit!!! 

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But on the wedding day everything was perfect!

Aber am tag der hochzeit alles war perfekt!

So perfekt.

SO PERFEKT!

Congratulations Karin & Micha. Life is your adventure!

Herzlichen glückwunsch Karin und Micha. Das leben ist ihr abenteur!!!

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And of course, to finish – the photographer must have a selfie with the bride 😉

Und natürlich muss der fotograf eine selfie mit der braut zu haben 😉

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Hints On A Happy Marriage

Earlier this year in January my grandparents celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary, no small feat these days!

I happened to be in the North Island a few weeks previous shooting a wedding so I stopped in to see them on the way through.

I thought I’d surprise them by just opening the door without knocking and waltzing on in to their kitchen.

Nanny, bless her, was putting a pot of tea on (as all good Irishwomen do, it’s always tea time you see) and with failing sight still recognised me.

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Grandad was busy organising pages in his stamp collectors book at the kitchen table and looked up with a grin and a “hello, lad!”

Over lunch I asked them if they could think of some things about their relationship that was special, maybe some first impressions or some helpful hints on a long and happy marriage? I gave them the weekend to think about it and said I’d be back to photograph them and do a mini interview as I travelled back home.

Fast forward a few days and I’m sitting back at their kitchen table (more tea please) listening to Grandad read out their top ten ‘Hints On A Happy Marriage’._V8A3712

I was pretty blown away that they’d thought this up together. Even more amazed that Nanny had written it with her vision impairment. “There you go, Bruce, you read it to him.”

“I wrote it out for you, Luke but I can’t see it now.”

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So here they are: Bruce & Gwenda Smith’s “Hints on a Happy Marriage” (In no particular order and exactly as they’ve worded it).

1. You need to be good friends as well as lovers. _V8A3704

2.We were told to ‘bear and forebear’, in modern terms, learn to give and take._V8A3724

3. Trust each other. It is important to have implicit trust in one another

4. Laugh a lot together (very important)._V8A3768

5. Keep the romance in your marriage – share at least one kiss a day._V8A3751

6. Even when busy, make time to do things together. Even if there is no spare money, do simple things.

7. Husbands tell your wife you love her. Don’t assume she knows. She needs to be told, especially when life gets a little ‘humm drumm’ and you are going out meeting people and she is at home minding the children._V8A3735

8. When there is a problem, and there will be, you are two different people, you won’t always agree. Talk it through. Don’t bear a grudge, grudges grow to resentment. (Eph 4:26….. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry)._V8A3779

9. Encourage one another, don’t put each other down. It can be hurtful.

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Jordan & Keegan’s amazing Wedding!

It rained but not during the important bits!

Jordan Livingstone married Keegan Jeffries at Spring Grove Drill Hall near Wakefield in Nelson Bays under a banner of streamers and open rafters and with many friends and family cheering them on. It almost rained on their parade but fortunately the weather cleared just long enough for the group and location photos.

I feel very blessed to have been a part of their day and it’s been wonderful seeing their relationship grow stronger over the past 6 months especially. Well done you two! So stoked for you!

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