Starting from September this year, I had a strange shift in my photography style and way of looking at photos. Could no longer find much pleasure in just plain shooting color images and suddenly grown very, very fond of B&W especially for weddings.
Black and white for me starts to fill so much more emtional and conveys the feelings of each moment better but of course, shooting images meant for B&W instead of color has its unique challenges as B&W images look best with interesting lighting as well as strong subject and/or lines.
In essence, taking images for B&W is much, much more difficult compared to basic color imagery as you can no longer rely on color to attract or draw viewers in; you have basically chosen to thrown away one of the most powerful tools for visual communications : Color.
Other than that, I had always relied on the feeling of security of having 2 cameras on me at all times, one for wide-angles, one for tele or more artistic shots. At the end, through all these years going with that setup; it suddenly dawned on me, I can’t really use 2 cameras at once.
And more often than not, I’d be shooting with one camera and it’s lens for a long period and then switch to the other. I didn’t really pick up one camera for a shot and then the other for another… not much if any “rapid changing” was needed through all the weddings that I have shot. And steadily, I tended to use a single camera and a single focal length for longer and longer periods of time during a wedding.
To me, that is a sign that I should change. Changing my setup to just a single camera in which case will be my full-frame/a-bit-long-in-the-tooth, 1Ds2. My 2nd camera will now become my real backup and is not used unless something seriously wrong happens to my main camera.
Jimmy & Winnie’s wedding was the first wedding that I shot since I start shooting very differently… shooting more for B&W, change of set up and ultimately a more delibrate approach to wedding photography. No more photographing stuff just because “I might need it later” and only shooting things that are worthy for delivery to the client either in soft-copy or to be part of the album.
So far, I think this change has bought it’s dividends as I am beginning to like my photos more than ever now… and yes… for the first time since I started shooting weddings; I actually shed tears while doing the album layout.
Right… enough rants.
Hope you like this set of photos as much as me.
Thank you for reading.