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Films, Cameras, and a Wedding in Bali

A month ago, two college seniors of mine got married in Bali. I was lucky enough to be invited to their wedding and I was really excited to capture their special day on film. For me, this was the first time I had attended a wedding since I started shooting with film and I had no idea what to expect.

Deciding which cameras to bring along was easy, the Canon EOS 88 SLR for “serious” photos and the Fisheye 2 for “fun” photos of friends who would all be gathered together after quite a long while.

The hard decision to make was what type of films to bring. One of the reasons I love film photography so much is that the film is not just a medium where the image would lie on but that its emulsion helps to capture the atmosphere of the scene that we choose to shoot. Whenever I go somewhere with my camera, I sit and stare at my film box for ages, thinking what I should bring.

For this wedding, I wanted my photographs to exude romance and enhance the emotions of the day. So with this in mind, I selected the Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 and Fuji Sensia 100 films, hoping that its warm tones would help me to execute the vision in my head.

When I got the films back from developing, I was ever so happy to see that I had made the right choices. I had popped the Redscale XR film into the camera first, hoping that the strong sunlight and low-ISO setting would render everything golden. The chapel that my friends got married in faced the sea, which gave them a really soft golden backlit!

The Sensia 100, when cross-processed and shot during the late afternoon sun gave the pictures a lovely pinkish hue that accentuated the romance of the day.

An aside-note that I wanted to share here, if you are not the wedding photographer or sitting at the side of a pew or happen to be right at the back, it’s going to be extremely difficult to get some good shots of the ceremony. What I did was (a): zoom between the heads and use them as a sort a frame.

Or (b): when everybody is standing, push your hand with the camera out and shoot from the hip because it could be the best shot of the afternoon!

written by wallflowersforjane


  1. eva_eva


    Sweet. I love the tone. It's so romantic :)

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  3. sidsel


    This kind of colors just make the perfect atmosphere for a wedding day! So pretty and sweet!

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  5. stevelomo


    The warm tones capture the romance perfectly. Lovely series :)

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