Canon vs. Contax 645 | Ashley Goodwin Blog

Nearly every time that I pop the back of my Contax 645 open and unhinge a roll of film in front of people who’ve never seen me shooting before I’m almost always met with wonderment “WOW. Real film…like, legit”  sometimes proceeded with “haven’t seen that in a while…”. It makes me giggle and often times has me answering a slew of questions like “now tell me why FILM?”. Trust me, this girl could go on for hours (and sometimes have!) about how beautiful it is, how it may be significantly more expensive but ultimately saves me time, how the end result of colors just can’t be touched, how the bokeh (a.k.a background bubbles of blur) are just out of this world, how the framing and crop of a medium format camera is how my eyeballs see the world, and mainly how it slows me down — keeps me from shootingshootingshooting – resulting in getting THE shot not just a shot. But truthfully, it’s just simply beautiful, you can’t deny it. I’d never hate on digital because it does incredible things and in low-lit ceremonies it has saved my behind once or twice, but man, when it comes to film it has utterly stolen my heart. Sure, I still loop my Canon Mark3 (yes, I begrudging added it to my collection) around my neck for the in-between moments and darker times in the evening when digital is beneficial, snapping away in film but taking one or two in digital for good measure but I always always get my film scans back and swoon. I’m so happy that after years of watching from the sidelines I finally made the leap, not so much for my business or the defining factors, but really for my all things pretty loving soul.

For a better visual of film vs. digital, here are a few comparisons. I always give clients all the great shots from their wedding day, both film and digital (after all I’ve found an artist’s favorite is rarely the same as the couple’s!) but if I have an exact or nearly exact image in both digital and film I usually give preference to the film. Bonus points for hardly having to edit them. ;) All photos straight out of the camera with no (or very very little, like cropping) edits. Yes, the digital versions seen below could be edited to look more like their film counterparts (and some were in the client’s final gallery) but I wanted to showcase how the digital WOULD need to be edited (which takes for-ever) and frankly can never compare to the film shot, which takes very little edits, if any at all.

Wonder why I adore it so much? See for yourself!

Left: Canon 6D SOOC w/ 35mm lens |  Right:  Contax 645 + Fuji 400h w/ 80mm lens

Left: Canon 6D  SOOC w/ 100mm macro lens |  Right:  Contax 645 + Fuji 400h w/ 80mm lens + Hoya +4 macro filter

Left:   Contax 645 + Fuji 400h w/ 80mm lens, trying to not fall into the fountain behind me |  Right: Canon 6D SOOC w/ 35mm lens.

In this scene there was pink almost everywhere, resulting in a really muted but more magenta digital image. I edited the digital to closely match the film for the client, but much prefer the warmth of the film shot here .

Left: Canon 6D SOOC w/ 35mm lens |  Right:  Contax 645 + Fuji 400h w/ 80mm lens 

Left: Canon 6D SOOC w/ 35mm lens |  Right:  Contax 645 +Portra 800 w/ 80mm lens

With the digital it’s tough to expose properly for their skin without “blowing out” or not getting the detail of the ocean. Typically you have to make a choice, but not with the film shot! Bright, pretty skin AND details in the waves. WIN.

  Left:  Contax 645 + Fuji 400h w/ 80mm lens | Right:  Canon 6D SOOC w/ 35mm lens

Shooting ceremonies in bright sun are what photographers wake up in cold sweats in the middle of the night over. Good news is, film rocks out in harsh light.

Left: Canon 5D Mark 3 SOOC w/ sigma 70-200mm lens |  Right:  Contax 645 + Fuji 400h w/ 80mm lens

My digital image could have stood an additional stop of exposure, something in the emotion of the moment I had to leave to post processing. But then when I saw the film? No need!  Plus, I like how the format of the Contax adds that little bit extra in the blanket + additional viewpoint.

 

 

2 comments

August 22, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Kendra - Ahh now you have me really wanting to pull out my film camera!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing this post!!

August 22, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Jennifer Hudspeth - You’re literally the best wedding film photographer. For reals.

Morgan + Jayden

Their mutual friend, a chef, connected them. During her interview process Morgan sat across from Jayden quietly noting the attractiveness of her future boss. Soon after they began working together, but in spurts, as Morgan decided to leave the job twice telling herself she wasn’t fond of Jayden’s work style when in reality they had found themselves deeply in love. A wine maker by trade Morgan declares she takes a scientific yet sensitive approach to the world, seeing circumstances in black and white when her boss, Jayden, came unexpectedly into her life. Traveling with 50 of their accent donning friends from Melbourne to Hawai’i, the islands they love, they chose O’ahu as their gathering place.  Encircled by family and lovely friends they’ve made into family the two live by the notion you “choose your people”. And on a beautifully lit beachside lawn at the Halekulani hotel amidst the swaying of the palm trees Jayden opened Morgan’s eyes to the brightly colored world around flashing around them, making her his Ohana– connecting them to the families they were both born and drawn to.

From Jayden’s Hermes scarf lined suit to their friends turned sister’s teary eyed toasts, this event was absolutely positively RIDICULOUSLY good. They skipped the traditional, opting for new ideals that were innately them, Jayden chose to rock a handsome wedding watch in lieu of a band while Morgan dropped jaws in her killer lace gown. Crafted with chic white and green details, deliciously plated courses paired with fine wine, and giant bursts of laughter piercing through heartfelt moments, Morgan + Jayden’s wedding day was something to truly revel in–and that, they did, enjoying every little stylish minute.


Venue:  Halekulani Kawehewehe Lawn + Hau Terrace  |  Coordination:  Nichole Weddings  |  Florals + Styling:  Passion Roots  |  Rentals: Pacific Party Rentals  | Make-up: Linda Highsmith  |  Gown:  Custom  | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik  |  Suit:  Hermes + Custom  |  Music: Ho’aikane  |  Officiant:  Kahu Bruce

Click HERE to see their full wedding gallery.

Enjoy 30% off all prints in their gallery for the next 10 days with the code “OHANA”. Expires Friday, August 29, 2014.

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August 20, 2014 - 4:02 am

Bethany Cox - holy crap she is the epitome of style!!! I loved every single things about this wedding, of course that includes your amazing photography <3

August 20, 2014 - 5:59 am

Emilia Jane - Just wow Ashley. Stunning!!!

August 20, 2014 - 6:56 am

christie - Absolutely beautiful!

Stand Firm.

I ran around the house grabbing elements to piece together a stylish outfit for the evening. For the past week I’d spent days on end working in a pony tail and yoga pants which left me feeling less than tres chic so I figured some serious effort in my wardrobe be a solid pick-me-up. I cinched a gold belt tight around my waist in hopes of the illusion of appearing thinner, ducked into our overloaded shoe closet to slip on my favorite black sandals and darted out the door to into rush hour. As I scooted into the small side room at church, greeting my fellow mission trip members and introducing myself to the prayer team, I hugged and kissed past cheeks apologizing for my tardiness. The group began discussing how the prayer meeting works, explaining we will be asked a series of questions, given the opportunity to release anything we need to let go of and then be prayed for. Just before it was my turn I happened to glance down to my partially bare feet noticing one wasn’t quite like the other. In my hurriedness I had put on two different shoes! EMBARRASSING!!! At least I had on a left and a right (right?!? I then double checked) but I quickly crossed my ankles praying that no one else in our seated circle noticed. I was first to answer the questions and volunteer to let go of some things when I decided to note to the group “and someone pray for my mind…I’ve done put on two different shoes!!”. My confession elicited a roar of laughter from the group when one of the prayer members quietly mentioned that maybe they should pray for the feet. I didn’t think much of it other than I no longer could go shopping afterwards…I can’t go in public wearing two different shoes! 

Later we stood back-to-back, linking arms as the warriors took turns praying over each of us. The first member, soft spoken as I struggled to cling to her words, opened my heart up like a machete piercing through a coconut. It was like the Lord had read my mind for the past few days and was talking directly through her. I got it God, I got it. Stop being so concerned about how I look and loosing weight… As much as I wanted to chalk it up to coincidence I knew better so instead I committed to opening my heart as the women went past, praising God for their compassion, prayers, and for His never-ending grace. Moments of quiet went by as the next prayer warrior approached. Immediately she grabbed my hand, laughed and whispered “I know you’re crying right now, but I really feel there is an anointing. God really does have a sense of humor (girllll you ain’t gotta tell ME!) and I just spilled anointing oil on the ground by your feet…” as she began to pray for the full armor of God, in particular, my tootsies both physically and spiritually so that I may stand tall. I felt a calmness rise within me as energy rushed through to my toes, tucking back my shoulders I stood with a grounded stance as if I were in yoga.  As we wrapped the prayer meeting up I felt lighter, closer to God and motivated to continue on strengthening my relationship with him, taking much needed time to put my wordly obsessions of work and physical appearance aside to simply spend time reveling at HIS feet in praise. But I did still ask if I had mascara smeared all over my face. Our team leader Bob gave us some notes and suggestions for the trip requesting that when we feel like we don’t want to read the bible or pray is when we actually need it most. I took the sentiment to heart adding it to my iPhone notes and divvied out my hugs, hitting up TJMAXX for some late-night retail therapy. Turns out no one really notices that you’re wearing two different shoes when in public. Or, at least no one says anything.

This morning as the inevitable tugs to immediately sit down at my computer to edit/email/blog/answer to Facebook/network battled with the desire to commit serious time at the gym I wanted to just skip my time in the bible. Promise myself to cozy up and read it later…after all I’ve got more important things to do (ha!). But I heard Bob’s reminder and cracked open my blue book to continue with my readings. And wouldn’t you know it the yet to be highlighted words of Peter said everything I knew I was meant to acknowledge this morning:

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion waiting for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.” – 1 Peter 5: 7-9.

No less than three times this man mentioned our stance in faith and the Lord, in essence our feet, and it couldn’t have been more apparent.  I just need to clear of being distracted by constant busyness and knock out the clutter because He has plenty to say, to guide and to direct, and He’s got jokes…I just need to continue to listen  “stand [ing] firm in this grace”…wearing a fabulous pair of shoes as I do it. ;)

 

 

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Malia + Andrea

He gave a sly wink to the crowd just before she came floating down the ivy walled stairs. Tucked arm in arm her father escorted her into the warmly lit atrium, guests erupting with excitement and cheers, whistles + “chee hoos” at the sight of such a stunning bride. In both english + italian they proclaimed their love for one another, friends and family supporting from the balconies. Malia vowed to be a loving wife, always there, as Andrea swept her hair off her forehead like he always does, promising to forever pick her dirty clothes up off the floor. From the villa style landscape of La Pietra overlooking the Honolulu skyline Malia + Andrea brought together the perfect blend of Hawai’i meets Italy, bound by a million lighthearted laughs and clever quips. #Cialoha.

Never have I ever seen an event quite like this. From the roars of laughter with the bridal party introductions (Andrea’s brother doesn’t speak a lick of english which left room for hilarity to ensue ) to the sprays of champagne (that’s my kinda party!), every element was a true representation of Malia + Andrea–and one hell of a good time. Surrounded by supportive family and crowds of friends who simply adore them, the night dripped in cafe lights was magical. Bursting with chic details to in honor or their cultures guests from near and far dined under the stars on local cuisine, basil topped pizza, and late-night gelato, toasting lilikoi sorbet cocktails as a trio of festive Hawai’ian music serenaded. Packed with heartfelt details, a surfboard guestbook handmade by her father and an ridiculous amount of straight-up fun Malia + Andrea’s wedding was nothing short of a dream, brightly lit by a dance floor full of furiously waving sparklers + fueled by Dom Perignon. But with these two I wouldn’t expect anything less.  Together Malia + Andrea have a chemistry that while in their presence can be felt but I find difficult to describe. Playful with one another they thrive off each other’s energy, forge friendships,  and are fiercely thoughtful. To me the type of friends a couple has speaks volumes about their personalities and after spending a night with these two that left me utterly speechless all I can say is this two are simply perfetto. 

To see more from their wedding day click HERE.

Enjoy 30% off all prints in their gallery for the next 10 days with the code “CIALOHA”. Expires Saturday, August 23, 2014.

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Malia + Andrea [SDE] from Pan + Tilt on Vimeo.

4 comments

August 13, 2014 - 9:27 am

Kayleen T. - Love it! My favorite of all the weddings you’ve posted.

August 14, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Nikki Santerre - My favorite wedding of yours! It feels so exotic, romantic, and every image is stunning!

August 14, 2014 - 8:53 pm

Bora Pogeler - i DIE!!! I love all the gold-rose colored tones in these photos! my fave is one without any people in it lol…it’s the pigeons in the fountain! It gives off a very vintage parisian postcard feel!

August 14, 2014 - 9:27 pm

Ashley Goodwin - Thanks Bora! That is one of my favorites, too, won’t lie! And it was a complete FLUKE! In between family formals I turned around to make sure I wasn’t close to falling in the fountain (which I almost did a few times…) and noticed the birds taking a bath! I quickly pulled my camera up, focused and prayed as I snapped and they flew away. I can’t believe I caught him in action AND so sharp! :)