Day 6 of Winter: Queens Botanical Garden Wedding Officiant

I love be a wedding celebrant in Queens, especially when couples ask me to officiate their weddings in the Queens Botanical Garden.  I am at once sad and happy that I used Kentmere 400.  Sad, because this film does not handle difficult lighting situations well –shade or bright sunshine.  Happy, because I learned this bit of information.

I am not a photographer at all, let alone a wedding photography. I am solely an officiant. But I do know my trusty old Minolta SRT 100 adorned with a M Rokkor-x 50 f/1.4, which is an analog SLR 35mm camera with a stunning prime lens that has lived a longer life than myself. These old cameras are sturdier than digital, and I personally love the look of grainy, textured black and white film. Back in May 2012, I decided that for each day of the upcoming winter, I’d publish a photo or two from my past ceremonies (people, places, and/or things)—the good and bad, as a reminder that mistakes happen. These images are low-resolution scans of negatives. I generally used Ilford, mostly HP5, because I preferred its look and longevity. I never used a flash, but I love filters.

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