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Wedding Rehearsal

Okay. This was one interesting day for me.

I was invited my dear friends wedding, and they scheduled the rehearsal a couple of days prior to the wedding. The wedding was planned on the local catholic church. The rehearsal was just for family members and some of groomsmen and bridesmaids.

Personally it was such a beautiful church. Nothing was overly done, just divine and graceful as the church should have been. And the families and friends, we all had the up-coming excitement on our faces for the real day.

Now I got the challenge. I wanted to take some nice photos for them as no photographer was arranged for the rehearsal and the biggest problem was the light. The place was pretty dark and I didn't have flash with me. In fact I don't have any external flash for X100 yet anyway :)

"Maria 1"


"Maria 2"
At least getting some shots of the church itself was okay. Each spot had some lighting set up and as they are not moving, it wasn't too hard for me to get it right.

However, once I started to shoot the people, I really struggled. Pretty much most of photos were taken between f/2 - f/2.8. Only one or two pictures came out okay with f/4. All of my attempts to get some more details in the background was simply failed to get sharp focus. I know many people still take great indoor shots with X100 like music concert and so on. I should have read more details on their settings but was too late a bit.


"Bride and Groom" f/2 1/30 ISO 3200
In fact the above was my favourite shot of the night. It captured good expressions on the bride, groom and the priest. I also got pretty happy with the composition.

The thing was that I wasn't really a photographer that night as I also had to learn the wedding ceremony as a groomsman. So all my photos were taken from the left side from the centre.

"First March"
"Final Act"
I usually shoot JPEG+RAW format and auto ISO with 200 current and maximum 3200. All the ISO picked from the camera was 3200 (Obviously!) and I ended up using RAW files after good amount of post processing on them to bring the details up.

As I mentioned before, I also shoot Canon 40D and currently have Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens with it. Then on the day I happened to leave it at home as I wanted to practice X100 but also I didn't expect the inside would be that dark. I deeply regretted not bringing Canon but it gave me a good chance of operating X100 under such conditions. Also, X100 was deadly silent so some people didn't notice me shooting at all.

I have seen many indoor shots from X100 and I know that it is capable of doing it. Just I wasn't sufficiently ready to perform like that, and sadly I ended up with many out-of-focus shots. It's good to know that what I am capable of and also the camera can do at that situation.

All the images were published under the "Creative Commons" licence.


  1. Just a very honest comment. I thought there was a little bit too much black space in your favourite shot. The composition can stay (well we can't change that now) but we can crop the top. Perhaps a 16:9 look? Something along the line. I'm a fellow X100 user. A happy one to add. Getting happier each time they update the firmware.

  2. Hi Keefe,

    In fact that was intentional and I guess it just belongs to different personal tastes as I really wanted to have strong contrast between the roof and the cross. But I like your idea of trying 16:9 look.

    Thanks for good comment.


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