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Great work. I do think that the B&W has the subtle effect of focusing the viewer more on the emotions of the subjects. I probably wouldn't have wanted my wedding only in B&W but I think your work here certainly shows B&W's strengths.
I am curious, however, what you feel is the extra benefit film is giving you in this case compared to shooting with a digital, particularly given the extra time and expense you mentioned. Based on the posted images, I am not seeing anything dramatic that could not be accomplished with a digital (obviously with some grain added in post). I know these are quick, imperfect scans as you mentioned but I am not sure that even good scans will show us the difference that you might see in a print so that's why I'm asking. If you do feel there are differences visible even in these quick scans, I would appreciate it if you could point out some for me. It may just be my untrained eyes.
If you had done this as only an exercise or to re-live the good ole days, I wouldn't even ask but since you mentioned that you are considering adding this to your product line, I am curious what extra value film will give your clients that digital won't.
I'm doubtful that Evan added grain in post. FWIW, I've tried unsuccessfully to mimic the look of film with digital. It just isn't possible. I think these have a much different feel than digital B&W, but to each his own. The longer I've shot and looked at my own work and a vast deal of other work, the more I recognize the distinct difference between film and digital and between different film types. You just can't replicate film with digital - you can get close, but not exact.
Evan - I'd love to know how you metered for this. I've read of many photographers using light meters the entire day, but that can often impare you from capturing specific moments. I'm pretty good at guessing what the exposure should be, but I can check that as well. I would love to know if you metered, how you did that, and how you determined when you needed to push or pull the film. Kudos to the person who helped organize this for you!