The first photoshoot I did for therubi.com I had no what I was doing. It was the summer of 2015 it was hot and I had just saved my car from going to the junkyard. I’d done a previous photoshoot with my friend Jessica, but she left her clothes on the entire time. Before that I had never taken a photo of a person with. I wasn’t nervous about taking pictures of a semi naked girl what I was nervous about was that my photos were going to suck.
The only things I’d ever taken photos of were flowers. People said my flower pics were good but I wasn’t sure if they were just fucking with me or not. One thing I had going for me were my lenses. The camera I had back then was the Canon T5i a fat clunky and unsexy camera armed with a terrible kit lens that gave no depth of field and had unflattering aperture range of f3.5-5.6. That day I carried around a bag full of vintage lenses. Once, I saw Alan Besidin’s video of the review of the Helios 44-2 I was hooked. I spent more money on lenses then camera equipment. In that bag that day I had the 85mm Jupiter-9, 37mm Mir 1-b, the SMC Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 and it’s brother the regular radioactive Super Takumar 50mm f1.4. My copy has a broken front ring and a stiff focus ring.
And that’s what I chose that day. A broken m42 lens with nasty flares and I think it worked. When sunlight hit the lens it made it flare and I always shot wide open at f1.4 and the flares were amazing. This was waaaay before I had Photoshop so getting lens flares was the closest thing I had to adding any special effects.
I felt comfortable with a 50mm lens because a 50mm will compress your subject and flatten it that’s why I like to use it. The Takumar is not the only 50mm I’ve used, I also on occasion use the Canon 50mm F1.8 II. I’m also going to buy a 50mm FD 1.4 soon.
I had no idea how to direct her but luckily Ashley was an amazing model and she was striking and tall. She knew exactly what she was doing everystep of the way. I took some of my favorite photos with her at the Austin Mue She was so hot a bus driver honked and yelled out to us “I want to see those photos!!!”
What I learned that day affirmed the notion of the one photoshoot one camera rule.
Here’s the link to the photoshoot and some photos I’ve edited.