Behind the Shot | Julie

“Behind the Shot” is a series of blog posts where I provide a little insight.  Behind the camera thoughts sort of speak.  Here I’ll talk about some technical geek speak, camera gear and maybe my thought process to getting the shot.  Every picture has its story so here is mine.

In this particular shot the model is Julie of No Ties Management and the location is some beach in Southern California.


Julie.  Contax G2 | 35mm f/2

The more and more I shoot client work the less I’m able to shoot for myself.  It’s been a few months since I’ve had the chance to test.  Instead of testing with my usual suspects, whom I love to shoot with, I wanted to work with a new face.  Someone that I haven’t had the opportunity to shoot with so I got in touch with the folks at No Ties.

I also wanted to challenge myself to shoot at a new location.  For those that have been following my work over the years have noticed I don’t shoot at the beach too often.  Not that I don’t like to it’s just that I want to do something different than others.  I swear that just about every photographer out there shoots at the beach and only at the beach.  On any given day at golden hour you can see a couple if not a dozen of photo shoots ranging from engagement to glamour and senior pics to family portraits.

So guess where I decided to shoot at?  The beach.  I wanted to try something new, at least for me.  It also happens to be a beach that I’ve never been to so I’m not too familiar of the topography or position of the sun at certain times of the day.  I mean if you not challenging yourself, you’re not growing.  If you not falling, you’re not trying.  This was definitely a challenge that I put on myself.

I was really testing just about every component of a shoot: the model, location and even a new camera.  Well technically not new, but new to me.  I was shooting with a Contax G2 with a 35mm f/2 lens.  This was my first time using this camera so I really didn’t know what to expect.  All I know is that the camera looked like new, but wasn’t sure if it was mechanically or electronically sound.  So for the most part I shot with the Sony A7R as a safety precaution just in case the Contax G2 was faulty.  I didn’t want the day to be a total waste and have nothing to show for plus how do I explain to her agent what happened.  In any case I digress.  So back to the test.

For this test with Julie I got some wardrobe from a client of mine.  The client also happened to join us to style the shoot.  The great thing about my client being part of the test was that she was able to get a first hand experience of the model prior to booking the talent for her look books or e-commerce work.  It turned out to be fun day with our crew, we shot a couple of looks with a beachy swim look and feel.  After the shoot, I delivered pictures taken with the Sony A7R.  They turned out to be a hit with Julie’s agent and ended up being used for her book and on her agency’s website.


As far the test, everything went smoothly.  The location was really amazing, unfortunately  I scheduled the call time too early to take advantage of golden hour.  The Contax G2 worked except for the few out of focus pictures, however that could of been attributed to user error.  I loaded the camera with some Kodak Gold 200 and scanned it on a Kodak Pakon F-135 Plus.  The colors of the picture are literally straight out the scanner.  Just a few minor tweaks with the scanning software and that was it.  I could definitely see myself using the Contax G2 much more than my other film cameras.  It has some sort magic or charm that makes it a fun camera to use and if I get another out of focus pic I can just call it art.

Thanks for tuning in for this installment of Behind the Shot.  Check out more of my Behind the Shot blog posts here.

-Rodney Alan

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