Bokehrama in the woods (Markela)

I was being sensible, getting on with university coursework and in the corner of my screen pops up a Skype window, yep its Andy.

He is Currently Completing a PhD in physics, part of which requires he run 16 hour + simulations…¬† with the computer locked up for that long, he had some time to kill. Naturally I did the only sensible thing I could and instantly dropped the coursework, packed some camera gear and pandered to Markela to come along and model for us ūüôā

After a short drive we arrived, parked up and headed into the woods. It was eerily quiet and the distant and strange sounding animal noises spooked Markela a little (I think she has spent a little too long watching TV/Films where bad things always happen in the middle of the woods!).


We found a nice spot where Andy fired off a few shots and where we tried some slightly “out of the ordinary” lighting set-ups to experiment. The second location we found ¬†(I always let Andy go first, its harder :P) it was my turn to shoot. Having invested so much over the last 4 years in equipment which I’ve always taken great care of, I was extremely pissed to find when I mounted the Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 on camera, I¬†couldn’t¬†see anything threw the viewfinder. It turns out an¬†element¬†inside the lens had fallen out! ¬†So, as light was¬†diminishing, mainly due to heavy rain clouds heading in, I put the 70-200 away and got the 85mm prime out. Mounted that and went to shoot, whats this, fEE error ? My aperture is locked at max (usually the cause of this error message), and yet, ¬†the camera would not let me shoot. After a short session of swearing at the camera body, lens and Nikon in general the engineer within worked out that if I didn’t fully mount the lens, it would think it was a manual lens and ignore the requirement of the aperture ring. Of course this left me with no metering, no autofocus and having to ensure the lens¬†doesn’t¬†fall off the front. To make my life even more complicated, I thought it may be fun to use the Brenizer method (Invented by:¬† also nick named a Bokehrama. See post about getting in lots of practice for situations like this: Practicing the Brenizer Technique

It was cold and even started raining and still Markela was awesome and super patient with us, what a trooper ūüėÄ

Considering the circumstances I’m pretty happy with the final image.

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