Budapest at night

In Budapest, even though it was a short notice, I tried to get some models lined up. I put casting call on MM, but there were no interest whatsoever, so I PM’ed bunch of models from Budapest, but most of them either were abroad or were busy… Things weren’t looking good:(I figured that me not speaking any Hungarian but just the bad words (and really basic expressions) is not going to help – I needed native photographer who will help me arranging that shoot. And here comes Peter Neumann, who is also a strobist photographer. He jumped on some Hungarian website for photogs and almost instantly got arranged great model for us – Anna Zsiros. We decided to shoot in the evening, so we don’t have to deal with overpowering the sun, plus to get nice bokeh with one of the most famous bridges in Budapest – Chain Bridge. Setup was pretty simple, hence to the nature of busy Budapest and that we decided to walk a little bit. Most of the times we used Westcott Apollo 28″ softbox with one SB800 inside.

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For the shot below I used another Lastolite softbox 24″ with 580EX II to even up the light.

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That one below was pretty hard to put up (cars and traffic) and it was PITA to focus. Having 85 1.2 and 5d mk II doesn’t help, I tell you that… so here is what I did: put hood eye on the LCD, switched live view on, and simply focused manually. After night shoot last year in Chicago I learned my lesson, that I cannot trust Canon focus system(what focus system??), so I knew what I’ve to do this time:)

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Krisztina – one of our 2 assistants found this very interesting location below – it’s a fountain controlled by motion – every time you get close to it – water stops. Unfortunately I only got couple of shots, because they shut entire fountain off @ 10 PM:(oh well, maybe next time.

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I’m very happy with the output, Anna did a great job, despite her young age (18yrs), which I got to know about when we were wrapping up. Yikes, in US that age raises a red flag, but I guess that how we roll here in Hungary:)

If you’re waiting for pictures of Budapest and those crazy tilt ones – stay put, they’re coming;)

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June 14, 2010 - 1:08 AM

P├ęter Neumann - Had a great time and you took nice pics Piotr. Hope we can work together again.

June 15, 2010 - 8:21 AM

Anna Zsiros - Hmm, nice pictures!Hope we can work together again. Thank you! Anna

June 15, 2010 - 8:23 AM

Anna Zsiros - Hmm,nice pictures!Hope we can work together again! Thank you! Anna

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