Laura in Budapest

by Luther Photographer September. 14, 2017 1530 views


On my Eastern European tour, I wanted to capture the beauty of the cities as well as the female residents. That brought me to the idea to do both at the same time. I have to admit that I failed doing that in Warsaw. I took beautiful pictures of Olga, but you can barely see Warsaw in the pictures. So I wanted to do better in Budapest.

I decided not to take my 2.8 70-200 with me this time, for two reasons: First, I arranged a longer shooting time with Laura than I did with Olga. Second, I would very likely take me away from my plan to really capture the city this time. Apart from that, my camera and flash equipment was the same I used with Olga in Warsaw.

This portrait was only lit by the light from the window.

This portrait was only lit by the light from the window.


I met Laura, who was born and raised at the Balaton lake but now lives in Budapest, in a nice café close to Hero Square. While we got to know each other and had a cup of coffee, I started the actual shooting because the light in the cafe was very nice. I love the look of naturally lit portraits, they display the athmosphere authentically.

Laura loved the coffee at Hero Square.

Laura loved the coffee at Hero Square.


Next, we went to the beautiful Városliget park the café is located in. Admittedly, a nice spot to shoot portraits, however, not a typical display of Budapest and its phantastic architecture.

At 50mm and f4.0, there is enough background visible.

At 50mm and f4.0, there is enough background visible.

For this kind of framing, it is best to blur the background.

For this kind of framing, it is best to blur the background.

It was time to head into the city. I asked Laura for some nice architecture we could go to and she suggested the opera house. We first had another drink in the adjoining bar. The interior looked very nice but as the bar room was part of the opera building, we were not allowed to shoot there without a special permit. So we went outside and took some pictures there.

The dress might not be appropriate to see an opera performance in, but fits perfectly to the exterior.

The dress might not be appropriate to see an opera performance in, but fits perfectly to the exterior.

Laura in front of the entrance doors of the opera house.

Laura in front of the entrance doors of the opera house.

In my opinion, black and white matches architecture quite well.

In my opinion, black and white matches architecture quite well.


Finally, we went to a building I passed on my way to meet Laura which I think looks amazing. We were able to get a few good shots with the building, which is the Boscolo Hotel, and a street scene in the background.

Watch out for passing cars, Laura! The drivers definitely did for her, :-)

Watch out for passing cars, Laura! The drivers definitely did for her, :-)

One last portrait just before sunset.

One last portrait just before sunset.

In total, I am very pleased with the rersults as such. Nevertheless, I could definitely have included more of the city. I can already give away that I finally succeeded with that at my last stop in Prague. Pictures of that can soon be seen here in my blog.

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