The final day of our trip to Budapest and what finer way to spend it than by being crushed by thousands of bodies while you follow your girlfriend around a market inspecting the same souvenir baubles over and over again. Yes that’s what we did in the sort time we had left before we were picked up to go to the airport.
OK perhaps it wasn’t as dramatic or traumatic and experience as I’m making out, but lets just say the Old Market was heaving with people, locals and tourists alike, and is not an experience I would recommend to any agoraphobes. I bought myself some paprika because, well why not? It’s about the most Hungarian thing you can buy. I also bought a snazzy leather flat cap that made me look like a 1920’s revolutionary, sadly I resigned myself to not trying to take the telephone exchange for the revolution, maybe another time. (more…)
Some more images of my friends from Cornwall when I went to visit (one of whom is an excellent photographer you should check out Steven Prebble) taken on a selection of cameras as I had several rolls to finish. The following were used; Olympus OM-1, Olympus Trip, Olympus Auto Eye (yes I admit it, fanboy) and the film was either Lomography Color 400 or Agfas Vita Plus 200. Enjoy.
Another few from my recent trip to Cornwall. Somehow in a group of three where two voted not to go we still ended up doing what only one of us wanted to do, ride the King Harry Ferry across to St Mawes. Nice place, nothing to do.
All taken on Lomography Color 400 with my Olympus OM-1.
Day four of our adventure in Budapest was a day I took very few images for a very good reason, hot spring water and an Olympus OM-1 don’t mix well. Hungary is a country that is blessed with an abundance of natural hot springs, apparently one of the main reasons the Romans settled near Budapest was to take advantage of the medicinal properties of the springs. If it was good enough for the mighty Roman Empire then it’s probably good enough for us to, so we spent most of the day relaxing in the water. I know what you’re thinking, March in Central Europe and bathing outside? The water was a comfortable 36 degrees in most of the pools, and in some as high as 42 degrees. Basically we spent the whole day having a giant bath with hundreds of strangers, and we loved it. (more…)
Another selection of images taken a month or so ago when I went to visit some friends down in Cornwall. This time we went to some woods to take make some photographs on the premise that there had once been a good rope swing there. It took a fair amount of time to get there as we had no idea where we were going or even what the name of the pace we were going to was actually called, the rope swing was found eventually however.
All images are from my Olympus OM-1 with either 50mm F.Zuiko or 28mm Vivitar lenses on Lomography Color 400 film.
When I went to visit my friends in Cornwall a few weeks ago we decided to do a different type of photography each day and in a different place. The images here are from a day we decided to shoot a little street photography and went to Truro for a wander around. All of these are taken on my Olympus OM-1 with Lomography Color 400 film.
Day Three started out badly at breakfast. Firstly I tried to be helpful, this is never going to go well, by offering an Italian lady the jug of milk I was using to make myself coffee in useless Brit abroad fashion, rather than just asking her in Italian, the language I have been studying for nearly two years. And then secondly, I failed to make toast. Granted it wasn’t just me, an American girl was stood next to me as confused by the toaster as I was, but she was the one who noticed that I hadn’t turned the damn thing on. Thankfully the day got better, much better.
We took a walk down to the Danube to hitch a ride on one of the river tour’s we’d purchased during our taxi ride from the airport, I wasn’t expecting very much, as you can imagine from a tour you bought from a taxi driver, but it was actually really good. It lasted a good two hours and was really interesting, a lot of the sights of the city are built along the riverbank so this was a great way of seeing them all and having a guide tell you the history of the place as well. However without the safety of the buildings protecting us from the wind that was hurtling down the river it was absolutely freezing. Though not as cold as later, but we’ll come onto that. (more…)
Well it’s been sometime since we did a street photography on film post so I thought it was about time we did again. Welcome to Cardiff Streets episode 23, all images are taken with my Olympus OM-1, F.zuiko 50mm 1:1.8 lens and on Lomo Lady Grey monochrome film.
For the second day of our Hungarian trip, and the first full day of sightseeing, we found ourselves surrounded by armed guards, police and other emergency services. No we didn’t end up in any trouble, our first full day in Budapest happened to be on a Hungarian national holiday, specifically National Day, a celebration of the (at the time failed but ultimately successful in the long run) 1848 revolution against Austrian rule. Our hotel, being on a main thoroughfare of the city, was surrounded by revellers, police and podiums with political figures giving speeches and rallies. It was a great spectacle of a nation coming out on to the streets to celebrate their heritage, history and pride. What it also meant is that every museum and public attraction was free for the whole day, a major result. (more…)