Budapest Models – Hasselblad H3D-31
Matthew Osborne Photography/ @MrLeicaCom
Cameras – Hasselblad H3D-31 & Leica M 240!
Two days after my Hasselblad H3D-31 digital camera arrived I was due to fly out to Budapest, Hungary for a long weekend of model photography. I decided to leave my analogue Hasselblad 501C camera behind and instead take the new H3D-31 and also my digital Leica M-240 rangefinder. It might sound silly to take two digital cameras and no film cameras but I wanted to try out the new Hasselblad H3D-31. I didn’t want to take only the H3D-31 as I only had two CF cards and two batteries. I was not sure how long two batteries would last me when doing model photography on location and I would need more than the 32GB + 16GB CF memory card I owned. I also only have one lens, the Hasselblad 80mm f2.8 HC for the H3D-31 which is not wide enough for all situations. The Leica M240 can easily last all day shooting on two batteries and I have plenty of SD cards for storage.
Models – 3 Model Agencies
I used to travel through Budapest quite regularly for work so I had been planning to return for a long time. Hungary was home from home at one point and much of my very early model photography practise was shot there. I planned the trip for the summer to try to utilise longer and warmer days (hopefully!). I got lucky and we had nearly all dry weather with blue skies. I collaborated with three Budapest model agencies including NumberOne Models Group, Maverick Agency and Face Model Management. I worked 9:00 – 21:00 with back to back shoots and did 8 photo sessions in all; 2 guys and 5 girls (with Lilla coming back for a second shoot). The standard of models was mixed as is often the case when selecting models in advance online. Some models did exceed expectation and were both experienced and of high standard. I was lucky to catch them between their contracts overseas, often Paris, Milan, Istanbul and Asia.
Location – Budapest
Budapest is a very photogenic city so I wanted to try to capture some of it in my photography. That said, I prepared for rain so booked a city centre apartment with balcony instead of the standard hotel booking approach. It was the best decision ever and I got really lucky with a nice room and amazing balcony to use for photos. The apartment was located in the centre and I could see the crowd gathered around a big screen for Euro 2016 games! Nearly all photos outside were shot within 5min walk of my apartment so my usual strategy. I tend to only need a wall and some nice light for my style of photos normally but I did try to use some Budapest landmarks too.
Example Photos – Hasselblad H3D-31
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