Fire Fairy

fire-fairy
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/4.5
Shutter speed
1/20 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 12800
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

Fire Fairy by Szabina Fogarasi

Our friends from Mare Temporis asked my wife, Nora Hamucska, to take a few promotional pictures for them for their pretty awesome show, "The Prince and the Dragon" (A herceg és a sárkány).

I could not resist not to take a few photos myself.

I nearly never manipulate my images - in terms of Photoshop retouching, not as levels and color fixing -, but I had to remove some lights from the background; they were somewhat runining the experience.

Fire Cavalier

fire-cavalier
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/4.5
Shutter speed
1/20 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 10000
Lens

Fire Cavalier by Kornél József.

Our friends from Mare Temporis asked my wife, Nora Hamucska, to take a few promotional pictures for them for their pretty awesome show, "The Prince and the Dragon" (A herceg és a sárkány).

I could not resist not to take a few photos myself.

Kornél was mad enough to climb on the top of a ~7m meters high ruin of a wall - mad, because it was near pitch black -, so his backgrounds are actual top of trees.

Fire Witch

fire-witch
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/10 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 25600
Lens

The Witch - green fire - performed by fire juggler Szabina Fogarasi.

Our friends from Mare Temporis asked my wife, Nora Hamucska, to take a few promotional pictures for them for their pretty awesome show, "The Prince and the Dragon" (A herceg és a sárkány).

I could not resist not to take a few photos myself.

Thank you very much everyone :)

Fire Warriors

fire-warriors
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/4.5
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
55.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 800
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR

Fire Warriors performed by fire jugglers Marcsi Kertész and Kornél József.

Our friends from Mare Temporis asked my wife, Nora Hamucska, to take a few promotional pictures for them for their pretty awesome show, "The Prince and the Dragon" (A herceg és a sárkány).

I could not resist not to take a few photos myself.

The ruins on Margaret Island are a superb location for this scene: medieval walls, just exactly what is imagined for the play."

Fire Shaman

fire-shaman
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/4 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 6400
Lens

Fire Shaman - green fire -, performed by fire juggler István Kertész. Our friends from Mare Temporis asked my wife, Nora Hamucska, to take a few promotional pictures for them for their pretty awesome show, "The Prince and the Dragon" (A herceg és a sárkány).

I could not resist not to take a few photos myself.

Thank you very much everyone :)

Come to England. We have fairyland.

come-to-england-we-have-fairyland
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/25 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 50mm F1.8

In case you've ever wondered what could have been the inspiration behind fairytales; all the stories filled with pixies, sprites, the small people; you probably haven't been to the English or the Irish countryside yet.

Not that cliche

not-that-cliche
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
26.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

There are photographic clichés - there always were photographic clichés, and even if you try to avoid them, sometimes you just flow with it, because there is a reason for their existence: generally, they are nice to see.

In this case there was one single element I could add to avoid some of the copy factor: not doing long exposure. I wanted to keep the texture of the water, because this is what I saw; not a milky, cloudy effect. That was in the background, provided by the mist.

Don't be afraid to take "classic" or overused scenes, but do try to alter them, to make them unique enough.

Tarn in sunshine

tarn-in-sunshine
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/4.5
Shutter speed
1/400 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 50mm F1.8

After a long while, when we were returning and passing by the same tarn as earlier, the sun came out for a little while, lighting up all the area, including the still present mist on the other side of the lake.

It's a little devastating to realize how easy is to get used to the accessability of many locations - most of the famous places are now surprisingly close to a car park, for example. But if you go further, to locations that are not hyped attractions, you'll see real beauty.

I have the theory that some areas willingly sacrificing a few blocks to the general public - encouriging every to see those and those only, while the real gems stay hidden, at the end of path, covered by fern an pines.

Tarn in mist

tarn-in-mist
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/16.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

Back when I started taking photographs a bit more seriously I came across a professional artist: Adam Gibbs1. Since he is also a mounteneer he gets to places literally noone else does.

During our short, three days stay in the Lake District we decided to spend one of the days climbing up to a tarn - a smal lake on a top of a hill. It wasn't too steep yet it took a long time to climb it, mostly because of the uncleaned routes; I took this picture while it was still misty all around.

I do envy Adam for getting those locations, but excursions like this keep remind me how much work goes into a single picture.


  1. http://adamgibbs.ca/

Horsee

horse
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/5.6
Shutter speed
1/40 sec
Focal length (as set)
68.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 800
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

We were driving back from a long day in Matlock - apparently we're crazy enough to do day-trips involving ~6 hours of driving and including a bit of walk as well - when we spotted a litte road, with two horses, right in front of a magnificent sunset.

The further horse was incredibly friendly, especially when it got a few bits from some grapes we couldn't finish.

London Colours

london-colours
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/4.5
Shutter speed
1/160 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 50mm F1.8

I've worked close to this station; used it basically every weekday in the morning and in the afternoon for 9 months, and I've never seen these colours before.

London is beautiful at the end of September.

London Illusions

london-illusions
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/4.5
Shutter speed
1/200 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 50mm F1.8

London is the city of illusions; the city that keeps telling you everything is possible, even if your time and resources are pretty limited for that everything. It's just like the reflection of that construction, which takes way too long and will most probably be another fancy office instead of flats, which the UK is in a terrible need of.

Dead pier

dead-pier
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
300.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR

Cankerous posts of an old pier in the lake Traumsee in Gmunden. While the other direction is filled with glamorous, pink-coloured, sunset mountains, sometimes there are other bits and pieces around that can be interesting.

Hütte am Murmeltierweg

arthurhaus-am-murmeltierweg
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/30 sec
Focal length (as set)
16.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

About 20 years ago was a marmot couple, probably the great-grandparents of today's residents live in the lush green lawn more attractive than in the barren sheep pasture of Mandlwand. The two dug the first building under the marked on photo stone and wintered there. Two years later, young hired. Since this stone was completely undermined, and chosen as the "winter construction" of the whole family, in the summer it serves as a popular rock climbing and lookout for young and old.

High Alps

high-alps
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
1/100 sec
Focal length (as set)
53.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

This is the place where marmots live.

They have a impressive taste.

Spotlight

spotlight
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/15 sec
Focal length (as set)
53.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens

If you wait long enough in Hallstatt at the lake on a day with sunshine and a few clouds, you'll end up with this view.

Last light

last-light
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/125 sec
Focal length (as set)
85.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
K or M Lens

While sun is setting, this is a usual scene around Altmünster. However, the clouds at the back helped to add to the drama.

Bentley Brook

bentley-brook
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/13.0
Shutter speed
10 sec
Focal length (as set)
26.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

Unfortunately the UK is not famous for endless forests and low-population dense areas - yet, there are many small, hidden and beautiful places. There is a small valley in Matlock, which used to be a quite heavy industrial area in the Victorian age; ruins and beautiful scenery today.

Mindemellett olyan, mintha megtaláltuk volna Anglia Börzsönyét, és akármilyen kicsi is, ez egy meglehetősen jó érzés.

Lumsdale Falls

lumsdale-falls
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
8 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 50mm F1.8

The more time you spend on shooting a picture from the same spot the less chance of a good image you'll end up with. Try to plan it first, imagine it in your head and don't make unneeded shoots, like I did when I tried to frame the waterfall.

Bentley Brook, Lumsdale

bentley-brook-lumsdale
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/11.0
Shutter speed
2 sec
Focal length (as set)
43.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 80
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

Trying to capture water is tricky, since many of us will fall into the trap of too long exposure. I've seen brilliant, multi-long-exposure photographs, which I'm way to far to master at this point, but the not-too-long exposure I'm getting slightly better with. What surprised me after taking this shoot is the focal length I made it with: 43mm. The 16-85 zoom gives you plenty of options, yet I ended up very close to my usual weapon of choice, 50mm (75mm eq. since I'm on APS-C), and I also ended up with a focal length that used to exist for Pentax as a prime.

unnamed

unnamed
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/5.6
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
85.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
HD PENTAX-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

No story here. Just feel the picture.

Matlock cat

matlock-cat
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/400 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 50mm F1.8

A horrible habit of ours with my wife what in case we spot a sympathetic animal we try to touch it. In this case there was no need for any tricks, the cat walked right up to us and certainly tried to bewitch us to take her home.

Being 200 miles from our flat and having a pretty territorial male cat made us leave her behind unfortunately.

Star

star
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/5.0
Shutter speed
1/80 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 400
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

Unfortunately I have no idea what species this plant is, but the shape definitely caught my eye. It's living in the "Conservatory" of the Barbican, which is not for music, but a place which looks like a dystopian sci-fi where nature had took over the brutalist concrete building.

Norwich Cathedral Passage

norwich-cathedral-passage
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/5.0
Shutter speed
1/60 sec
Focal length (as set)
18.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 6400
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR

The Norwich Cathedral has some very modern, very strange stained glass at the end of the left corridor which renders the area orange and purple during the afternoon.

A view from Barbican

a-view-from-barbican
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/9.0
Shutter speed
1/80 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

This is a view from a less frequented part of the Barbican. This whole area is like an architecture-history display, but all the modern, straight lines makes it very hard to properly photograph it, especially without a tripod.

If you plan to take really high quality pictures of modern buildings, get a good tripod, a way to level both horizontal and vertical placement and potentially a lens with perspective correction options.

Frozen moment of the 70s

frozen-moment-from-the-70s
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/200 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens
K or M Lens

Brustalism, as in architectural style was still present in England in the early 70s - and Barbican is probably the largest piece of it.

It's like a frozen moment of the 70s - and not so surprisingly pretty familiar for those who come from Hungary or any post-socialist European country.

Bird's eye view

birds-eye-view
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/4.0
Shutter speed
1/160 sec
Focal length (as set)
35.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 AL

A friend of our's is living on the 16th floor, which, on it's own, does not sound interesting. What makes it interesting is the view down from his bedroom, to the communal area of the building.

Bath moment

bath-moment
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/500 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
K or M Lens

Bath is an interesting city - it's unreal compared to the rest of England, out of place and feels truly ancient. ( Not a big surprise, knowing that is still keeping the original, Roman street layout in the old town. )

This is just a small, everyday scene from there.

Into the sunset

into-the-sunset
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/160 sec
Focal length (as set)
135.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
M-42 or No Lens

Also a shoot from Beachy Head; when the sunset is upon the shore the road gets more and more empty. I've spotted the biker going the direction of the curved road, so I waited till the point I could make this picture.

The reason for the cut is that I wanted the feeling of some old, forgotten movie.

Lens: Jupiter 11 135mm f4.0 silver m42 version

Forlorn

forlorn
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/16.0
Shutter speed
2 sec
Focal length (as set)
115.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR

This was the second time I tried to photography these forgotten piles in the Seven Sisters Country Park; this time it was successful.

Sometimes you need a more stable tripod.

Pebbles

pebbles
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/16.0
Shutter speed
6 sec
Focal length (as set)
135.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR

Sea-washed pebbles on the shore of the Seven Sisters

Grass

grass
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/4000 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
K or M Lens

I was trying to catch the soft and calming feeling of the Norfolk shores in Britain, so I ended up doing this multi-exposure image of the grass on the beach sand dunes being waved by the wind.

Seven Sisters from Beachy Head

seven-sisters-from-beachy-head
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/500 sec
Focal length (as set)
135.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
M-42 or No Lens

Beachy Head is one of the viewpoints you can see the Seven Sister from - although you need some luck to capture all seven of the peaks in one picture, which I lacked this time.

The Countryside

the-countryside
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/200 sec
Focal length (as set)
135.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
M-42 or No Lens

Sheeps, lighthouse, hills, sunset - all you need for a cheesy countryside picture, yet, I still believe this is beautiful.

Hills from Beachy Head

hills-from-beachy-head
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/200 sec
Focal length (as set)
135.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
M-42 or No Lens

When we first visited Beachy Head we could not stay to enjoy - and photograph - the sunset from that marvellous and exceptional location; this time, we arrived right on time. This area is a gorgeous example of The Stereotype Countryside but it's still astonishing and lovely :)

Baby fern

baby-fern
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/
Shutter speed
1/160 sec
Focal length (as set)
50.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
K or M Lens

The Budapest Zoo had been in a pretty bad condition ~20-25 years ago; nowadays it's probably on the list f the best zoos in the whole world. I've found this in the Palm House.

Frozen

frozen
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/4.5
Shutter speed
1/800 sec
Focal length (as set)
70.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 200
Lens

The Midlands do get some snow and proper winter, but not much. Yet somehow we ended up in the only foggy spot on probably the whole Britain on a Sunday when everywhere else the sun was shining. The trip was worth it regardless of this.

Photographers

silhouette-of-photographers
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/400 sec
Focal length (as set)
135.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR

Peak District, sunset, and photographers.

Lud's Church - Rectangulars

luds-church-rectangulars
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/6.3
Shutter speed
1/13 sec
Focal length (as set)
78.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 800
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR

Lud's Church is an astonishingly beautiful chasm in the Peak District.

You have two paths to choose from to visit it and from one of these the place is literally a hole in the ground. I'm glad we choose the other path.

The place itself is similar to Puzzlewood, yet smaller in area while much larger in height.

Lud's Church - Edges

luds-church-edges
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/6.3
Shutter speed
1/25 sec
Focal length (as set)
36.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 800
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR

Lud's Church is an astonishingly beautiful chasm in the Peak District.

You have two paths to choose from to visit it and from one of these the place is literally a hole in the ground. I'm glad we choose the other path.

The place itself is similar to Puzzlewood, yet smaller in area while much larger in height.

When we visited this probably was the only spot in the whole of England where there was a fog and a chill. During our drive from Cambridge the sun was shining, the weather was mild - until we reached the Peak District, but hey! It was supposed to be winter anyway.

False sunset

false-sunset
Camera
PENTAX K-5 II s
Aperture
f/8.0
Shutter speed
1/400 sec
Focal length (as set)
135.0 mm
Sensitivity
ISO 100
Lens
smc PENTAX-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR

It's been a long time since I last photographed sunsets, but this was something different. On the flight from the UK to Hungary we had this scene, where it was hard to tell where the sun actually is. It was 14:50 local time, therefore the real sunset was hours ahead, yet the view was stunningly apocalyptic.

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