Tomorrow I’m going on vacation with my family to Budapest where I have been many times before. Hungary is the go-to place for me to travel because I’m half Hungarian. But this will be the first time we will be staying in Budapest for more then 2-3 days, this time we will be there for 8 days.
Budapest is a beautiful city, especially when you look at the city as a photographer – lot of history and some amazing architecture and art. The Danube River also runs through the city, separating it into a Buda and a Pest side. That gives a lot of possibilities to frame your shot in a unique way.
There’s a reason for why they they call Budapest for a small version of Paris.
Last year I shot a nice sunset over Budapest, but I really hope that I can take the shot again and make it (a lot) better.
Last time I was in Budapest, I wasn’t really prepared to make some great photos of the beautiful city. I had just started shooting with DSLR after a long break from it and had my D7000 and a 18-105mm kit lens, but I had forgotten my tripod. So I went out and bought a 20$ tripod at a random electronic store.
I was really lucky that I got one good shot from Gellért Hills of the city, because the tripod was so wobbly that it ruined almost every shot I took on it.
So what will I do different this time? It comes down to two things.
The tool I use to organize the places I want to shoot and remember some good compositions, is Pinterest. I have found many of the locations and places on photo-sharing sites like 500px, Flickr, etc. The app Stuck on Earth is also a great tool.
2 I have packed pretty light.
As mentioned it’s a vacation with my wife and our 2-year-old daughter, so I won’t be able to shot all the time. That’s why I’m bringing with me a mirrorless camera that I just got. It’s the Fujifilm X-E1.
This is my first mirrorless, and I’m really excited to see how it compares to my D800. One thing for sure, it’s a lot lighter. So it will be a joy to take with me, compared to my D800 – which can be quite a burden to carry around all day.
The Fuji will be my walk around camera while my D800 will be the one I’m taking with me to the planned locations where I really want to get the “money shot”.
So what did I pack? Let’s take a look.
Beginning from an end.
This is actually the first time I’m taking a laptop with me, to see if I get time to edit some of the pictures on the go.
I also really want to buy a ND filter when I get there, so I can make some long exposures during daytime and get rid of the tourists at locations that is very popular.
So to sum it up. I’m going to have a fun family vacation and hopefully be able to shoot some great photos along the way!