Hi there, the last two weeks, Munich was in state of emergency. Yes, right. It was Oktoberfest time again. That means, loud music, cotton candy, rollercoasters, lots of beer, millions of drunk people and vomit everywhere. Did you know, that the breweries brew a special beer just for the Oktoberfest? And this beer has almost the double alcohol level than usual beer? So be extra careful with it ;-). For myself, I’m not such a big fan of the Oktoberfest or Wiesn as we call it in Munich. But like every Munich resident, I visited there for every single year of my life. My parents still have some pictures of me as a baby, already on the Wiesn. And of course, I can’t break that streak ;-). So I thought, why not combine it with a small Photoshoot. So on the evening of the last day of Oktoberfest, I grabbed my model Dani and my gear and headed there. My plan was, to make some portraits of Dani in her Dirndl (that’s the traditional Bavarian dress) with some nice colorful Bokeh lights from all these candy booths and fun rides in the background. That may sound pretty easy, but trust me, it isn’t. It’s just plain impossible to set up your stuff in a corner where few people are. There isn’t such a spot on the whole place. And you also can’t prevent drunk people from stumbling through your picture, or making silly face behind your model. I didn’t even manage to put up my tripods because of all the people. But thankfully, I had another mobile two legged strobe stand with me. And in the end, we managed to find a decent sufficiently quiet spot and shot some nice pictures. Unfortunately, there was a huge flashing screen on the rollercoaster right behind me. Even though I used a strobe, I just couldn’t crank up the power so much, to eliminate the colorcast of this screen. So almost half of the pictures I took, have a strange pink or greenish look to it. Also, there was this mannequin right behind me, that once in a while spat water. So I had to constantly have one eye on the screen to avoid taking green or pink pictures and also listen for the mannequin to dodge the squirt. Nonetheless, it caught me right in the neck at least four times. But thankfully it didn’t catch my camera.
For this pic I used my 50mm f/1.4 prime, I haven’t used for a long time. But I noticed, that unfortunately it’s not so easy to use in such a crowded place. As I usually try to keep the whole picture for my compositions in focus, this was my first try on a pic with such a Bokeh. There are some things I’ll make different the next time I’ll go for such a pic, but all in all, I’m quite happy with the outcome.
I used just one strobe through an umbrella at 05:00 for this pic.
Until next week – Florian