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Reviewing The Situation

By AlanBW
After sampling the many delights of Vienna, our next major port of call was Budapest. Hungary’s beautiful capital city has an abundance of classical architecture, which is one of our great interests, so there was plenty for us to see. We visited all the main sights during the morning, including Gellert Hill, Heroes’ Square and Fisherman’s Bastion, plus some of the principle bridges across the Danube joining Buda and Pest.

In the afternoon we headed for the Great Market Hall, designed by none other than Gustave Eiffel. Built on three floors, it is a magnificent structure that reminded us of one of those classic Victorian railway stations. This was the second of Eiffel’s creations that we have come across outside Paris, the other being the huge, ornate and still-used Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

After taking a good look around the busy, fascinating market and making a couple of purchases, we headed for the main shopping street, Vaci Utca. When we left our hotel in the Vienna Woods early that morning, there was still snow on the ground! In contrast Budapest was dry, warm and very sunny, although most people were dressed as if they were expecting things to turn colder. In a side street just off Vaci Utca, I espied the intriguing character pictured above. Dressed in a long, dark coat and holding a wide brimmed hat in one hand and a cigarette in the other, he was leaning against a barrier and basking in the sun. As he did so, he casually observed others going about their business, sometimes nodding and smiling when people looked in his direction. There was just a single opportunity but I managed to get my shot, as surreptitiously as possible, from the other side of the pedestrianised thoroughfare. The light was very harsh and I have added sepia toning to try to compensate for this, but this was a character who was much too interesting to miss!

Later that afternoon, when taking a welcome refreshment break at a very pleasant outdoor café, we noticed him walking towards us in the direction of the market. Long coat flapping around his ankles, wide brimmed hat perched upon his head and with a slight but nonetheless perceptible stoop, he reminded us immediately of the smash hit musical ‘Oliver!’ and Ron Moody’s brilliant performance as Fagin.

Tags: Travel General Man Candid People Budapest Hungary Portraits and people

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woolybill1 Plus
14 37 77 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2007 4:56PM
This is an excellent character study. "Fagin" was the very word that sprang to my mind!

Budapest seems to have an abundance of such sights; it delights in the visual, I believe, and celebrates its most famous sons and daughters with statues everywhere.

cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
19 Apr 2007 5:15PM
a definite Thespian...superblt caught

Hanners 15 875 10 Ireland
19 Apr 2007 5:28PM
yep it's definately Fagin. Cracking treatment too

CLIX Smile
19 Apr 2007 5:31PM
Alan its amazing this was captured with one shot, its a cracking portrait, the sepia tone is so good for him, enjoyable read, great shot, Adrian
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
19 Apr 2007 5:32PM
stunning the treatment

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 762 England
19 Apr 2007 5:33PM
This just says 'Victorian' even though on closer inspection it isn't. However, what a great grab shot as it were, and your sepia treatment is spot on here.
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2007 5:37PM
alan this is brilliant, very nicely done indeed.

Blenkinsopp 15 320 4 England
19 Apr 2007 5:51PM
great character portrait
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
19 Apr 2007 6:03PM
I thought of Ron Moody, before I even read your story.
A wonderful portrait, oozing strong character.
The sepia effect works very well on this image.
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
19 Apr 2007 6:06PM
Lovely tones in this portrait

tull 17 181 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2007 6:14PM
Got a pick a pocket or two! Cracking portrait Alan with superb tones.
Ron Moody for me too although Ben Kingsley was rather good in the remake shown at Christmas but only one Bill Sykes-Ollie reed!

Lovely Alan !!!
jan 1 17 12 Netherlands
19 Apr 2007 8:12PM
Very well taken portrait of this Gentleman, Alan.
Thanks for the info too.
trissie 14 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2007 8:23PM
A superb character portrait Alan, lovely tones and a great story.

Trish x
TonyFrith 14 3 6 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2007 8:50PM
super candid shot nicely done in sepia
Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2007 9:42PM
this is a fab photo and a great colour
details great so clear and sharp
just a great portrait
well taken
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2007 9:54PM
Excellent character study Alan, and apt title considering the resemblance to Ron Moody.

anthhope 15 1 England
19 Apr 2007 10:22PM
An excellent expression, very well captured..
bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2007 11:03PM
definately fagin... superb portrait
davewaine 14 141 3 England
19 Apr 2007 11:14PM
Super portrait, Alan. The sepia toning adds a certain timeless quality. I like sepia with a hint of red in it, like you have here.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2213 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2007 11:47PM
Another excellent furtive portrait, I like the sepia treatment.
forestrich 14 2 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2007 12:06AM
Superb portrait and the toning certainly gives that timeless effect that you would associate with the historical location.
Great work.

20 Apr 2007 12:08AM
Sepia gives it that Victorian noir appeal and very sympathetically composed, excellent choice of tone... excellent exposure under the conditions.. !!!
Actually reminded me of portraits from the Victorian Period..
superb Portrait full of essence of the character... And detail,
love that fuzzy hair, distinguished.

stunning Smile

Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
20 Apr 2007 2:49AM
Certainly an interesting character, and you have captured it well. The portrait has a lovely air about it, and the sepia tone has added the perfect touch.
20 Apr 2007 4:03AM
Excellent character portrait Alan - very effective use of tone

chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2007 5:39AM
Brilliant capture, right out the history books, i love your stories
PLCimagery 14 77 1 England
20 Apr 2007 7:04AM
Great capture
hebdens 15 5
20 Apr 2007 8:08AM
very dapper gent,the sepia tone works well.
KingBee Plus
14 548 2 Scotland
20 Apr 2007 8:14AM
You've done it again, maestro! Superb candid and beautiful toning.

mollye 14 3 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2007 9:26AM
Supurb portrait shot love the toning and fabulous detail
Mavis 19 143 2 England
20 Apr 2007 9:27AM
Quite a character Alan . A well caught candid xx
daffydill56 17 190 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2007 9:30AM
It seems I have missed a few of your images Alan sorry. Lovely treatment here, and a good character portrait.

Gorro 14 9 England
20 Apr 2007 10:27AM
Another super image. I'd be interested to know how you produce your slightly orange sepia toning? (I believe my monitor is calibrated correctly.) In camera or PC? If it's Photoshop, is it Colorization or Filtration and what settings? Is there a B/W interim step?
20 Apr 2007 11:00AM
Excellent capture, Alan......Great candid and interesting look!

Cheers and have a great weekend,
Suzan Smile
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
20 Apr 2007 12:14PM
This is inspired!!!!! What a great pose, and so Victorian in flavor. You are, hands down, the master of candid!!!!
canongirl08 15 18 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2007 12:33PM
Great work Alan
Gaz_H 14 150 1 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2007 12:48PM
Fantastic set of images and stories since I last visited your P/F Alan. Love every one one of them.
moglen Plus
14 14 1
20 Apr 2007 4:02PM
Excellent capture, Oliver was the first school play i was in, i really enjoyed doing it and any reminder brings it all back. thanks for click. glen x
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
20 Apr 2007 4:14PM
Like this Alan. The colour toning is so good and seems to suit the subject perfectly. Interesting info too.

GlynnisFrith 14 23 3 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2007 4:35PM
A well caught portrait image works well in sepia & I agree would not be out of place in Oliver Twist
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2007 6:04PM
A truly superb portrait!

20 Apr 2007 6:05PM
Amazing character shot Al', and really well worked. Like this ALOT!

John (-:
korni 14
20 Apr 2007 7:13PM
A superb character portrait,....really love this.
RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2007 7:27PM
A great face, Alan, with reminders of so many other character in the features. Superbly taken as usual!

elcid 16 150 England
20 Apr 2007 7:32PM
This is the look of a great man, as you say 'Fagin'. A great candid shot, and the tone is superb.

panda 16 5 1 England
20 Apr 2007 7:34PM
Excellent image, a trip back in time.

Regards Phil
eddieali1961 17 97 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2007 8:37PM
Great treatment to this mate.
summ3r 14 26 1 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2007 8:52PM
what an intriguing character, well captured under difficult circumstances!
phototime 14 8 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2007 9:21PM
What a powerful image Alan and a great story,lovely lighting and tones,superb work here.

myrab 14 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2007 9:46PM
A wonderful portrait shot Alan well seen.
20 Apr 2007 11:12PM
Amazing work, Alan, nice color, detail and lighting. Superb portrait composing.

Regards, Kent
John_Humphreys 15 69 2 Ireland
21 Apr 2007 12:49AM
Great informal candid portrait Alan and you know what? - when I saw it the first thing that came into my mind was Charles Dickens also! There you go! Pity you didn't also get the shot of him walking towards you with his coat tails flapping about him - I can just see it in my mind's eye. John
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
21 Apr 2007 5:16AM
Nice shot, I like the finish. Spot on! Click!!!

kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
21 Apr 2007 10:59AM
terrific along with an interesting narrative
MickS 16 23 14 England
21 Apr 2007 2:24PM
Watcha Alan,
interesting character, interesting enough for me to look at him.
21 Apr 2007 3:38PM
Excellent portrait and information.
wyatturp 15 2 England
21 Apr 2007 4:14PM
Nice tone to the picture

DaisyD50 14 3
21 Apr 2007 4:24PM
Wonderful portrait. It looks like something from the Jane Austen timeSmile
GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
21 Apr 2007 4:28PM
Well, well, well Brother!
It's really something!
Looks like I've got to ask you for a lesson!
Tell, please, your charming wife Tricia, that I'm proud of being personally acquainted with such a prominent master of portraiture!
All is top class!
PS The description is super!
Possum 14 148 England
21 Apr 2007 8:38PM
Goodness me, he does look as if he's just stepped straight out of a Dickens novel! And the sepia reinforces this perfectly. I look forward to each and every one of your descriptions Smile
22 Apr 2007 12:25AM
The sepia toning has worked really well, it reminds me of an image on a book cover. Great description as ever.
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
22 Apr 2007 5:13AM
It's all been said already Alan, bur I just have to add my own comment to such a wonderful portrait of an absolutely fabulous character, and the sepia tone finish is really the icing on the cake. I think this is one of the best uploads I have ever seen on EPZ and fully commend you for it.
Rgds., Jim
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
22 Apr 2007 8:15AM
Superb portrait Alan/love the tones and light.Well done.
Guillaume 14 119 2 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2007 9:46AM
Excellent portrait Alan and as always a very pleasant and interesting narrative. With regard to Eiffel's work outside Paris you may have seen a third creation by Eiffel without realising it. The framework of steel that supports the Statue of Liberty in NY was designed by Gustave Eiffel (jointly with Viollet-le-Duc). The design of the statue itself is not Eiffel's but Bartholdi's.
22 Apr 2007 10:18PM
Brillant shot Alan, really great tones and detail.
Sezz 16 619 15 England
22 Apr 2007 11:32PM
A wonderful looking character, superb toning and thanks for the interesting descrirtion.

Sez *
KBan 16 512 4 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2007 8:08AM
all been said Alan
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2007 11:23AM
excellent character portrait enhanced by the sepia treatment.
sputnki 16 10 Canada
23 Apr 2007 11:32AM
A great character Alan. The sepia toning works well for the textures of his clothing. He does look like something out of Oliver Twist!

Rock 18 10 2 England
23 Apr 2007 1:05PM
You are the master of the Candid/Grab Shot and deserve full credit for turning it into a art form.

helena 17 134 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2007 1:08PM
A lovely moody (excuse the pun!) shot, well taken. I lived in Budapest for a while a few years ago, nice place didin't like the food though, much prefer Thai! Hope you are well Tara x
23 Apr 2007 1:27PM
Fabulous candid capture Alan - love the colour and tones.
Jennywren ( :
g_parry 15 332 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2007 2:43PM
A superb character portrait witfh great tones and a great story.
Barbaraj 14 450 England
23 Apr 2007 3:42PM
A real charectar, and iin sepia he looks the part. Thankyou.
mickp 15 9 7 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2007 5:58PM
As always, a well presented and taken photograph. A good candid portrait shot.
Thank you for your kind comment on my last post.
ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2007 6:53PM
fantastic character portrait looks like the mad professor.
foggytwo 17 36 1 Scotland
23 Apr 2007 7:31PM
A splendid portrait Alan with excellent tones.
Malc_V 15 England
23 Apr 2007 9:47PM
Quality piece of work Alan, very nice indeed.

AnthonyR 15 5 Wales
23 Apr 2007 10:28PM
A wonderful piece of work Brian, great portrait and first class narrative.
cat_mc 14 17 Australia
24 Apr 2007 6:08AM
well taken alan
stunning capture of character and charm
love the tone
well deserved attention too
15 13 1 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2007 7:49AM
Very nice stylish portrait Alan.
DP_Imagery 16 24 6 Wales
24 Apr 2007 8:40AM
Wonderful character shot - certainly looks Dickensian. Treatment really suits the subject. Bruce
joseph 15 England
24 Apr 2007 9:05PM
A stunner of a portrat Alan...Your tones on this are amazing!
daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2007 11:20PM
Hi Alan - he reminds me of a Statue in Watts Park Southampton. He's is rather distinguished looking. Must say Jolly good picture. Could be a great musician.

Loved the write up! Made me a bit envious, talking about Vienna Woods, and markets.

petra16 15 169 Scotland
25 Apr 2007 9:20PM
wow what a stunning image, I just love the tales you have to tell almost as much as the images you produce

take care keep them coming

gingerdelight 14 298 11 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2007 10:21PM
A great portrait and you are right - straight out of a Dickens novel!
x Carol x
iajacks 15 24 England
26 Apr 2007 1:39PM
the tone work well in this one and the pose is very good.
spot on ian
26 Apr 2007 8:35PM
very interesting character. very nice choice to use the sepia.
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
27 Apr 2007 6:19PM
Hi Alan,
Brilliantly captured detail,love the tones,hair,expression and presentation.What a catch.Take care.AnnSmile
davidbailie 17 457 7 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2007 6:50PM
Hello Allan -

yes good shooting - a bit blown out, dare I say, on the right ??

ericfaragh Plus
17 149 5 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2007 6:59AM
Great treatment and character.
TracyK 15 4 Netherlands
3 May 2007 2:39PM
Fantastic. And the sepia works well
Portknockie 16 48 Scotland
6 May 2007 5:52PM
Once played The dodger in the school play..LOL And yes you are spot on about him looking like Fagin..

Well taken shot of this great character..

KevinMW 14 14 Wales
6 May 2007 7:54PM
Excellent Alan. A wonderful Candid Capture. Agree with yourself and many others. Theres certainly a "Fagin" look about him.

Chant57 Plus
15 395 3 United Kingdom
7 May 2007 10:55AM
Once again a cracking read Alan, and a great capture. Excellent toning and detail. A well taken opportunity!
16 May 2007 6:49AM
Superb Alan, the tone and colour make this look like a truly old and agree about the Fagin look. helen
annefromleo 15 11 1 United Kingdom
20 May 2007 6:54AM
fantastic Alan, wonderful
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
22 May 2007 12:03AM
The sepia treatment works well here, Alan. -=\walter
Juliet 14
28 May 2007 11:45AM
Very good shot of an unusual man.
mystify 13
1 Jun 2007 8:03AM
Fantastic photo! The sepia toning suits this image well.Well done!
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
1 Jul 2007 5:54PM
A real masterpiece Alan, the sepia conversion has worked perfectly as this image looks like it was taken early last century and could easily be one of "Mitchell and Kenyon's" early photographs

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