Bianca in Europe - Photography - M1key - Michal Huniewicz

Bianca in Europe Photography - M1key - Michal Huniewicz

Bianca in Europe by Michal Huniewicz

Below a bunch of pictures of my friend Bianca, who was recently visiting Europe for the first time. We travelled a bit around England and Spain, taking pictures, sightseeing, and having a good time.

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Thanks for helping me organise the trip: Ammar, Daniel, Denis, Greg, Kartik, Maria Rita, Phil.
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Uploaded on: 2013-09-06.

London, England Córdoba, Spain

Welcome to England

Welcome to England
Let the trip begin!
ISO 200, 50mm, f/1.4, 1/640s.

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle
Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, was the first castle for Bianca to visit in her entire life.
Multiple images stitched together. ISO 200, 18mm, f/3.5, 1/500s.

Battle Abbey

Battle Abbey
This is in the Battle Abbey complex, near which the Battle of Hastings took place in 1066 (Normans vs. English). The picture shows Bianca in the ruins of the monks' dormitory.
ISO 280, 18mm, f/4.5, 1/80s.

After stinging nettle surprise

After stinging nettle surprise
Bianca minutes after learning why one shouldn't touch stinging nettles (common knowledge, you'd think). I often re-enact that scene for people's entertainment.
ISO 200, 50mm, f/1.4, 1/1250s.

Sunshine

Sunshine
Inspired by a photo by Adrielly Alves.
ISO 200, 62mm, f/4.8, 1/250s.

Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters
At the seaside, near Eastbourne. "This is not a beach!", she complained.
Multiple images stitched together. ISO 200, 18mm, f/8.0, 1/640s.

Eastbourne

Eastbourne
Bianca trying to stand still for the long exposure picture.
ISO 200, 40mm, f/14, 6s, tripod, ND filter.

On the balcony

On the balcony
The hotel where we stayed.
ISO 200, 112mm, f/5.3, 1/640s.

Pevensey Castle

Pevensey Castle
Bianca, desperately looking for a way out of the Pevensey Castle (not really).
ISO 200, 44mm, f/6.3, 1/100s.

Grave rubbing

Grave rubbing
Bianca: I want to rob some graves.
Me: What?
Bianca: I want to rub some graves.
Me: Oh.
ISO 200, 50mm, f/1.4, 1/1250s.

Long Man

Long Man
Bianca looking moderately badass in my cool sunglasses; the Long Man of Wilmington on the left hand side.
ISO 200, 44mm, f/6.3, 1/100s.

Kubuś

Kubuś
"I like kubush." Bianca and the pride of Poland, Kubuś the Juice.
ISO 200, 48mm, f/11, 1/250s.

On the cliff

On the cliff
This is on a cliff near Eastbourne.
ISO 200, 32mm, f/6.3, 6s, tripod, ND filter.

At King's Cross St. Pancras

At King's Cross St. Pancras
Our train to Nottingham was late, and we took some pictures near the platforms. Bianca was wearing authentic Arabic make-up.
ISO 200, 50mm, f/1.4, 1/250s.

In the hotel

In the hotel
Waiting for rain to go away. Bianca is wearing my kufiya (ladies' favourite). I very briefly wrote about kufiyas in my Bedouin gallery.
ISO 500, 50mm, f/1.4, 1/80s.

Outside the hotel

Outside the hotel
In Nottingham, near the oldest inn in England, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, where Bianca almost got herself pregnant using a magic chair, however strange that might sound.
ISO 200, 50mm, f/2.0, 1/320s.

"Close your eyes"

"Close your eyes"
All the professional tricks I know, "close your eyes", "open your mouth a little", "breathe in", it takes years to learn, years...
ISO 200, 50mm, f/2.0, 1/250s.

Goodbye England

Goodbye England
Goodbye England, time to go somewhere warmer.
ISO 200, 50mm, f/2.0, 1/250s.

Hello Spain

Hello Spain
How about Spain? This is Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba, also known as the Mezquita.
ISO 200, 50mm, f/1.4, 1/125s.

Kneel before the Mezquita!

Hello Spain
In this Mosque-Cathedral, we were followed by security guards, who prevented me from taking pictures of Bianca, threw my equipment in the street, and were generally rude. I have sent a complaint - no reply from those cabrónes.
ISO 200, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/100s.

Mosque-Cathedral

Mosque-Cathedral
Originally, this was a Christian Visigothic church of St. Vincent. After the 8th-century Islamic conquest of what is now Spain, the church was divided between the Muslims and Christians. Eventually, the Muslims bought the Christian part and turned the whole thing into a mosque, which then evolved until 987, when it reached its current dimensions.
After the Reconquista, when the Christians took over again, the mosque was converted to a cathedral, to Charles V's dismay: "They have taken something unique in all the world and destroyed it to build something you can find in any city". It is however the conversion to a Catholic Church that helped to preserve the building during the always unexpected Spanish Inquisition. The current structure reached its final form in the late 18th century.
Muslims are not allowed to pray in the Mezquita. [1]
ISO 200, 50mm, f/1.4, 1/125s.

Bata de Cola

Bata de Cola
The plan was to shoot pictures of Bianca wearing a Spanish dress. It turned out, I was more picky about the dress than she was, and we spent a day and a half looking for the right dress. It also had to be tailored to fit.
ISO 200, 18mm, f/3.5, 1/80s.

Ciasteczka BeBe

Ciasteczka BeBe
The biscuits of my childhood, BeBe! I forgot they even existed, but it turns out you can buy them in England.
ISO 200, 50mm, f/1.4, 1/200s.

Relaxing

Relaxing
Bianca relaxing before the dress shoot.
ISO 200, 50mm, f/1.6, 1/160s.

Kartiks

Kartiks
To honour my conservative friend Kartik, who would disapprove of such shorts, Bianca and I called them "kartiks".
ISO 200, 50mm, f/1.6, 1/160s.

Preparing for the night shoot

Preparing for the night shoot
Bianca, already wearing the dress (and the wrong bra...), on our way to the other side of Guadalquivir.
ISO 200, 22mm, f/4.0, 1/100s.

Bianca at night

Bianca at night
Here, Bianca on the south bank of Guadalquivir, the Roman bridge of Córdoba behind her, Plaza del Triunfo and the arch to the left, and la Mezquita towering over the city.
This was quite challenging actually, as the lighting was to the right, and it was constantly falling due to the wind. I had to run between the camera and the lighting to keep it from falling, to no avail, but much to the amusement of our audience.
Afterwards, the photo umbrella was broken to the point of me having to toss it 2 days later; and something's still rattling inside my speedlight... I need an assistant.
Anyway, hopefully you'll agree that the picture was worth it.
ISO 200, 50mm, f/8.0, 1.3s, tripod.

¡Una Cucaracha!

¡Una Cucaracha!
As I was taking this picture, a huge cockroach carelessly strolled about, right next to Bianca. "¡Una cucaracha!", she screamed in sheer terror, pointing at the cockroach as it frantically rushed towards the nearest safe haven - our bags. Jesus Christ, I thought in panic, grabbing the bags and not even trying to look tough. "There might be more of them in my dress!", whispered Bianca as our terrified eyes eventually met. "Fire!" I thought, but then contained myself. Uttering inarticulate squawks, I forced myself to shake the dress, looking out for more insects but, to our relief, there weren't any.
Next time I go to South Spain I'm gonna wear a space suit...
ISO 200, 50mm, f/2.0, 1/8s, tripod.

Traje de flamenca

Traje de flamenca
This church tower apparently has a minaret inside, as the Mezquita used to be a mosque before being turned into a [Christian] cathedral into 1236. [1]
How is Bianca looking?
ISO 200, 36mm, f/8.0, 1/250s.

Or Traje de gitana?

Or Traje de gitana?
Looking good. Why so much fuss with the dress?
You see, the regular Spanish (they said "Gypsy") dresses we were offered did not have what is called bata de cola. That's the "tail" of the dress. But that was exactly what I wanted since age 12, after having seen a video clip called "Los Tres Delinquentes" by Delinquent Habits (when MTV still played music). And this is what I got, thanks also to my friend Daniel, who equipped me with Spanish vocabulary for buying dresses.
There you go, dreams come true.
ISO 200, 50mm, f/4.5, 1/250s.

One of her fans

One of her fans
What you cannot see in this picture is a crescent of people behind me, using this opportunity to take a picture of Bianca. Because the dress was very heavy (6kg), she would only move when I told her to. And so, I would go "3, 2, 1, now!", and she'd make a dance move, and I would hear a symphony of camera clicks behind me.
Every so often I had to grab the dress and shake it, to let some fresh air in, as it was really hot that day (40°C and more). And if you are wondering where her yellow top had gone, I was wearing it on my head, to protect myself from a heatstroke. We both looked fabulous.
ISO 200, 50mm, f/6.3, 1/250s.

Invitation to dance

Invitation to dance
Time's up, we must now catch the train to Málaga. Actually, as we were walking away, a very polite man said to me, almost apologetically "Excuse me, I am not a professional, but I would still like to take a picture of your model, if that is not a problem for the two of you."
I didn't have the heart to tell him I wasn't a pro either, and moved almost to tears (especially after being treated badly by the security guards), replied "Of course". It made my day.
ISO 200, 50mm, f/4.5, 1/250s.

Hotel

Hotel
Bianca in the hotel.
ISO 200, 75mm, f/5.0, 1/100s.

My favourite pose

My favourite pose
Of course, we couldn't miss my favourite pose.
ISO 200, 24mm, f/3.8, 1/100s.

Lipstick

Lipstick
Smile for the camera!
ISO 200, 24mm, f/3.8, 1/100s.

Good girl

Good girl
Good girl, Bianca.
ISO 200, 28mm, f/4.0, 1/100s.

Bad girl

Bad girl
Bad girl, Bianca.
ISO 200, 38mm, f/4.2, 1/100s.

Spanish dress

Spanish dress
Posing in the dress one last time.
ISO 200, 27mm, f/5.0, 1/80s.

Oh

Oh
Oh
One more, actually. Bianca caught off-guard.
ISO 200, 28mm, f/5.0, 1/80s.

Medusa - or Time to say goodbye

Medusa - or Time to say goodbye
Finally, Bianca lying exhausted after almost 10 days of travelling and taking pictures. The trip was intense, and we didn't have a lot of time to sleep or eat, and took over 3,000 pictures total. We both lost weight, too.
She enjoyed Europe a lot, and I must say that it was a pleasure to take her pictures; she was very natural when posing, and, in my opinion, better even than the (few) professional models I have worked with, very patient to my "Arch that back!" remarks.
And she wasn't cranky even once! Which should be inspiring to some of my other travel companions - don't want to name anyone, you know who you are...

Bianca had a long flight awaiting her, and a bit of grief from the customs officers because of the dress.
As for me, I had to spend a few days doing the laundry, buy another photo umbrella, and charge my batteries for another trip - to celebrate my birthday with style. Gallery coming soon.

See You Cowgirl, Someday, Somewhere!
ISO 200, 18mm, f/8.0, 1/100s.