Social networks

Recently I have been most active on Twitter and Instagram. I don’t even have Facebook installed on my phone anymore. But I noticed one thing. On Twitter, when someone follows me, they do so because they want to see what I share. On Instagram, it looks like most people that follow me just do so hoping that I follow them back, and just don’t care what I share. I can see huge fluctuation of followers numbers there, while on Twitter they are quite stable.

Interesting to see how people behave differently on different sites. Have you seen something similar?

Stunning fireworks over Budapest

Fireworks make for such stunning and colorful photos. I always try to take more photos of them when I can. But you may have noticed, I always include a lot from the scenery. I don’t like fireworks photos with just the fireworks. That makes the shot very generic for me, if there is nothing to identify the location.

This shot, as many other of my fireworks photos, was taken during the St. Stephen’s day celebrations in Budapest, Hungary. These are every year on the 20th of August there. This is a single exposure, edited in Photoshp.

Stunning fireworks over Budapest, Hungary

Budapest center

Here goes another one of my huge panoramas. This one is of the Budapest center, as seen with a long lens from the top of the Citadel hill.

The Danube in Budapest is quite busy in the evening, as all the visitors want to see the parliament light from the river. Normally I don’t like them in my photos, but here, I think they add more to the life of the photo. What do you think?

I used three shots for the panorama, with each one being from three exposures. I used PTgui to create the blend planes and then created a HDR in Oloneo Photoengine. Then I put all together in Photoshop.

Budapest center, Budapest, Hungary

And here are few details:

Fake reflection

I sometimes create fake reflections in my photos. I just like these mirrored views and not always it is possible to get one. Either the time is wrong or it’s just not possible. In this case, with the Hungarian Parliament, you can either get a reflections, if you go for the sunrise, or get the lights, if you go for the sunset. But you usually can’t get both.

If you would like to see how to create a reflection like this, check out my guide on it here.

Hungarian parliament

The Hungarian parliament just looks perfect during the blue hour. All the yellow light and intricate design just shines in contrast with all the blue color around it. I would still prefer some clouds, but no luck there. Still it look great.

This is a two shot panorama, with a reflection created in Photoshop. I actually took one of the shots, than had to wait a bit for a ship to pass and then take the second. The time when the lights are on, it is just crazy busy with ships in the area. Panorama combined in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.

Hungarian parliament, Budapest, Hungary

And here are few details:

Hungarian parliament, Budapest, Hungary

I’m back

I’m back from Budapest and back to updating the blog. I got some new photos in Budapest, but not as much. The weather was just so hot and sunny, mostly with no clouds, that I had no energy even to go out during the day. And even during the evening it was not that much better.

View from the Citadel

I wanted a panorama of this view for a long time. And I already tried it few times, but the results are always like this. I just not have luck for a nice evening sky anytime I’m there.

This is a three shot panorama, taken from under the Citadel on the hill over Budapest. Combined in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop. I used the 70-200mm lens here, which resulted in a perfectly sharp photo.

View from the Citadel, Budapest, Hungary

And here are few details:

View from the Citadel, Budapet, Hungary

Most popular guide

I mentioned before that the Top spots in Amsterdam is the most popular page on the whole blog. But would you like to know which one is the most popular guide? It’s the one on removing lens flares from photos. Looks like it’s quite a common issue for a lot of you.

St. Stephen’s Basilica

I’m going for a few photo day’s to Budapet next week, so I hope I will get some good new photos from there. Have to check out some new places, to get shot of something new, not just the river surrounding. But of course I will do also some there. You just can’t skip it :)

This is a two shot panorama of the St. Stephen’s Basilica, as seen from the High Note Skybar. This is one of my recommended spots from Budapest btw. :). Panorama combined in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.

St. Stephen's Basilica from the side, Budapest, Hungary
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