Reading list

I really thought it was only Thursday today. The week just passed by crazy quickly. But as it is Friday already, let’s have a look together what book I read this week.

I got only through two books this week, and both were a bit of a disappointment. Both had some great ideas, but fell short in execution. First I read Redshits by John Scalzi. If you are a Star Trek fan, you already know who the redshits are. The idea to focus a book on these crew members is just great, too bad the author did not know when to stop. The good part is the first half of the book, then it just goes down hill.

The second book I read was the Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell by Pat Murphy. With such a name you would expect some grandiose adventure, but no. It was dragged out and boring. One one should skip. I just finished it out of habit. I like to finish the books I already started.

So not the best reading week, will have to find something better for the next one :)

Green fireworks over Budapest

Yes I love fireworks photos. I would not mind sharing one every day, but the blog would be boring after a while :) This one is another one from the St. Stephen day’s (that I recommend as the best day to visit Budapest) fireworks. Regrettably, I will not be able to go to Budapest this year, so no new ones from that. But I still have many from last years, you have not seen yet, and here is one.

I like when fireworks are of a strong dominant color in a photos, as that pushes the whole photo into that color. And here, the green fireworks just worked so well like that.

This is a single exposure, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. I blended parts of it, by creating two copies of the same photo, one overexposed, one underexposed.

Green fireworks over Budapest, Budapest

Night at the rooftop bar

I already posted a photo from this rooftop bar in Budapest sometime before, and here is a second one. This one was taken a bit later in the night. Still there were quite a few people there, and I ended up taking few photos for them. It happens quite a lot that when people see me taking photos, they also ask me to take a photo of them (with their camera/phone of course :))

This is a two shot vertorama, each shot from two exposures. Combined in PTgui, blended in Photoshop.

Luminar sale

For the next three days, Macphun is offering a 20 USD discount on their Luminar software. That is 49 instead of 69 USD. So if you were thinking of getting a copy, now is a good time. Check out the offer or Macphun site here.

Rooftop bar in Budapest

During my last visit to Budapest earlier this year, I also visited the Hight Note Skybar. It really close to the St. Stephens basilica. And while you can’t see down to the street due to neighboring roofs, you still get a nice view with the stairs right in front of the church. And so you know, nobody had a problem that I used a tripod there, but if you want to be sure that you have space, I would do a reservation (we were a bit lucky, and god a good spot without it :))

This is a two shot vertorama, each shot from three exposures. Combined in Lightroom (for some reason PTgui refused to merge them properly) and finished in Photoshop.

Lack of updates

I’m very sorry about the recent lack of updates. I spend the last 10 days all over the place (Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands), and it has been quite busy. And as usually, I take a lot of photos, but again, not much that I can share. 2017 is shaping up to be a very busy year for me, and regrettably that does not leave that much time for the blog. But don’t worry, It will get updated, but not always.

Night in Budapest

For today’s photo I chosen one taken during my earlier visits to Budapest. This is the night view you get from the lookout platform in front of the Buda castle. It just gets so yellow at night :)

This is a blend of three exposures, mostly for the strong lights on the bridge. Edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Night in Budapest

Yellow lights vs. white lights

One trend in recent years is the switching of the classic lamps in many cities, for the modern LED ones. While this probably save a lot of energy, they really do change the look of the cities. And they change it a lot. For photography, this is is a good, but also bad. If you like to take photos later in the day (as I do :)) you have already noticed this. For shots during the blue hour, the yellow lights are great. They crate a great color contrast with the blue sky and just look great. For later night shots, a more white color is better, as getting rid of a very strong yellow color cast is not that easy.

Still, I do prefer more the yellow lights. How about you?

Yellow lights at the Matthias Church in Budapest

And the yellow lights are also very strong in Budapest. Which is maybe not that great for night shots, but it truly fits well with classic architecture.

This shots is taken about a month ago, during a short visit to Budapest. This is a two shot vertorama, with each shot from two exposures, blended in Photoshop. I got most from one exposure, but needed a second one to darken few areas.

I also used another 4 shots, of the bottom area, to remove people that were randomly waling around. If you want to know how I did it, check out this guide here.

Yellow lights at the Matthias Church in Budapest
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