So today I got home from Budapest, even if it was with a bit of complications (if you follow the news, you know why), but now I’m home and can get back to what I do, editing photos.

For today, I have for you a photo of the Liberty bridge, taken right as the sun was hiding behind the hills surrounding the city. As it was very very hot in the recent months, the Danube level is quite low, so there is even grass between the rocks, that are normally covered by water. This of course gives the possibility to get really low under the bridge and so get new vantage points for shots. I also used a 10 stop ND filter here, to soften the water of the Danube. I actually had quite luck, as normally there is always a ship passing by, but somehow, for a few minutes, there was nothing there.

This is a HDR from 3 exposures, crated in Oloneo Photoengine, finished in Photoshop.

Long exposure Danube

Technique: Oloneo Photoengine, Number of exposures: 3, Camera Model: Sony a7R + Metabones MkIII Adapter, Lens: Canon 16-35mm F2.8 + HOYA ND400 filter, Focal length: 16mm, Aperture: 11, Middle exposure time: 10s, ISO: 100, Tripod used: yes, Location: 47.486555, 19.056181

At number 2, one of my favorite photos ever taken in Budapest. A sunrise shot of the Liberty bridge.

Sunrise at the bridge

You have already seen many photo with the Budapest parliament reflection in the Danube. Few of those even on this blog :). But today, I have for you a little opposite reflection of the parliament. This time it’s the reflection of it in the new fountain, that was added in the last year. I’m very happy that I could find a new, different view of the parliament, one I didn’t had before. Btw. the bright light to the side of the parliament, is the Moon.

I had to place the camera around 1-2 centimeters from the water, to be able to get this reflection. Good that one can get really close, as it’s more of a waterfall, than a fountain. One just has to be careful, as in some areas, it’s more powerful, and one could get water on the lens. This is a HDR from 5 exposures, created in Oloneo Photoengine, finished in Photoshop.

Back side reflection

Technique: Manual blend, Number of exposures: 5, Camera Model: Sony a7R + Metabones Adapter ver. IV, Lens: Canon 16-35mm F2.8, Focal length: 16mm, Aperture: 7.1, Middle exposure time: 4s, ISO: 200, Tripod used: yes, Location: 47.506787, 19.047424

I never know how to edit these fully sunlit photos. It’s really not the best light to shoot in. But one has to do it from time to time. I’m not even sure about the colors, as I don’t remember how it looked. With the strong sunlight reflecting from everything, I could not even look directly towards the Danube.

This is a two tile panorama, each tile from 3 exposures, created in Oloneo Photoengine.

Another sunny day

Technique: Manual blend, Number of exposures: 2×3, Camera Model: Sony a7R + Metabones Adapter ver. IV, Lens: Canon 70-200mm F2.8, Focal length: 123mm, Aperture: 8, Middle exposure time: 1/200s, ISO: 200, Tripod used: yes, Location: 47.514566, 19.040937

Another view you get only at a certain time. Right after sunrise, when the sunrises above the Pest side of Budapest, it lights up the castle, while everything else is still in shadow. And if you are on the Chain bridge at that time, you get a view like this.

This is a panorama form 2 tiles, each tile from 3 exposures, combined in Oloneo Photoengine.

Sunlit morning

Technique: Manual blend, Number of exposures: 2×3, Camera Model: Sony a7R + Metabones Adapter ver. IV, Lens: Canon 16-35mm F2.8, Focal length: 30mm, Aperture: 13, Middle exposure time: 1/15s, ISO: 100, Tripod used: yes, Location: 47.499114, 19.044873
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