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

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
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