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.

Different editing

It’s quite interesting what two photographers get when the shoot at the same locations. And its even more, if they do almost the same photo at the same time :). And since I went yesterday to Bokod with a second photographer, Pedro Kin, and he already posted his photo, you can check his result and compare. We both took a long exposure photo with similar setting, from almost the same spot at the same time. And in the behind the scenes photo on the sides, you can see both cameras in action. Mine is the one on the right :)

You can check out Pedro’s photo on his site here.

Early morning in Bokod

The fisherman houses in Bokod, Hungary make for a quite interesting view. And there are so many of them in the area, that they do offer a lot of photo opportunities. Regrettably, some of the walkways are blocked by gates, but there are still a lot of them open.

For this photo, we got up at 5:30, to be at the location before sunrise. And while the sunrise was behind us, the better view was before us. So I chosen to do mostly long exposures here, as the few clouds that were in the sky were mowing quite fast, creating these nice streaks here. And I’m really happy with the result.

So for this shot, I used a 10stop ND filter, one from Formatt Hitech. I used the camera build in bulb timer, to get a 4 minute exposure. The exact settings were ISO 100, F5.6 and 240 seconds.

Back to posting

So after spending two weeks on the road again, I just felt dead tired. I just needed few days of rest. Not that I got that much, as I still need to work, and all the temperature changes just make me feel sick. But finally I feel better now, so it’s time to get back to posting new content to the blog. So lets start with a photo from Pecs in Hungary.

Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Pécs

I visited Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania this month. And while it was a crazy travel schedule, I managed to get quite a few nice photos. So let’s start with a vertorama from the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Pécs.

Funny thing, nobody minded that I use a tripod here. And it was same in 90% of places I visited (there were few exceptions). Nice to see that the south east part of Europe does not have the aversion to tripods some other parts already do. Hope it stays that way.

This is a two photo vertorama, combined in Lightroom, finished 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.

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