So I’m back home from Budapest, and despite it raining around half of the time I was there, I think I got few nice shots. Of course the reason I went there this time were the St. Stephens day celebrations, which are always finished with huge fireworks. This time I wanted to get a little different view than last time, but I stupidly chosen a bad spot, from which I could not see most of them. So I quickly (very quickly :) ) searched for a new spot during the fireworks, and I think I found one that was quite alright. You can judge by yourself from the today’s photo.

This is a single exposure edited in Lightroom, Oloneo Photoengine and Photoshop.
St. Stephens day

Yesterday I posted a photo from a very sunny day, so how about today a shot from a very cloudy day :) This one is from Budapest and I’m actually stopping this week there, as on the 20th it’s again the St. Stephens day, and there will again be huge fireworks above the city. So of course, great opportunity to get some nice photos :) If all goes well, you should see them by the end of next week.

This is a HDR from 3 exposures, created in Oloneo Photoengine. The photo was taken through a Hoay ND 400 filter.
Cloudy shot from Budapest

Is it really another Monday already? Looks like it is. So as almost every Monday, let’s take a look at one of my photos and how it was edited. For today I will show you this interior shot, taken in the church of the Pannonhalma Archabbey in Hungary.

So let’s first look at the final, and the starting image. As you can see, the dynamic range of the scene was quite high, from the very bright window in the back to the dark shadows around the corners. This all needed to be corrected into a dynamic range, that can be show in one photo.

From the Archabbey
From the Archabbey

 
I took 6 shots here, as I wanted a -3EV for the window. As always I started with Lightroom, where I removed lens distortions, chromatic abberations, and corrected the horizon line. I then exported all the files as 16-bit tiffs to be used in Oloneo Photoengine.

From the Archabbey
From the Archabbey

 
Here you can see the files in Oloneo Photoengine, and the result of Photoengine edit. If you would like to try this yourself, you can. Just go here to download the files (all six 16-tiff brackets I used, just resided to 2000 px wide versions) and you can get the trial of Oloneo Photoengine here.

From the Archabbey
From the Archabbey

 
I only changed the strength and contrast in Oloneo Photoengine, and maybe a little warmer white balance. From there I loaded the result into Photoshop, and I haven’t even added any of the original files, as I seen no need for them. Then I did the following edits:

1. Oloneo Photoengine result.
2. A copy of the first layer, on which I used warp to change the left side, so it more matches the right side.
3. Color Efex Detail Extractor to get more detail in the photo.
4. Imagenomic Noiseweare to remove noise from the photo
5. Color balance to make the highlight a little more warmer.
6+7. Added glow to the photo, just removed it with a brush from few areas, that were too saturated afterwards.
8. The light areas were to colorless for me, so with a soft brush, with orange color I painted them using a layer set to soft-light.
9. Color balance once more, as I felt the photo is still to purple.
10. I still wasn’t satisfied with the symmetry at the end, so once more I used warp to correct the photo even more. That’s what happens when one needs to take photos in a hurry and does not center the camera properly :)

From the Archabbey
 
And that’s all I did with this image. To find out more on how I edit, check out the guides and before after categories on this blog, or check out my video tutorial series here:
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Different view of the Parliament

While in Budapest, I had the change to get on the roof of one of the hotels in city, which gave me quite a new view of the city center. And one of the photos I took was also this one, towards the Hungarian parliament. To bad that all the buildings in the Budapest center are all the same heights, so even when one gets on a roof, one is newer above the city. Actually only on the top of the St. Stephens basilica, one gets a little higher up. Of course one can go onto the Buda side, on top of the hill, but that’s a different view, from far away.

So as I said, this is a little different view of the Parliament, one that even I haven’t seen before :) This is a HDR from 4 exposures, created in Oloneo Photoengine, and finished in Photoshop. I mostly worked on toning down the colors, as the yellow decorative lights in Budapest are really extreme.
Different view of the Parliament

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I randomly came across this offer from DXO. For the next two weeks, one can get a free copy of their Photoshop plugin, that includes filters that simulate analog film cameras. So if you think you could use something like that, give it a try. And of course, it’s free, so nothing to lose :) The plugin can be downloaded from here.

The church on the hill

While I was in Budapest earlier this week, the weather during the day was not that great. Normally I would not really mind, as I would just take photos in the evening and morning, but as I was there taking photos for a client, that could be only taken during the day, this was not the best scenario. Of course it got better in the evening, but that was just too late. But hopefully I got few usable ones :)

This is one taken in the evening, one could say after work :) It’s the Matthias Church on the Buda side of Budapest, on the hill overlooking the city. This is a HDR from 2 exposures (I took more, but as I was zoomed it a lot, few of them got bury), created in Oloneo Photoengine, finished in Photoshop.
The church on the hill

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