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.

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

Destination Arnhem & Amsterdam

And it’s time for another work trip for me. This time the destination is Netherlands. And as before, I have no idea if I will be able to keep up with the blog updates. This will again be a busy week, with a lot of photos I have to take, but mostly nothing for the blog. But I do hope I get a bit of time here and there, and if the weather works out, I get also some shots I can share with you here :)

Cross over the Liberty bridge

One of my favorite photo locations in Budapest is the cross on the hill above the Liberty bridge. And if you go there, and go a bit more further up the hill, you will get this view. You can even walk further up, but you don’s see much due to the trees and it get quite steep anyway :)

This is a blend from three shots, done in Photoshop.

Cross over the Liberty bridge
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