Landscape Pro

Landscape Pro screenshotI have been trying out the Landscape Pro program the last few days, as it has quite a different approach to editing landscape photos. You split the photo into areas based on their content (sky, water, building, …) and then do edits specific to that area. You can for instance replace the sky, change water temperature and more. The end results depends a lot of course on how good the selections are, but more on that in an upcoming review :)

Nicely framed view in Budapest

I wanted to try a view like this before, but the area was never really empty. There are benches and seats usually here during the summer, so each time I visited Budapest, it was full. But as this time I was in Budapest so early in the year, I managed to get here while it was quite empty. I only have to wait few minutes, and retouch out one person. Still, I would prefer the trees to be green, to make the framed view even better, but one can’t have everything :)

This is a blend of three exposures, with all the blending done on the bridge to remove the very strong highlights.

Nicely framed view in Budapest, Hungary

Destination Budapest

I’m off to Budapest for the weekend, and depending on the weather, maybe I even get some new photos there. Wish me luck :)

Hungarian Parliament up close

And while on the topic of Budapest, how about a photo from there. This is the Hungarian Parliament, from quite up close. Of course I could not get the whole parliament in a single shot here, so I did a vertorama as usual.

This is a vertorama from two exposure, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Hungarian Parliament up close, Budapest, Hungary, vertorama

Working on a tablet

I never used tablet to edit my photos. I’m just so used to just use the mouse all the time. But I thought it’s maybe time to give it a chance.

So about a week ago I got the Wacom Intuos Pro S and to tell the truth, I still have not gotten used to it. Not that I did not use a tablet before. But each time it was just for retouching. Not for general photo editing. It’s just so different.

But let’s see how it goes :) Will keep you updated, and maybe will do a review of it later on.

Blue hour lions on the Chain bridge

Getting the chain bridge people free is not really easy. There are always people using it to cross to the other side of Danube. So for this shot I took multiple exposures and blended them in Photoshop. As you can see, I did not take enough shot to remove everyone, but it’s close enough.

And if you want to see how its done, check out this tutorial I posted some time ago.

Blur hour lions, Budapest, Hungary, Chain bridge

You will notice here, there is a church tower in front of the Hungarian parliament. It would be better without it, but there is a small problem to that. There is a place, from where you can see the parliament without the tower. It’s directly from the Fishermans bastion. The problem there is, that it is a restaurant, that is mostly not accessible at all, or they allow entry to it only for a short time and close it quite early. In the years I have been visiting Budapest, I only got into the bastion once, and this is not one of the photos from that evening. But I still like it, and I hope you do so too :)

Yellow glow of the Hungarian parliament

If you ever been to Budapest, and every tried to take a photo of the Hungarian parliament building, you know how crazy strong the lights are compared to the surroundings. It just completely overpowers everything around it with the strong yellow glow. I really does take a bit of work to tone it back down again, so one doest not have the whole building overexposed.

For this photo I used two exposures, one for the base and a second at -2EV for the light. I edited both in Lightroom and blended together in Photoshop.

Yellow glow of the Hungarian parliament Budapest

Looking at my last year photos, I see that a huge amount of them are blue hour and night photos. Must be probably due to the crazy hot Summer we had in Europe last year. But I’m not that happy about it. So plan for this year is to try and do much more photos during the day and especially the gold hour.

But for today, another night shot, of fireworks above Budapest. Single exposure, edited in Photoshop and Lightroom.

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