Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Magical Budapest at night 5th jan 2014

The weather has cleared and its looking like a clear evening without all the misty rain from last night, so i have got to go back down the the Danube to take the images i wanted to get last night. It is my birthday after all :)   Jan has decided to stay in the room reading while i go out.

After a 10 minute walk i arrive at the Chain Bridge , i always wanted to get the image with the royal palace and the bridge lit up at night .  after setting up the tripod i am experimenting with different exposure times in manual mode.  the cameras meter exposes for the dark not the lights so in manual i can adjust to get the lights correctly exposed.    i am finding a 1-3 second time gives the best sharpest images, and i am taking a 10 second frame to blur the water so i can merge two frames together afterwards.

                              This is a stunning sight ,THE image i wanted to shoot :)

 there are quite a few other people taking photos tonight, along with plenty of joggers on the promenade.  The Royal Palace looks superb high up on Castle Hill.

                                    A long lens shot of the palace, we will be going up there tomorrow.

                                                             the "Fishermans Bastion"

A Stunning building ,the old contrasting with the new museum behind.

I am now crossing the Chain Bridge,it is closed to traffic in summer,but open this time of year. from the bridge i am looking down river towards Margaret bridge with the Parliament building on the right bank of Danube , i will get a much better view from the other side :)

Just off the bridge and i have found a nice angle to try long exposures above the road  , keeping between the bright lights that line the promenade as they are causing flare on the lens.   after a dozen images i have managed to get a good light trail from passing cars :)

Having hurried along to get near the Parliament building, as i don't want to stay out too long, Jan might get worried as i mentioned i would only be a couple of hours.  i have no service on my mobile here so cant txt to say i will be longer.

I have just used the 300mm lens to take this image, really like the 3/4 view , think its more interesting than the full straight on image i will shoot next.

I am directly opposite now, as there is a road between me and the river edge and as i am about 20 ft above said road i have to crop off the distracting bits at the bottom of frame, its a shame as more reflection in the water would have been nicer.
 i have taken a 10 second image for the blurred river and a single 1 second frame for the building to keep it as sharp as possible.

Time to get back now , i have been almost 2 hours already and Jan will be wondering where i am , rushing back i stop to shoot from the bridge looking towards the next bridge with the Citidel high up on the right side in the distance.

Trying to shoot the stone lions that are at each end of the bridge , it is proving really difficult with bright headlights and the lights on the bridge affecting exposure.  this is the best i have managed.

I am rushing back now, negotiating the 4 lane busy junction and remembering that when the green light shows for pedestrians, the traffic coming from the other direction and turning has to Stop for You!   Scary!

i get back after nearly 3 hours , think Jan has fallen asleep lol

Tomorrow our final full day we will be going up to explore Castle Hill District :)   the weather is looking very good   Yay.

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