Hungarian Parliament
Parliament | Budapest | 2017

Back home from my express trip to Egypt and Hungary, all within 72 hours. What I didn’t  achieve in Cairo I managed to get done in Budapest. I escaped my business duties for one evening and got to a full 5 hours of sightseeing (mostly on foot) through this magnificent imperial city, returning to the hotel way past midnight.

I brought along the Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 14-150mm F/4.0-5.6 travel zoom. And me and my cam had a fabulous time. I took to many photos for a quick post processing session, but I promise I’ll take you on a tour through a summer Budapest evening. After all, I have a long weekend ahead due to a public holiday here in Germany. So I leave you with this appetizer shot of the Hungarian parliament building, taking from the gardens of the former imperial palace. Image specs are 0,6 sec @ f/6,3 and ISO 200, focal length was 90mm (equals 180mm in full frame equivalent). I put the camera on a stone wall, as I didn’t bring a tripod. I just added a bit of clarity and contrast in Lightroom CC, otherwise this is out of camera.

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Wish you all a great Thursday!


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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, they mean a lot! You know that nighttime photography is not limited to cities. With your great Sierra hikes there is so much opportunity for night images….I dream of capturing the mountains with the milky way above. Go for it!

      1. We share that dream my dear friend and I have to do some research first and then practice. I would imagine a tripod, remote control and practicing with exposures of how long to leave the shutter open would be a start. And manual exposure. Still I never quite know how to focus on a dark sky and like I said I just need to try and practice 😉

      2. You don’t necessarily need a tripod, resting the camera on a beanbag angled upwards can do, when you put in on a solid rock or rail. No remote control needed, set your camera internal selftimer to 2 or 12 seconds (whatever your cam offers you) so any movements stops after you pressed the shutter before the camera actually exposes. Use a wide angle focal length. Set your aperture wide open (e.g. f/2.8), ISO to 800 and start with 30 seconds exposure time. See were it gets you and adjust the shutter speed. Have fun 🙂

      3. Thank you so much for your kind words and taking the time to help me out with your advice Marcus. It means a lot and you’re the best, you know I’m a fan.
        I did some nighttime before but it was of downtown where there were lights involved and I could find some focal point to get the camera to focus on before. I don’t remember if I put the camera in manual focus or kept it in auto. I also steadied the camera on a wall before which worked and eliminated the tripod.
        How do you focus on a mainly dark sky where the Milky Way is only a faint line? I guess that’s my struggle and where my hang up is lol. Thank you so much though I will try this and see what I come up with.

      4. Oooops, forgot the focusing part 😬. You put your camera in manual focus and turn the focusing ring to the infinity mark. Using a cell phone light helps 😉

      5. Thank you so much Marcus 😉. The regular lens 35mm-55mm doesn’t have the infinity mark but I found it on the 35mm and the 55mm-200mm and will have to try on one of those. Thank you so much, I can’t wait to share with you what comes about 😉. Hugs

  1. Beautiful … brings back memories. I will be watching to see if you have anything to say about that camera-lens combination. I am thinking of getting them.

  2. Beautiful shot, Marcus. This is my favorite building in Budapest. Budapest is full with interesting building. And it’s also less crowded compared to its neighbor such as Prague. Enjoy Budapest..

  3. 5 hours! on foot! with a camera! in a city like Budapest. was kann besser sein??? what a joy to go through all the photos over the long weekend.

  4. Ah, lovely…I remember arriving at this place at night on a car rally….this brought it all back!

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