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Buda Castle (Budapest By Night)

Budapest (Hungary). Budapest by night is a great photographic experience. This photo has been taken in 2011, long time ago: however, I still perfectly remember the vibrations that this city, so nicely illuminated when the sun goes down behind the right bank of the Danube river. The feeling was quite unique, and still today it’s a bit difficult to be described. In a certain sense – let me say – photographing Budapest by night was like photographing a woman that perfectly knows about her beauty, and that for this reason invites you to prepare your photo calmly, choosing the best possible composition and dedicating all the necessary attentions to transform just a click into an experience for your soul.

In detail, this was a photo captured at the Buda Castle, which overlooks the city and offers a perfect place for beautiful landscape views. But I was also intrigued by the castle itself, and I dedicated more than one shot to it. This is one of them.

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Opera Station along the Budapest Metro 1 Line

Budapest (Hungary). The Budapest Metro 1 line is one of the things to see in town: this line is known in Budapest simply as “the Underground” and it is the second oldest underground railway in the world (London is the first one, while Istanbul “Galata – Tunel” funicular contends the second place) being in operation since 1896. Several stations along the Budapest Metro 1 line are worth a visit considering their architectures and design; for this reason the UNESCO included the line in the World Heritage Sites List in 2002. The Budapest Metro 1 line runs below Andrassy Avenue and touches many Budapest’s landmarks: it can be the “underground” version of popular hop-on hop-off buses.

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Hungarian Parliament in Budapest (photo merge with Lightroom 6)

Budapest (Hungary). This is the first time I write a blog post to test something, but I just installed the new Adobe Lightroom 6 and I tried what is probably the most interesting feature: the photo merge to create stunning panoramic photos. Some years ago I was in Budapest, and I took several (eight!) photos of the Parliament, from left to right. Today, with Lightroom 6, I used this sequence to test the photo-merge function. The process is very fast (at least on my MacBook Pro 2014) and precise. The final result is a DNG file, which gives the possibility of applying non-destructive corrections. Honestly, I’m really amazed by this feature! If you want to see the same photo at high definition, you can find it here.

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The Hungary Parliament in Budapest

Budapest (Hungary). Thanks to its architecture, to its position on a bank of the Danube river, and to the color of the facade given by the light at sunset, the Hungary Parliament in Budapest is probably one of the most beautiful Parliament buildings in the world. For sure, a building I photographed with great passion and enthusiasm.

For this reason, even if I took this photo long time ago, still it is one of my favorite shots; not only for the sense of calm and tranquility that it gives to me every time I watch it, but also because I think it makes stand out the beauty of the Parliament’s architecture. In few words, this image is something I could see on my wall for long time without getting bored…

To those that are traveling to Budapest – even for a short stay as a weekend – I recommend to sit in front of the Parliament Building on the other side of the Danube river, and contemplate the facade waiting for the sunset. Architecture lovers will find in this landscape a sort of “mystical experience” and will “get drunk” with all those details, decorations and statues; not to mention the perfect coexistence of the general Gothic design with the central dome in perfect XIX Century Renaissance Revival style.

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