Hungarian Adventure – Part Two: National Holiday & A Balaton Bumm

For the second day of our Hungarian trip, and the first full day of sightseeing, we found ourselves surrounded by armed guards, police and other emergency services. No we didn’t end up in any trouble, our first full day in Budapest happened to be on a Hungarian national holiday, specifically National Day, a celebration of the (at the time failed but ultimately successful in the long run) 1848 revolution against Austrian rule. Our hotel, being on a main thoroughfare of the city, was surrounded by revellers, police and podiums with political figures giving speeches and rallies. It was a great spectacle of a nation coming out on to the streets to celebrate their heritage, history and pride. What it also meant is that every museum and public attraction was free for the whole day, a major result. (more…)

Hungarian Adventure – Part One: To Palinka Or Not To Palinka?

If you’re a regular visitor or follower of this blog you might be aware that I visited the Hungarian capital of Budapest about a month ago (if you’re not a regular or are new, hi there I visited Budapest a month ago. As you can imagine I can’t go anywhere without having at least one photographic capturing device on me at all times and a short break is not only no different, it’s an excuse to specifically create a project based on the trip itself. So with that in mind, welcome to Part One of my Hungarian Adventure photo series. This was my attempt to document the, roughly, 5 days in the city on film in a similar fashion to my “Nine Days In Italia” project from last year. I aimed to shoot a roll of film a day and then document the results along with the various activities that took place on each of those days. Unfortunately a roll a day didn’t quite work out, mainly because I was not technically there for 5 whole days due to travelling times but also because it’s pretty hard to shoot 36 images a day that you think are going to be worthwhile. However over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing with you what I did take and what me and my girlfriend got up to, I hope you enjoy. (more…)

Budapest In The Dark

A few images of Budapest I took on my recent trip there. As these are taken with a micro four thirds sensor camera (my Olympus OM-D EM5 to be exact), which are notorious for being not great in low light, they are just OK, I guess. Then again the city is beautiful especially when lit up at night so I guess you couldn’t take a bad image of it.

P1010201.jpg 17mm, ISO 1250, f2.8, 1/40th sec.

P1010210.jpg17mm,  ISO 1600, f1.8, 1/125th sec.

P1010216.jpg 17mm, ISO 1600, f2.2, 1/80th sec.

P1010217.jpg 17mm, ISO 1600, f2.2, 1/100th sec.

P1010227.jpg 17mm, ISO 1600, f2.2, 1/125th sec.

P1010241.jpg 17mm, ISO 1600, f1.4, 1/80th sec.