Travel Photography in Budapest

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Budapest is a grand old city, captivating and incredibly photogenic. This is a travel destination where I really wish I'd booked more time. There's lots to experience, both as a photographer and as a visitor. With just a long weekend, and a spontaneous daytrip to some nearby wineries, I did not get to every location in Budapest that I planned to photograph. That said, I'm happy with both the travel photos and memories made, and after all, isn't that why we travel - to have new experiences that will stay with us? 

We made a spontaneous day trip to Etyek to visit a couple of wineries, and this was a highlight of the trip. Not only were the wines delicious and hosts welcoming, but we enjoyed learning a little history about the area around Budapest in the context of wine production and geography. In late March, the weather was mild as the countryside was transitioning from winter to spring. Photographically, the landscape was at that awkward time between winter and spring - no more snow, but no flowers yet. Spontaneity and flexibility are important traits in travel photography, but that doesn't mean you don't learn and adapt. Next time I travel to Hungarian wine country, I'll time the visit for later in the year, when there are flowers blossoming or during the fall harvest. 

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Back in the city, my other favourite experience in Budapest was an evening photographing landmarks. As much as I like creating images outside the postcard style, the landmarks along the Danube river are picture perfect. I set up just near the Széchenyi Chain Bridge on a walkway where I could face both the Hungarian Parliament Buildings to my left and the bridge to my right. The wall running along the walkway had a flat top, which I used in setting up my tripod. Because my tripod is specifically designed for travel, it's light and compact, and I could easily place it on top of the wall to add extra height while also keeping out of the way of pedestrians. Then I waited while the sky changed from golden hour, sunset, blue hour, capturing these famous landmarks in a variety of light.

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When the lights on the Széchenyi Chain Bridge first came on, they gave a faint green glow. It disappeared as the lights warmed up and the sun set: the green from the lamps was replaced by warm orange light, and the purple sky of sunset became a rich blue night. This early spring evening was full of colours and lights, and just enough movement on the Danube from tour boats and cruise ships passing by to add some action to the scene. I tried to capture the feeling of the lights gradually changing with the first hints of a warm spring evening. I hope you enjoy the photos!                                

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