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I'm a quarter Hungarian. (from the 10:02 mark)


It's true...thanks Grandma! This truth is partly why it was so neat to visit Budapest, whilst quoting Scrubs whenever possible. Hungary, Russia, and Sweden were all excellent hosts on our Christmas holiday; each very different but accommodating in various ways. But I think it's appropriate to close this series with Hungary's Parliament, as it was the last photo I took. The Hungarian Parliament Building isn't just the center of government but it is also the largest structure in the entire country. Upon seeing it there is no doubt. It is a very impressive building, and I think one of the most beautiful that I've had the privilege of seeing in person.


I wished to capture this with a daytime long exposure, to accentuate it's brilliantly-red-domed roofs. But, as poor weather conditions and our schedule would have it, I ended up taking an express metro train (world's second oldest subway) to the other side of the Danube with the sole purpose of shooting this structure however I was able. And while most photographers tend to shoot this with a 50mm, I shot it with a 24mm. In the end, I was pleased with what resulted: this iconic structure in its element, highlighted, towering over its surroundings. Two frames stitched, each 2 minutes apiece, Hoya ND8 utilized.


5DII + TSE 24L II + Hoya ND8


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Taken on December 28, 2011