Budapest during Dusk
Having been in Budapest for the third time now this place never seizes to amaze me with its magical charm and great history. This magnificent place especially flourishes during dusk and night like so few other cities in the world. Whilst I usually dislike haze in my images, it really adds to the atmosphere in this shot. Do you think so, too?
Originally a celtic settlement, this magical place was overrun, annexed and ruled by so many: the Roman Empire, the Hungarians themselves, the Mongols, the Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Soviet Union. No wonder this place has such a specific, distinguished and highly interesting history based on the so many cultural influences this place experienced over the millenia. Its history, vibe, long list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and over 80 geothermal spa's attracts over 2.7mn visitors each year making it the 37th most popular city in the world to visit (Euromonitor). Being the most liveable Central/Eastern European City (EIU) and 9th most beautiful city in the world (UCityGuides) it very hard to stay away as a photogrpher (Fact Source: Wikipedia). In the panorama you can see from the left to the right: the Matthias Church, Buda Castle, Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Danube Promenade and the Parliament and the St. Stephen Basilica.
The picutre is a 8 shot trimmed double-horizontal-row panorama taken over 4 minutes with a picture exposure of 30s at f/14.0 and ISO 100. I used DxO Optics 6 for the RAW file conversion, lens distortion optimisation as well as for contrast and detail enhancement. As usual Autopano Pro 2 did the stitching for me. I post-edited it in Bridge (adjustment of levels and slight modification of colors and spot removal) and framed in Photoshop CS5.
The end-result is a 526 Megabyte large 92 Megapixel photograph which is printable 6.38m x 1.79m at 72 DPI (excl. black frame).
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