High on Szent Istvan Bazilika
in the Pest part of Budapest: the St. Stephen's Basilica. A nice place to get a great view over this beautiful city. Definitely worthwhile to visit, especially if you like climbing stairs.
TECH-INFO: I shot 3 RAW files hand-held, each a stop difference. Developed them in DxO Optics Pro (RAW conversion + lens corrections) to merge them into a HDR file. The latter was really need because using one image we would have blown out clouds or too dark roofs and facades of houses. Even now, some parts are clipped among the clouds. During tone-mapping, in Photomatix Pro, I didn't go for a very natural and realistic look but I rather wanted to have fun and to create strong contrasts.
In Photoshop I totally lost control and made the contrasts even stronger (using a bunch of curves tools with masks and the selective color tool). Also the colors got highly saturated but at the end I used the B/W tool to partly desaturate it. The later gives much more creative options (instead of using a simple saturation slider). After desaturating I painted on the mask (of the B/W tool) on the places covered by gold, so it looks very shiny again. At the end I added vignetting to give full focus to the center.
At the trip to Budapest I didn't had any tripod (except a gorillapod) which I regret a bit. The downside: my carbon tripod with ball-head weighs 2 kg which is nice when traveling by car or making a walk in the neighborhood. Benro and probably some other brands have very light travelers editions of their tripods which are even below 1 kg. Does any of you have any experience with them? Please write a comment.
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