Scott Messer  

Budapest at Night by Scott Messer

October 2019 - Budapest at Night

October 2019 - Scott Messer


About the Image(s)

I took this image last year from a boat in the Danube river in Budapest. I did not have a tripod so I had the turn up the ISO and use a quick shutter speed. The settings were 1/30 sec at f2.5; ISO 1250, focal length was 9.46 mm

6 comments posted

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
To my eye the setup that you chose for this handheld shot resulted in excellent sharpness, depth of field and color. I believe that the placement of the building with roughly equal water and sky yields good balance to the image. I feel that the color contrast of the black sky against the gold of the building creates good harmony of the colors.

For me, to improve my own image taking capability, I would like to know more about your thought process in setting this up and in post-processing. From my experience it would seem the lens distortion might have been a factor at f/2.5 at night - did you have to deal with that? Was straightening of the image required in post-process given the 9+mm focal length? For me, at these wide open f/stops I have had to worry about depth of field. Your sharpness from closest water to peaks of the building is exceptional. Did you have to do any post work to get that sharpness? Thanks in advance for any additional tips you can share.   Posted: 10/07/2019 08:21:14

Scott Messer   Scott Messer
Gary thanks for your comments. My primary thought process when taking this image was since it was at night and I didn't have a tripod that I needed to use a fast shutter speed. I was actually surprised to get this one fairly clear image. I had a bunch that weren't usable. Regarding post-processing, I used auto straighten in Lightroom. I also boosted clarity and made some sharpening adjustments to improve the sharpness.   Posted: 10/08/2019 09:45:29

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
You captured the golden color so well in this image. At 1/30th handheld the image is remarkably sharp. You handled the wide angle lens distortion well too. My compulsive eye wants to do something with the boat or dock left-center close to the building. Delete it? Darken it? A minor matter, however.   Posted: 10/09/2019 19:45:06

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
I think this is a great shot and you have captured this beautiful building well. I like the way you cropped the image by getting rid of some the of the foreground. The golden water adds a lot to the overall impact.   Posted: 10/12/2019 10:04:24

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
I've never seen a photo of this at night. I like your balance. I'd take care of the couple of light specs in the sky. Sharp, nice image. You could play around with a brush and blur/soften the water a bit unless you like the texture of the water. A really nice souvenir of your journey!   Posted: 10/12/2019 14:31:37

Sumit Basu   Sumit Basu
Wow shot.The building looks good even in the original image.The golden colors and water looks very nice to my eye.I agree with Charles if the boat in front can be darken or removed.   Posted: 10/13/2019 00:37:08


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