Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA  

Hungarian Parliament Building by Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA

September 2023 - Hungarian Parliament Building

September 2023 - Jim Bodkin, APSA, PPSA


About the Image(s)

While in Budapest we took a bus tour that included viewing sites on both sides of the Danube and while slowly moving with traffic along the Buda shore line, we passed a break in the trees so that I could see the Parliament Building directly across the river. I picked up my Canon 7D Mk2 with a Tamron 16-300mm zoom lens and snapped a handheld image. Of course it contained a lot of visual clutter, but I was impressed with the autofocus accuracy on the building in the distance. The settings were 30mm zoom for 1/400 sec at f/9.0 and ISO 100.

Because of the sharpness, I decided to clean the image up, convert it to B&W and enter it in this month’s critique.
I straightened and cropped it in LR and then moved to PS to remove the power lines and some minor intruding items. Back in LR, I selected the sky with a selective mask and increase the contrast in the sky and overall sharpness, before converting it to B&W using Preset 01 and adding a slight vignette.

I am pleased with the results, even though it started as a snapshot.

3 comments posted

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
A wonderful image. A lot of interest and very sharp. I suggest the whites should be brighter and in my version I also cropped out the small building on the far left.   Posted: 09/11/2023 14:43:02
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Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Nicely done, Jim. I like your cleanup and monochrome processing. Jim H's crop works well, too.   Posted: 09/11/2023 16:21:22

Darlene Elwin   Darlene Elwin
This is a very striking image! I do agree with Jim's comments. It's a shame that tree is there. I wonder if Adobe's generative fill would work there? Nice details on the building especially since it was handheld in a moving vehicle. You transformed a plain snapshot into a beautiful image!

Before buying a mirrorless, my camera was a 7D. It's a great camera but got too heavy.   Posted: 09/14/2023 19:19:41


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