The Széchenyi Chain Bridge – seen with the Hungarian Parliament Building behind it – was the first permanent bridge to link Buda and Pest across the Danube when it opened in 1849. Made of cast iron, its center span of 202 metres was at that time one of the longest in the world.
Budapest – Photo Tip

Start early, and finish late, for the best evening photos

Photo by Peter Adams

Budapest – Photo Tip Start early, and finish late, for the best evening photos

In Budapest, I'm reminded once more that night shots can bring out the best in a city: dirty buildings, scaffolding and litter all fade into the shadows as the city’s lights begin to work their magic.

Peter Adams
Peter Adams Travel Photographer

Whatever city I visit, I try to plan a night shot for each evening, although after a long day shooting it may be the last thing I feel like doing. These shots can be a life saver if the weather has been overcast and there has been no light to create skyline views or establishing shots of the city beforehand, as was the case here in Budapest. I knew the overcast sky would give a lovely blue color to night time pictures.

Having previously scouted out my viewpoint (overlooking the Chain Bridge and Parliament building), I stood behind my tripod waiting for the lights to come on. It was then a case of obtaining the right balance between land, sky and the effect of the lights.

Experience helps but I always start shooting earlier and continue later in case my eye has not quite determined the right balance. With digital, you can shoot much later (even when the sky seems about to turn to black) but, by this point, I was already packing up and planning a hearty goulash and glass of warming Bull’s Blood wine.

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Budapest has a comprehensive network of public transport, including (yellow) trams, (blue) buses, (red) trolley-buses, (green) trains and a Metro running on three lines – the oldest in continental Europe. Single or multple ride tickets are available but most visitors buy a two- or three-day Budapest Card pass which allows unlimited travel. Photo by Peter Adams

Peter Adams

Peter Adams

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

Aperture
ƒ/6.3
Exposure
1/0
ISO
100
Focal
155 mm

Budapest has a comprehensive network of public transport, including (yellow) trams, (blue) buses, (red) trolley-buses, (green) trains and a Metro running on three lines – the oldest in continental Europe. Single or multple ride tickets are available but most visitors buy a two- or three-day Budapest Card pass which allows unlimited travel.

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