Camouflaged Building, Budapest

Camouflaged Building

Budapest, Hungary: Camouflaged Building

I came across this cleverly camouflaged building on the trip to Budapest back in 2011.  Major restoration work was taking place behind the wall and I found the finishing touches delightfully entertaining.

Of course I used Exposure 5:  600-Yellowed from the Polaroid panel at 60 % opacity.


Two birds at Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge

Changing Guards at  Golden Gate Bridge

Our trips to San Francisco are never complete without a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge and the Golden Gate National Park.  It’s an amazingly fascinating and beautiful place which is never quite the same; this place it’s ever changing and captivating to the extreme.  Man-made marvel and pure beauty of nature all in one place, all at once is simply magical. These two sea gulls  seem to share my appreciation for it’s appeal  and took on the visual role of it’s  guards.  Maybe it was the play of a  whimsical mind or simply a result of exhaustion after a seven hour drive at the time but here I am, several month later, still seeing the same thing.  Interesting. Well,  after all, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see” per Mr. Henry David Thoreau.  I could not agree more.

Two birds at Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco


Peterhof Lighthouse

I cannot explain my fascination with lighthouses, but the very idea of these elegant structures makes my thoughts trail off in the direction of mystery, adventure and romance. They are, by far, my favorite architectural creation.

This retired Peterhof Lighthouse almost did not fit into its gloomy surrounding; it stood there perfectly content, shielded by the birches, radiating warmth along the cold and uninviting Peterhof shore, having served its time.

Image of Peterhof Lighhouse


Drawbridge and St. Petersburg, Russia Travel Tip

One of the most remarkable ­­­­things about visiting St. Petersburg was that the city seemed warmest when the sun went down and the lights went on at night. I have only one tip about traveling to this city: Go There!

Well, maybe one more: make sure you’re on your side of the river before the bridges go up – they stay up all night.

River of Lights


Church Window

Matthias Church Window

Although this is not what I would usually capture, this particular image is a milestone in my book and an important lesson which I have to remind myself of periodically.

There I was, inside the church, camera resting in the backpack, and, suddenly, I get this urge to capture the window. First thought : “ no way this is happening… no tripod, nothing to set the camera on….. have to really stretch up to even get the window…just can’t get the two shots I need..”. And so I stood there, REALLY wanting to get this image, knowing I can’t do it in one shot and then I decided to try something I have not done before. Took the camera out, measured the light and called my husband to come and help. I used his shoulder (with specific instructions to hold his breath on “Now”) to rest the camera on, took one shot, adjusted the speed for the second and took the second. The result: right here. I had no trouble aligning the two images during processing, the RAW data gave me tons of room to maneuver and even though I could not get quite high enough to get the window I am very happy that I tried something new, unafraid to fail.

This was taken inside Matthias Church which is located right in the heart of the Buda’s Castle district in the beautiful city of Budapest.

Window in Matthias Church


Budapest, Hungary

One of my first HDR Images

I’ve been revisiting some of my folders and found this shot from two years ago, all processed and ready to go.  This was one of my first attempts at HDR and using Photomatix and I still love it.  Given that it’s a big shaky without a tripod @ .6 sec being balanced on a bunch of books….I say it adds to the dreamy effect.

Budapest Parliament

Angel with the Column

Angel with the Column (and the bird)

Angel with the Column

Angel with the Cross

Angels of Ponte Sant’Angelo: Angel with the Cross

I found Rome to be one of those places where you can literally spend hours in one spot and not run out of things to capture. Ponte Sant’Angelo turned out to be one of those spots…

Blue Cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica

Rome:  St. Peter’s Basilica

This is a bit more hdr(rish) then my usual but I found myself toning down a lot less with this image. My recollection of Rome is that it was like being in a painting the whole time we were there; I think this matches my memory of the place the best.

View of the Vatican City Cupola from across the river

Churches of Rome

Churches of Rome: Trinita dei Monti

When in Rome…take loads of photographs.

I finally got to the Rome trip (it was back in June) and realized that having unprocessed images from months and years ago is not all that bad.  It’s like revisiting the place all over again and sometimes the image itself reveals something new and unexpected.  I was so focused on the heart and alignment in this one I remember, I completely missed the arches….oh well: better late than never.

Trinita dei Monti

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