If you look in any publication that features Budapest the article will, without doubt, feature a photo from the heights of Buda looking over the Danube to Pest and the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Országház. 

When you see the building close-up, as we did recently, you realise why.  It is indeed magnificent.   We were fortunate to have a pleasant evening on a cruise down the Danube viewing the cityscape as night fell.  It was an opportunity to feast on the views of the building that presented itself.  I got carried away. So this post unashamedly features different views of this monumental structure.

Taken around 9pm  X-T2 & XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS  @ 39 mm  f/6.4 1/60” ISO 1600 tone mapped in Photomatix

The rich detail of this 1904 Gothic Revival building (with a noticeably Renaissance style dome) seemed to emerge from the failing light and I’ve tried to capture the feel of that lighting in this next shot.

X-T2 & XF18-55mm @ 26 mm f/7.1  1/60” ISO 2500

Whilst working on the image to create a black and white version, I decided to push it into an almost pencil-sketch look. Now if I only I could draw like this…


Only forty minutes later, on the return up the river, the light had completely gone.  It was a real test of the capabilities of the X-T2.

X-T2  & XF18-55mm  @ 48 mm  f/4.0 1/125”  ISO 8000


The Széchenyi Chain Bridge at night

The Chain Bridge is probably the most famous bridge in Budapest, completed in 1849, although rebuilt a century later in 1949 after being destroyed in WW2.

X-T2  XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS @ 200 mm
f/4.8  1/170” ISO 12800

The enormous Liberty Statue stands high on a hill and is itself 14 metres high atop a 26 metre plinth. A telephoto shot taken with the XF55-200 lens at 200mm.

Szabadság híd (Liberty Bridge) at night

Built at the end of the 19th century with an Art Nouveau flavour, the Liberty Bridge (or Green Bridge) shows off its green metal sheen at both night-time…

… or daytime:

Szabadság híd (in English: Liberty Bridge

Ah. I know what you are thinking. Not enough pictures of the Parliament Building. Ok, last one. Back to the evening glow.  Hope you liked them.


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