06 Nov 17 We're back. Traveled 11, 963 miles via plane, bus, taxi, autos, and cruise ship, 359 miles of it on the rivers going through 11 locks over a 16 day period. In the process I shot 5400+ photos while visiting 5 countries, 5 cities, with multiple concerts in churches, palaces, concert venues, and ship board. Spent FAR too much time on airplanes and in airports and heard more concerts in a short time than at any other time in our lives. Enjoyed lots of wonderful food, saw too many sights to remember, and made a a few new friends. All-in-all with the exception of being permanently separated from our smart phone on day 4 and both of us getting sick (Jan near the end and me upon arrival home), it was a pretty memorable trip. I hope to come up with perhaps 40 images to share with you - more than that and you likely get tired of them - and give you enough info with the photos to share with you an idea of what we experienced. My MAIN reason for going on the trip was to take photos, no surprise there I guess, and THE most important place was Budapest where we encountered, to say it politely, HORRIBLE weather. Just to make us rainy day folks from Puget Sound feel at home, the entire Danube experienced its annual BIG storm, the one that they name each year!!! So needless to say my photographic opportunities were somewhat challenged. That said, the "guy with the camera and hat" got a few acceptable ones which I hope you like. I'm starting off today with a shot of the building I went to see, the Parliament Building sitting on the bank on the Danube. This was taken at night while the ship was cruising up and down the river just for us to see the night lights, a very short cruise I'll never forget. It was cold and very windy so it was a challenging shoot especially due to the length of the building - wider than my 18mm lens could take in one shot - and other individuals wanting to get the same shot. As such I couldn't capture the building straight on so this is an angular perspective. You can go out and search for a full monte view. It is IMPRESSIVE to say the least and I suggest you do. As I'm still far from feeling well I'll likely share a couple different "looks" of this same image this week.
I've made some serious color adjustment from the RAW capture but other than that this is what the camera recorded. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; ISO 6400; 1/60 sec @ f / 4.8.