08 Nov 17 Each evening after dinner we received a short briefing on the expected weather for the following day. It was always positive even though often inaccurate as several days would definitely prove. Not unlike the weather forecasts we "enjoy" on a regular basis here in the PNW. But they always gave hope for what was to come. Unfortunately we encountered what can best be described as a MAJOR storm during our last 4 days, one which I understand was given a name although I can't find it but one nonetheless responsible for 5 deaths. It hit all of central Europe and gave us some challenging times. As we approached Budapest early on the first morning the storm blasted the ship with some serious winds and rain. This was the part of the trip I was most looking forward to, being able to photograph the major buildings unobstructed from the upper deck of the ship. It was not to be. Even if I had brought along my southwesters to weather the rain, there was no way I was going to be able to deal with what the winds were providing. So I elected to stand as far forward as I could in the lounge shooting through the window with brief excursions outside to shoot in the somewhat relative protection of a small overhang near the exit from the lounge. You truly had to be on-board to appreciate the veracity of the storm, but perhaps this image will give you some small idea.
This is a combination of two shots, one of the rain striking the window and another of the view through the rain. Neither of the two shots by themselves adequately conveys what was happening so I'm hoping this blend will suffice. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 500; 1/160 sec @ f / 8.