Apocalypse by Rudolf Rezső Berczeller

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Overhead.

In April of this year, we were fortunate to visit the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest, which has been located in Buda Castle on Gellert Hill since 1975.  The photo below was taken looking up inside the center dome of the Gallery.   Titled Apocalypse, the hanging sculpture was created in 1990 – 1991 from galvanized mesh, plastic, and steel by Rudolf Rezső Berczeller (1912 – 1992).  It is part of the Contemporary Collection and measures 3 × 5 × 12 meters.  This installation includes six figures, but, according to artportal,

“At the end of his life, [Berczeller] wanted to create a group of 32 angel figures suspended in the church gallery of Budapest, in the church space of Budapest, or suspended under the dome of the Hungarian National Gallery.”

It isn’t every day that we can look up to see six angels overhead.

This photo was taken on April 22, 2019. Specs are:

Canon 200D, ISO 200, f/9.0, 1/30 sec, 10 mm.


Budapest Chain Bridge Light Trails

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Night.

Following a few hours of after-sunset photography atop Buda Castle Hill and Gellért Hill in Budapest, Hungary,  we set up tripods at the Pest end of Chain Bridge to capture light trails.  There is an island between the inbound and outbound lanes of traffic that is safe for pedestrians. To create the trails in the photo, a series of eight 30 second exposures was stacked in Photoshop layers, aligned, and merged into a single image using the lighten blending mode.

An interesting phenomenon that occurs when you have a good spot is that it attracts other photographers. After a few minutes here, several other people with cameras popped up.  They weren’t using tripods so they can’t have been taking this shot.