The Budapest Eye

We have always been fascinated by Ferris wheels, so it is no surprise that we admired (and photographed) the Budapest Eye from many angles before (and after) we rode it.  The Budapest Eye — also known as the Sziget Eye — towers 65 meters high over Erzsébet Square.  Only St. Stephen’s Basilica (and the Budapest Parliament Building) are taller at 96 meters.

The first photo was taken from Gellért Hill on the evening we arrived in Budapest.  Saint Stephen’s Basilica is the imposing building behind it.  We had hiked partway down from the 140 meter peak of Gellért Hill, which rises above the Danube River. The 25 second exposure captures the rotation of the wheel.

The second photo was taken as we stood in line for our ride just after sunset. At 2700 Hungarian Forint (HUF) per ride, slightly more than $9 USD, for a minimum of three rotations or 8 – 10 minutes, it is a pricey thrill, but worth it.  Calculating from time stamps on our photos, we rode for at least 15 minutes.

The third photo was taken from directly beneath the arc of 42 cabins on the wheel.  Each cabin is sized for four to six people.

This post is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Three of a Kind and Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Wheel.

Steam Locomotive Driving Wheels — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Wheels

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Wheels.

These are the driving wheels of Atlantic Coast Line steam locomotive 1031 on display at the North Carolina Transportation Museum,  the Southern Railroad’s steam locomotive repair facility in Spencer, North Carolina.  This class K-15-S 4-6-0 “ten-wheeler” locomotive ran on standard (4′-8½”) gauge tracks. Its builder’s plate identifies The Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, PA, as the builder, with production date 1913 and number 39884.

This photo was taken on August 13, 2016.  Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 1600,  f/5.6, 1/30 sec, 18 mm

If you would like to learn more about steam locomotives, visit this website for Surviving Steam Locomotives in the USA.