Photography books I.

I know I’ve been neglecting this part of my website for a long time, which is insane, because I originally wanted this page to be only photography related. I’m not a professional photographer (and I think I never will be), therefore I try to draw knowledge from books, newspapers, articles, and videos. So right now I’m starting a new series about all the books I already read to help other photography enthusiasts.聽

Annie Leibovitz: At work
Ms. Leibovitz, my most favourite photographer released this book in 2008 but it dates back to 1974. She discusses 90 of her photos chronologically (including the Rolling Stones tour of 1975 and the last picture she took of John Lennon and Yoko Ono on the day he was shot). In addition, technical descriptions are given as well.
Truly remarkable and motivating.

Bruce Barnbaum: The art of photography (An Approach to Personal Expression)
The writer is mostly known as a landscape and architectural photographer and an instructor as well. In this textbook, he gives basic knowledge and practical tips for anyone interested in photography with beautiful illustration of his own photos.
I recommend this book even to those who aren’t that interested in this field as I am, because it can be useful for vacation and family pictures as well.

I hope you’ll find inspiration in them!

Budapest sights

Because 3 of my best friends live in Budapest, once in a while I have the chance to visit our capital. This was the first time I brought my Nikon and took amazing shots. Can’t wait go back! 馃檪

The Hungarian capital, Budapest has one fifth of the population. It used to be occupied be the Celtic people and then by the Romans. Hungarian only came in the 9th century. It hasn’t always been the capital, because kings spent most of their times in Visegr谩d and they transferred to Budapest only in the 15th century and after that it became a Renaissance town. River Danube divided the two parts, Buda and Pest and they were united in 1873. Although Budapest has been through a lot (it was first destroyed by the Turks and the Tartars, then the world wars came), it always managed to renew itself and become the marvelous metropolis it is today.

Budapest is the ultimate tourist city with endless options to visit. Here are the ones I recommend of them:
Buda Castle
Vajdahunyad Castle
Parliament
Fisherman’s Bastion
Mathias Church
Doh谩ny Street Synagogue
Heroes Square
Opera House
Vigad贸
Gell茅rt Hill
Margaret Island
Hungarian National Museum
Hungarian National Gallery
Museum of Fine Arts (it is under renovation until autumn 2018!)
Aquincum Museum
Sz茅chenyi Spa
Budapest Zoo
Tropicarium

Debrecen

I went to see Hungary’s second largest town last weekend because one of my Polish friends came here with Erasmus for a semester. It was a lovely trip for us and now I’m here to give you some tips of what to visit.聽

Debrecen, or as it was used to be called, the ‘calvinist Rome’ lies in the northeastern part of the country. It became the capital for a while in 1849 during the Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence of 1848-1849. The dethronement of the Habsburg dynasty was declared by Lajos Kossuth on the steps of the Great Church that is now the main attraction of Debrecen. Although the town suffered a lot during the world wars and in 1956, there is no sign of it these days. Annually the famous flower carnival takes place on the streets.

The Great Church
Built in Gothic style already in the 12th century the church has a long and interesting history. It used to be a Catholic church and has burned down in 1564. After the reformation it became Prostestant. The upper circle can be visited that gives a nice view of the city.

 

D茅ri Museum
The founder of the museum, Frigyes D茅ri was a very successful textile merchant who collected art pieces. It has a Japanese, an Egyptian, a weapon, an archeological collection and an art gallery with the Munk谩csy trilogy as well. For me this was the best attraction, because it is a very demanding and neat collection.

 

Statue of Lajos Kossuth
The statue is situated next to the Great Church and it commemorates the dethronement of the Habsburg dynasty. Simply beautiful.

Statue of L艖rinc Szab贸
It is next to the Great Church as well and immortalizes the Hungarian poet.
Statue of L艖rinc Szab贸

1956 memorial statue
The statue commemorates the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 that Debrecen has been a part of.聽
Debrecen

Debrecen mosaic crest
The legs of the lamb has been placed on the Old and the New Testament and on the top of it, the phoenix represents the rejuvenation of the town after everything that affected it throughout history.

Debrecen

Other places to visit in Debrecen as well:
University building with Great Forest Park
Zoo
Botanical Garden
Aquaticum
Museum of the Reformed College
St. Anna Cathedral
Debrecen

Keszthely

Keszthely, the ‘capital of Lake Balaton’ is situated on the western side of the lake. It is very close to the spa town, H茅v铆z as well, so it became a very popular place for summer holidays. Besides lying on the beach, there are many things to do.
The most famous sight of the town is the Festetics Castle.聽 It was named after the owners, the Festetics family, who had a great territory in the area since 1739, right after the end of the Turkish regime. The building of the castle begun in 1745 in baroque style. The museum inside it has a lot of the noble family’s belongings, a nice garden with beautifully placed flowers and a carriage collection. In the palace’s saloon they hold concerts and lectures while in the garden there is an open air theatre festival every year.
Besides that Keszthely has a wierd collection of museums. From a reptile collection through the Marzipan Museum till a Medieval Erotic Museum (I mean, who thinks about making such a place?! I didn’t list it down below, because I didn’t want to ruin all those beautiful and precious places). For me the Marzipan Museum was very impressive, I can’t even imagine how much time it takes to make such wonderful artwork and statues (because some of them really are) from food.
Keszthely is a great place for a summer holiday, because it not only has interesting sights, but also for recreation because of Lake Balaton.

What to see in Keszthely?
Festetics Palace
Helikon Park
Catholic Church
Protestant Church
Synagoge
City Hall
Marzipan Museum
Nostalgia Museum
Doll Museum
Cadillac Museum
Balaton Museum

… and of course go bathing in Lake Balaton!

Sorry about the quality of pictures, I took them way before I found my inner artist 馃槈 Jokes aside, it’s interesting to look back at these pictures. For example, I took these with a small digital camera I got for Christmas many years ago. I was very happy and took thousands of pictures with it, but now I can see that the quality of my Nikon is way better. And that I’ve been improving since 2014.

 

Proper Szeged tour guide

Although I was gushing on and on about my town, Szeged at one of the very first blog posts of this website, I just realized I have never actually shared with you what to see in Szeged. How could we let this happen?! Ok, you can blame it on me… But now I’m here to save the day and for the 70th blog post, let me introduce you to my town.

Szeged is the 3rd biggest town of Hungary and it has been occupied already since the 10th century. It was affected by a flood in 1879. Many European capitals joined to help and sent money for Szeged. In memory of their kindness, the boulevards were named after Vienna, London, Brussels, Paris, Moscow, Berlin and Rome.
Szeged is most famous for its paprika, fish soup, Pick Salami, slippers and the annually held Open Air Festival. It’s a perfect place for you university years or for a semester with Erasmus, because there are 25 000 students in the town every year. And because of the German and English programs, many of them are from abroad (for example: Israel, Germany, Palestine, Turkey, Romania, Spain, Japan, Korea, India and Nigeria).

Here are the top attractions to see in Szeged:
Cathedral with D贸m Square and the Music Clock on the opposite side
New Synagogue
National Theatre
City Hall and the Bridge of sighs
RE脰K Castle
Fekete House
M贸ra Ferenc Museum
Pick Salami and Szeged Paprika Museum
Arad Martyrs Square
Sz茅chenyi Square
Dugonits Square with the University building
K谩r谩sz Street
Sissi statue on Stef谩nia
Szeged Zoo
Botanical Garden
…and of course River Tisza!

I took these pictures while walking around in September. Because I can always find some beautiful detail I haven’t seen before.

Si贸fok on a cold weekend

Travelling in autumn has many advantages. First, you can avoid huge crowds even in popular tourist places. Then, different festivals/programs in general. And of course, how would you see all those beautiful colours nature puts on autumn leaves?

Though Hungary doesn’t have a sea, it has Lake Balaton instead. It’s a freshwater lake that has many resort towns. The most famous of them are Balatonf眉red, Tihany and Si贸fok. Si贸fok lies in the southern part of the lake and it becomes a party town every summer. If you are up to that, you should take your trip between May and September. Because all its facilities close in the end of September. But there are still some things to do even after that. You can take a walk along Lake Balaton. During our journey it was pretty foggy and kind of mysterious.聽 The wind was so strong, seagulls decided not to fight it and landed on the see among the rabble of ducks. Swans and ducks didn’t really bother about the weather, all they were interested in was food. Most of the hotels are always open and they have spa areas, which is a great form of recreation. Or take a boat trip! They offer Pirates of the Caribbean trips for example. Well, originally for children, but even adults have to admit, it looks kind of cool.
What I like about Si贸fok is that it feels like you are in a harbor town and makes you feel like a sailor. My favourite place is where the Angel of peace statue is. It is painted gold and stands on a tall pole next to the dock. Fishermen are always surrounding her. The statue was made by a Russian artist and was settled to her final place in 2012. It symbolizes peace, friendship and unity.
And that is what Si贸fok represents as well.

 

Ozora Castle

There is something you need to know about Hungarian castles. Almost all of them are in ruins because of the many wars that swept over the country throughout history. Renaissance styled Ozora castles is an exception.
It has been originally in possession of the Ozorai family until 1399, when the only heir of Andr谩s Ozorai was a woman, Borb谩la. She couldn’t inherit the castle (yeah, I don’t like that either!), but she was engaged to the Italian Philippo Scolari so they could keep it in the end. Philippo (or as later called, Pipo) came from a merchant family and he was an excellent soldier. He renovated the castle by artists from his homeland and he ordered replicas from famous Italian artists. So the statues decorating the Medici grave and Moses made by Michelangelo,聽 Donatello’s David (legend sais it pictures Leonardo da Vinci) can be seen as well in perfect condition. They represent a value even today, because the Italians don’t let their masterpieces being copied anymore. After Pipo’s death, Borb谩la became the mistress of the castle and she left it to a palatine when she died.
The first acting appearance of the most famous Hungarian poet, S谩ndor Pet艖fi happened in the dining hall of the castle.
The castle can not only be visited today, but some of the rooms are rentable just like a hotel. So for a couple of nights anyone can become the lord of Ozora Castle.