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We went for a short holiday a couple of days ago.

 

There was a lot of water.

There was a motor boat.

There was a lot of nice food.

And most of all, there was a lot of laughter, relax and great time.

Oh, and there was a lizard, too…

 

Here are some moments that I captured to share with you:

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

All the pictures show a picturesque European country called Hungary – the land where we love to come back again and again and again.

I guess it’s something in the air there that makes us come back.

Or maybe it’s in their wine.

Anyhow, we are in love with that place.

(Despite the lizard.)

 

Love,
Petra

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I took this picture a couple of weeks ago.

It shows a magical street of a lovely city called Gyor in Hungary.

We like going there, it’s a nice place.

 

Since, as you might already know, I never leave my pictures untouched (because that would cause my brain to break), I had to open it in my editing software (Photoshop Elements Eight) and play with it for awhile.

This is what I did, step-by-step…

 

The original picture.

No editing at all.

 

I like the magic of the place.

I like how the shadows and bright spots interact.

I like how the history still lives and breathes there.

Captivating.

 
 

1. I applied the Pioneer Woman Boost Action here.

 

I use that action a lot.

It’s awesome!

 
 

2. Here I ‘burned the remaining haze’ a little using the Unsharp Mask.

 

That is my favorite editing technique of all times.

Actually, I once wrote a tutorial about it.

 
 

3. In this step, I used the Unsharp Mask again.

Only this time to sharpen the image a little more.

 

I’ll soon bring a tutorial on what settings I use to sharpen my pictures.
 
 

The final result.

 
 

And again – before and after.

 

In fact, the whole transition took me no more than 5 minutes.

Just a few clicks can lead to a very different, punchy and bold result.

 

What do you think, dear friends?

Do you use any of the mentioned techniques?

Let me know!
 

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Who knew I’ll be into cameras and photography?

I didn’t.

At least until the time about one year ago when I decided that I needed to get some more beauty and color into my life and a camera seemed to be the best device to help me in that quest.

Grabbing a camera might have been a really tiny step for a mankind but to me it was huge.

I don’t really understand how it might work but through the lens of a camera beauty gets magnified, colors become richer, little worlds get bigger, unknown reveals itself and, as a sweet result, a soul gets happy.

Amen.

 

My camera journey started with a cute little blue point-and-shoot from Olympus called Mju: 600.

I love the name.

 
 

When I started to take photos with the point-and-shoot I knew completely nothing about photography.

Still, that little blue thing allowed me to take rather lovely pictures.

Like this one.
 
 

Or this one from our vacation in Hungary.
 
 

But when it came to food – which meant getting very close to the photographed subjects – it didn’t look optimal.

The pictures were blurry.

Even if I had a sufficient dose of caffeine and my hands weren’t shaking.

I just knew I needed more.

 
 

Since I am a very lucky person in general, I remembered that my boyfriend had bought a big solid camera a couple of months back.

It was Canon 1000D (in US known as Rebel XS).

I knew he loved his camera but I also knew I needed it.

So, what would a decent girl do in such a situation?

She steals the camera and snaps away like no one’s business.

 
 

This is the first picture that I took with my new camera.

I made it after I’d received one minute’s worth of camera-operating instructions from my man.

One minute of instructions, that’s what I asked for because my attention can’t take any more.

Nevertheless, I was impressed with the result.

The pictures were crisper and more professional looking.

I loved it.

 
 

As time went by (and my boyfriend went slightly mad) me and the camera became good buddies.
 
 

When the light was sufficient we were able to do wonders.
 
 

But when there was little light and I had to bump up the ISO to its full potential – which is 1600 – then that nasty grainy noise appeared.

I hated the noise.

You can clearly see it in the background of the above picture.

 
 

The noise mostly was the reason why I, again, wanted more.

And since, as you already know, I am a very lucky person, the family board (consisting of me and my boyfriend) agreed to buy me this Canon 550D camera (in US known as Rebel T2i).

To make the family board agree it only took a little – basically we are talking about six months of throwing myself regularly on the floor, a lot of high-pitched screaming and many different forms of threatening toward the other member of the family board.

Easy.

 
 

When I got the camera I took a few pictures and then I died.

Then I took some more pictures and died again.

 

The camera had quite a few wonderful features.

I especially appreciated that it had 18 megapixel resolution (the Canon 1000D had only 10 megapixels).

 
 

And the second thing which makes me almost cry is its unbelievable 12800 ISO.

That ISO means that you can carelessly stand in the darkest corner of your kitchen on a gloomy rainy day with no lights on over a pan of frying cauliflower and take the most wonderful pictures with your ISO working at only one quarter of its potential.

That’s gorgeous, my friends!

But do you want to know what’s even more gorgeous?

There’s almost no noise!

Oh. My. Gosh.

 
 

I just love this camera.

I love it from the bottom of my heart… up to the top of my heart.

 
 

Next time, I think I’ll show you my lenses.

I love lenses.

I want many.

I think it’s a dangerous game.

 

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It’s becoming a regular habit of mine to show you the photos that I’ve taken during our weekend trips.

So if I see the cutest monkeys over the weekend nothing in this world will stop me from showing them to you.

Nothing.

Except for a limited internet connection.

But other than that, nothing.
 

This time it was Zoo Győr in Hungary.

The zoo is rather small, but I’ve come to a conclusion that it’s good that way.

You get entertained from the first second on and before you know two hours of the best fun have passed.

There’s no time to get bored.

Or no time for your legs to start hurting.

Which is really great.
 
 

Baby monkey: “Mama, can I be a crocodile when I grow up?”

Mama monkey: “Sure my dear, sure.”
 
 

Monkey love.
 
 

The Emu.

It was standing very close to me.

Also, it was taller than me.

For a second I thought I was going to leave without my left eye.

Or my camera.

 
 

The mischievous Llama.

He’s decided to go for a stroll all by himself.

Cute… that’s probably the only thing that his caretakers didn’t have on their minds at that very moment.

They would rather have seen a fence around him.

The Llama waited for the chasing guys here and there and allowed them to approach to a distance of about two steps just to start running again.

I like Llamas with humor.
 
 

The South American Coati.

They love taking naps in the tree tops.

Just like me.

 
 

Very cute friends.

Don’t you think?
 
 

Wow.

Who knew giraffes love cherries?

I didn’t.
 
 

Hi guys!

Want a cherry?
 

If by any chance you find yourself in Győr one day, now you know there’s a lot of cuteness there for you to see.

Love,

Petra
The Cuteness Seeker

 

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Budapest In November

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Yesterday we had to go to Budapest.

It was an unplanned trip and we were quite busy.

But I managed to steal a few moments for taking pictures.

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The weather was, well, like in November.

I decided  to warm myself up with a BIG cup of steaming coffee.

Accidentally, I ended up with the tiniest cup possible.

But it looked cute in the picture … .

I like to look at the bright side of things.

It helps me a lot!

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And it seems that no matter what the time of the year it is, people still want to have fun.

But these guys went a bit too far I think!

They were supposed to stay on the road, weren’t they?

(Update: I checked them out and can’t stop listening to their intro song, it is gorgeous.)

budapest-gulls

Do you think it’s criminal to throw a rock in the river just to see some gulls take off?

It is?

I didn’t do that then.

Not at all!

Poor little gulls, that would scare them… .

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Oh, how I love this building – the Hungarian Parliament.

It looks like if they’d let thousands of people add what they liked to the facade while they were building it.

Somebody is going to hate me for what I’ve just said… .

But I truly love the looks of that building!

budapest-suitcase

I started to feel a bit insecure when I had noticed this.

A suitcase in the park next to the Parliament?

There could be a bomb inside, that’s what I thought.

But luckily, I was wrong.

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I love it when people create lovely funny things and have fun…

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… I love that so much!

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Hey, did you miss me?

Don’t worry, I am back.

Do you wonder where I have been?

Well, on the BEST VACATION ever!

Me and my boyfriend decided to have a look at what it looks like over in Hungary.

For those of you who don’t know where on earth that could be – Hungary is a lovely state in the center of Europe.

The following pictures will guide you through the whole journey!

Enjoy dear friends!

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The first town we visited was called Eger.

They have a wonderful castle offering this marvelous view.

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Then we strolled up and down the little streets and found this cute late summer harvest display.

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This little cafe looks so inviting.

eger-grape-must

Hmmm, and I hadn’t even expected this – GRAPE MUST – an absolute autumn Hungarian must.

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The sun had set and our first day was done.

Time to go to bed and get a good sleep. There were six days of traveling ahead of us.

We slept at little local hotels. Another night – another hotel. It was interesting but it has taught me that there’s no such thing as your own lovely, used-by-nobody-else-before bed.

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The next day we visited Miskolc, a truly wonderful town. This alley had led us to a huge surprise…

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… actually, it wasn’t huge, it was HUGE!

And that is a king in the front. Yeah, you are thinking the right way, he did own the castle.

Can you see the years on the front plate (1342-1382)? That was pretty long ago, haaa?

According to Wikipedia he enjoyed reigning over various countries and his greatest hobby was warfare.

Who would expect that, right?

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This is my personal favorite.

It really warms up my heart and brings about that sweet dreamy feeling.

Yaaay!

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The third day was spent on water.

Precisely, on one great river called Tisza.

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We borrowed a motor-boat…

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… and had a great time.

Especially me because I had to do absolutely nothing –  just look around, relax and take pictures.

Lucky me!

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A pumpkin patch.

I had never seen that before.

I was totally amazed.

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This is the Hungarian renowned puszta – a wide field with no hills or mountains in sight.

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Our last but one day.

The town of  Bekescsaba.

The guy looked back at me and asked if he should move.

And I said “no please”.

Yummy…

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Lovely tulips.

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Warm sunny morning in Szeged.

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I had to show you this!

And then we headed back home to show you all the great pictures.

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