I was recently in Budapest on a stag do and of course, me being me, brought my camera gear along so I could get shots of one of my favourite cities in Europe.

As seems to be the way with a lot of my latest photos, I had been up until the small hours of the morning, taken a nap for about an hour and then arisen at 03:30 for sunrise.

I grabbed a taxi down to Batthyány tér which, due to my basic Hungarian, I was able to pronounce. The taxi driver asked me which hotel I would like left at. I then told him I just wanted left at Batthyány tér metro station. He replied saying that the metro station was closed and where did I actually want left. After a few minutes of discussion he agreed to leave me outside the station, even though he thought it was a very strange request.

Once down there, I set up my Gorillapod on the edge of the Danube and waited for the sun. Sadly there were no clouds until about half an hour after the sun came up. To make up for the incredibly dull sky, I decided I'd try out some texture work; something I never really do. I know it's not for everyone, but let me know what you think.

During our long weekend in BP, my friend Kristof, lead singer of the Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra, came out with us, showed us around town, organised a bus to his gig (two hours from the city) and dedicated a song to me and Adam, the stag.

Although I can't dedicate a song to him in return, I can however dedicate this photograph.

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