Monthly archives: June, 2011

Jiji and the culture

A photography display on the fence of National Museum of Art. Here’s Jiji… facepalm.

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Walking on Calea Victoriei

On the route to Bucharest Music Film Festival in the beautiful light before the sunset and having the wide lens ready… you have to take the pics:

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Some of the things to be seen: National Museum of Art, Piața Revoluției, Carol’s Statue, Telephone Palace.

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Bucharest Music Film Festival

These days the city is hosting the Bucharest Music Film Festival right in the city center, at Piața Revoluției, in front of the Atheneum and the National Art Museum. As the name says, the main feature is classical music:

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A lot of people, of various ages and backgrounds, are attending every day:
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And they seems to enjoy it:
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I enjoyed it too once this week, if time and schedule allows, maybe I will do it again.

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With Mino at Moara lui Assan

After the CounterStrike fun, it was the time for another visit at Mora lui Assan, now with a more glamourous take, thanks to Mino:

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Update: there is a follow-up with some more of them.

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Kissing Howto

In the past I poster how-tos and tutorials, but none of them is like this one. Enjoy. And learn!

kissing howto

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That light

I don’t think there is any need for words to accompany this picture, just look at its light.

before sunset

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Passing trough Lipscani

It seems I can’t pass trough the old city of Bucharest and keep myself from taking photos, especially in such beautiful light, right before the sunset. Here are a couple of details: a street light and a balcony.

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Heavy rain

Saturday the weather was not friendly, cloudy and cold, but since there was something to shoot, I left home anyway, heading for the Cișmigiu park, with the hope it will at least stay the same. It wasn’t so, around Piața Victoriei it started to rain furiously: hailstone, thunders and lightning.

Getting to the end of the line, I had to leave the bus and get refuge in the bus station, the perfect place to enjoy the rain (over half an hour more), bring out the camera and capture some moments:

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Some people were courageous enough to defy the nature, my equipment is not weatherproof, so I had to maintain cover:
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Yup, this is a heavy summer rain in the city. Enjoy it. Or not :p

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Asphalt Tango

One interesting (and photogenic) thing at the “urban festival” on Mătăsari street was the people dancing tango on the street and wearing street clothes. Not many, but not very few either.

tango tango

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Hipstering on Mătăsari street

With the history and tradition of the Mătăsari street, one linked with sex and prostitution, having an “urban festival” called “at women on Mătăsari” (“la femei pe Mătăsari”) was challenging, and it gathered, as expected, a bunch of people considering themselves “cool” and “edgy”.

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Water fight

A hot, scorching summer day, is a perfect day for a water fight:


I had low expectations and they were fulfilled: a bunch of kids running chaotically and throwing water left, fight, front and back.

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Basarab passage opening

After much debates and delays, the Basarab passage in Bucharest opened at last! …good opportunity for the current mayor to shamelessly assume the merits, but I digress, this is not a politics blog, we are here to share some photos from the passage opening.

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So it was a parade, the parade was not all about beautiful girls, there were also uniforms:
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And bikers with their mighty bikes:
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And old cars:
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And, of course, a lot of beautiful girls:
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And cheerleaders:
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And don’t forget the virtual kisses:
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Now the next step? Curse the traffic on the passage, of course!

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Ana Bella in the park

In the park, shooting for a portraiture project I will talk more at a later date, we had the time for some general shoots too, in the very summer style: roses, vaporous dresses, green:

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ana bella

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Haramichi

Last Sunday something new happened in the “Lia Manoliu” park: the first Haramichi meet in Romania and once I learned about it, i had to meet that fun group of kids:

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And take some pictures of their colored costumes:
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Hopefully, see you next week for the largest second edition!

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To the Livadă

I was reluctant to participate to the Livada de fotografii, my first reaction was “my photos are not intended for exhibitions” and my laziness is king: why bother digging trough so many photos? So I decided not to participate.

The other day I changed my mind: I can visit it, and if I go there, I can display some photos too, printing 10 of them is cheap enough, less than a couple of beers. Got the idea for a couple of themes, decided for one of them (involving people kissing in the city’s parks), but when I opened the storage to search for them, remembered some I wanted were on the lost card and was put down again by laziness and an unrelated depression.

Some late night chats made me change my mind again: if in the morning I am apt enough, select some photos and print them. Since the quest for the main idea proved futile, the second one kicked in: cold buildings, shot from a wide angle… quite boring and unoriginal.

The morning wasn’t good at all: the life is a really dark gray, the beacons of light far enough and unreachable. But still went to select a mix, not the indented one but a spaghetti of unrelated pictures. Asked a friend for a reality check and to the print shop!

Well, it was a bad day for printing 🙂 Asked my boss for permission to go put and print, then on the route remembered I forgot to add a signature. Heck, I am not egomanical enough, so I can live without a signature, continue.

The closest print shop is the one I am trying to avoid, since I had some unpleasant experiences with them, but I am during the work hours and they are the closest, so I go there. Refreshing news: their printer is not working (again! that was my years old problem with them too). OK, nice not having business with you again, see you later (probably never).

There is another print shop not far, but I have to search for it, a few minutes found! Ask for prints, the clerk says “but we don’t have glossy paper, only matte”… since the next shop is too far away I accept. Then “but our printer is performing some tests, will take 15-20 minutes”. OK, what to do, accept it again.

20 minutes was enough to time to go back to the office, breath a couple of times and go back! He way expecting me with the prints and they came decent. People, see you to the Livada!

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