Updated Location!

Updated Location!

So most all the time I know where I was when I go back and process photos, but for the longest time, (and no real reason because I could have asked) I didn’t know what the name of the little farm town where Alin’s grandparents lived was.  Finally, I found out it was Berinta, south of Baia Mare.

I put up several posts, so if you want to go back and see them they are here:

The Road to the Monestary

A Step Back in Time

Silhouette in the Window

Romanian Well

If you’d like to see it on a map, check it out here. Map

In honor of finding out where I was, I processed a new photo from Berinta. A family walks and rides along a winding road in the hills of Romania.

Berinta Baia mare Romania William Woodward

A Step Back in Time

A Step Back in Time

Day three of monochrome week is moving right along, taking us to eastern Europe, well into the countryside of Romania.  This photo turned out to have a very antique feel to it, and I feel that really contributed to the historic and natural look about this place.  You would see these hay mounds strewn about the open rolling fields, and once even I saw how they are formed.

After time allowed to dry, the hay is raked to the tall center pole, and carefully piled around the pole, with one person passing the hay up to another who’s job it is to stomp and compact the hay around the pole.  Once the pile is as tall as can be reached, it is then shaped in a special way to promote the rain to run off rather than soak in, an topped with a special designed wreath to hold it all together.  This technique has become so honed, that a hay stack, exposed to all the weather, can still last for several years!

Back in Time Romania William Woodward

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Silhouette in the Window

Silhouette in the Window

Well, as promised, this week is going to have it’s own theme!  That theme will be, monochrome week!  I’ve been looking for a way to switch up my style, learn new things and explore ways to make my photos better.  Just like the title says up there, experiments and exploration!

To start off the week, an interesting visit to the upper reaches of the bell tower of a Romanian Orthodox church, with a silhouetted figure back lit by an arched window.  Not to be confused with a strangely modern and creepy statue, I had my good friend Alin stand in the window while I snapped a shot coming down one of the steep ladders that accessed the bell tower.

Silhouette Window Romania William Woodward

Romanian Well

Romanian Well

Alin and I spent about 20 minutes in this spot.  We discussed details of how the different settings of my camera produced different types of shots.  He was quite interested and fascinated that so much could be changed in the composition of a photo taken in the same spot, of the same thing, with the different ISO, aperture, and f-stop settings.

This well serves the small village that Alin’s grandparents live in, and we had walked up here to fill up a pale of water for cooking and drinking with dinner.  It sat atop a small hill, near the town’s church.  In the distance, the church’s cemetery.

I did this photo as a single shot HDR, because there was plenty of light to sufficiently fill my needs.  I really like the way that the colors in the metal popped as it reflected with the blues of the sky, along with the details in the stone and wood frame.

Romanian Well Baia Mare William Woodward

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