Victory Square At Night

Victory Square in considered to be Timisoara’s city center and its located between the Romanian Opera House and the Orthodox cathedral and on the both sides of the square you can find old impressive buildings, some of which were designed by the Hungarian architect Lászlo Székely. As you can see in the photo the entire place looks amazing especially at night when all the street lights are turned on.

This photo was captured from the steps of the Orthodox cathedral and as you can see in the photo below, you can spot almost the entire square.

Victory square in Timisoara at night

Scottish Highlands At Dracula Danes Domain

On our way back from Biertan, we have decided to take a short stop at the Dracula Danes domain and visit the “Mini Zoo” which is located on the domain, close to the guesthouse. Inside the “Mini Zoo”, you can watch some amazing exemplars of domestic animals. My favorite ones were two Scottish Highland cows.

After this short visit we have decided to eat something at the restaurant which is located in the guesthouse. To those who don’t know, the Dracula Danes domain is located a few kilometers away from the historical medieval citadel of Sighisoara and to be more precise, its located at the edge of the Transylvanian village of Danes.

Scottish Highlands at Danes Dracula Estate

The Fortified Church In Saros Pe Tarnave

After we left the Transylvanian village of Biertan, we have decided to take a short stop in the small village of Șaroș pe Târnave where another old fortified church is located. Unfortunately, I’ve captured some exterior shots of the church because it was closed to the public when we arrived there.

The entrance into the fortified church and the bastion

Here is a photo of the entrance into the fortified church but unfortunately it was closed. Close to the fortification walls we found a small path which leads to the back of the church and we’ve decided to follow that path.

The main entrance into the Lutheran church

The bastion

The Lutheran church within the fortification walls

This photo was captured from the small path which leads to the back of the church. You can notice the Lutheran church inside the fortification walls.

The Lutheran church in Saros pe Tarnave

A small part of the village in winter

This shot was captured next to the back of the Lutheran church, as you can see in the photo below, on that cold winter morning, the landscape was covered with snow. Despite of the winter cold morning, I saw a lot of activity in the small village.

A part of the village in winter

Children playing in the snow

After capturing some photos, we were headed to the car and on our way back from the fortified church, I saw some children playing in the snow near the fortification walls.

children playing in the snow near the fortification walls

 

Visiting Sighisoara Medieval Citadel In Winter

Last year, right after Christmas, we decided to take a short trip to the medieval city of Sighisoara. After visiting some fortified churches in the area, on our way back, I’ve decided to capture some photos of the citadel in winter. Unfortunately, I didn’t find to much snow in the citadel only some small spots on the roofs of the old buildings.

The Clock Tower in winter

Probably the Clock tower is the main attraction in Sighisoara. As I started to photograph the Clock tower, some tourists were walking towards me and I’ve decided to include them into a photo. As I walked up into the citadel, another pack of tourists were heading towards me.

The Clock Tower in Sighisoara in winter

The Clock tower, view from the citadel

The Covered Stairway

The covered stairway was built 1642 and it offered a safe climb to the Lutheran church and to the school especially in the winter season. The stairway is also know as the Scholar’s stairs.

The Covered Stairways in the medieval city of Sighisoara

The Church on the Hill

Originally the church was a catholic church and after the 1547 Reform, the majority of the inhabitants of Sighisoara shifted to Lutheranism so after that, the Church on the Hill was turned into a Lutheran church. This church is located on a small hill and is reached by an old wooden staircase. Near the church is the old Saxon cemetery and on the right side of the photo, you can notice a small part of the Ropemaker’s tower, as you can see in the photo below, the church was captured from the old cemetery.

The Church on the hill

The House with Stag

Built in Transylvanian renaissance style, the building received its name from the stag located on one of the building’s corner. In the present days, the House with Stag functions as a nice hotel.

The House with Stag

The Ropemakers’ Tower

This is one of the oldest building in Sighisoara, dating from the 13th century. Back then, it served as a defense tower and in our days, its the home of the caretaker of the old Saxon cemetery.

The Ropemaker's Tower

Dracula’s house

The building painted in orange was the birthplace of Vlad Dracul (Dracula) and if take a closer look, you can see the back of the Lutheran church in the background.

Vlad the Impaler's house

Sighisoara cityscape at winter

In the photo below, you can see a small part of Sighisoara. The photo was captured from the citadel right next to the Clock tower.

Sighisoara cityscape

Don’t forget to check out my older photos of the medieval citadel of Sighisoara. Those photos were captured in the summer of 2013 on a misty morning.

 

One Of My First HDR Photo

What is HDR photography?

The acronym HDR comes from High Dynamic Range photography and basically if you want to make an HDR image, you have to take three photos at different exposure and merge them into a single HDR image. If you want to learn even more things about HDR then I highly encourage you to watch Trey Ratcliff’s tutorial on how to capture and post process an HDR photo. Don’t forget that this is a free tutorial and its available for everyone:

Two electric locomotives

This HDR photo was captured a couple of years ago and If I remember correctly, this one was my first HDR photo. Back then, the Hungarian State Railways (or simply MAV) used some of its electric locomotives for some kinds of testings here in Romania. One day I’ve managed to photograph one of MAV’s locomotive when it pulled a Romanian electric locomotive and some passenger cars. The blue locomotive in front of the train is a Bombardier Traxx which was built by Bombardier Transportation. The second locomotive is a class 47 electric locomotive which is also known as the Dolphin, this locomotive was built by Electroputere in the Romanian city of Craiova.

Two electric locomotives