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Old Jan 15, 2006, 8:11 AM   #1
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Hello! Just posting this photo I made with my Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT the other week... a very typical sight you might see here in Romania in villages. I feel it shows the lifestyle of many of these older folk and the passing of an era as their grandchildren grow up as the MTV generation / generation X with mobiles / computers, etc.

I'm not saying that this is a bad thing, rather I'm just highlighting the historical change and rate of cultural change here! I hope us younger generation/s will still appreciate and learn from the older generation/s and what they had to go through (e.g. world war/s, depression, communism, etc).

Your comments / thoughts and feedback are welcome. And yes, that is a donkey pulling a cart of ...um ... manure! Such things haven't changed in decades here.

I was born in Australia ... and although I'm home here and have lived here some years, I guess I still take such photos with a "western eye"....

best regards to you all, Paul (please let me know what you think of this photo!)
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Old Jan 15, 2006, 10:25 AM   #2
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Hi, Paul you are mythe most closerneighbour up till the moment on this forum.

I'm familiar with situation about you talking and it can be seen in some other countries on Balkan.....but we are talking about photos.

The first thing that I would like to change on this photo is that it is way too soft for me, and a little small so do some Usharp mask for start and change dimensions to approx 800x600 so that will look better for watching here.

Also some contrast improvement should be done to have better color saturation.

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Old Jan 15, 2006, 12:41 PM   #3
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Hi ZAKD, yes we are almost neighbours... but then again I think I've seen one or two Bulgarian posts on this forum somewhere too...

Indeed you're right - and I am aware similar situations exist in other countries. In fact I know there are many countries much poorer financially than Romanian too... but you're right we're here to be talking about photos...

I didn't realise before if the photo was soft or not... then I checked and yes the original looks a bit to me too. Whoops! I'll post a slightly larger copy below in any case.

I already played with the saturation (boosting it) in the above and below photos compared to the original. What were you thinking of doing about the saturation? Anyway have fun and hope to hear from you later.

Paul

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Old Jan 15, 2006, 2:25 PM   #4
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Salut, PJ1974.
That's not a bad photo you've got there.
Where did you take it?
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Old Jan 15, 2006, 3:54 PM   #5
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Buna zygh! Glad you like the photo.


I took it in a village near Brasov .. I'm quite sure it was Feldioara. My fiancee lives in Brasov... I live in Cluj.

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How about following up with a nice looking lady from Romania?

This one looks a little high mileage!


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Old Jan 15, 2006, 6:39 PM   #7
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How about following up with a nice looking lady from Romania?
This one looks a little high mileage!
And especially to an American, the old woman in the picture must look like it came from another century or something.

Anyway, the kind of reality portrayed in photos such as the one posted is utterly impossible to understand by people that think that a cow is something that hamburgers are made from.

PJ, I would strongly advise about choosing more carefully next time where you post your photos. Please choose to post only flowers, buildings and photos of such subjects. :lol:
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Old Jan 15, 2006, 6:44 PM   #8
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zygh,

relax, it was a joke.

-- Terry

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Old Jan 15, 2006, 6:50 PM   #9
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No doubt in my mind about that, Terry.
Still, that does not change the validity of my words.

Cheers!
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Old Jan 15, 2006, 7:09 PM   #10
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I spent many months in former Yugoslavia during it's communist era and I saw many sights like that.

The locals always had a sense of humor, because often there was much hardship and difficulty behind those scenes.

We see the scene as cute, and it certainly harkens to a much simpler lifestyle.

But at another level, that lady could be struggling to survive.

There could be health problems in her family that there is no money to solve.

So perhaps I saw the scene and responded witha hearty Yugoslavian perspective.

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PS: America is not all about hamburgers. We have much poverty and inner city violence here.




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