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    Posted: 09 December 2018 at 08:59
back with a mix of travel and/or street photos from my november trip in maramures county.

#1 a homestead (farm) up on a hill in preluca village; mountain villages are spread around a large area with many houses quite isolated from their neighbours


#2 the main house is log built, covered with a steep straw roof


#3 the good room (ISO3200)


#4 the hosts were very open and hospitable


#5 horses are widely used in farm work and transportation


#6 no comment


#7 next house neighbour - several hundreds of meters away


#8 courtyard


#9 little old lady


#10 portrait


#11 harvest


#12 IMS - a terrain vehicle from the 50's and 60's, inspired by a soviet design


#13 market fair in Botiza village


#14 standard transportation


#15 artizanal stuff


#16 more harvest


#17 field


#18 portraits of a traditional, self trained sculptor


#19 in his workshop


#20


#21


#22 some of his work


#23 he only works in wood


#24 different sculptor, a variation on traditional masks


#25 whole lotta pillows, traditionally part of a girl's dowry


#26 a moonshine(in maramures we call it tzuica) still, very important tradition in all the villages


#27 a bucketful of hooch - the stills are copper, and the hooch is double distilled to 52-55%


#28 tzuica is traditionally made from plums or apples, less often from pears or other fruits; here apples are crushed before fermenting


#29 villagers are bringing their own fruits for distillation and the owner of the still keeps a percentage of the production as payment


#30 thank you for your patience
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 December 2018 at 09:16
Don't you have more?    With so many I decided to just scan through them and when one grabbed my eye and caused me to stop, to study that one image. #26 - wonderful - subdued color with the blue hat and the warm fire creating a place of beautiful color contrast for my eye to rest; the descending, in size, different shapes from curved wooden, to cube of concrete to the natural lines of the man; and the distortion of the ultra wide lens working nicely to push my eye right to the man. The blown out window on the right edge is a bit of a distraction, too bad there wasn't a bit of detail in there - would have been a perfect place to take two exposures, one for the inside and one for the outside and put them together. But, even so, the window, again a different strong shape, seems to balance the image. Overall, a great image.
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This is a fascinating view into the geography, people and life in the Maramures. It is so very different from my day to day experiences and I very much appreciate you sharing this with us mihai-iulian. I enjoyed studying each of the images but the portraits of #10 and #19 I think are very special.

Edited by clk230 - 09 December 2018 at 09:26
C & C always welcome
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These are super good and very fascinating. For me I like 20 26 and the last one. If there's more please keep them coming. Great set!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 December 2018 at 13:24
What a great and entertaining documentary! So much too see here.
Hard to pick one, but 19 and 30 make a good change. Somehowe the minimalism in the harvest shot (12) appeals so me as well, although that could have been taken elsewhere as well. TFS and more is welcome.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Winwalloe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 December 2018 at 13:42
Excellent set, thanks for sharing :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote maewpa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 December 2018 at 05:17
Great stuff! Your portraits are particularly nice but there are a lot that I like. I really, really like the wide angle shots but in some of the best, the perspective distortion is a bit much for me... e.g. shortened legs and sloping floors.

Doesn't really detract from the initial enjoyment of viewing them, but second time around I found it hard to ignore. So difficult to shoot with a wide lens in these circumstances though as it can require an unnatural position where you appear to be pointing the camera at someone's tummy or bum - or even kneeling at someone's feet! And (for me at least) it takes so long to work out that the moment is gone.

Hope for more from your travels - always a pleasure to join you.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mihai-ian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 December 2018 at 16:09
thanks for the comments; #26,28 and 29 are taken with the Laowa 12mm that I acquired this year and used sparingly - I need more practice
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 December 2018 at 17:16
Wonderful set, and so diverse!

I like the portraits very much, but I also admire wider scenes (#26, #27, #28) and still lives (#11, #22). The series is almost an anthropological study on a remote culture (at least for someone living in a metropolitan area).

Thank you for documenting it so meticulously!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 December 2018 at 22:09
This is a holiday for my eyes. Thank you for that.
Wonderful mixture of environmental and ordinary portraiture, documentary photography and landscapes. Certainly my cup of tea. The mixture of an ordinary life scenes of remote mountain village and your skills makes this set extraordinary for me.
It would be very hard to pick favorites but if I would really have to those would be of course with humans in it, like #18 portraits of a traditional, self trained sculptor, #10, #7, #3, #2...
Thank you mihai-iulian for sharing this wonderful set.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote @Jetsplace Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 December 2018 at 12:20
svjetlana could not have said it better.. These are wonderful!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote eldonito Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 December 2018 at 14:47
Thank you for sharing, they're wonderful. 18-21: that beard is so photogenic!! And terrific combination of sharpness and exposure from you to show it so well.
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