Romania

The first word coming to my mind considering Romania must be authenticity. Being part of what modern Europe is, Romania still holds its own unique rank both in natural and in medieval cultural beauty. Unspoiled mountains of Carpathian range are home for large european beasts even today while medieval cities and villages are somewhat forgotten jewels of past centuries. This combined, Romania and mostly the region of Transylvania, is wonderful place to see some stunning landscapes.

A little wish
A little wish

A little wish

All I hoped for when I planned trip to Făgăraș mountains in summer 2019 was to catch good light conditions at least in one evening. It came true the very first day in the mountains when I rushed to Vânătoarea lui Buteanu. Sunshine touched just the summit of that pyramid mountain over the valley and also jugged ridge below. Whole moment lasted just a few seconds so I had to be very quick to get all the shots I needed (had to shoot more of them because of narrow field of view of my 60mm).

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/250 s
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 7, 2019 20:25:26
Dents of Dracula
Dents of Dracula

Dents of Dracula

Overlooking Bâlea lake from Șaua Caprei saddle. I picked here one of many rugged ridges bathing in evening warm sunlight. With a little imagination even the mountains in Romania resemble vampire teeth, do not they?

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/320 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 7, 2019 20:09:27
Tent at Capra Lac
Tent at Capra Lac

Tent at Capra Lac

Capra lake is often refered as the most beautiful one in all of Făgăraș mountains. Maybe it is because of the nice view from its shores towards distant peaks. It is indeed what draw my attention and made me pick it as one of many campsites. Two other tents shared this location with mine - and also experienced huge thunderstorm coming at night.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/200 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 7, 2019 19:54:10
Scars on Făgăraș
Scars on Făgăraș

Scars on Făgăraș

The only place where Făgăraș mountains meet modern world is high alpine road crossing it. At the very top the road passes Bâlea lake. There it is one huge mess of overly large cabins, cable way and parking spots. Luckily the world changes immediately once you leave it behind with mountains playing the main role again.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/250 s
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 7, 2019 20:10:38
Inferno over Ucişoara
Inferno over Ucişoara

Inferno over Ucişoara

Overlooking Viștea valley from the path to Refugiul Viștea Mare. Long it seemed it will be another unattractive evening with no sunlight as heavy clouds were rolling in from the north. At the very end of the day, for just a few minutes the Făgăraș inferno began. Of course it was just a prelude for the night hell of strong winds and rain.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 5/1 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 9, 2019 21:20:55
Podrăgel
Podrăgel

Podrăgel

One of many lakes as seen from the Făgăraș ridge trail. Quickly moving clouds with scattered sunlight were just ideal that day. Everything changed rapidly so fog one minute could mean plenty of sunlight just aa few moments later. Here I wanted to emphasize the colours and contrast of the water while smaller cloud passed over it.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/160 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 8, 2019 16:39:09
Făgăraș
Făgăraș

Făgăraș

Mountains of Făgăraș always seemed a little special to me. Mountains this high (reaching easilly over 2000 meters) come usually in rocky form (which is true also for other parts of Carpathians), while here grass grows all the way to the top. However, it does not make Făgăraș landscape any less dramatic.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/640 s
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 8, 2019 14:34:07
Lacul Podragu
Lacul Podragu

Lacul Podragu

There is one unwritten rule in Făgăraș mountains: you want to camp, you have to get out of the ridge. As famous Făgăraș storm can come any minute and even kill you, it is best option to go to any of the side valleys along the route. There you will usually find one of many lakes. For example Podragu where you can also find one of very few huts in the mountains.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/250 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 8, 2019 18:27:22
Podragu hut
Podragu hut

Podragu hut

Podragu hut as seen from my campsite near the Podragu lake in the evening. The hut is one of the very few options in whole Făgăraș to get some rest or food. But do not get this wrong, Podragu is real mountain hut where everything has to be carried up by donkeys so the offer is limited. And that is how it should be.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/50 s
  • Aperture: f/4.0
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Date taken: Jul 8, 2019 20:47:46
From the roof of Romania
From the roof of Romania

From the roof of Romania

It was cloudy day at first and rain forced me to stay in tent until noon. How the things have changed during ascent to Vistea Mare, sibling-summit of Moldoveanu! There it was already closer to evening and I was happy to see all those mountains revealing in the sunlight.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/80 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 9, 2019 17:05:13
Ridges of Făgăraș
Ridges of Făgăraș

Ridges of Făgăraș

From the highest mountain in Romania, Moldoveanu, you can overlook almost all of Făgăraș mountains and even side ridges with milder slopes. Those are places that even today remain home only for shepherd people and flocks of sheep sideways of tourist routes.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/200 s
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 9, 2019 15:57:31
Copşa Mare
Copşa Mare

Copşa Mare

I was prepared long before sunset on the hill above village to capture its fortified church. However I was quite unsure when the best light will occur - church could be either lit but then the light would still not be ideal or it could be in shade and I was afraid it would be too late. Villagers solved this riddle for me: as smoke started to rise from the end of the village, I immediately knew that was the right moment.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/10 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 12, 2019 20:27:32
Under the old pine tree
Under the old pine tree

Under the old pine tree

Out of all the places I have camped on, hill with this old pine tree overlooking village of Copșa Mare has to be among the best. Hilly landscape of Transylvania, village "at the end of the world" and first sunlight make waking up in the morning easier. Originally planned as a backup spot if nothing better comes off, Copșa Mare proved again that best things should be expected out of nowhere.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/4 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 13, 2019 06:34:09
Deutschweißkirch church
Deutschweißkirch church

Deutschweißkirch church

I was a little sceptic about the fortified church of Viscri (Deutschweißkirch) at first. It simply did not seem as interesting as for example one in Bierthalm, however what a surprise! Whole village is wonderful example of medieval Transylvania and the church itself is the icing on the cake. Of course I was lucky again with the light conditions...

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/250 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 12, 2019 10:22:27
Tartlau wall rooms
Tartlau wall rooms

Tartlau wall rooms

Fortified church in Tartlau (Prejmer) is probably the most fortified one in all of Transylvania. It is encircled with 5 meters thick wall which served also as a housing in times of need for the whole village. Quite an effective solution.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/640 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 11, 2019 15:13:48
Mysterious Bucura
Mysterious Bucura

Mysterious Bucura

Largest glacial lake in Romania Bucura towards Curmatura Bucurii peak. Sometimes the best atmosfere is not created by bright setting sun but rather by just a small gap in the clouds letting just a tint of colour through.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/3 s
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 11, 2018 20:01:52
Burning mountains
Burning mountains

Burning mountains

In the evening there was just the right amount of clouds coming from the other side of the mountains so that the setting sun could paint them in bright orange and pink. I used a few stones just below Salvamont hut as a foreground in this shot.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/6 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 12, 2018 20:16:48
Retezat views
Retezat views

Retezat views

With a view like this it does not matter that it is cold and windy, you just enjoy the morning knowing that it will get calm and warm later. View from Retezat overlooking Saua Plaiul Mic towards Piule Iorgovanul.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/30 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 12, 2018 05:15:15
Bucura reflections
Bucura reflections

Bucura reflections

This evening colours were not that ideal as I thought it will be and I was almost put up with getting no interesting images. Luckilly everything changed once clouds started to rise from the valley like a steam from hot pot.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/13 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 11, 2018 19:44:53
Morning at Tăul Porții
Morning at Tăul Porții

Morning at Tăul Porții

It was nearly morning sprint to get to Tăul Porții to catch first sunrays touching great Judele peak. From all the peaks it is Judele that is blessed by orange colours first as other high peaks are shaded by the highest one of them all - mighty Peleaga.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/15 s
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 12, 2018 05:10:00
From Retezar to Piule Iorgovanul
From Retezar to Piule Iorgovanul

From Retezar to Piule Iorgovanul

Evenings at Bucura lake are simply great. Light conditions change with every minute and clouds start to form in the mountains. With beautiful landscapes all around, camera shutter simply can not stop.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/200 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 12, 2018 19:12:17
Retezat darkness
Retezat darkness

Retezat darkness

Every night I spent in Retezat mountains, skies got almost completely clear and dark by midnight. Being so far from any large city, the Milky way stood stunningly clear over the mountains. It was actually so dark, that slight green airglow was visible as well. Lake Bucura in lower right corner, peaks from right: Bucura I, Judele, wall of Slaveiu. 7 vertical shots.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 30/1 s
  • Aperture: f/2.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Date taken: Jul 13, 2018 00:46:46
High mountain pastures
High mountain pastures

High mountain pastures

Romainian mountains are not home only to bears and wolfes but also for shephards with their sheep and herds of horses. When the first sunrays got through the sky after a little rainshower, I was just passing some horses and included them into this shot.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/100 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 11, 2018 16:35:08
Carpathian forests
Carpathian forests

Carpathian forests

It is necessary to pass the tree line to get high into the mountains. But below this line, the scenery is not even a little less interesting. Dense forests full of water are home to the greatest european beasts and wonderful place for imagination. If it is because of the bears is up to everyone to find out.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/20 s
  • Aperture: f/5.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 11, 2018 13:54:36
Rainy morning in Alma Vii
Rainy morning in Alma Vii

Rainy morning in Alma Vii

Driving from village to village in Transylvania rewards you every time as almost every village is guarded by fortified church. Sometimes it does not even matter that it is raining and dull gray, it just adds to the mysterious atmosfere of vampires homeland.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/100 s
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 10, 2018 07:09:21
Purple dusk in Biertan
Purple dusk in Biertan

Purple dusk in Biertan

From all the villages with fortified churches, Biertan is probably the most stunning and one not to be missed. The church itself is one of those examples of medieval architecture that make your jaw drop. After few days of heavy rains I got lucky to see it in interesting colours at least in the evening. Next morning I could not see it at all because of the fog.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/4 s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 10, 2018 20:15:39
Essence of Transylvania
Essence of Transylvania

Essence of Transylvania

Transylvania is full of medieval villages consisting of small traditional houses. These villages, originally built by saxon collonists, lost nothing of their beauty to this day and are part of what defines Romania. In this case village of Biertan.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/125 s
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 10, 2018 15:34:43
Surprise in Hosman
Surprise in Hosman

Surprise in Hosman

Sometimes you visit the most interesting places just by chance as in this time when I got somewhat lost in the heart of Transylvania and found village of Hosman with its fortified church. Incoming storm made the place even more interesting. I had to go to the cemetery to find better composition as from other sides the church was shielded by houses.

  • Camera used: SONY ILCE-6000
  • Exposure time: 1/200 s
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • Focal length: 12mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Date taken: Jul 13, 2018 18:47:39

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