This is Braşov in central Romania, also known by its old German name Kronstadt. Contrary to the slogan of an international brewery it is, in my opinion, probably not the best city in the world, not even the best in Romania, but it's good enough and certainly worth a visit.
Braşov is part of the Transylvanian region, rich in culture and natural beauty. The old town is squeezed in between steep, forested hillsides and the surroundings are well known for its many bears. They are sometimes known to enter the suburbs of the city looking for food - or so my guidebook claims.
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papagolf21 (106702) 2013-02-05 11:33
Ah ! qu'il est bon de se replonger en période estivale et découvrir un ville bien sympathique avec ces façades colorées.
Le cadrage avec la route qui tourne et avec l'arrière-plan constitué d'une forêt bien verte, a été fort bien pensé.
mesutilgim (96718) 2013-02-05 11:38
Hello dear Gert,
Nice capture from Brasov; good pov and good layout.
It reminds me somehow to Freiburg in Brg (South Germany) both architectorialwise and the woods on which the city leans.
TFS and best regards
rbassin (24117) 2013-02-05 11:58
belle prise de vue, la courbe formée par le front de maisons et la route, crée un ensemble architectural harmonieux.
dta (81032) 2013-02-05 12:02
Hello Gert ,
This advertising is a little curious ... However , this is a superb perspective of this curved street , with interesting houses and beautiful greenery in the Bg .
tyro (26142) 2013-02-05 12:41
This may not be the best of cities but your photograph certainly makes this particular part of it appear really quite attractive.
Your composition is excellent, the curve of the line of buildings and the curve of the kerb on the right both leading the eye perfectly into the depths of the image. Lovely soft lighting and fine vibrant colours, excellent depth of field, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
P.S. Do the invading bears just steal food or are they also a threat to people?
macjake (70997) 2013-02-05 12:45
"probably the best city in the world" is probably not the best slogan! seems like even they are unsure :)
i really like how you frame the photo Gert, leaving out the skyline was such a smart idea.
Its great how everything is squeezed in. love seeing Romania, its a country that is SO COMPLETELY foreign to Canadians.
thanks for this one
saxo042 (37966) 2013-02-05 14:03
En mycket välkomponerad bild med den krökta husraden nedanför den gröna sluttningen. Det ser ut att vara gott om uteserveringar här och man får väl anta att staden formodligen har ett lokalt öl som förmodligen är bättre än den danska som har inspirerat de turistansvariga här. En rolig idé i alla fall. Kanske finns det fler björnar här än vad det finns vargar i Göteborg.
PS Jag noterar just att Google tjuvläser det här, reklamen ovanför bilden talar om att jag kan ringa för 1 öre/minut till just Rumänien med ett visst bolag
npecanhuk (76857) 2013-02-05 15:36
Special regards to the colors, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
emilbo (22616) 2013-02-05 16:33
Très jolie scène de rue bien animée. J'aime bien la rue qui se perd au tournant et les jolis édifices qui la bordent. Le kiosque en avant-plan est très intéressant et j'en vois d'autres plus loin. Bonne qualité d'image et beau contraste de couleurs.
Félicitations!... et toutes mes amitiés,
dkmurphys (62761) 2013-02-05 22:54
Yes, the funny umbrella from Brasov. You're right, is not the best city but one of the most interesting of Romania. I like your capture, pleasant mood.
Have a good day!
pajaran (64354) 2013-02-05 23:56
Lep pogled na ulicu i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i kompozicija, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija, lepo pokazano.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
A nice view of the street and the second ...
A good time recording, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good content and composition, well demonstrated.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
GREGG (7888) 2013-02-06 0:42
I disagree with your title
is definitely a nice town :)
in an interesting region of Romania
what is the Transylvania,
abmdsudi (57148) 2013-02-06 5:48
It seems that the old town is so peaceful with less human masses and hectic traffic but I think it's easy to appreciate its allure as seen. Of particular interest is the proud display of charming architecture splashed in beautiful pastel colors, but I think in the heart of this place stands the popular beer corner serves as attractive meeting place its seems. But imho one colour that really make all the different; its the green of the lush backdrop and at the bottom that bring lots of life and vitality to this shot. A quality standout picture so well taken, Congrats. TFS
photographer_sg (4414) 2013-02-06 6:58
Lovely colours in your photo of the street with the green background making it WOW! I also liked the curving perspective of the buildings. The relaxed atmosphere is perfectly captured. Have a nice day!
Fis2 (103832) 2013-02-06 9:08
Interesting houses, curious architecture.
I like frame and perspective.
Good natural colors.
Have a nice evening
Kielia (24077) 2013-02-06 9:25
I like this point of view with this busy street, providing an impressive depth of field. And the dark green trees are an extra feature to this postcard.
rychem (40607) 2013-02-06 9:32
Very nice view of a city street, interesting scenes of daily life, good light management
Kamilutka (8107) 2013-02-06 10:36
yes I agree that it look like a possibly nice city - but I cannot help remembering the Dracula history connected with it.
Very good POV and angle you shot it at. Nice composition and colors.
Thanks for sharing
boa (7543) 2013-02-06 11:11
kul med variationer på ölreklam:) men jag antar att du testade den lokala ölen istället för den multinationella? Det brukar iallafall jag alltid göra. Rumänien blir mer och mer intressant i mina ögon ju mer jag ser bilder därifrån. Brasov ser ju helt underbar ut med sin fina arkitektur och behagliga klimat (och priser?)Jag kan inte fatta att jag har missat att resa dit men det kanske blir på höstkanten när det blir lugnare. Fin utgångspunkt för ditt foto, mycket av gatan syns i bilden och serveringen ligger perfekt plaserat i bilden. Skogen i bakgrunden breder ut sig som en grön fondvägg, snyggt!
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-02-06 14:23
Hello Gert - a very pleasant shot of what is at minimum, I'm sure, a nice city. Ye, perhaps the sign contains some hyperbole, but one can forgive it that; I'm sure a few of the people who have enjoyed an afternoon with a beer at that cafe have been lulled into agreeing. The scene itself is excellent, with the curving road and beautifully colored buildings under a slope of thick green trees. Thanks!
kato (11630) 2013-02-06 15:59
You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone, so it's interesting and impressive to see rows of houses which set a medieval atmosphere adrift. It's impressive in red roof and the wall with the original color, too. And, you catch well the effect which arises from a curved line of houses/street. And, the green forest of backdrop draws out a feature of this city.
marabu61 (11229) 2013-02-07 6:56
The best city in the world is certainly a bit far fetched, still it looks pleasing enough as a place with an impressive green backdrop. I can easily belive that there are bears to be found in these forests.
Well captured scene of this pleasant place.
batalay (39909) 2013-02-07 8:22
I have long wanted to visit Brasow/Kronstdt. It is a beautiful city, indeed, with the thick curtain of verdant trees in the background. Your note is always a pleasure to read, even when bears are not far away. Recently, I have been studying my father's passports from WWII years, when he served as a diplomatic courier crossing from Turkey to Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, France (Vichy Government) Spain and Portugal... and then returning to Turkey. What horrendous times in Europe! So far it appears as Tribute to Gen. Kemal Atalay, although I may expand it into an epic story of three generations.
If you get a chance take a look at my last three blogs for the National Geographic:
• Leonardo's Bridge #1
• Leonardo's Bridge #2 and
• Leonardo's Bridge #3
If you have time to kill, I would love to have a comment from Sweden for one of them, especially #3.
siolaw (38292) 2013-02-07 9:23
A nice view of the street with green trees in place of sky! The curve gives good depth and perspective.
Royaldevon (41732) 2013-02-08 0:55
Your viewpoint is well chosen, taking every advantage of the curving road both as a guide and to create curiosity.
The covered table, with relaxing customers, is strongly placed to grab initial interest and begin the exploration of the shot.
It is very interesting, particularly for me, as I had a Romanian friend who was born in this city and she related many stories about the area. Although officially Romanian, she still considered herself to be Hungarian!
My warm regards,
bayno (18344) 2013-02-08 1:37
perfect compo with not element of disturb in the scene, i like also the perspectiveand the colors...seem a nice city...i like the atmosphere....
greetings from Rajasthan...very slow connection not to easy to be present in TE....
Nicou (148366) 2013-02-08 1:47
superbe cadrage de cette rue avec les drapeaux colorés merveilleuse vue et profondeur dans la courbe et ces façades colorées superbe.
Bravo et amitié
serp2000 (45308) 2013-02-08 4:30
Hmm, I know Kronstadt in St. Petersbourg, where the Russian Navy locates today. Good title and very informative note I like your idea to use a slogan from the umbrella. Clever diagonal composition, fine details. I have never been in Romania. No time for it.
Have a great WE!
lousat (95800) 2013-02-08 4:45
Hi Gert,i seen many pics from this city and every time there is something to nice to see.Beautiful capture of the old houses close to the spectacular main square,i like your long perspective and the pastel colors so well captured despite the cloudy day,great contrast whit the bright green in background.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
finlay (1575) 2013-02-08 10:58
Judging by this shot Brasov would certainly appear to be a very attractive city. Your pov is excellent using the sweeping bend of the street to draw the viewer's eye. The brightly painted buildings stand out against the deep green of the forest. The advertising slogan on the canopy adds a nice touch of humour which you have capitalised on with your title. Very well done.
jhm (157802) 2013-02-09 1:13
On these picture can we not see that Romania is one of the most poor countries out of the Eastern Bloc.
Exactly a western city with terraces and a lovely car in background.
Nice light management about this cityscape.
Excellent perspective and depth image.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
thebest (4276) 2013-02-09 17:29
This is a very nice image of the Town & I do like the different coloured facades of the buildings & it is obvious from your notes that you do not agree with the message on the umbrella - Lovely photo - excellent content - colours & very good POV capturing the curvature of the street.
UlfE (14641) 2013-02-09 23:30
Kanske inte världens bästa stad, kanske inte ens bäst i Rumänien, men du ända fått det att se ganska inbjudande ut med en väldigt välkomponerad bild med fina linjer och detaljer. Husfasaderna i ljusa färger gör sig också väldigt bra mot den mörkare, frodiga grönskan i bakgrunden. Människorna på gatan ger också liv att bilden. Ha en bra söndag!
Miguel82 (27648) 2013-02-11 5:28
I like that kind of daily life shot we can see the city atmosphere, population, activties, buildings
Wide view, sharp photo and good contrast
emka (104172) 2013-02-11 23:51
Hi Gert, I do not need the note or even see photo - the title says all. I also found this "probable the best City.." quite funny. Nice view of the street in Brasov, pleasant colourful houses, nice the green background from the forest behind. Excellent composition.
notrap (6167) 2013-02-14 13:49
selbstbewußt sind sie ja, die Bierbrauer!
Immer hast Du Fotos aus Regionen, die gerade durch die Nachrichten gehen, hat man in Schweden auch von dem Pferdefleisch-Skandal gehört? Hoffentlich betrifft es nicht die Köttbullar, die unser lokales IKEA-Haus verkauft.
mvdisco (17794) 2013-02-14 22:01
Hi Gert, Bonjour,
Another beautiful capture of a daily life scene of Brasov in central Romania,
Beautiful architecture and details with lovely perpective of the street,
Nice tone of colors and light with a lovely BG too,
ourania (49799) 2013-02-20 11:36
a well chosen point of view, effective use of depth and perspective, wonderful clarity and colours give us a good idea about this picturesque town and let us judge the truth of the slogan for ourselves. I like very much how the curving row of buildings opens up the view to the surroundings of the town, a lush forest that rises protectively above it and provides a superb contrast to the colours of the town. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
Angshu (56760) 2013-02-21 2:30
Very nice capture with the lead-in curving away. I might have liked a bit more contrast on the houses with the pastel colours. Good contrast with the greenery in the BG. Boasting that its the best city in the world is certainly quite a statement to make!
ruisc_pt (11090) 2013-03-11 14:30
Wonderful composition and warm pastel tones.
Very well framed indeed.
jusninasirun (17162) 2013-03-20 18:27
I like your note and the capture is beautiful. It looks like a decent city in fine setting against the green backdrop. I like the architectures with mixed modern and classic design. Excellent shot and thanks for sharing.
Greeting from hot and still humid Malaysia :-)