This is the Piaţa Mare (Grand Square) in Sibiu city, central Romania.
Sibiu is possibly the most stylish and elegant among Romanian cities, although the competition is tough, and the Piaţa Mare is no doubt the finest part of Sibiu. Contrary to many other fine squares the views are not obstructed by parked cars and there is also a limited number of cafés with large umbrellas.
On this hot day in early June children enjoyed the cool water of the fountain. Since the water was turned on and off at intervals, a sudden splash could surprise the unaware pedestrian.
Two workshops will show other parts of Piaţa Mare.
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saxo042 (37588) 2010-07-21 11:46
Another fine combination of happy daily life activities and interesting architecture. The children really seem to enjoy themselves here, getting wet. I like these funny roof windows here, like squinting eyes.
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emka (80972) 2010-07-21 12:33
Hi Gert, in such a hot day to have a cold bath in a fountain is the great thing. No wonder the kids are enjoying it. beutiful square in the absence of cars and umbellas is another good thing.
Regards from Suceava
bukitgolfb301 (36516) 2010-07-21 13:34
Hi my dear Gert
Another wonderful shot! Perfect marvelous framework and nice composition as usual. Good secene with hot Summer season. Vivid and attractive color coordination and apropriate light control. Blesssing on your finest job. Thanks for sharing with your good job and have a good day, best regards from hottest Tokyo of 34 degree ,
Adrian_S (1173) 2010-07-21 23:39
Ever since you started your Romania series, I have been expecting the pictures from Sibiu, since it is my home town. It is funny that you share your opinions in the note only with foreginers and inhabitants of Sibiu, since the rest of Romanians don't really appreciate Sibiu that much.
About the picture, I like the way you completely excluded the sky and filled the frame from top to bottom with the Large Square.
ellelloo (6572) 2010-07-22 0:11
This is an enchanting daily life shot. The group of kids are placed in the best way and there are also many diagonals of the pavement in this good composition. One can also see some examples of the elegant architecture of the city. And indeed, no cars! ;-) Beautiful summer light and a pleasant atmosphere.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-07-22 1:58
Hello Gert! Nice children, very fine fountain, amazing tenement's houses in the background. Good exposure. Well done!
ktanska (25084) 2010-07-23 3:16
Interesting combination of old town archite cture and such a modern fountain installation, suitable for a playground on a hot summer day.
Lookin all those wet clothes it seems that those kids have been there already quite a while.
wolf38 (31282) 2010-07-23 8:46
Hi Gert. Water attracts the young people like a magnet. By the fountain you can run. We see that all have fun. These are the bright sides of the summer. You have skillfully captured the scene with your camera. Regards, Wolfgang.
archimatica (20325) 2010-07-23 13:48
Very fresh picture in this hot european july...
These fountains are made specially to entertain the kids, and I like it!
riclopes (35577) 2010-07-24 2:09
Olá Gert, that's the best summer beach for children in town. Here, they play in the fountains but this is much better. Nice funny catch, I'm sure they are having a great day of fun. I wish to see the action closer or at least some of their expressions but I understand your limitations here, it's good to see the architecture in the background too.
UlfE (14641) 2010-07-24 11:14
This is picture really conveys happniess and joy. It is quite obvious that the childen have fun with the sudden splashes of the fountained. Very well spotted and a wonderful capture. TFS and have a nice weekend!
patdeph (35748) 2010-07-25 3:56
nice scene full of joy and colors,under a very nice luminosity!Very well done!
jhm (140689) 2010-07-25 4:47
Perfect marvelous framework and nice composition as usual.
Interesting combination of old town architecture and such a modern fountain installation
Sharpness and clarity are wonderful.
Depth and perspective are superb, also a nice panorma view.
Composition and presentation, are very well TFS.
skippy007 (12510) 2010-07-28 0:11
Hello Gert, these type of fountains are very popular now & seen everywhere, children not only find them refreshing but also very entertaining, they can also catch those pedestrians that are half asleep by surprise ;-). A lovely colourful & joyful scene, I also like your WS version, they show the complete picture but this one has a happy feel to it. Thanks
mkamionka (30921) 2010-07-29 2:49
children quite often add a lot of joy and happiness to a photo and it is the case here as well. The street scene is very bright and happy. The foreground makes the composition very attractive and adds a lot of life and action. The houses in the background are very pretty,
Angshu (56066) 2010-07-29 9:42
You used the shutter speed well by freezing the water of the fountain. Perhaps a lower POV would have helped in the fountains not getting 'camouflaged' against the houses & the red roofs would have provided a better backdrop. But a fine daily life image, full of life & vitality!
fanni (14381) 2010-07-31 12:07
I envy those who are jumping in the water in your photo!! Among all those interesting photos which you've posted recently, I chose this to be the first :)) Jsut because I'm overheated here in Moscow...
Very refreshing, nice colourful scene. I can ALMOST feel the freshness of the water... a pity that only "almost" :)
PS. I also especially liked the WS photo showing the catholic cathedral of Sibiu. Very good prespective view :)
daddo (24581) 2010-07-31 17:43
Hi Gert. Nice shot showing these uninhibited children doing the sensible and fun thing on a hot day.Their bright clothing stands in vivid contrast to the coulours of the surrounding architecture. Regards. Klaudio.
fritzi007 (6619) 2010-08-18 6:38
Really a nice documentation, congratulations!
Miguel82 (24725) 2013-07-27 10:40
I like that view of Sibiu square Gert,
Some children playing, nice architectural details in the bg
A pleasant picture of daily life in Romania
ourania (32867) 2014-04-09 13:43
I like very much how you've captured the fun of the children against an interesting architectural backdrop. A very fine composition with the group placed at the side of the frame and the "dancing" child proceeding into the scenery. There's great perspective and the background widens in a rewarding way. The fountains look very sharp and attractive, the scene is full of delightful dynamism, wonderful light and colours. The workshop pictures are very lively, lovely and interesting. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,