I'd like to dedicate this picture to all participants (and their companions) of the TE meeting in Romania from November 24-25th hold in beautiful SE Transylvania. I would also like to express my regrets for not being able to spend more than an hour with them. However, I honor my promise to Teo (Teutza), Isabela (Isabela_sor) and Anellise (Anes) to post one blue hour picture of the Bran Castle and dedicate it to all the participants of the above mentioned TE meeting. Before presenting some informations about the photographed subject and with the risk of omitting some members, I would like to mention some of the participant members I met there:
I apologize for not remembering all the names. It was impossible for me to get to know each one of them in one short hour that I spent with them. I hope you like the picture!
Here's some information about the Bran Castle:
Bran Castle (German: Törzburg; Hungarian: Törcsvár), situated near Bran and in the immediate vicinity of Braşov, Romania, is a national monument and landmark. The fortress is situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, on Highway 73. Commonly known as "Dracula's Castle" it is famous as the home of Bram Stoker's Dracula, which has led to persistent myths that it was once the home of Vlad Ţepeş, ruler of Wallachia. While Vlad Ţepeş did not actually live in the Bran Castle, it is believed he spent two days locked in the dungeon while the Ottomans controlled Transylvania. The castle is now a museum open to tourists, displaying art and furniture collected by Queen Marie. Tourists can see the interior individually or by a guided tour. At the bottom of the hill is a small open air museum park exhibiting traditional Romanian peasant structures (cottages, barns, etc.) from across the country.
Bran Castle was originally built as a stronghold by the Teutonic Knights in 1212. The first documentary attestation of Bran Castle is the act issued by Louis I of Hungary on November 19, 1377, giving the Saxons of Kronstadt (Braşov) the privilege to build the Citadel. The castle was first used in 1378 in defense against the Turks, and later became a customs post on the mountain pass between Transylvania and Wallachia. The castle briefly belonged to Mircea the Elder of Wallachia. From 1920, the castle became a royal residence. It was the principal home of Queen Marie, and is decorated largely with artifacts from her time, including traditional furniture and tapestries that she collected to highlight Romanian crafts and skills. It was inherited by her daughter, Princess Ileana, and was later seized by the communist regime after the expulsion of the royal family in 1948.
In 2006, the Romanian government returned the castle to Archduke Dominic of Austria, Prince of Tuscany (known as Dominic von Habsburg, an architect in New York State), son and heir of Princess Ileana. In 2007, Habsburg put the castle up for sale for a price of Ł40 million ($78 million). On July 2, 2007, Michael Gardner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Baytree Capital, the New York investment firm which has been retained to create a plan for the castle and to sell it, predicted it would sell for more than $135 million, but added that Habsburgs will only sell it to a buyer "who will treat the property and its history with appropriate respect."
In September 2007, an investigation committee of the Romanian parliament stated that the retrocession of the castle to Dominic of Habsburg was illegal, as it broke the Romanian law on property and succession.
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thor68 (5586) 2007-11-25 5:21
what a wonderful "blue-hour"-shot of the amazing pretty old castle! :-) well composed, perfectly sharp and with beautiful
colors and light. this is a great dedication - i hope you all had fun, and too bad i could not join you all. best wishes & take care, thor.
horatiuTT (4570) 2007-11-25 5:24
excelenta poza,perspectiva este foarte potrivita.
Foarte buna claritatea si vivelul detaliilor.
Astept sa vad mai multe poze din aceasta intalnire.
PixelTerror (0) 2007-11-25 5:34
This must be one of the first pictures from this meeting and I guess most participants are still busy having fun together, given the organisation commitee I know you were in good hands, Teo Isa and Anes are a joyful band :-) Unfortunately P pernally know only Teo so far. The image shows all that I like, a nice medieval castle, a bottom up approach to make it look even more impressive and that essential blue hour to get contrasts thanks to the good lighting, excellent picture !
Have a nice sunday JY
Standa (1877) 2007-11-25 5:36
if you look to my gallery you will understand why this is photo of my thinking. Great architecture, well choosed time and good exposure time. Blue hour is great to show this castle in all his beauty.
cherryripe (21033) 2007-11-25 5:40
Lovely blue hour shot showing off the beautifully lit castle. Having the dark, low foreground helping draw the eye up to the main subject. Sounds like you had an enjoyable meeting.
lilimih33 (9918) 2007-11-25 5:56
Imi place tare mult poza ta, iar semnatura din rama arata bine!
I like the blue hour pictures...
Mi-ar fi placut sa fiu si eu prezenta la meeting si sper ca au avut zapada in Moeciu...astept noile poze ale participantilor.
Perfecta compozitia ta!
Valerka (8171) 2007-11-25 7:47
I'm happy, your local TE society has been organized in a photosession. Cool!
As toy your shot, it's handsome and I see good lighting and sharpness.
Nice Siunday evening and week.
Gdouble (0) 2007-11-25 8:48
Wonderful shot, with amazing colours
Greetings from Brussels
leo61 (0) 2007-11-25 9:16
Geat nightshot of this nicely iliminated castle.The contrast with this wonderful blue sky is a mazing and the composition is good with these trees in the foregound.
Luciano75 (0) 2007-11-25 10:19
Prima fotografie de la meeting...excelenta.
Chiar nu e nimic de obiectat...compozitie buna,lumina,...
Faina dedicatie...pe deplin meritata.
teutza (10590) 2007-11-25 11:36
yelloooo.multumesc mult pt dedicatie:))este superba imaginea!!
ne-am intors..am facut si io niste poze cu bluehour da n-a prea iesit mare lucru:))data viitoare:)) ma bucur ca ati venit..chiar daca nu ati putut sta f mult!!!!
sper k viitoarea intalnire sa aduca si mai multi mebrii impreuna:)
isabela_sor (47683) 2007-11-25 11:40
Surpriza venirii voastre a fost egalata doar de frumusetea zapezii si peisajului de la Moeciu ....apropo luai o cazatura :):):)
Si tot nu invatai eu ..in direct de la tine cum e cu blue hour dar voi analiza datele afisate
Va pupam pe toti
dkeus31 (27735) 2007-11-25 11:47
yish I yould have been therem I hope another time...
great blue hour shot!
anes_lc (14968) 2007-11-25 12:15
prima poza de la intilnire :) ...si inca una superba ..sa ne reprezinte bine :)
multumim ca ati venit sa ne intilniti ...ne-a facut deosebita placere si apreciem efortul :)
data viitoare poate mai mult
pcp (3394) 2007-11-25 23:09
Wow Beautiful picture and happy to see your dedication and i hope members will be more happy to see this image.
philip78ro (743) 2007-11-26 0:09
Waw Edy, supeba poza ...
Ma bucur ca ne-am cunoscut si poate la urmatoarea intalnire o sa puteti sta mai mult.
Ceva poze de la Cheile Gradistei?
faubry (35405) 2007-11-26 1:59
wonderful poze din Brasov, superbe oras, frumoasa albastru culori.. imi place mult, sper are fost bu intineri la Moiecu, linga brasov.. pe curand
Bruno40 (6658) 2007-11-26 6:36
really good blue-hour photo, very well composed, from a good POV, exellent exposure and sharpness.
euk (188) 2007-11-27 5:01
eu zic ca mergea in partea stanga a imaginii un portret cu dracula. n-ai fost inspirat asa ca te-ai lins pe bot de un punct de la mine!
aralda (1240) 2007-11-27 9:05
Vad ca ai venit pe fuga dar ai avut trepiedul la tine ca un fotograf serios ce esti :).
M-am bucurat ca ne-am vazut.
nemesiss (2979) 2007-12-03 9:12
THANK'S FOR DEDICATION ! THANK'S FOR IMAGE AND NOTE !
I never see that castle on that POV.
All the best to you,
magiqa (1292) 2008-01-05 14:44
Beautiful photo of this famous castle. I must admit I have never been to Romania (shame on me - I passed the sign to Timisoara, a couple of times, when we drove through Yugoslavia, in the 70-s.
So I have two countries left in Europe: Romania and Albania. Time to go there! Your photo makes me eager to go!
Niebaotan (300) 2008-01-15 4:17
Excellent nightshot! Very atmospheric and moody with great shades and lightning. Good composition too!
- Copyright: Eduard Baak (snowfalken) (1116)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-11-24
- Categories: Castles, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS30D, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
- Exposure: f/8, 30 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): ROMANIAN TE MEETING /MOECIU [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-11-25 5:17
- Favorites: 1 [view]