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October 10, 2010

Picture of the day: Negreni

Yesterday i went to this huge Flea-market in Negreni, Romania. Tens of thousands of people go to sell and buy old crap... i don't say old crap because i'm condescending, they actually sell pretty much useless stuff, pseudo-antiques. It's like one huge garage sale with everything from nazi germany pins to old medium format film cameras to big 19th century grandfather clocks and even some very old furniture - mostly in good shape and knick. But mostly you'll find stuff you would name crap: corky, funky, kitschy objects.
Cool items i've seen over the years: swords - lots and lots of swords, very cool army/hunting/cutting stuff knives, bunches of old cameras: from your typical Zenith and Smena russian easy-to-use cameras, to Zeiss Ikon medium format with bellows, and even huge field-cameras (in very bad knick of course, but still).
Yesterday i've seen a Zorki 4 camera with 50/2.8 lens selling for very cheap, i was so sorry i didn't have the money to buy it, i already have a zorki4, but this one had a better lens, and it was in awesome condition.
It's also a photographer's playground, i've seen (literally) hundreds of people with cameras - every 4th person was sporting a camera, every 10th was snapping with a SLR camera, and i've even seen 2 other 5Ds and a guy with a 28-300L on a 5D mark II.
The abundance of photographers is overwhelming, and it kinda makes the whole "capturing the moment/event/rural environment" not so fascinating. When you're taking a photo of something, and right beside you is another guy holding a camera and taking a picture of the same thing, it makes you just wanna leave your camera and go fishing or something.
I did get over this by going about everything like a serious urban photographer, snapping pics from the waist, it really feels good to take a picture by not even looking at the subject. I'll post some tomorrow hopefully. You should try this, but be advised, you will fail miserably if you don't know your camera's ergonomics and you can't do good guesswork about what focal length you should be at - composition is still important. You just have to "see" with your hands, not trough your viewfinder.
This picture wasn't taken like that, it's just a picture of the only bridge going into the market (about 8 feed wide, 80-90 feet across, made out of wood and supports small trucks and big vans filled with furniture).


CameraCanon EOS 5D
Exposure0.001 sec (1/1600)
Aperturef/4.5
Focal Length38 mm
ISO Speed200
Exposure Bias0 EV

LensEF28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

More info about the fair will come in further posts.
Enjoy!

51 comments:

  1. awesome post, bro! waiting for MOAR

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  3. very interesting sory man supp u mate

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  4. I actually love these markets. I rarely have chance to visit them though =/ but you can find a lot of useful stuff in them

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  5. skills are needed to take pictures like that

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  6. I'd love to attend one of these flea-markets. It's always a sense of adventure to run around browsing for gems amongst the stalls. I'd certainly have to purchase a few Excaliburs for myself!

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  7. That's a lot of people. Can't wait for more on this.

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  8. The pics you are uploading are really cool!

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  9. Photography's always frustrated me a bit, but nice pic.

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  10. hey! this blog just might provide me with some use..I am thinking of starting a photography course at college.

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  11. Oh i would love for the chance to visit another countries flea market! And you really sound like quite the expirenced photographer snappin from your waist like some covert james bondogrophy badass of sorts!

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  12. Photo looks fantastic. The black and white gives it a kind of old-world vibe.

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  13. sounds fun, but I would fail horribly at this, I know very little of my camera ;p

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  14. all in lane for the market? wtf?

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  15. Post more of the pictures you took! That preview looks great.

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  16. this is a good follow up post to the previous one

    I have a new post on GTL Everyday too :)

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  17. I like that picture a lot.

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  18. Nice photo. When was it taken?

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  19. Great foto! love ur blgo! keep it up

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  20. Wow dude that was pretty good, keep these up I'll be watching you :]

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  21. Great photo. Wish I could go to a place like that.

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  22. i love this photo, great effects, love the black and white

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  23. thanks for the comments on my blog!

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  24. look like a economic stability bridge, pple come ppl go :) this stability is black&white :)

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  25. That's a really nice photo!

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  26. That's a problem with every field it seems. Regardless of how unique you may feel, there is always someone exactly like you.

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  27. wow... romania is so poor they don't even have color...

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  28. B/W photography just got something special.

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  29. Great read! Looking forward to reading your next post.

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  30. looks great, nice post. keep it up

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  31. @HiveNode Good question... I'm here cause i was born here, hopefully i won't be for much longer...

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