City of Contrasts | Bucharest, Romania

Before my trip to Romania, I heard much about the contrasts in Bucharest. People spoke of extreme wealth next to bitter poverty and prospering businesses next to destroyed buildings. It was a concept that I couldn’t quite grasp until I set foot in Bucharest.

As I explored the city, I couldn’t help but notice the stark differences in architecture and infrastructure. One moment, I was drinking an expensive beer in front of a ruined building in the Old Town, and just a few streets away, a new 5-star hotel was being built. The contrasts were everywhere, and they were impossible to ignore.

The Old Town of Bucharest was a fascinating place to visit and one must-do in the capital of Romania. Its narrow, winding streets were filled with old buildings and ruins that hint at the city’s rich history. But at the same time, it was also a place where you could see the effects of poverty. Many of the buildings were crumbling and in need of repair.

Despite the challenges, Bucharest felt like a city on the brink of change. There was a palpable sense of energy and excitement in the air as if something big was about to happen. I was curious to see how the city would develop in the coming years and whether the contrasts that defined it that day would still be visible in the future.

Whatever the future holds for Bucharest, I feel lucky to have experienced it at this moment in time. The contrasts may sometimes be jarring, but they also make the city an endlessly fascinating and rewarding place to explore.

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Technical Details

Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 10mm
ISO: 100
Exposures: 3 (-2, 0, +2)
Aperture: 6.7
Exposure time (middle): 1/60s
Tripod: handheld
Size: 10.6 MPx
Date: Taken in April 2013
Location: Old Town of Bucharest, Romania
Software: Lightroom 5.2, Photoshop CS6, Photomatix Pro

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus is the mind-blind photographer, using cameras to create visions and memories that otherwise would be lost to him.

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