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Village Museum: Salciua de Jos household

By gss  
Sălciua de Jos household, Alba county, Romania, 1815, today in Village Museum, Bucharest
Transylvania is a historical region situated in central Romania, occupying roughly the vast plateau of Transylvania and part of the Carpathians, as a circle surrounding. Transylvanian Plateau, with wavy aspect, with agricultural crops in the valleys, vineyards, orchards and forests on the hills, was inhabited in ancient times by Dacians. Their capital, was located in the southwest Trasnsylvania at Sarmisegetuza in the mountains. The region was conquered by Trajan in 106, and was, like other provinces of Romania, part of the Roman Empire until 271. Over the region have passed several migratory peoples being attracted by a wealth which is abundant: gold. Romans, at Roşia Montană, have created some of the largest gold mines even visitable today. Unfortunately, today, the greed for gold wants to destroy all for a cash profit, despite massive opposition of a part of the population. Over time the region was under the rule Hungarian Turkish, Austrian, and again, Hungarian, then in 1918, Transylvania, inhabited by a strong majority of Romanians, united with Romania.Transylvania is a region rich in traditions and ethnographic heritage. Each valley has its specificity different area complexity is increased by the presence of specific traditions of Hungarian and German minorities. Transylvania is famous and by Saxon fortified churches and castles.
Apuseni Mountains . They close off the west Carpathian arc. Look up appear as a large mountainous island. Not very high (max. 1848 m), allowed a popular intense. The inhabitants of these mountains are called Moţi and performs generally activities related to shepherding and traditional crafts. Have has vigorously maintained its traditions. Apuseni Mountains are famous by their virgin forests, many spectacular karst phenomena (caves, canyons, gorges, sinkholes) and seasonal folk festivals. Alba county covers both a part of Apuseni and part of the plateau.
Sălciua de Jos (Lower Sălciua) is located in the Arieş valley, the river of gold, in a segment limestone of Apuseni (Mountains Trascău). In the area are spectacular gorges (Cheile Turzii) , mountain crests white, famous caves.
The main house is the one on the left, the right is the pantry (and the role of the kitchen). Buildings are made of beech planks, and envelopes are wheat straw. The main front porch are always present with pseudo-pillars and arches carved wood. Characteristic is very high roof (here 3 times higher than the rooms), due to the two factors: climate and material. The mountain climate, cold, especially wet generate more rain but mostly significant and lasting snows. Straw can not ensure impermeability unless drainage slope is very skewed. After snow, snow falls from the roof in maximum 2-3 days. Thickness straw that exceed one meter gives a good thermal protection. Therefore were preferred to a wood shingle coverings.

Thank you so much to all your beautiful comments, and generally your interest. That is why I allow myself to ask you a favor. This spring I go back to the Village Museum. However, as seen in this picture, encountered a small problem. Wooden houses, dark, do not stand pictures very well, especially when the background is bright. Museum opens at 10 and the orientation is east facades. I only have 2 hours of sun on them, and I can not visit all in that time, so most will be in the shade but generally projected on a bright background. What can I do? Thank you in advance.
Musical accompaniment is given Moţi Land Suite, sung by a great popular artist in taragot Dumitru Fărcaş.





Tags: Architecture Straw Romania Roof Wooden house Transylvania Apuseni Mountains

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Comments


debu 11 India
19 Feb 2014 11:07AM
Great capture.
debu
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
19 Feb 2014 11:07AM
with the write up it appears spectacular.
Jukka Plus
10 1 Finland
19 Feb 2014 11:28AM

Quote:With the write up it appears spectacular.
--- I agree!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile
Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
19 Feb 2014 12:18PM
I would go to the places first that you find the most interesting interiors. Given your camera, I would set it on automatic and let it do it's work. If you can use flash, I would also let the camera judge the best settings in those conditions. It might not hurt to overexpose a little and set the ISO a bit higher. If you can, take some test shots in similar conditions before you go. Good luck, and enjoy your visit.....that's the most important thing.
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
19 Feb 2014 12:23PM
Again a great writeup, Silviu. Fabulous shapes and technique.
Bantu 8 7 1 India
19 Feb 2014 12:27PM
What a great country where heritage even exist in the villages,lovely capture.
ColleenA Plus
9 500 7 Australia
19 Feb 2014 12:38PM
You are taking us on a wonderful journey around your country....so interesting again...
19 Feb 2014 1:54PM
Just now I saw you are my neighbor!!! A superb image, great shapes and as always great info, Silviou! Thank you for sharing those interesting images with us.
Effrossini
gss 7 1 Romania
19 Feb 2014 2:45PM

Quote:I would go to the places first that you find the most interesting interiors. Given your camera, I would set it on automatic and let it do it's work. If you can use flash, I would also let the camera judge the best settings in those conditions. It might not hurt to overexpose a little and set the ISO a bit higher. If you can, take some test shots in similar conditions before you go. Good luck, and enjoy your visit.....that's the most important thing.

Joline , thanks for your advice, but I think maybe I described wrong the situation: interiors are prohibited to be photographed!; My problem are the exteriors: wood get darker with age; details can be taken easy, everything will be good seen in photos; but when wanting to shot the entire house - they appear like a "contrejour" - only a dark silhouette, no shadows or details, because the background - sky, trees, grass, are brighter. The question was how to reduce the contrast between a darker silhouette and a bright background to catch a readable photo - for example , above worked hard in a editing software to bring the porch readable in the original picture it was all a dark contour of the house,
Silviu
gss 7 1 Romania
19 Feb 2014 2:47PM

Quote:Just now I saw you are my neighbor!!! A superb image, great shapes and as always great info, Silviou! Thank you for sharing those interesting images with us.
Effrossini


A little far neighbor ( there is a Bulgarian between us GrinGrinGrin)
Silviu
rayme330 9 17 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2014 3:32PM
Excellent write up and image, Silviu.

Ray
19 Feb 2014 9:12PM
Great shot and write up Silviu but I cannot help with any advice. Sorry Cathy
19 Feb 2014 9:50PM
A cracking image, Silviu. Interesting narrative.

Fred

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