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De cite ori nu erati hotariti daca o fotografie sau alta mai bine arata color sau alb-negru? Eu am avut parte de asa situatii de foarte multe ori si, ca fiind fotografiile mele, iar un fotograf crede ca toate fotografiile lui sunt excelente :), nu ma puteam decide care va merge mai departe si care nu.

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I'll start in English. Don't know how many English speaking persons are following this blog, but anyway will make a beautiful and interesting turn in its history. What I decided is to start posting in Romanian or Russian and this is a suggestion from gaerlind , as he has a lot of visitors and that makes me envy... :) well, he also posts everyday...I don't... :) Will try mixing English when more interesting posts will appear and where it will not be so much to write... :) For a full English blog click here.

OK, pentru cei ce cunosc Romana sper ca au inteles mesajul. Deci, voi incepe a scrie in Romana pentru a avea mai multi cititori si pentru a ma promova local. Primul post reprezentat de acest inceput este unul cu tematica de reportaj. Deasemenea, modul de a captura aceste imagini, care va fi explicat mai jos, mi-a deschis un nou orizont si noi idei de proiecte (care vor aparea mai tirziu). Fotografiile de mai jos reprezinta 30 minute din viata Pietei Centrale din Chisinau, care si este de fapt cel mai interesant si vivid loc din capitala. Mii de oamenii zilnic viziteaza acest loc care in sec. XIX servea ca "loc de mincat". Aici se adunau cei saraci pentru a fi hraniti.

Majoritatea fotografiilor au fost facute cu aparatul de la sold sau de la briu pentru nu a atrage atentia. Deasemenea la distanta focala 17 mm cu obiectivul Tamron 17-55 mm, 2.8, Canon EOS 10D. Eu de obicei lucrez cu "back autofocus" iar pentru aceste poze am fost nevoit sa schimb setarile aparatul si sa activez autofocusul la apasarea pe jumatate a butonului de declansare (sper ca termenii au fost corecti :)). In acest mod este mai usor de a focusa cu aparatul la sold. Insa nici o tehnica nu va da gres daca momentul este potrivit:

Intreaga serie poate fi vazuta AICI


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Current Location: Chisinau, Moldova

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I got my 1st photobook through http://blurb.com/

It is about the Hacibektasi Museum Complex, which is situated in the central part of Trukey (Anatolia) and it also represents a Dervish lodge.

More about the museum click here:



Check my book with info and photos about the Hacibektas Museum

The Dervish Lodge
By John Roshka

Thank you!

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The first thing I’d like to “say” after long time of pause in posting is: I’m sorry…I hadn’t updated my blog regularly. I’ve been a bit busy with personal problems, but also had a trip of 2 weeks in Turkey. The photos will come pretty soon.

This post is about the Mondi Paralleli Exhibition that will take place in Italy. It’s a presentation of different photographs of different photographers and artists from Moldova, including me…

Here’s the information about the exhibition:

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PefectRAW 0.6 is on and you can download it from here by going to the bottom of the page.

The new implementations of PerfectRAW 0.6:

  • AFD interpolation
  • Luminance extraction for every interpolation algorithm (for AFD it is extracted inside interpolation, and for the rest after interpolation).
  • Raw noise attenuation for high ISO images, based in texture detection using AFD interpolation. This attenuation is only for high ISO images and can be used with any interpolation algorithm, because it is done before interpolation. It depends on two parameters, the first one (from 0 to 100) is the noisy pixels detection, the second one (from 0 to 100 again) is the level of attenuation for those pixels (0 none, 100 full). The idea is to reduce noise without removing texture, so you can get fine grain and less color blotches. Is very easy to reduce the noise of resulting image in Photoshop or whatever noise reduction software you use. If you use it in noise free images it will do almost nothing.
  • Small changes in the program GUI (better TAB behavior).

If you want to know and see what is AFD and how it performs at noise reduction among other software: ACR and DxO, check this link:


PerfectRAW starts to forms it’s personality and importance by preserving by most useful features of a RAW converter (WB, noise reduction, highlight recovery etc.) and working on improving new techniques of revealing.

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Few shots from the Grzegorz Turnau Concert organized by Polish Embassy and that took place at Mihai Eminesc theatre.

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I always try to get the most from my photos which means as much info as I can. This would consider shooting RAW and using it's features. For this, one needs a very good RAW Converter - the software that reads the real, true and full image information from the RAW file.

During my attempts of using different commercial software and reading tons of tutorials, I realised that actually it is not me who deals with those genuine pixels from my RAW file but the software I was using.

One day (can't remember how, honestly :)) I came across DCRAW, a small open source .exe file that can be used with the command line for decoding RAW files.

This is what Guillermo Luijk has to say about DCRAW: "My personal opinion is that I love DCRAW as a RAW development tool not only for experimenting but in a regular workflow. The key is to do in Photoshop all those extra features that other RAW developers can do apart from pure development, and consider DCRAW as a tool that provides a rough image without any kind of processing applied on it, just a high quality development under absolute control."

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Leova, Sudul Moldovei.

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