Cluj-Napoca (Klausenburg, Kolozsvár, Castrum Clus, Claudiopolis), commonly known as Cluj, is the second most populous city in Romania and the seat of Cluj County in the northwestern part of the country. Geographically, it is roughly equidistant from Bucharest (324 km / 201 mi), Budapest (351 km / 218 mi) and Belgrade (322 km / 200 mi). Located in the Someşul Mic River valley, the city is considered the unofficial capital to the historical province of Transylvania. In 1790–1848 and 1861–1867, it was the official capital of the Grand Principality of Transylvania.
As of 2011, 309,136 inhabitants live within the city limits, marking a decrease from the figure recorded at the 2002 census. The Cluj-Napoca metropolitan area has a population of 392,562 people, while the population of the peri-urban area exceeds 400,000 residents. The new metropolitan government of Cluj-Napoca became operational in December 2008. Lastly, according to the 2007 data provided by the County Population Register Service, the total population of the city is as high as 392,276 people. However, this number does not include the floating population of students and other non-residents—an average of over 20,000 people each year during 2004–2007, according to the same source.
The city spreads out from St. Michael's Church in Unirii Square, built in the 14th century and named after the Archangel Michael, the patron saint of Cluj-Napoca. The boundaries of the municipality contain an area of 179.52 square kilometres (69.31 sq mi). An analysis undertaken by the real estate agency Profesional Casa indicates that, because of infrastructure development, communes such as Feleacu, Vâlcele, Mărtineşti, Jucu and Baciu will eventually become neighbourhoods of the city, thereby enlarging its area.
Today, the city is one of the most important academic, cultural, industrial and business centres in Romania. Among other institutions, it hosts the country's largest university, Babeş-Bolyai University, with its famous botanical garden; nationally renowned cultural institutions; as well as the largest Romanian-owned commercial bank. According to the American magazine InformationWeek, Cluj-Napoca is quickly becoming Romania's technopolis.
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macjake (56474) 2012-04-30 12:29
its always hard to capture these light/dark shadow/sunlight photos - personally, i try to stay away from scenes like this :)
but it all worked out very well actually.
I like how the woman's legs stand out in the shadows too :)
and the cables are a great addition, i like that realism.
dale54 (6625) 2012-04-30 13:15
hello daniel.what a wonderfull pic,very nice light,the dark FG gives this a mood!love it!the 2 people add to this great shot! tfs! dr
Ninello52 (7570) 2012-04-30 13:37
Excellent image, well composed with the dark silhouette of the arch that frames the landscape in the background! Very beautiful light, beautiful, even the architecture of the street!
Best regards, Nino.
lousat (76808) 2012-04-30 14:15
Hi Daniel,magnificent long perspective inside this black border create by you and by the arch in backlight,very rich composition too,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Budapestman (82620) 2012-04-30 14:29
great atmosphere, the composition is effective, the perspective of the photo is superb, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
vrabieionut (2189) 2012-04-30 21:09
Superba poza...chiar ai ce vedea in acest oras minunat.
Sa ai o zi faina
SWEETFREEDOM (22696) 2012-04-30 23:28
nice alley, good fertical format and colors.
interesting the nearly equally distance from the three nearest capitals.
Nicou (121892) 2012-05-01 0:50
fantastique cadrag ee tiamge avec ce clocher en fond qui ressort de l'ombre quelle rue et iamge quelle maîtrise de lumirèes superbe.
bravo et amitié
SnapRJW (31089) 2012-05-01 1:42
Hello Daniel - Super shot, the contrasting shadows and light work very atmospherically here and you have managed the light well. I like the reflected light in the dark alley which leads so perfectly to the two girls. Warm regards rosemary
timecapturer (48640) 2012-05-01 4:40
superb light management in this irresistable composition. Enticing and beautifully crafted, with compelling lines and detail. A tantalising and attractive image.
Regards - Brian.
holmertz (40971) 2012-05-01 8:16
It's nice to see a picture from this city, where I spent a few days two years ago. You have captured quite well the intimate atmosphere among its narrow back-lanes. Although generally maybe not as attractive as Sibiu or Brasov, Cluj-Napoca to my mind has the liveliest and most stimulating spirit of Romanian cities, thanks probably to the tens of thousands of students from all over Europe making the city more cosmopolitan than most others.
ChrisJ (97810) 2012-05-01 8:36
A good 'through' view of the arch over the alley with well managed lighting in a tricky situation. Excellent color & saturation with the people adding scale & superb use of diminishing linear perspective & the bg church nicely positioned over the vanishing point. Tfs!
Cricri (106327) 2012-05-01 8:50
Un contraste d'ombre et de lumière très réussi,bonne profondeur de la rue de pavés, riches en détails
GREGG (7888) 2012-05-01 12:22
very good composition, the gate through which you can see houses in the narrow street
Good light and shadows - low key
Silvio1953 (122099) 2012-05-02 0:54
Ciao Daniel, great perspective on lovely alley, beautiful composition well framed by arch, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
annjackman (19585) 2012-05-05 22:58
I enjoy the atmosphere in this image with the dark alley and the light beyond. The two people brings it to life - very well done.
- Copyright: Daniel Draghici (dkmurphys) (49228)
- Genre: Lieux
- Medium: Couleur
- Date Taken: 2012-04-29
- Categories: Vie quotidienne, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D60
- Versions: version originale
- Thème(s): Claudiopolis [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-30 12:25