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The outskirts of Bucharest are developing at uneven speeds- sometimes in the middle of former fields or in the place of old houses at the periphery suddenly new buildings appear.The architecture is sometimes interesting but sometimes really bizarre, and usually the neighborhood is not fully urbanized yet.So this is a blooming, booming suburban paradise, developers offer "luxury" housing in the middle of the great nowhere... out in the sticks, a new block appeared. Just like mushrooms, soon other 3-4 blocks appear -so close to the first it's annoying but land is not cheap - not as cheap as the developers want, anyway- so we get a cluster of buildings all lumped together very closely and generally placed ...out in the field, at miles /kilometers away from "civilization". Five room and terrace penthouse anyone, in a new block, but a little bit far from ..anything, some miles away in the sticks on a dirt road from Bucharest? No problem.. except that the penthouse starts to look a lot like a hen-house once the nice "forest view" turns into the "too near neighbor view" as they build another block mercilessly close to yours, and well, at least you can make friends in the next block and you may even shake hands/visit directly from one balcony to the other, without going to the trouble of actually climbing down and up again ..Technical note : a Nikon D40X and a pretty old Sigma 10-20 mm made this happen. The CCD in the D40 is very nice in the good afternoon light but the lens is a soft monster. It makes up by the rather large angle and increases nicely in sharpness at stopping down to f?8 and above.The lens is nice especially on older cameras such as this, as it is not very sharp. A relatively newer D5300 with its 24 M pixels pushes this lens too far and you can clearly see one big blurry mess.The angle is spectacular and the reflections do not exist in this lens, even when shooting directly around the Sun - and being a super-wide angle you are going to find the Sun in most of your shots anyway.

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