Maltese Sunset

Built by the Knights of St. John this is one of the towers that dot the coast of Malta. I was fortunate enough to see and capture a beautiful sunset that day....
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Built by the Knights of St. John this is one of the towers that dot the coast of Malta. I was fortunate enough to see and capture a beautiful sunset that day.
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8 Comments | Report
iceman2 November 15, 2014
Beautiful composition with wonderful clarity
dcassat November 23, 2014
This shot has great mood and a certain time shift thing going on... Ethereal.
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smshaffer November 23, 2014
Stunning composition beautiful color!
Brownse December 31, 2015
Beautiful capture !!
elainezammitduguay December 31, 2015
Thank you and kudos to you on your gallery. I really enjoyed viewing your gallery, I especially liked your butterfly shots....they were quite exquisite! Happy new year and happy shooting! :)
lucyallison January 08, 2016
I have viewed many photos today and I must say this is my favorite! Splendid!
elainezammitduguay January 09, 2016
OMG....thank you so much for such a generous comment! It really motivitates me to keep playing with my photography. Happy shooting and happy new year! :)
lucyallison January 09, 2016
lol...I'm still gushing about this photo, I want to view it everyday. It kind of takes you somewhere peaceful. Have you thought about sending it to National Geographic?
elainezammitduguay June 23, 2016
Thank you so much for your thoughtful and generous comment! Your response to my this photo is overwhelming! I used to post pictures on NG, but I found I was getting discouraged there, rather than encouraged. So for now i will stay put. Thanks again and happy shooting! :)
JDLifeshots June 21, 2016
Gorgeous capture! Congrats.
elainezammitduguay June 23, 2016
Thank you so much, I appreciate your comment! Have a great day! :)
AvigayilPhotography March 05, 2018
This is a beautiful shot! The tiny sun in the distance with the expanse of sky gives a hint of a minimalistic theme, but the building on the left provides more interest within the composition. Well-done!
elainezammitduguay March 05, 2018
Thank you so much for your thoughtful and generous comments! It is greatly appreciated and very encouraging! Happy shooting! :)

Behind The Lens

I took this photo on the coast of the island of Malta while hiking with my cousins.
I was very fortunate to be take this shot at dusk, just as the sun was setting.
The lighting was all natural for this photo, I used no flash.
To take this photo I used my Canon EOS REBEL T2i and my 55mm lens. It would have been nice to have had a tripod with me, maybe next time I can try this shot with a tripod and perhaps improve on it.
What wasn't to be inspired by? I was on the beautiful island of Malta, truly the jewel of the Mediterranean. I had the Mediterranean Sea just feet away and I had an incredible remnant of history with the tower in my foreground. The glorious colours of the sun setting was jus the icing on the cake. Although I am very pleased with the photo, I do wish that my photo could have really captured the magnificence of that moment.
Yes, I did some tweaking in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. First I always like to straighten and crop my photos. Typically if I have taken a decent shot with the camera, I will usually adjust the highlights, shadows, whites, blacks and clarity if need be. With this shot I also went a bit further and adjusted the vibrancy and saturation. Then I adjust the sharpening and noise reduction.
In my camera bag
I typically carry 3 cameras in my bag. A Canon EOS REBEL T3i, Canon EOS REBEL T2i and my Waterproof Canon Powershot D20 cameras. I also have 3 lens I carry, an 18 mm, a 55 mm, and 250 mm lens. I also have my Canon Speedlite 430EX II. I always carry a minimum of 4 fully charged batteries for either the cameras or for the flash and I also have a battery charger with me just in case. I carry a polarizing filter, a little water spray bottle, lens cleaners and a remote for the cameras. It would be nice to travel a little lighter, but I do want to try and be prepared, just in case that photo opportunity does present itself. Mind you, I do realize I need to start bringing my tripod out with me more.
My advice is just to be observant and respectful of your surroundings and nature. Soak in all the natural and manmade beauty that surrounds us. If you just stop and really take a look, you will see that there is beauty all around us. If I find something I am inspired to shoot, I try playing with the settings and angles of the shot. I can take several shots of a single scene, with an adjustment here and there, or shoot from another perspective. As an amateur photographer I am constantly trying to develop my eye and skills. Most of all I just recommend that you just have fun with your camera and your surroundings!

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