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The Rotunda panorama

The Rotunda panorama
Photo Information
Copyright: Francis Xavier Camilleri (fransx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-23
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon coolpix P7000
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-30 2:55
Viewed: 1452
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Rotunda (or Church of St. Mary) is a magnificent domed church in Mosta, central Malta, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and built between the 1830s and 1860s, the Rotunda was designed by Maltese architect Giorgio de Vasse. In a rather revolutionary move, the church was built over and around the existing one, which was then demolished.

In 1942 during World War II, the church took a direct hit from a German bomb while more than 300 people were congregated inside for Mass. The bomb pierced the dome and fell to the ground with a bounce, but failed to explode.

The army took the bomb outside and diffused it, and no one was hurt. The event has become legendary, with many regarding it as a miracle. A replica of the 200kg bomb can be seen in the sacristy.

The massive dome of the Rotunda (40 meters in diameter) is claimed to be the third-largest church dome in Europe - superseded only by St Peter's Basilica in Rome and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Its design is closely based on the dome of the Pantheon in Rome.

Exif Info:
Camera Model: NIKON (COOLPIX P7000)
Lens Focal Length: 6.00 mm
Shutter Speed: 10/8849 sec
F-Number: F5.0
ISO: 100
Compensation: EV 0/10

PP Work: Three photos makes this panorama passed through Panorama Maker 5 and adapted HDR.

brech, daisydaisy, chrisJ, jimmyjimmy, mesquens1, Teresat, mushtaqhussain, parasbhalla, gaillarde, mvdisco, VicZik, mamcg, jacquest has marked this note useful
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Francis Xavier

The idea of presenting in panorama is good, and The Rotunda has all its architectural beauty with that PoV.
The lighting is superb and emphasizes this view.
I like to discover beautiful places through your photos.
Excellent work well balanced and framed.
My best regards

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2011-11-30 7:51]

Hi Francis

Fantastic warm cold color contrasts between the intense blue sky & the yellow ochre colors of the building. Good sharpness & the wide angled panoramic format suits perfectly. Tfs!

Hello Francis

A great post card you have here. The colors, the sharpness, and pov really come together nicely. Another keeper here Francis


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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2011-11-30 8:01]

Hi Francis,
Nice panoramic photo of this wonderful church. EXCELLENT natural colors and lighting. Well composed and your details are amazing. Nice work ! TFS Julie

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-11-30 8:47]

Your panorama using a 6mm lens is visually very strong. virtualy no distortion using the ultra wide angle lens and presenting a pleasing overview of your subject. The PP stiching is seemless and HDR adds fine details.
Very Nice

Good lighting on this rotunda with beautiful colors. Nicely captured and good details. Well done, tfs.

Boa tarde francis
You catpure so well the light. Sharpness and colors are very appelative and the Dome is a beautiful piece of architecture.
Um abraço

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2011-11-30 10:44]

Hi Francis,

Once again , excellent panaoramique view of the Rotunda.
Great architecture, I like very much the détails.
Perfect light and natural colors, POV and DOF are beautiful to.
MY best regards, my friend.

Hi Francis
A lovely shot of this round about composed with beautiful panoramic framing and beautiful warm light on the Church against the deep blue sky is popping up on LCD,very well done.

Ana amazing work with superb panoramic view of the historical place with such marvelous contrasts, Francis!

Good clarity and nice POV with well kept DOF.
The colors are superb and light is very well handled.
Good work!

Kind regards,

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2011-11-30 11:20]

Excellent architecture photo, beautiful light and colors of the church and sky

Good morning Francis Xavier,

Wonderful panoramic view of the beautiful architecture of the Rotunda.
Fantastic details and sharpness
Bright colors in a bright blue sky.
My compliments on your craftsmanship.

With my kind regards.

Hi Francis,
A beautiful old architecture and details of the Rotunda panorama,
Excellent point of view with great saturation of colors and light,
A beautiful dome and facade of the church..
Excellent note of the sujet too.

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2011-11-30 19:38]

Hi Francis,
Fantastic warm & cold color contrast,Good sharpness & the wide angled panoramic format suits perfectly. Well done & TFS.

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  • VicZik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 82 N: 950] (4812)
  • [2011-11-30 21:30]

Hi Francis, what an amazing story...Life is full with miracles but they also could be just a coincidence....One have to make up their mind either way.... Very nice POV with the light hitting the church correctly creating just enough shadows... Good use of teh rule of thirds for the rotunda, nice tone of color . Well done & TFS


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-11-30 21:31]


Fantastique captage et compo superbe image quel église qui trône dans ce beua ciel bleu claire ces doux rayon et quelle architecture superbe, splendide pano soigné et parfait.

Bravo et amitié


I was almost blown away when I saw this building last fall and wanted to take some shots but time was limited. Maybe I will come back one day. Beautiful building and interesting history. Nice panoramic shot. TFS

Hi Francis...nice work. Your composition and panorama turned out very well. The hdr is natural and very realistic. Well done.


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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 452 W: 66 N: 1002] (10464)
  • [2011-11-30 23:46]


Me too found of panorama but here the limits bounds us for the view, there is an option of full view but I have forgotten that, it is very balanced and nicely composed shot that attracts much and eye catching, TFS.


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