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The Landmark of Valletta

The Landmark of Valletta
Photo Information
Copyright: Francis Xavier Camilleri (fransx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2011-01-30
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Architecture, Decisive Moment, Mood
Camera: Nikon D70s, Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 (IF) Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-25 0:30
Viewed: 1656
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, or more simply the Carmelite Church, has a huge domed roof which is a Valletta landmark. The old church on this site was designed by the celebrated Maltese architect Girolamo Cassar in 1570 and suffered irreparable bomb damage in World War II. Construction on the new church started in 1958 and took some 20 years to complete; the reinforced concrete dome is 204 feet high and covered with local stone. The church contains paintings transferred from the old church by Calí, Preti and de Arena, together with a statue of ‘Our Lady of Mount Carmel’.

PP work: Converted to Sepia and increased contrast.

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This is lovely!

Perfect composition and the choice to show this in high contrast sepia gives it the timeless feel of an old engraving.

I also think the frame is just right to compement the scene.

Really great image.

The Note is also interesting and informative - it is frustrating to see interesting places and not know where they are or their significance!



making this sepia realy catches the eye Francis and the tight crop and framing works extremley well in the image nice one
tfs regards bryan

Hi Francis,
I really like this shot. The details in the church and surrounding structures are excellent. The person on the boat is placed perfectly in the frame IMO. I love the sky and the sepia tones in this shot. Very nice work Francis.

Hi Francis.
Beautiful shot of the Valletta landmark captured with wonderful DOF and the FG boat man with his perfect silhouettes makes beautiful FG texture which also creates nice DOF.
My best Wishes

What a beautiful and imposing church even more so in B&W. And thank for your the information. Adding the person in a boat is a nice touch. Good dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.

Hi Francis,
Very nice composition and presentation in sepia,
Nice post card from Valetta,
beautiful architecture of the new church,
very well done.

Nice old time shot in sepia...you have captured the mood well.


The single rowboat complements the mood of this picture well.The sepia treatment adds drama to this historic skyline.Friendly regards Otto.

Great shot Francis. Wonderful detail and fantastic pov. Presentation in sepia is superb. Once again you take us to another time and place. Well done! TFS, Lori

A wonderful capture from the cityscape of Valletta, Francis!

I like the color tones in the picture.
The view is amazing especially because of the presence of the boatman.
The historic dome looks fantastic.
Well caught view!

Best wishes,

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2011-04-26 0:22]

looks like an old postcard found in the attic
Great compo, lovely tones

  • Great 
  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-04-26 5:14]


Très belle compo nostalgique, superbe l'effet quelle coupole la barque est trsè très bien placée dans l'image, super.

Bravo et maitié


Such a wonderful sharp retro image..

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