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Detail_Wooden Balconies in Malta

Detail_Wooden Balconies in Malta
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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: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-20
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork, Mood
Camera: Nikon coolpix P7000
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-18 2:42
Viewed: 1461
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Details of the Wooden Maltese Balcony mostly found in the Capital City, Valletta.

Many historians sustain that the first closed balconies were simply an addition of the upper part to the lower stoned basis of the open balcony which already existed. It was when the wooden lower part replaced the stoned basis with panels of the same style that finally led to the wooden closed balcony which we see today. Therefore the design of many facades built in the baroque period was not meant to include a closed wooden balcony. It was only in the buildings that were constructed afterwards that this primary element was included in the original design of Maltese buildings.

Today the closed wooden balcony is found mostly in the old parts of the towns and villages. A closed balcony requires great skills especially when it is to be fixed in its place and today it is very hard to find skilled tradesmen who are willing to perform this special operation.

PP work: HDR

Exif info:
Camera Model: NIKON (COOLPIX P7000)
Lens Focal Length: 42.60 mm
Shutter Speed: 5/278 sec
F-Number: F8.0
ISO: 400
Compensation: EV 0/10

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Hello Francis,
very beautiful detail, colors and history of it you gave us.

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2012-06-18 3:10]

hi Francis,
beautiful details from beautiful Malta...Beautiful colors and light.Great work as always...TFS.Necla.

Dear Francis

Really like the bright colours, lines and details. Interesting POV. Complimentary frame.

As always, nicely done!

Kind regards,

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-06-18 6:24]

Hello Francis,

Wonderful warm cold colour contrasts between the red & blue. Good sharpness & effective tight framing in this well composed shot. Nice repetition of the light-bulbs and good textural details in the decaying wood at right. Tfs!

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-06-18 7:03]


quelle couleur et iamge usperbe cpatage superbe avec ces ampoules qui bordent ce rouge et ce bleu qui se contrastent fnatastique cpatage et compo.

bravo et amitiť


Bom dia Francis,
Great use of high key colors, very well choosed.
Great use of thirdies rules and nice POV and shallow DOF.
Excellent clarity and format.

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-06-18 7:16]

Hi Francis.

I'd be surprised if this is still weather-proof as numerous joints in the wood look suspect and open to rain.

i like the old design and the brightness of colours used, very good tight crop too, hilights the subject well. TFS

Stv :0))

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2012-06-18 7:29]
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Greetings Francis Xavier,
I like very much this partial abstract,with its different vibrant colours & textures of the building.Your choice for composition,makes for an interesting visual.I like that one can see into the building & view yet another colour,& I'm curious as to why that style, & the purpose, of those many bare light bulbs? The blue & red colouring blend well & make for a vibrant image.Great lines.TFS


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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2012-06-18 8:21]

Hi Francis,
Nicely done ! Love the color contrasts in this and the POV you've chosen. Very original and very artistic. Excellent details, you can almost see the filaments in the lightbulbs. TFS Julie

Wow! That is some color contrast and with good saturation! Good dof with sharp details. Very well done, tfs.

Ciao Francis, great detail, excellent sharpness, splendid light and fantastic colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Francis, one of your signature pictures of Malta - the colors are just fantastic and eye catching.
Very good sharpness, Light and soo much details in the window, door and the light bulbs.
Just love it.
Kind regards Monika

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2012-06-18 11:11]

Very attractive and colorful architecture detail, well seen, well done

Hello Francis, this immediately catches the eye with the bright colours and the geometric shapes.
The light bulbs are a bit of a tease!Obviously lit up at night to highlight the old buildings.
A very neat crop with good sharpness.
Thanks for the information.
Regards Jean.

I remember these well from our trip to Malta. Nice pov and composition.

A strong capture of intense colors of the facade of the balcony with amazing light and exposure, Francis!

The POV is excellent, and the DOF is nicely managed too.
Good sharpness and well clarity in the picture, where a well thought face-work (in the form of light bulbs) done on the facade of the building is another eye-catcher in the scene.
Nice work!

Kind regards,

Good evening Francis Xavier

Attractive composition Street.
Subtle harmony of colors, interesting details
luminaries and woodwork
My compliments for this capture variable geometry
Great job of presentation.


Hello,vivid colors and sharp details in this image the light bulbs create an interesting contrast with the historic structure.Best wishes Otto.

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