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Sunset over Fort Manoel

Sunset over Fort Manoel
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: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-27
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Decisive Moment, Mood
Camera: Nikon D7000, AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 G
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-08 2:04
Viewed: 1477
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Fort Manoel is a fortification on the island of Malta. It stands on Manoel Island in Marsamxett Harbour to the north west of Valletta and commands the entrance to Marsamxett Harbour and the anchorage of Sliema Creek. Fort Manoel is a star fort, with much of its ditches and walls formed from the native rock of Manoel Island.

The fort was built by the Knights of Malta between 1723 and 1755, under the patronage of Portuguese Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena.
The original design work for a fort on the island, then known as Isolotto, was the work of the French engineer René Jacob de Tigné. The final design also incorporated the work of Charles François de Mondion, at that time the Knights of Malts's resident military engineer in charge of works of fortification and defence. Mondion also supervised the construction, and was hypothetically buried in the fort's chapel, St. Anthony’s Chapel.
The fort was an active military establishment initially under the Knights and later under British Military control from its construction through until 1906 when the British military finally decommissioned the forts guns.
During the Second World War, a battery of 3.7-inch heavy anti-aircraft guns was deployed in and around the fort. The guns were mounted in concrete gun emplacements and deployed in a semicircle around the fort. The fort suffered considerable damage to its ramparts, barracks and chapel as a result of aerial bombing during the war.
In 2010, the fort underwent major restoration work to repair the ravages of time and damage sustained during the Second World War. It served as a location for the shooting of the climactic scene of the episode Baelor of the TV series Game of Thrones.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2011-12-08 2:11]

Hi Francis

A marvellous sunset with good sharpness & superb orange colour tones overtopped by the dark grey. Good sharpness & graphism, with superb shadow detail despite the low light. Tfs!

Bom dia Fancis,
Crowned by fire.
A composition very special and very well done considering the light conditions at the time. But did you know to turn in your favor all the difficulties.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-12-08 7:56]


fantastique ciel et image quel rêve magique quelle fomres des nuages avec ce bâtiment cet orange avec le plan d'eau superbe pano et vue.

Bravo et amitié


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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2011-12-08 10:18]

Hi Francis,
Excellent sunset shot with good sharpness & superb orange colour tones. Very well done & TFS.

Hi Francis
A dramatic light and clouds shown on the sky captured this wonderful scene with 2/3 framing while the details of this fort with sky are well recorded with good saturation and color tones.

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  • VicZik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 82 N: 950] (4812)
  • [2011-12-08 11:40]

Hi Francis,

Lovely capture of the sunset cloudy golden sky BG against the Ft Monel FG. I like the POV & soft feel of the image. TFS

I like the dramatic scene which you have caught efficiently, Francis!
The contrasts you achieved are praiseworthy and the vegetation in the FG adds nice charm into the scene.
The colors are natural and a nice moment is caught.
Well done!

Kind regards,

Looks like a scene from science fiction movie where the earth is on fire! Love the colors and nice catch of those dark clouds. Good pov and dof. Well done, tfs.

Hello Francis, a very dramatic scene with the warm colours of the sunset topped by the dark brooding clouds.
The Fort looks very imposing and even at this time of day, we are still able to see lots of details, both of the buildings and the island.
You do not include any PP info, but I wonder whether you used some Hdr?
The tight crop of including just the fort on its island was a good choice.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Good evening Francis Xavier,

Amazing sky ablaze between clouds and dramatic sea of ​​ink.
I like the mood of this composition, the charm is spread in the dark, surprising contrasts.
Congratulations on this well-groomed.
Beautiful night.

I greet you warmly.


Bonjour Francis,
A beautiful dramatic orange sky and clouds,
great architecture of the Fort Manoel a fortification of Island of Malta,
great details and wanderful Point of view.
My compliments

Very dramtic sunset with black clouds and wonderful red sky. Nice job

HI Francis...great shot...wonderful colors of the sunset giving a great mood to the shot. Very artistic presentation.


Hello dear Francis!

Oh wooow! Dramatic shot! Beautiful burning red in the sky and mysterious clouds. Great mood with beautiful POV and DOF. Great tones and contrasts.

TFS, indeed a lovely composition,

Best Regards,

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