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Approaching the Capital

Approaching the Capital
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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: 2011-01-31
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture, Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon D70s, Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 (IF) Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Great Cities [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-02-12 8:50
Viewed: 1805
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are many ways to reach our Capital City Valletta. Either by car on the road or else by sea! And by sea there two ways, either by luxurious ferries, or by a rowing boat as in this case!

PP work: cropped to a square format and adapted HDR.

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Boa tarde Francis,

Great POV, wonderful colors and light, beautiful colors, an excellent work!
Parabéns e um grande abraço,

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-02-12 8:58]


Very nice compostion with the red ferry in contrast to the browns/tans of the buildings.

I see you have they same problem I discoverd in HDR. Otherwise invisible dust spots become very visible in HDR processing.

Great image.


very nice capture with excellent details and good pov
tfs regards bryan

Great shot Francis! I can smell the rain in the air. Lighting is perfect, color is beautiful, images sharp. Superb as always! TFS, Lori

Hi Francis,
I like the overall composition and the contrast between the boat and the old buildings. The treatment is something that I don't like, but it is a personal thing. You do have two very large spots in the top left corner. Better to scan your photo on spots and so before you post it.

I like it! A race between machine and human power. Who won? Very cute capture. Great pov and it has a good dof with sharp details. Nice colors. Well done, tfs.

Hi Francis,

This is a great cityscape. I liked your B/W one posted the other day but this one is even better. The composition is excellent and I love the contrasting tones of the bright red ferry with the soft muted tones of the buildings, sea and sky. The square format works very well and the fisherman adds the perfect finishing touch. The effect is like a grand painting!



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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-02-12 11:28]


quel contraste entre le ferry rouge et blanc, et la petite barque, superbe, avec la ville en fond une merveille d'image.

Bravo et amitié


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2011-02-12 12:32]

Hi Francis!
Beautiful view of Valletta showing a scene of daily life.
Superb sharpness and wonderful light and colours.
Very well done
ciao! Vanda
Excuse me Francis, look at your lens...there are some spots in the upper left. The same problem is in the post "Valletta our Capital city" (upper right)

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-02-12 14:37]

I like this shot Francis Xavier.I like the colors of the modern ferry, against the colors of the Historic city of Valleta & how the modern shape of it, shows off the age & history of the old city. I like also the inclusion of the rower alongside the ferry,his inclusion adds to the vibrance of this composition,I guess he really has done this crossing many times,due to his rowing stance,not sure if I could direct a rowing boat while standing up. This in another of your images that is worth enlarging & hanging on your wall,but remember & remove those pesky dust spots before you print it:-)

Best Regards


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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2011-02-12 15:58]

dear Francis Xavier,
fore vivid modern boat and back beautiful old city are well layered and composed to make impressive picture,
little silhouette of tiny boat with standing and rowing man is, maybe most important in this view,
because he is only one person in this wonderful scene, and we seem to watch it through his eyes to me,
settled light and tasteful colors are nice,
thank you for your excellent shot,

Hi Francis...excellent shot of this interesting place...nice tones and light....well done.


Hi Francis,
Nice POV. of this ferry boat and great old architecture in Valetta,
Beautiful presentation and composition,
great colors and light,
nice tone too,

Gr8 shot and lovely details on approaching the Capital. Nice architecture in the background. Thanks.

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2011-02-13 3:19]

HI Francis, WOW! This is a spectaculare capture, wonderfully composed, I love it. A postcard indeed.
Regards Rose

very fine close-up of Valetta, lovely colours and sharpness Janos

Bonsoir Francis Xavier
Very nice composition with the man in the little boat as a plus; amazing mood and colours

Hello Francis Xavier

Amazing contrast between the ferry boat and cute!
Honorable job with your presentation and HDR! the sky seems capricious!
Lovely subdued colors throughout the composition.
Nice week thank you for sharing.

Love this shot Francis.
Excellent image from the aproche to Valleta the beautiful Capital. A nice POV and a very special DOF. Very good colors, details, contrast and excellent focus.

A wonderful capture from the cityscape from Valletta!

Great focus on the golden facade of these beautiful and well-architecture buildings.
The sharpness and POV are excellent.
The title suits very well to the overall picture.
Great job!

Best wishes,

Hi Francis! Excellent work, well done. Beautiful tones and light for HDR. Maybe you ca wash out the spots from the left corner. Best regards Csabi

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2011-02-14 9:57]

Hi Francis,

Wonderfull composition with the red ferry and the B/G, great HDR pcture.
I like the détails and the colors, perfect frame.
The POV and DOf are splendid, great job.
Best reagrds and have a good week.

This picture has fantastic atmosphere.The scene itself is telling with those two boats crossing.The span of time represented from the ferry all the way into history as shown by the gloriously detailed architecture has strong impact.I like the subdued colors too.Best wishes Otto.

Lovely shot with great contrast from the overcast sky to the white and red of the boat to the ancient stonework of Valetta - to say nothing of the different water craft :-)
Only criticism I would make is that thre are appear to be a couple of dust spots in the sky on the left hand side which is very uncharacteristic for you my friend :-)

Great shot

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2011-02-14 23:49]

Superb compo and tones !

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  • hains Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 4 N: 95] (4859)
  • [2011-02-25 10:55]

Good afternoon Francis

Optimising deep of field who let view all the details and increase the boat size and rower man. I like the contrasted colors.


This picture is alive, with the boat or without. The Architecture just blew me away.

Excellent compo and fantastic atmosphere. Very interesting and artistic.

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