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The Maltese Islands are made up of three major islands: Malta, Comino, and Gozo. Malta, the main island, is where the majority of a population of around 400,000 people live. Comino is a tiny island between Malta and Gozo, and is known for its world-class salt water lagoon. Gozo, the smaller of the two inhabited islands, has some of the best sights that the Maltese Islands have to offer. On my last trip to Malta, we spent a day on Gozo, exploring and discovering the best that this small island has to offer. Today, I share some of my favorite shots from our day in Gozo.
A photo of Comino, the island between Gozo and Malta, as seen on our ferry ride in the morning:
Our first stop on the island was the Azure Window, which is a large naturally-formed window in the sea:
The view from on top of the Azure Window:
Our second stop was the costal town of Xlendi, a town I definitely plan on returning to:
Our final stop was the old city of Victoria, the capital of Gozo:
And for the final shot, leaving on the ferry headed back to Malta – my first but definitely not last visit to Gozo!
When I visited Malta in 2010, I was only there for one week. This made for seeing a lot in a short amount of time and not always being able to appreciate things as much as I would have liked to. This summer I had a lot more time to explore and take photos than I did on my previous trip, especially in the city of Mosta, Nathalie’s hometown. I was able to spend many afternoons and evenings walking through the streets and allies taking photos of just about everything that captured my eye. There were so many aspects of Mosta that escaped me on my first visit.
Below are some amongst my favorite shots of Mosta. I hope that you will get a glimpse of the beauty of this quaint city through them.
“The best camera that you have is the one that you have with you.” (Chase Jarvis-an acclaimed commercial US photographer)
This last month, I was in Malta visiting my wife’s side of the family and celebrating our marriage once again with her family and close friends. On our days out, I shot thousands of photos of this island rich with history and culture. I often found myself literally getting lost for hours in the historical alleys and streets, and this time round we even made it to the sister island, Gozo, which has a charm of its own. I shot most of my photos with my Nikon D700, but I also enjoyed shooting a few pictures with my iPhone 4 using apps such as Instagram. I wanted to share the images shot with my iPhone to give you a preview of the beauty of Malta and Gozo as I begin to edit the best of the images I shot with my Nikon. Hope you can enjoy them!
Last week I shared my top ten wedding photos of 2010. This week I thought I would share my top ten travel photos taken during the same year. I might not have traveled as much as I would have liked to in 2010, but I sure traveled to two special places: Lebanon, where I lived in 2006 and a country that remains close to my heart, and Malta, my girlfriend’s home country
If you know me well, you would know how much I love traveling and how instrumental that influence has been on my photography. It was a trip to Brazil in 2007 that convinced me to buy my first DSLR camera, and a trip to Guatemala a year later when I fell in love with travel photography.
When I am in a foreign country, I love walking streets, taking in the different sights, sounds, and smells. I enjoy observing people as they go by their everyday life, their ways and customs often new to me. Much beauty is to be found in such observations and I have indeed encountered beauty in the most unlikely of places, time after time on my travels. Whether it be the slums of Africa or a street engraved with history in Europe, I always spot something beautiful and inspiring.
As aforementioned, in 2010 I had the opportunity to travel to Beirut, Lebanon and Malta. I shot thousands of photos in my short two and a half weeks of travel and so it was hard to pick my favorite ten. Below is my final selection (in no particular order). Some photos focus on the lands, others on their people. I hope you enjoy the selection!
A fruit seller, photographed in Beirut, a common sight in the city.
I especially love the colors of the dilapidated apartment block in this photo,also shot in Beirut.
This young man’s portrait was taken in Beirut. I was photographing a street when he stopped me and asked me to take his photo. Usually, when this happens, the photos tend to be more posed, but I find that this photo allows us to see more than just a man posing for a picture.
One of Valletta’s beautiful balconies overlooking the harbor.
Preparing for night: a lantern in Mdina lit up just before sunset.
One of the many alleys I got lost in while discovering the beauty and mystery of Malta’s fortified old capital city, Mdina.
This night shot of Mdina captures the romance of this city. Even the stars are noticeable on such a perfect night.
Valletta as seen from Birgu.
Birgu’s harbor at night.
Thanks for going through my favorite travel shots of 2010. Please feel free to comment on your favorite.
I have a passion for photographing people. If you spend any time with my portfolio, you would see how this is the case. While I love shooting landscape and architecture, I love the challenge and art of photographing people. Getting close to people with the aim of taking their photo naturally involves a level of interaction, and when traveling internationally this interaction can be challenging due to language and cultural barriers. Also, some people just don’t like their photo taken, and as interesting as I might find them, I have to respect that. Photographing anybody always involves momentarily earning their trust, and the greater the trust that you can earn, the more moving their photo can be.
I have already shared one post of the different people I photographed during my time in Malta. Here is my second collection of favorites.
To start off with, a few photos from Malta’s National Beer Festival:
A well-entertained crowd, watching the beer drinking contest where the winner downed two pints of beer in about eight seconds
An old man sitting on his patio in the village of Burmarrad
Old women walking the streets of Birgu
A musician taking a break in Valletta
The square of Birgu at night