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Malta Evening

Plenty of things have happened in my life that I didn’t really see coming. This scene is one of them:

ISO 1250 22mm f/16 1/60sec

It’s an evening shot of Valletta, Malta. If you had said a few years ago that I would visit I wouldn’t have argued with you exactly, as I do love to visit new places, it’s just that Malta wasn’t on my list of trips that I was planning. Upon reflection, it’s a little odd that I hadn’t been planning. A warm summer destination just steeped in history? A bit of a no-brainer for someone like me.

ISO 1250 22mm f/16 1/60sec

I’ve taken quite a few liberties with my edit here. I love the blue tones of the image, but in the edit, I wanted the warm night to feel a bit more distant and remote, like an older photograph you might find in an attic.  I was inspired to think this way by the history of the island itself. People have been coming and going through the area for a long time. Before them, all types of flora and fauna, and the land itself was very different.

For this particular edit, I changed the temperature, boosted the yellows, added grain, and desaturated the image a bit, a slight crop was also in order. The two images really do have a different feel.  Do you have a preference? Feel free to leave a comment below.


Added to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Shades of Blue and Live Laugh RV, Reflections


35 thoughts on “Malta Evening

  1. Malta has not really been on my list either. But I know it should, so after this post I will have to reevaluate my ideas about where I want to go. 🙂 I like both versions of the photo, they are both beautiful. But I think my preference goes towards the warmer version.


  2. You’re right, the two images really do have a different feel. Do I have a preference?
    I prefer the edited version. To me it looks like a very much improved version. Yes, I do like it very much! 🙂


  3. The warming and cropping make the scene much more inviting to me.  I like the context provided by the marina in the middle distance.  Keeping a little of the nearby rooftop at the bottom is a price worth paying for the marina.


  4. Hi, Amy. I love the warm tones in your edited version. It does give a “nostalgic” feel to the image–just what you wanted to achieve. It also highlights the lights in the image. Malta has been on my list for a while, but we’ve never been there. I imagine it’s like Elba–where Napoleon was exiled. A small, insular place steeped in history.


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