malta

Mosta Dome

This is the interior of the dome in the church located in Mosta, Malta. I photographed it with a circular fisheye lens, specifically the Nikkor 8-15mm at the roundest and widest 8mm setting. This is a specialty lens I don’t use much, but the interior of this gigantic dome seemed an appropriate subject. More formally, […]

Wandering in Valletta

Today I wandered in Valletta, Malta. This is a wonderful and extraordinary place to wander with layer upon layer of things to look at and photograph. The whole capital city of Malta is built out on a fortified peninsula that goes up and down, and never stays at one height. Ancient, old, and new cohabitate […]

Wandering in Valletta

Today I wandered in Valletta, Malta. This is a wonderful and extraordinary place to wander with layer upon layer of things to look at and photograph. The whole capital city of Malta is built out on a fortified peninsula that goes up and down, and never stays at one height. Ancient, old, and new cohabitate […]

Lace from Gozo

This is a piece of handmade lace from the island of Gozo, one of the islands in the Maltese archipelago. I bought the lace notionally as a present for Phyllis, and photographed it on a light box. To put the lace on a black background, I inverted it in the LAB color space in Photoshop, […]

Goodbye Malta!

I am home today after a long day in transit yesterday from Valletta, Malta early in the morning to Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris, France, followed by a fairly long layover then a nonstop from Paris to San Francisco, where Phyllis and Katie met me. Travel and Malta are beginning to seem like a […]

Cliffs of Gozo

Gozo, the second largest island in the Maltese archipelago, is often said to be Ogygia, where the nymph Calypso detained Odysseus, using her wiles to make Odysseus her mate, and to keep him from returning to his wife Penelope and his mortal life. Whether Gozo is indeed Ogygia I cannot say, although certainly the Maltese […]

Dome, St Augustine Church

This is an interior image of the dome of the somewhat ornate St Augustine Church in Valletta, Malta. I exposed nine images handheld while sitting in a pew, using my fisheye lens with the camera pointed more-or-less straight up. I think the image looks almost like a mandala, or perhaps like a jewel, if one […]

St Ursula Street, Valletta

This is one of the interior streets in the compact, picturesque, and fortified city of Valletta, Malta. I don’t think there is anyplace else in the world like Valletta—and I’ll be writing more about Valletta and Malta when I get the chance—but despite the world-class uniqueness, this view up a long and narrow street somehow […]

Chapel

This is a fisheye image of a side chapel in the ornate but beautiful St Lawrence parish church in Birgu, one of the “Three Cities” near Valetta, Malta. Thanks to Louis A. for showing me around Malta today, and I appreciate the kind parish priest in the St. Lawrence church who was absolutely okay with […]

I May Have Captured the Last Shots of the Azure Window Standing

The inevitable just happened: nature has taken away what it created a long time ago. All parts of the world famous Azure Window in Malta are now gone — even its base was swept away by the sea. I had seen the local weather forecast and planned to captured some images of the Azure Window […]

Malta’s Famous Azure Window Rock Arch Collapses, Photographers Mourn

One of the best known photography locations in the world has disappeared. Malta’s famed Azure Window limestone arch on the island of Gozo collapsed into the sea yesterday, leaving a conspicuously, tragically empty space in its wake. The arch, which has been under threat of collapse for years due to natural erosion and disrespectful tourists […]