Valetta Harbour, Malta – Photo by Rob Laynton

Late afternoon shot of Valetta from the harbor. I love this shot. It was an opportunistic one taken while on a boat trip around the harbor, but for me, it has just come together. The light is fantastic, which when combined with these buildings, gives an almost renaissance painting feel to the image. It was taken about four o’clock in the afternoon in mid September, as the sun was lower in the sky. This means that the light is ‘warmer’, because more red light gets through whereas the the harsher, U.V. light, which can be picked up as giving a cold, blue cast to the picture, does not penetrate the atmosphere so much as it does at midday. Because the light is less harsh, shadows are softer. because the sun is lower in the sky, there is more texture and character highlighted on the buildings.


About Robert Laynton

Robert Laynton has a B.Sc.(Hons.) degree in psychology and was a member of the British Psychological Society, becoming a member of their Transpersonal Psychology Division and a contributor to their Journal, 'The Transpersonal Review'. He also gained a Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma in counselling. He likes photography, walking, jazz, reading American Crime Fiction from the 40's, 50's and 60's and enjoys watching older films, especially film noir. He lives in England.
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