A statue of Queen Victoria stands in front of the National Library in Republic Square, a symbol of Malta's colonial past. The British ruled Malta from 1800 after seizing it from the French until the colony was finally granted independence in 1964. Nowadays, the statue of the Queen inaugurated in 1891 to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee is invariably crowned by a pigeon.
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besnard (54803) 2014-07-15 0:32
J'ai tout de suite reconnu la reine Victoria, avec un pigeon perché sur sa tête qui ne manque pas d'audace. Tu as réussi une photo intéressante malgré une forte luminosité.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
Royaldevon (33007) 2014-07-15 0:46
Ha! Ha! Stephen, pigeons are no respecters of royalty!
Your photograph brings out the lovely patterns of the marble as well as the finely sculptured details. The light is kind, without overpowering the pale colours.
Have a lovely day,
Nicou (128864) 2014-07-15 1:48
quelle statue superbe avec le petit oiseau à ses pieds ce socle de pierre et la décoration plus sombre superbe vue et compo.
Bravo et amitié
Giustiniani (3550) 2014-07-15 2:23
une très belle présentation avec une lumière idéale et un qualité d'image au top.
mesutilgim (88484) 2014-07-15 4:18
Another nice capture from Malta. With good pov and layout.
Of course a very unique title ! Queen Victoria is seriously endangered :-)
TFS and best regards
asajernigan (21425) 2014-07-15 4:18
This is a great shot of this statue of Queen Victoria. Your POV is nice using the arch in the background to frame the statue perfectly. The lighting is great and the photo has excellent sharpness and DOF.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-15 4:24
amazing where she "pops up". I think the pigeon is making some sort of statement about the way our colonies have gone. A nice shot of this statue and its setting.
Regards - B.
Sergiom (66209) 2014-07-15 5:34
Rien ne ressemble plus à la reine Victoria qu'une statue de la reine Victoria.Ici, dans toute sa splendeur avec un pigeon sur la tête devant la bibliothèque.
Fis2 (89347) 2014-07-15 6:52
Curious fragment old architecture.
I like frame and colors.
Noel_Byrne (26998) 2014-07-15 12:10
She was suc a serious looking woman, all the statues I have seen of her, she looks like one with no mercy and no humour. I believe the opposite is true though, that in reality she had a hearty laugh and loved playing tricks on people. I guess the sculptors wanted to catch the serious ruler, not the playful woman and they achieved it so many times.
A grand statue, and the fierceness of her demeanour is counterd so well by the pigeon on her head. That made me smile.
We used to have a huge statue of this very woman in the parliament building in Dublin, but we gifted it the people of Australia. You can see pictures of her in all her glory here
Great shot with great symettry.
All the best
pierrefonds (59790) 2014-07-15 17:21
Les colonnes aident au cadrage de la statue. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de la statue de la reine Victoria. La lumière a un bel effet sur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.
emka (85179) 2014-07-15 23:36
Hello Stephen. I saw many monuments of Queen Victoria and all look the same, showing her as an old woman, sitting and very majestic. The only exception is the monument of a young woman on horseback, that you must know well, because it is in your hometown Liverpool. Maybe one day I post it. A pigeon has no respect for the Queen. Very nice capture.
WArtm regrad s Malgo
ChrisJ (103531) 2014-07-17 3:36
I was wondering why the library sign at top was in French. The note explains why. Queen Victoria is looking suitably regal and pompous. Good sharpness and punchy light contrasts. The 4 Doric columns frame the statue nicely. Tfs!
carlo62 (38000) 2014-07-20 15:37
questa foto mi era sfuggita.
Bella inquadratura, diretta e di ottima qualità.
I dettagli sono molto netti e la statua è ben posizionata sotto l'arco, creando una sorta di semi cornice.
batalay (36719) 2014-07-21 8:40
A simple but effective presentation of Queen Victoria's statue. Some years ago another member of Trekearth had submitted a photo of Edward VI or Edward VII, that complements this image.
npecanhuk (69500) 2014-07-30 17:02
Very beautiful details!
Very attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (88982)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-00
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork, Event
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-15 0:12