Captured on the short ferry ride from Valletta to Sliema.
Some information from Wikipedia:
Fort Saint Elmo is a fortification in Valletta, Malta. It stands on the seaward shore of the Sciberras Peninsula that divides Marsamxett Harbour from Grand Harbour, and commands the entrances to both harbours.
Prior to the arrival of the Knights of Malta in 1530, a watchtower existed on this point. Reinforcement of this strategic site commenced in 1533. After a raid by Dragut in 1551, during which the Turks sail unopposed into Marsamxett Harbour, work commenced on a major expansion, and by the time of the Ottoman Siege of Malta in 1565, this fortification had been reinforced and extended into a modest star fort.
Fort Saint Elmo was the scene of some of the most intense fighting of the 1565 siege, and it withstood massive bombardment from Turkish cannon deployed on Mount Sciberras that overlooked the fort and from batteries on the north arm of Marsamextt Harbour, the present site of Fort Tigne. The initial garrison of the fort was around one hundred and fifty knights and six hundred soldiers, the majority of which were Spanish, and sixty armed galley slaves. The garrison could be reinforced by boat from the forts across the Grand Harbour at Birgu and Senglea.
During the bombardment of the fort, a cannon misfired and hit the top of its parapet, sending shards in all directions. Debris from the impact killed the gunner and mortally injured the corsair and Ottoman admiral Turgut Reis, one of the most competent of the Ottoman commanders. The fort withstood the siege for 28 days, falling to the Turks on 23 June 1565. None of the defending knights survived, and only nine of the Maltese defenders survived by swimming across to Fort St. Angelo on the other side of the Grand Harbour after Fort St Elmo fell. The long siege bought much needed time for the preparation of the other two fortresses and the arrival of reinforcements from Spain, which drove the Ottomans off of Malta in a bloody massacre.
The fort was rebuilt and integrated into the fortifications of Valletta after the Great Siege.
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papagolf21 (103026) 2014-08-04 0:35
Bonjour, cher Stephen,
Quelle vue proposée ! Splendeur architecturale de premier plan.
Très bonne présentation.
miumiu (6113) 2014-08-04 1:12
Very beautiful view of St Elmo.
l like the golden, warm colours on the walls and the contrasts of the blue sea and sky.
ourania (47120) 2014-08-04 1:51
the fort looks very attractive and imposing in your neat and elegant composition. I like very much the way it extends across the frame, the warm light enhances its allure and makes it stand out wonderfully amid the blue tones. You captured fine details and the viewer gets the feeling of approaching by sea. The historic events described in your note are most dramatic. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Tigerlily (3379) 2014-08-04 2:18
Beautifully captured image, wonderful colour contrast.. Enjoy the sun...
Royaldevon (39710) 2014-08-04 2:23
You have done well to capture the whole fort in one shot and to have done it from the unsteady surface of a boat! Another ferry is strongly placed in the shot and helps us to assess scale.
The sun looks to have gilded the stonework beautifully, with just a hint of colour on that deep blue sea.
I think a slight crop of the sky would give a really good thirds composition and produce an even more panoramic effect.
Have a lovely day,
Nicou (144264) 2014-08-04 2:25
Fantastique image et compo avec le bâteau qui passe quelle vue et ces tons le bleu et les borées et ce fort tout en largeur tout en doré c'est superbe merveilleux.
bravo et amitié
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-04 3:21
nice panoramic shot of this impressive old fort. The warm walls always stand out so distinctly against a blue sea and sky. It is a glorious piece of architectural heritage and has been well maintained too. Wonderful!
Enjoy the week ahead - B.
jhm (154548) 2014-08-04 4:01
The cruise boat is the real eye catcher against the nice wall of the Fort Saint Elmo. Sharpness and clarity are perfectly made.
Excellent composition an nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
Fis2 (99686) 2014-08-04 5:37
Excellent panorama frame and colors.
Very well done.
williewhistler (16398) 2014-08-04 6:15
despite the harsh light you have managed to illustrate the grandeur of the imposing fort perfectly with the pleasure boat well placed to give scale.
PiotrF (18790) 2014-08-04 6:50
Nice panoramic view of Fort Saint Elmo in Valletta. Good framing, clarity and sharpness.Very well composition, lovely presentation.
Thank you for the detailed and interesting notes.
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-08-04 9:16
une belle pierre dorée mise en valeur par le bleu du ciel et de la mer. Une belle présentation avec un bon cadrage de ce joli fort.
cornejo (43533) 2014-08-04 10:33
Hi Stephen, great view of this defensive building with beautiful sunset light, very well captured with a great pov with pretty good picture. Interesting picture with good sharpness, nice light, color and quality. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
lousat (92858) 2014-08-04 15:44
Bonjour Steph,une perspective longue et parfaicte pour capturer tous les details de ce fort,l'architechture est unique est tres originale,capture excellente dans la meilleure lumiere et avec couleurs tres brillantes,il y a beaucoup des choses a voir a Malta comme je peu voir dans ta galerie! Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano
ChrisJ (115529) 2014-08-06 2:51
The yellow red buildings in the fg contrast splendidly against the backdrop of blue sky. Good sharpness and superb color and saturation. The buoys in the fg add depth and the boat at right adds a good focal point. Nice repetition of the arches in the bg building too. The oleander trees add a nice splash of colour. Tfs!
Cricri (120521) 2014-08-06 9:42
Bon format pano qui convient parfaitement a cette présentation du fort, joli contraste du jaune et du bleu, beau moment pris avec la présence du bateau
emka (99971) 2014-08-06 21:44
Hello Stephen, Great view of this huge fort. And how well that now we are allowed to post big photos. Interesting colour of sandstone, nice flowers around. Excellent presentation.
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- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (100740)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-00
- Categories: Castles, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-04 0:00