Captured from a moving boat.
The Blue Grotto (Maltese: Taht il-Hnejja) comprises a number of sea caverns on the south coast of Malta, east of the fishermen's harbour Wied iż-Żurrieq in the village of Qrendi. It is located right across from the small uninhabited islet of Filfla.
Every day from sunrise until about 1 pm a unique sight can be observed here. The location of the cave combined with the sunlight lead to the water mirroring showing numerous shades of blue. Several caverns mirror the brilliant phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora; other caverns show a deep dark shade of blue.
The Blue Grotto is a popular destination for tourists on the island of Malta with boat trips to visit the caves, scuba diving snorkeling and rock climbing being the most popular activities here. It also has some typical local restaurants that offer good food with stunning views. The location has been used many times by filmmakers, including a Milky Way advert showing a cliff diver jumping 30m into the sea, numerous promotional videos about Malta, a scene of the 2004 film Troy and most recently in a RAI TV 2 filming for the popular travel programme Sereno Variabile.
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carlo62 (45782) 2014-08-19 1:31
ho visto la puntata di Sereno Variabile dedicata a Malta, molto bella.
Bella anche la tua foto, le differenze di luce sono molto evidenti, ma hai ottenuto un ottimo risultato.
Royaldevon (37563) 2014-08-19 1:34
Proof that you did enter the grotto!
I like how you have introduced your photograph with the boat's prow and this is reflecting the phosphorescent blue.
The effect of the chasm is like something from a Greek myth, where the rugged cliffs open to allow the safe passage of the boat!
A very effective viewpoint!
Nicou (138998) 2014-08-19 2:05
quelle vue sur cette grottes ave ce bout de la barque cette roche on va vers la belle lumière quel effet ce rendu superbe captage.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-19 5:18
this is a superb shot of the Blue Grotto thrill ride. A real sense of the beauty and wonder of seeing this amazing place. Light management is perfect here and the presentation wonderful.
Regards - B.
Sergiom (76276) 2014-08-19 5:48
L'effet est saisissant. On a l'impression d'être dans la barque qui se dirige vers la lumière bleu à cause de ce phénomène naturel. La gestion de la lumière difficile est très bonne.
Fis2 (95497) 2014-08-19 6:37
Excellent light and colors.
Very impressive picture!
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-08-19 10:31
this is a somewhat unusual pov but one that has a great visual impact. The slightly hazy view through the two giant rocks is superb. Great light and its reflections on the water. Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening.
gildasjan (43434) 2014-08-19 10:47
Beau voyage sous cette grotte avec ces teintes si particulières de bleus.Le contraste est fort,l'exercice photographique était difficile mais c'est réussi.
serp2000 (43582) 2014-08-19 10:59
I like it! This view reminds me my experience with a grotto on the Paxos island (Greece). This is very positive composition, 'cause I see the light in the end of tonnel ;)
Best wishes from Ural!
Gerrit (51935) 2014-08-19 11:18
fine composition with the front of the boat piercing through the water so it seems to open the grotto.
Noel_Byrne (30085) 2014-08-19 12:51
This is a scene straight from my favourite Sinbad movie, was there by any chance a Minotaur rowing your boat? As I look at this my mind casts back to ancient legends, and I can easily envisage the rocky gates here slowly closing under some spell the blue tone in the water are amazing, so vivid and bright. It would make me think of nuclear material were it not such an obviously beautiful and natural place. Nice one.
PiotrF (16654) 2014-08-19 13:07
It is a beautiful place, a combination of majestic rocks with water wonderful.
Your picture is very well taken. Excellent perspective and depth. Good composition and quality, fine presentation.
Thank you for the detailed notes.
pierrefonds (64768) 2014-08-19 18:24
Le devant du bateau envoie mon regard vers la montagne ce qui donne de la profondeur à la composition. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails de l'intérieur de la grotte. La lumière qui rentre dans la grotte fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne soirée.
npecanhuk (74442) 2014-08-19 19:38
It must be wonderful to be in that place!
You picture invites all of us for a visit, that's for sure!
Special regards to the management of difficult light, colors and composition!
TFS - congrats,
jemaflor (95295) 2014-08-19 23:05
Well taken with a symetrical result for your photo, well the Fg with the boat, impressive caves, light is well managed.
Cricri (117237) 2014-08-20 7:47
Ah mais j'ai tout a fait la même prise depuis le bateau, c'est un lieu enchanteur, détails et couleurs merveilleuses
ChrisJ (111572) 2014-08-20 11:52
There are similar blue grottoes in Capri, Greece and Turkey so it's nice to see one more from Malta. The prow of the boat adds nice lead in lines and perspective. Superb warm cold color contrasts between the blue and yellow. The natural rock arch frames the bg scene nicely. Good sharpness density levels and saturation. Tfs!
ourania (43556) 2014-08-20 13:15
your composition is simple but very effective to describe the experience; the scenery, the perspective and the sense of movement make it exciting. I like very much the sharp textures, the depth and the play of light. In spite of the extreme lighting contrasts, there's superb clarity and the colours are very lovely. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,
miumiu (6113) 2014-08-22 6:22
Fantastic view of these dramatic cliffs at the Blue Grotto!
I love the lights, splendid colours and contrasts on your photo.
Very beautiful piece of your gallery!
fritzi007 (10409) 2015-11-10 5:25
interesting photo and comment from the Blue Grotto, well done!
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (96721)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-19 0:06