Let us travel with old Maltese buses! II. WS - buses
Kind traveller! Do not be travelling on Malta with something else, only with old Maltese buses. The past is recalled, superb mood is added to the daily travels with their nostalgic mood…
Buses are the primary method of public transport for the islands, which offer a cheap and frequent service to many parts of Malta and Gozo. The vast majority of buses on Malta depart from a large circular terminus in Valletta.
Buses have been used on the island since 1905. These classic buses have become tourist attractions in their own right, due to their uniqueness, and are depicted on many Maltese advertisements to promote tourism as well as on gifts and merchandise for tourists. However, these old buses are slowly being replaced by a more modern fleet, albeit still customised in the tradition of the older buses.
The buses used to be colour coded, according to the their routes, before being painted green. Now the buses in Malta are all dark yellow, with a band of orange, while those on the sister island of Gozo are grey, with a red band.
The Public Transport Association, or as it is known in Maltese: Assocjazzjoni Trasport Pubbliku - ATP - is the biggest public transport provider on the island. It has a vast network covering the whole island of Malta besides offering other services like direct services and a special night service from popular night spots on the island. For the frequent user weekly tickets are available that make travelling by bus that much cheaper.
Short history of the Maltese Bus
In 1905 a certain Mr Spiteri was granted the permission to import buses from UK to run between Valletta and St. Andrew because, as you probably know, Malta was a military and naval base and transport was essential. At first, he imported six Thornycroft buses from UK to run between Valletta and St. Andrews. Later another twenty seven seaters single deckers and thirty six seaters Thornycroft double deckers started running between Valletta and St. Julians. These first buses were painted in yellowish green and with a black band. During this period several Maltese acquired lorries' chassis and converted them into buses and in a short time more different types were seen running from villages to Valletta.
Presently there are 508 buses working on a day on day off basis, thus 254 buses are working on route transport throughout the island every day. The rest of the buses that are on their day off, work private trips and perform school transport, carrying school children to and from various schools in Malta.
(Source: maltatransport.com & busesworldwide.org & wikipedia)
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npecanhuk (60816) 2010-10-04 3:32
Original, interesting and attractive daily life photograph!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, colors (wonderful), pp, contrasts, horizontal format, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Have a very good week,
mursaloglu (8317) 2010-10-04 3:41
hello deiar Gyorgi
wonderful composition and the three people in the bus a great symmetrical sense and sharp colors such yellow and red super ihsan
snunney (79491) 2010-10-04 3:48
A fine composition of these bus passengers nicely framed by the windows of the bus. I like how the lady is staring directly towards the camera whilst the face of the man sat opposite her is silhouetted. The red and orange stripes add a pleasant splash of colour. Excellent clarity.
zeynepe (9833) 2010-10-04 3:53
With your beautiful Malta photos, I definitely want to go to Malta as a tourist like the woman in this shot:)
Congrats and enjoy your day,
gildasjan (40796) 2010-10-04 4:13
Trčs bien réalisé le gros plan sur cet autocar avec cette bande jaune orangée.
serp2000 (37859) 2010-10-04 4:45
OK! Good idea, George,
Have got this buses Aircondition?
Good snapshot, clever crop.
dkmurphys (46140) 2010-10-04 6:38
Picturesque buses, some unique pieces of work. I like your scene, very nice colored.
Have a nice evening.
jurek1951 (40949) 2010-10-04 9:23
Very beautiful picture with splendid colours.
Great focus and clarity. Wonderful light,
TopGeo (38168) 2010-10-04 9:57
Hi George! Perfect POV and composition,wonderful crop!A fine colours and light,good sharpness. All the elements are so harmoniously placed in the frame. The colours are rich but with combinations,
Very well done.
Aliine (2663) 2010-10-04 12:21
Nice framing and colors on this picture.
I remember really good times by traveling in these crazy buses :)
jlbrthnn (79791) 2010-10-04 12:56
This momentary dissimulated behind its sunglasses seems intrigued and a little worries to be photographed. Beautiful photograph of detail of the Maltese buses. Cheer.
Have a good evening
bukitgolfb301 (34474) 2010-10-04 13:58
Hello my dear george
I admire your technique always. Perfcet considered framework and well mature composition as usual. So tasteful and comfortable bright rome color touch and good presentation in the detail are marvelous too. Blessing on your great job and thanks for sharing, have a good day!
faletiz (10759) 2010-10-04 14:05
I really like this glimpse of colorful and cheerful maltese bus. Very pleasant scene of daily life, very well built. Perfect frame.
saxo042 (36904) 2010-10-04 14:27
A different capture, we can indeed see the typical sandstone colours behind the bus, but the main parts here are the strong bus colours and all the people inside. An interesting note that you have attached!
vasilpro (40735) 2010-10-04 14:41
Beautiful scene, excellent light management, lovely colors, very nice POV, very good crop and presentation.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
jjcordier (73194) 2010-10-04 23:04
Joli cadrage serré sur ce bus mais j'ai quand m^me une préférence pour le WS et la vision plus large de ces moyens de transport.
Graal (95343) 2010-10-04 23:25
Jó napot George,
good reportage from Your travel and presentation of buses. Good shot. I like the WS also. Well photowork.
Have a nice day.
carlosmarin (11954) 2010-10-05 1:25
beautiful frame, close-up of the window of an old bus in Malta.
Beautiful colors and perfect composition.
ymrk (14955) 2010-10-05 2:07
certainly incredible perspective!needless the more words dear György!
P E R F E C T!
yeln (11504) 2010-10-05 2:10
dobra ideja in dobra realizacija. začuden pogled mlade dame je zanimiv, tako kakor so zanimive tudi močne barve avtobusa. TFS1
lep dan, vojko
Bluejeans (64247) 2010-10-05 9:54
Bom apanhado este com estas pessoas neste autocarro , tem umas cores bem alegres , bom enquadramento da foto , gostei do momento com a mulher olhar para ti :), parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
ktanska (24102) 2010-10-06 3:36
While tight framing does not show much of the bus, the way those people look at different directions makes thi fun. Framing is careful showing parallel lines near frame edges. Thanks for the WS too!
csabagaba (6554) 2010-10-06 8:12
Ezt jól elkaptad. A kivágás is nagyon jó. A keret szinte a kép része. Jók a színátmenetek az üveg szépen látszik. A WS-ben az ócska busz külön öröm. Na, ezeket akarták anno hazavinni Berlinbe valszeg a németek:-)
Nagyon jók a színek és a kompozició. Szóval, tetszik.
PS: Sajna mostanában elég sok dolog van, így nemigen van időm kritikákat, megjegyzéseket írni. Reggel felakasztom a netre a napi aktuálist, aztán ihaj.
Kicsit unom már Velencét, de van annyi - szerintem - jó kép, hogy elbíbelődök még egy kicsit velük. ?ondtam, most kommersz képek lesznek, bár azért igyekszem valamennyire változatossá tenni a dolgokat.
És még mindééég nem láttam a neolitikus kőbölcsőt:-)
Legyen szép napod, Csaba
Gerrit (44005) 2010-10-06 16:28
fine idea and great result.
The red and yellow form a great frame.
amaryllis (33426) 2010-10-09 0:27
un cadrage excellent sur ce vieux bus aux couleurs qui donnent, la jeune femme te regarde, le conducteur lui regarde de l'autre côté, visages inversés, excellente prise
bon week end
kordinator (14831) 2010-10-20 0:29
Original, interesting and attractive daily life composition.
Nice peoples in the bus.
Red and orange colors are beautiful.
Perfect framed image.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-17
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2010-10-04 2:35
- Favorites: 1 [view]