Captured from a moving boat similar to the one in the picture.
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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jemaflor (103667) 2014-08-17 0:01
A nice place with these caves and cliffs, lovely blue water, the photo is well made with the boat and people.
emka (107795) 2014-08-17 0:16
Hi Stephen I suppose that the visit to the Blue Grotto is a must when you are on Malta. Impressive high rock and fine contrast of the orange jaclkets of tourists with the blue sea.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Royaldevon (43931) 2014-08-17 0:36
I presume you were on a boat when you took this shot; that being the case, this is a remarkably steady, sharp shot.
I love how you have captured the tourist boat emerging from the cave. It sets the mood, it gives scale and adds some vibrant colours from the floatation vests. A very nicely composed photograph.
Have a great Sunday,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-17 3:13
this looks just as it was when I visited, except that all the occupants of the little boat have life jackets. I have strong memories of the waters being decidedly choppy and it being a bit scary at times. Still an amazing experience and a beautiful place though. This image captures the trip perfectly. Superb!
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
papagolf21 (110378) 2014-08-17 3:17
Bonjour, cher Stephen,
Le passage sous la voûte doit être impressionnante, surtout qu'il doit exister une forme de courant.
Une bien belle image estivale.
Très bonne journée.
jhm (160941) 2014-08-17 3:41
This is absolutely very pleasant with a small boat on a quiet sea between the rocks.
Can I see in background, the oil derricks!
Technical perfectly made, with pleasant colours.
Excellent panoramic view with the grey blue tones.
Perspective and depth make these picture wonderful.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
COSTANTINO (70230) 2014-08-17 3:43
Hello dear friend
I love this natural photo
the sea is so natural Iam feeling
jumping into dynamic composition
with all those high rocks
still ana amazing experience
have a nice time
miumiu (6113) 2014-08-17 3:57
Very beautiful place and photo!
l like the waves, dramatic cliff and the cave.
The visitors definitely love this place.
l see there are more factories (on the horizon) than before...
Nicou (152062) 2014-08-17 6:28
Fantastique vue quelle roche et image et cette barque avec les personnage et le trou dans la falaises superbe compo.
Sergiom (89275) 2014-08-17 6:53
Le goût irrésistible d'aller visiter le trou dans le rocher. Tu as bien saisit le moment où ils sortent à l'air libre et sous la lumière. Le rocher est impressionnant.
Fis2 (107448) 2014-08-17 10:25
Amazing place, the grotto is impressive!
Good frame and colors.
You on the other boat?
Nice sunday evening.
ourania (51103) 2014-08-17 12:28
a fine simple composition describing effectively the wonderful scenery and the experience of approaching the blue grotto in a low boat. The rock looks huge, the interior of the grotto is attractive and the motion of the sea has been rendered with great vividness. The textures are superb and the bright, Mediterranean colours so lovely. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great week,
pierrefonds (71711) 2014-08-17 17:26
La distance entre le bateau et l'horizon donne de la profondeur à la composition. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails de la falaise et de l'entrée de la grotte. Un bon contrôle du contre-jour qui ne nuit pas au rendu des couleurs. Bonne soirée.
berek (50508) 2014-08-17 21:38
There is also a cave in Marmaris ta very similar. nature photography with a nice boat. good time and successful composition.
have a nice week.
Cricri (126750) 2014-08-18 3:37
OH yes quel beau souvenir et quel belle réalisation, top dans la lumière, le cadrage et la prise du bateau, magnifique
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-08-18 3:56
Your photo was perfectly timed to show the boat emerging from the grotto but also allowing us to see through to the other side (whether or not the boat actually took that visible passage). The blue umbrella and orange life jackets give a nice touch of colour and extra interest.
Didi (60590) 2014-08-18 9:24
But the sencor of your cammera was inflienced by the dark parts of the rock
I have done a WS
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-08-19 8:45
Hello Stephen - The orange trim on the little boat together with the orange life jackets work so well in pulling our eyes to the FP of your composition. They contrast perfectly with the turquoise blue sea too. A well timed shot, clever to managed to get the second entrance to the cave into the frame so clearly.
This looks like a good trip to take.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-08-19 10:38
This is a superb photograph. The composition is spot on with the rocks and the boat balanced by the vastness of the sea and the sky stretching into the infinite. The boat is ideally positioned and the group of people and the umbrella provide very good accents. This must surely be a lovely place to visit.
Thanks for sharing the beautiful picture and have a nice day.
Gigidusud (21247) 2014-08-24 12:31
Une belle capture de cette scène touristique, chose pas facile avec le mouvement de l'eau. Une note intéressante aussi. J'aurai une escale à Malte lors de ma prochaine croisière en Octobre mais je n'aurai pas le temps de tout voir hélas!
Bon début de semaine.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (107513)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-16
- Categories: Nature, Transportation
- 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, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-16 23:59