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Gozo rocks!

Gozo rocks!
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Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4276 W: 91 N: 11006] (45203)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-23
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Azure Window is lost and gone forever [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-07-06 2:08
Viewed: 5364
Points: 73
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Whoever comes to Malta has a difficult decision to make: Should I go to the neighboring island of Gozo or not? There are so many things to see on Malta Island that going anywhere else seems like a waste. And yet my personal answer is: Yes, it is worth to go there. Gozo and Comino are two islands which are part of Malta.
There are various ways to visit Gozo. You can take an organized tour by boat/jeep (the most convenient option). You can take a bus to ferry terminal and after crossing take a taxi around Gozo (the cheapest option) or you can rent a car and drive around Gozo independently. We have picked the last option which we always prefer as it gives a lot of flexibility. Normally I would use the freedom to stay in some spots waiting for best light but with the small baby we used the freedom to stay in one place as long as the baby allowed.
Similarly to Malta Island, Gozo offers something for everyone’s taste. Azure Window (in this photo) is one of the most recognizable features of Gozo coast. But the whole rocky area of Dwejra is spectacular. I would love to spend there a whole day but I had a limited time around the noon when the light is especially harsh.
To sense the scale of the place you may try to spot some tiny people walking on top of the Azure window.

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To emka: jechac nie jechacmkamionka 1 2013-07-07 02:17
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Good morning Mariusz,
Just yesterday I post a critique of the same location on Paul's picture, and the sight is most impressive from any perspective.
View through the arch, reveal part of the rocks down the coastline of this island. Also FG rocks looks as grined millions of years by the sea and wind.
Fine shot, nature's best appearence.
Enjoy a nice weekend,

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  • siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2782 W: 23 N: 4581] (34141)
  • [2013-07-06 2:23]

Witaj Mariusz,
Nigdy nie byłam na Malcie ani na Gozo, ale jestem przekonana, że to jest piękne miejsce warte odwiedzenia pewnego dnia. Ta scena przypomina mi trochę Majorkę i jej skaliste wybrzeża. Piękny widok wspaniale uchwycony!

Miłego dnia!

Hello Mariusz,
An excellent sharp picture of the rocks. I really like the foreground with the small gap in the rocks leading us to the famous nature wonder.
I see that there are still people walking on top of it. Maybe I have been too cautious (or too obedient) during my visit in 2008 by obeying the prohibiting plates. After 5 years the rock appears still not to have collapsed :)
I walked for several hours in the area but afterwards I also had the feeling I should have spent even more time there. This is the kind of coastal landscape that I can enjoy tremendously.
Did you also visit the salt pans at the north coast of Gozo?
Best regards, Paul

hi Mariusz, a beautiful view here and you presented it superbly. The hollow rock is just like a gate in the ocean. You got a nice foreground which added depth to it. A superb one. Tfs.

Ciao Mariusz
questa foto è quasi un classico dell'Isola di Malta, ma tu sei riuscito a farne una tua personale interpretazione grazie alla scelta di un'ottica grandangolare e di un punto di ripresa abbastanza basso.
Da ciò è derivata una particolare imponenza ed evidenza data alle belle rocce in primo piano senza trascurare la particolare bellezza del soggetto principale.
Una ottima ripresa caratterizzata anche da eccellente nitidezzae da un contrasto molto ben dosato.
Ciao e buon fine settimana

Hi Mariusz
this is a place that stays with you, and I can remember the rocks and beauty of Gozo, even though it was over 30 years ago that I was there. Glorious textures and detail in this beautiful capture that does this coastline full justice. Excellent!

Enjoy your weekend - Brian.

Bonjour Mariusz,

J'aime beaucoup cette perspective sur les rochers et surtout sur le trou en arrière plan.La lumière est belle et fait bien ressortir les détails.

Bon samedi


Hi Mariusz,
a good memory for me, well framed with this FG, nice light and calm sea, tfs.

Hello Mariusz.
After my vacation and some problems with my internet connection, I'm finally active again in these pages.
Fabulous landscape that shows the strength and capacity of the sea to erode the rocks and create as precious effects, superb arch we see the bottom of the image.
Sensational both the brightness and sharpness, as the beautiful color.
I wish you a happy weekend.
Best wishes.

Hi Mariusz,
Thanks for mentioning the people here, I did not notice them without your note. On seeing them, WOW! That place is huge. The height of that rock bridge is incredibly impressive and you have a really excellent position to show it off like this. From the distant cliffs to the mid ground arch, and then the weather beaten rocks of the foreground, you really have given an excellent feel for this place.

hello Mariusz
This is a spectacular view captured The layers of rocks, the crystal clear water with magnificent shades and the Azure window ...Beautiful.

Hi Mariusz
An excellent composition of a superb seascape emphasizing on the well textured rocks formation filling much of the foreground as strong focal and leads into the backdrop so nicely. Good pov inclusion of that rich colours of the blue water adds extra life and contrast to this shot. Nice capture, Congrats
Best regards

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  • chawax Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1362 W: 21 N: 3240] (20760)
  • [2013-07-06 11:30]

Hi Mariusz,
A nice wide angle view, you master perfectly your ultra wide lens ! The composition is very well balanced and the wide angle creates perspective lines that add depth to the composition. Excellent sharpness. Nice natural colours.
Have a nice day,

Heil, Piêkne ska³ki. Najlepszy jest górny lewy fragment ujêcia. Pozdrawiam - Adrian

Guten Tag Mariusz,
sehr gutes Foto von der Insel Gozo, mir persönlich hat sie am Besten gefallen!

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10008 W: 144 N: 25073] (122437)
  • [2013-07-06 23:16]
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cześć mariusz,

Ja bym sie nie wahała - po prostu jechać. Co za pytanie! fantastuczne skały, powyjadane przez wiatr i fale i moja przyjaciółka to komentuje - osteoporosa. Młodzi ludzie raczejj o tym nie myslą. Rzeczywiście ludzie na górze mniejsi niz mrówki. Byłes tam też?
Fajny widok. Muszę sie tez kiedys wybrać na Maltę.

Pozdraiwam M.

A spectacular image through the natural textures and shapes. I like the POV, good catch!


Hello Mariusz,
in using the wide angle lens from your well chosen view point you have shown the texture of the FG rocks very well.
The spectacular Azure Window adds a great deal of interest in a well balanced composition.
Best wishes Les.

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  • fds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 664 W: 0 N: 1616] (9637)
  • [2013-07-07 13:39]

dear friend this is a very beautiful sea scape with great arc of the rocs
great scenary with fantastic scharpnees

Attractive view of Nature's sculptures with erosion, a foreground of Taffoni rocks, multi blue sea then the impressive Azure Window arch. Noting a few humans in the distance as small dots helps with understanding scale.

Good job,

Hello Mariusz

That's a very well composed image with awesome colors and details.Nice lightning usage and perfect POV.TFS

All the best

Hello Mariusz,

Beautiful and nice rough surrounding. As alway the
light management and the composition are excellent.
I like the excellent point of view: the little
opening of the sand on the forground is a nice
break and this one is also on a beautiful "line"
with the opening in the rocks on the background
and that creates a nice depth.

Friendely regards,

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3862 W: 2 N: 6406] (32244)
  • [2013-07-08 15:14]

Witaj Mariusz
£adne skaliste wybrzeze pokazales. Te male punkciki to zapewne ludzie, co oddaje troche skale wielkosci.
Dobra budowa kadru, ciekawe spojrzenie

Witaj Marousz,
ca za cudowne miejsce. Piekna kompozycja. Super kolorystyka, swiatlo, ostrosc. Cuidonie wykonane zdjecie. Bardzo mi sie podoba.
Serdecznie pozdrawiam,

Hello Mariusz,

Nice colorful shot of the rocky shore from northern Malta.Perfect composition and sharpness.Keep posting newer images and exchange critiques.


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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9461 W: 157 N: 15282] (123067)
  • [2013-07-09 0:17]

Witaj Mariusz!
Facynujace miejsce, ladnie pokazane.
Udana kompozycja kadru.
Super kolorystyka.

Witaj Mariusz,
the effects of the erosion caused by the wind and the water are amazing. This awesome cliffs offers to us all its aesthetical quality by means of your excellent photo.
A well chosen framing which helps us to enjoy all the beauty of this fantastic coastal landscape.
Sharpness, light and colors in a top of quality, in a beautiful composition.
Best regards,

Hello Mariusz. The photo reminds me of my stay to Malta a few years ago. So a rock arch is of course a good thing for any photographer. Well seen and realized.
Rgds, Wolfgang.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24291 W: 523 N: 40622] (174858)
  • [2013-07-09 3:58]

Hello Mariusz,

Technical a perfect picture, also a very well subject with these big rock and look through under the arch in background.
Nice perspective and depth picture.
Composition and presentation are pleasant.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Dear Mariusz

This is a spectacular photo which proves immediately that the trip to Gozo is worth it. Stunning definition, colour and texture. You composed the shot superbly with the rock crevices guiding the eye towards the rock bridge in the background. Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day.

Warmest wishes

Hola Mariusz,

So, this is Gozo.., I have a friend that lives there and send me his photos, not so well taken like this, great to put the rocks at the first plan, you look at them and then at the far end, the big arch with the tiny figures on it
Beautiful capture, not matter the hour
Congrats for the weather, blur sky, etc
Hope good weather will continue in the island where you work


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  • s_lush Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
  • [2013-07-13 22:38]

Hello Mariusz,
I like this rocky view from Malta very much. I have never been on it's islands, keeping dreeming about visiting them in near features. Congratelation on one more great picture and regards from NE Poland!

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2013-07-22 1:17]

Hello Mariusz
I loved the effect of the super wide lens on the FG rocks creating a type of converging perspective dragging our eyes to the Azure Window. Inttersetingly, this type of 'window' is not uncommon & can be found almost in all continents across various countries...the one at Bali is one I have seen myself...
Lovely shot!
Best Regards

Witaj Mariusz,
urocze sa takie miejsca,przypomina mi sie wyspa Rab tez tam sa takie strome skaliste brzegi,i szmaragdowy odcien wody,pozdrawiam

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46933)
  • [2013-07-25 18:15]

Hi Mariusz!
Seems it was a good decision to go there! Looks like a very beautiful place and I like your shot - the colour of the water and the shape of these rocks in foreground are perfect!

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  • Waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2732 W: 154 N: 6183] (25436)
  • [2013-07-26 17:22]

Hello again,

Love all your series of photo from Malta, Makes me wish to be there enjoying the beautiful sunny days and beautiful landscape. Excellent quality photo with nice texture and detials of hte rugged rock formation.


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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15359 W: 159 N: 26900] (140972)
  • [2016-06-18 10:33]

Hi Mariusz
Une merveille a voir à Malte, comme beaucoup d'endroit, là aussi j'ai mis le turbo tout les jours de la semaine que je suis restée , cette image me rappelle combien Malte est remplie de découverte
PS) oui visiter Paris en bus touristique peut être bien pour Nadia, c'est moins fatiguant et ainsi prendre le temps d'un peu de shopping pour Anna Maria :-)
belle soirée

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