Għajn Tuffieħa Tower

Għajn Tuffieħa Tower (3644)
Għajn Tuffieħa tower. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

Over the last couple of weeks I have been frantically trying to catch up with processing my recent photos of Malta. This weekend, which was a relatively quiet one, it finally felt like I’m making progress. Earlier this month, when a friend of ours from the UK was visiting Malta, we went to see the sunset at one of my favourite places: just by the coastal tower at Għajn Tuffieħa. Built in 1637 during the time of Grand Master Lascaris, this sits on top of a sea cliff between two sand beaches popular with swimmers.

We chose to go there because it’s a good year-round place to watch the sunset, and because access is really easy. We also had some photography in mind, and this particular location gives a number of options. If we were not particularly excited by what we saw, we could always head further north to Il-Majjistral, but that would involve a short trek (on uneven ground) for the best viewpoints.

Anyway, here I set up with a particular view I had in mind, and patiently waited. There was a photographer taking some pre-wedding photos (or so it seemed) of a couple, and they were in frame for a long time. Shortly before sunset they left, which suited us fine. I was initially hoping for some direct light, but the sun was obscured by low-lying clouds at the horizon: not a rare occurrence. I set up for some longer exposures to still the water and make the most of the soft directional light. Lately I’ve been finding it easier and more fulfilling to shoot under these conditions. Sure, the photo won’t look great straight out of camera, but then that’s the whole point of post-processing. And the less contrasty the original shot, the easier it is to work with.

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