December is quickly closing in, and with it a rather unusual year draws to an end. With the much reduced travel this year, I still had some vacation days left to take. So I spent last week off work (well, mostly, as there was a meeting I didn’t want to miss), and did my best to cut off and recharge. Which basically meant: go climbing as often as possible, and go for a walk otherwise. Or at least do something else that’s fun. Wanting to avoid weekday traffic, I opted for nearby walks, places I could get to in a few minutes by car. I also tried to walk routes that I hadn’t done in a while, which wasn’t as hard as I expected (keeping in mind that over the first part of the pandemic I was going on regular country walks).
So last Friday, after lunch, I headed over to Mosta for a walk along Wied il-Għasel. I took my camera gear with me, planning to reach Burmarrad and shoot a chapel over there. I did get there, but found the chapel undergoing restoration, so that will have to wait. On the way back, though, as I walked through a farm access road with fields on either side, I could see the old fortress beyond the fields and liked the way the late afternoon light played on the scene. I stopped for a while, set the camera up on a tripod, and played with my filters to get the photo I wanted. I only had my 24mm tilt-shift lens with me, which forced me to work in a slow deliberate way, which I quite enjoy. The only pity is that I did not have the exposure meter with me, which I think is rather useful for shooting with such a lens (as the manual aperture and the lens movements plays havoc with the in-camera meter). I’ll need to get used to packing it with me.