Santa Katerina

Santa Katerina. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

The walk I mentioned last week took me along the cliffs at Dingli, from where I headed inland to walk through the hamlets to the north west of Dingli. In one of these hamlets, known as Ta’ Santa Katerina, there is the eponymous chapel, which is still in regular use. Reading up on the chapel I found that it has been rebuilt more than once, most recently following earthquake damage in the mid-18th century. It is amazing how such a small chapel, in a rather out-of-the-way place, can have so much history. Those interested would do well to read the article on Kappelli Maltin (in Maltese).

The photo itself took some technical work. First of all, I wanted to find a suitable point of view that would avoid, as much as possible, the cars in the area. I also wanted to make the most of the stairs that lead to the parapet in front of the chapel. This place was clearly taken care of, and the area around the stairs was planted. I chose to use a very wide angle lens, setting myself up on a tripod and avoiding the direct light of the sun. Exposure of course was also tricky, but this is where a spot meter really comes into its own.

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