The Alley by Xandru

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A night shot of an alley in Vittoriosa, Malta. This town was the preferred residence of the Knights of Malta before they built Valletta.

Vittoriosa is one of my favorite shooting grounds. One day I decided to give it a try at night. I liked this alley the minute I saw it. Problem was that all street lighting was yellow. Still I went ahead, set up my tripod and took a few shots. Back on my computer, I didn’t like the yellowish cast. So I desaturated and painted back the yellow on that one street lamp at the bottom of the alley.

Nikon D70
Nikkor 18-70 f/3.5-4.5G


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  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 6 years ago

    Love these perspective shots, this one has excellent clarity and light. Love the selective colour drawing you down the alley and the detail on the paving stones.

  • Astrid Pardew
    Astrid Pardewabout 6 years ago

    Very cool Xandru.

  • Xandru
    Xandruabout 6 years ago

    Many thanks for the nice comments, Paulette.

  • Xandru
    Xandruabout 6 years ago

    Hi Astrid, glad you like it.

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic capture, wondrous s/c. great imagery. very cleverly done

  • Xandru
    Xandruabout 6 years ago

    Hello Hilary. This was one of those late evenings, wondering about with my photogear, and the locals thinking I’m someone crazy.

  • Ranald
    Ranaldabout 6 years ago

    Beauifully done. Using the post to stop the selection is a very subtle trick.

  • Xandru
    Xandruabout 6 years ago

    Thanks Ranald. You got some good photography yourself.

  • Jean M. Laffitau
    Jean M. Laffitauabout 6 years ago

    Great one!!

  • Thanks Jean. You got some great images yourself.

    – Xandru

  • M G  Pettett
    M G Pettettabout 6 years ago

    Great use of selective colour! I like the light reflecting off those steps worn smooth by the generations.

  • Thanks Avalon. I really believe the Knights have walked these steps hundreds of times.

    – Xandru

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