Filfla is one of the most famous natural icons of Malta, possibly even worshiped by the neolitic people who built the temples of 'Ħaġar Qim' and 'Mnajdra', both UNESCO World Heritage sites. It was used as a target practice by the British Navy until the 70s, now it is a bird and marine reserve. These islets (Filfla and Filfoletta) are roughly 5 km off the South West coast of Malta.
“Against the Lights"
A 290.8MP Panorama stitch of 16 images in 2 rows.
Captured on the 20th of July, 2015
The overwhelming glow behind Filfla is light pollution from mainland Malta, as captured at ISO 3200. This image clearly shows how terrible the problem of light pollution is in the more industrialised South of the Islands. Although they have a beautiful coastline, I never plan to shoot these locations at night for this reason.
An extract from my blog post about the experience:
Once settled, I was surprised how close Malta still was, and this made me start thinking about the outcome of the planned panorama. Light pollution from Malta would still be very strong and inevitable. Apart from the mainland as a whole, the biggest issue would be the the Freeport and Ħal-Far Industrial Zone, which although covered and far away, both lie behind Filfla. Another let-down was discovering that the parked offshore oil platform was still visible from my angle of view. Apart for being an eyesore to the spectacular Wied-iż-Żurrieq and Qrendi coastline, I learned also that these parked platforms are also disturbing shearwaters returning to nest. They need the dark, the light makes it hard for them to settle at Ħal-Far cliffs. Also their young get disoriented by the strong light when attempting to leave the nest for their first flight in Summer.
Read about our Filfoletta experience in our blog post
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