Photographer's Note

This is one of the oldest streets in Mdina, Malta, a beautiful Medieval walled town that stands in the middle of the country. Some of these streets are about one thousand years old, and were built in a decidedly middle eastern style that funnels air into cool wind throughout the city and also serves as a defense in war. As you can see from the curve and the narrowness of the street, it would be difficult to fire an arrow very far down the street, and no more than one horse at a time can pass through.

It was hard to line this shot up because so many people complain when anything is centered, but with a street this narrow, a full shot of it almost centers itself. No flash was used - I found that the ambient light gave a more faithful representation of color than a fill flash did, and though the sky may look bright and overexposed, it was just about that bad a glare that day.

I chose not to take this shot more from the right, which would have played up the curve and hidden the break at the end of the street, because the doorway on the left was filled with garbage bags and plastic chairs that, to me, ruined the effect of age that is captured here.

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Additional Photos by Michael Middleton (travelyurt) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 15 N: 59] (276)
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