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From our holiday in Malta last autumn, showing the Noonday gun being fired at midday from the Saluting Battery in Valletta. V2 is the next frame.

"The battery forms part of the city's old fortifications the building of which started in 1566 just one year after the Great Siege. It occupies one of the most strategic positions in the Grand Harbour only shared in importance by Fort St. Angelo which is right opposite to it, across the harbour. Together, these two positions could close the harbour to enemy intruders with their murderous cannon fire.

Besides a defensive role, the battery also had a ceremonial role providing gun salutes on national and religious festivals and to honour visiting dignitaries and vessels to the island. News of important victories was also sounded from this establishment. Similarly, its guns would mark the Sovereignís birthday and that of the consort and the birth of new members of the royal family.

Another important, albeit mundane, role was that of marking the passage of time at sunrise, mid-day and sunset. This in an age when few had access to personal time-pieces. In olden days the first and last cannon shot signalled the opening and closure of the city gates. In the later half of the 19th century the mid-day round served as an official time signal by which mariners in harbour would regulate their ship's chronographs."

Settings: F/18 AV 1/125sec EC -0.67 ISO100 handheld @ 35mm

Many thanks for your response to my Downy Woodpecker upload. Very much appreciated as always Smile

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 24-105mm F4L IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Firing of the Noonday Canon
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:13 Feb 2010 - 12:13 AM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Sports / action
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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 12:19 AM

Excellent timing and two grand images well composed and captured Colin

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 12:22 AM

What superb timing, two fantastic captures and a wonderful write-up.
Bob

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 12:22 AM

Excellent well timed shot. I love Valetta, such a beautiful city.
Steve.

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andy210966
13 Feb 2010 - 12:36 AM

Really excellent timing Sylvia! Some really bang on processing going on here too! Well done!

Andy

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gary_d
gary_d  6556 forum posts Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 1:07 AM

These are brilliant absolutely brilliant. - gary

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 3:31 AM

Two amazing captures. Very cool when clicking back and forth....Sandy

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 6:11 AM

Superb timing, Sylvia, very well captured. Carol

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 727 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 8:14 AM

Great images Sylvia.. fab timing

Jon

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 8:37 AM

Nicely timed and exposed Sylvia with not a person in sight to ruin the shot.
Thank God though we had Spitfires and Hurricanes on the Island to defend it in WWII, somehow I dont think the Maltese would have repelled Adolf with these...lol
Actually this could be an old shot and the guy with the Pith Helmet is really Ron, on active service.....lol
Richard

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 8:39 AM

Nicely timed shots Sylvia and a good pov - one of my favourite destinations - like Richards quip about the person in the pith helmet

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8293 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 9:05 AM

WOW I really like this one

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mikesmith
mikesmith e2 Member 1045 forum postsmikesmith vcard United Kingdom35 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 9:10 AM

Already been said....great timing
Mike

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 10:49 AM

Absolutly superb shot
love it
Lillian

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 11:58 AM

[Actually this could be an old shot and the guy with the Pith Helmet is really Ron, on active service.....lol
Richard
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Well at least I got out there and got my knees brown Richard !!!
Fine shot Sylvia-- brings back memories of very happy years spent on that island.
Ron

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 5:50 PM

I went there for a weeks Cadet Camp once, had to wear long trousers though.......hahaha
I've never been anywhere hot, I always get the cold/wet places...sob sob

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Gezina
Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 10:04 PM

Very impressed with the timing in this shot Sylvia - simply superb - - stunning captures - Ina

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tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2010 - 10:13 PM

Timing absolutely superb Sylvia with #1 in particular - can't imagine how you reacted that fast but works so well being able to see the front of the flare. (but could do with a touch of levelling)
And great fun flicking between the two Smile
Tim

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2010 - 2:21 PM

2 great shots, Sylvia, catching the action of the firing so perfectly.
Ronnie.

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Pegon
Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2010 - 4:33 PM

Two superb captures.
Pete.

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helenlinda
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14 Feb 2010 - 10:34 PM

Brilliant timing !!!
Helen

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2010 - 10:57 PM

Two beautiful captures. Although V1 is the moment of the firing, I tend to like V2 with all the smoke more. Both images are good work, clear and sharp and well focused,
Johanna

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photophantom
14 Feb 2010 - 11:11 PM

excellent work Sylvia
Dennis

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KBan
KBan  9457 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2010 - 8:07 AM

brilliant
keith

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Gray_ina
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16 Feb 2010 - 7:57 PM

Cracking shot - no pun intended - great timing - really like it Graham

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17 Feb 2010 - 12:28 PM

A great shot Sylvia and something different from your normal uploads, lovely detail here and dof spot on producing a fab clear shot,
Geoff.

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WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2010 - 1:38 PM

Fabulous image Sylvia and a great comp !! V1 for me and a cracking DOF...

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17 Feb 2010 - 8:12 PM

Very well captured sylvia, excellent DOF giving super detail throughout, lovely colour, V1 for me, visited this beautiful island a couple of times many, many years ago during my service days.
David

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Alec1
Alec1  6 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2010 - 10:48 AM

Super well timed capture Sylvia with a good dof.
Alec

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DRicherby
DRicherby  6269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2010 - 3:01 PM

Super timing, though it's a shame there's something of a lean to the left. Still, I guess you had to set up quickly. Smile

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