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Firing of the Noonday Canon

By teocali
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

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colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
13 Feb 2010 12:19AM
Excellent timing and two grand images well composed and captured Colin

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Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
13 Feb 2010 12:22AM
What superb timing, two fantastic captures and a wonderful write-up.
13 Feb 2010 12:22AM
Excellent well timed shot. I love Valetta, such a beautiful city.
andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
13 Feb 2010 12:36AM
Really excellent timing Sylvia! Some really bang on processing going on here too! Well done!

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
13 Feb 2010 1:07AM
These are brilliant absolutely brilliant. - gary
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
13 Feb 2010 3:31AM
Two amazing captures. Very cool when clicking back and forth....Sandy
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
13 Feb 2010 6:11AM
Superb timing, Sylvia, very well captured. Carol
13 Feb 2010 8:14AM
Great images Sylvia.. fab timing

Shroomer 11 14 167 England
13 Feb 2010 8:37AM
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
Actually this could be an old shot and the guy with the Pith Helmet is really Ron, on active
Ray42 10 3 England
13 Feb 2010 8:39AM
Nicely timed shots Sylvia and a good pov - one of my favourite destinations - like Richards quip about the person in the pith helmet
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2010 9:05AM
WOW I really like this one
ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2010 9:10AM
Already been said....great timing
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2010 10:49AM
Absolutly superb shot
love it
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
13 Feb 2010 11:58AM
[Actually this could be an old shot and the guy with the Pith Helmet is really Ron, on active

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.
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
13 Feb 2010 5:50PM
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
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2010 10:04PM
Very impressed with the timing in this shot Sylvia - simply superb - - stunning captures - Ina
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2010 10:13PM
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
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
14 Feb 2010 2:21PM
2 great shots, Sylvia, catching the action of the firing so perfectly.
Pegon 12 78 1 England
14 Feb 2010 4:33PM
Two superb captures.
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2010 10:34PM
Brilliant timing !!!
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2010 10:57PM
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,
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
14 Feb 2010 11:11PM
excellent work Sylvia
KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2010 8:07AM
16 Feb 2010 7:57PM
Cracking shot - no pun intended - great timing - really like it Graham
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
17 Feb 2010 12:28PM
A great shot Sylvia and something different from your normal uploads, lovely detail here and dof spot on producing a fab clear shot,
17 Feb 2010 1:38PM
Fabulous image Sylvia and a great comp !! V1 for me and a cracking DOF...
17 Feb 2010 8:12PM
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.
Alec1 10 4 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2010 10:48AM
Super well timed capture Sylvia with a good dof.
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2010 3:01PM
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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