Focus by Nigel Spiteri

Shot using iPhone 8 plus - HD

In life, whatever we do, or plan to do has a destination, failure, the norm/expected outcome or a successful impact, a legacy.

As human beings, we dream a lot of doing things, projects, wishes and much more. This is naturally very common, however what differs from one person to another is what to do when you wake up from the dream. Do you want to continue living the experience, or do you want to accept that it was just a dream and its over....gone...maybe forever? Let's be honest, at times we dream big, and such wishes, projects will never materialise. However, it is only this way, to dream big, that you can pursue your ambitions and to put into practice those little, or massive projects you have ever dreamt of. A subsequent stage will be focus, cultivating the dream, putting all bits and pieces together, fragmenting the timeline into a manageable manner, and setting the goal in a realistic but monitored timeframe. 

Today, together with my cousin we went for our usual morning shoot. The mood of the sky was not in sync with what I had in mind, in fact I was a bit distracted and nervous, holding my camera trying to find a good composition for my shot. I tried hard, without success. Feeling switched-off, I decided to try a composition, and without the usual enthusiasm, I pressed the shutter button. Whilst waiting for my three minutes exposure, and accepting the fact that the circumstances were not as I wished for, I decided to look around and focus on other potential opportunities. 

On my right, just few meters away I observed a particular movement of the sea waves, hitting and covering the rocks in a spectacular manner. I immediately packed my gear and moved to this new spot, from there it was the usual ritual, compose, camera settings, and bingo, the shot was so easy to take. 

Today I reiterated my thoughts, that whenever you are focused, away from distractions, having goals set and fully determined, results will come, and dreams will come into reality!

 

NS

Embrace by Nigel Spiteri

Shot using iphone 8 - Person in image, Keith Ellul www.keithellul.com

Shot using iphone 8 - Person in image, Keith Ellul www.keithellul.com

Woke up this morning at 5am, I was tired, have tried to find an excuse not to get out of bed; finally I decided to move on, prepared my gear and left home for another try to capture the magical moment.

Together with my cousin & friends, we headed to Mistra with the intention of going down to Selmun, opposite St. Paul's Island. On our way driving to location, we looked at the sky and it was still pitch dark, however we noticed a massive amount of clouds which indicated that it is going to be a promising morning.

Arrived on location around 6.15am, we trekked for 25mins to go down to Selmun, we had enough time to scout and find a composition. Everyone had high-hopes and we felt that this is going to be one of the most promising mornings we have ever experienced. After a few minutes scouting, we have set our tripods and cameras, and waited for the magic to begin. Few minutes before sunrise, the sky was blue accompanied by grey clouds, giving that punch which makes the image effective.

I started to take my first test shots, composition was right, decided to go for a 2.5 seconds exposure to maintain movement in the sea waves and to have definition in the image. Just before sunrise, the sky over St. Paul's Island was turning in red, embracing the blue & grey. The magic started, the scene was phenomenal, I struggled to keep focused on taking the shot, was tempted to stop and observe that magical moment that it's hard to explain.

Sunrise shoot is always a great start to the day, however's today's experience was a memorable one which will treasure for long.

NS

Another weekend gone.... by Nigel Spiteri

IMG_5075.jpg

Photography season for landscape and seascape work has just started. I cannot complain much because recently I have produced some good work, however this weekend I cannot say that I am satisfied and fulfilled photography-wise.

On Saturday, together with my cousin Keith we went to 'Tal-Hamrija', further down from 'Hagar Qim' temples. This place is phenomenal, beautiful views, open surroundings and peaceful - away from the usual busy surroundings. To get to this place, you have to trek roughly 1.4Km.....

   

Although this place has a lot of photographic potential, I always struggle to find a good composition. Maybe it's because I am lost in enjoying this special place, admiring the calmness and peaceful atmosphere. Yes, my main objective is to go home with a good shot, but even if I don't, the fact that I visit these places, is already a good reason to wake up so early in the morning!

On Sunday, it was my second attempt to go and shoot. Unfortunately, this time it was a bit worse, because I left my gear in the car, purposely! We headed to 'Zonqor Point', although it was windy, which created a very angry and rough sea, clouds disappeared from the sky, making it uninteresting. Even this time, although camera was left cosy in the car, I really enjoyed watching the big waves coming in hitting the rocks, whilst I had a good chat with my cousin Keith and my friend Charles.

Another weekend gone, no images produced, but it was still worth waking up early in the morning for such great experiences.

NS

MY FIRST BLOG POST by Nigel Spiteri

first-blog-post.jpg

I've been dreaming of doing my blog for long, finally I've decided that my platform for this should be photography.

When I go shooting, usually on a public holiday or a weekend, I try to unwind from the daily clutter and look for peaceful moments and experiences which ultimately translate into an image. Producing a good shot is a joy, a bonus for the weekend, I return home filled with energy, happiness and motivation.

I do believe that sharing your work with the world is of an enormous importance, in fact I have decided to go live with this space. At times there will be instances where you regret showcasing your work, for many reasons, but I still believe that when you put everything in the balance, sharing your work is essential.

Nowadays, we live in a world where social media is not important, but close to inevitable! Such medium will definitely build a profile, an impression of your work to the world!

NS