Malta has large numbers of English-style pubs such as Tico Tico Bar on Strait Street, a reminder of its days as a major base for the British Royal Navy. The so-called British period lasted from 1800, after they helped expel Napoleon Bonaparte, until Independence in 1964 – although some British forces remained until 1979.
Malta – Photo Tip

Respect your gear, and use it to its full capacity

Photo by Jon Nicholson

Malta – Photo Tip Respect your gear, and use it to its full capacity

Malta has been close to our family since my father was based there in the 1950s as a Royal Navy doctor. Walking the streets is a joy, with wonderful people always happy and willing to have a chat.

Jon Nicholson
Jon Nicholson

I feel the holidaymakers leaving the huge cruise ships for a four-hour stop-over are really missing something. I carried one camera, a new Nikon D810 with a 50mm F1.4 lens. With its huge 36 mega pixels, it needs respect – not really a camera to rush around grabbing pictures with. One has to slow down and keep a steady hand to avoid the slightest camera shake.

After a long day, I stopped for a beer at this bar where I was fascinated by the waitress, running in and out with drinks. I asked if I could take her picture and she ended up telling me her grandfather was the strongest man in Malta. She looks reflective but the man gazing at her is what I like.

Shooting inside St. John’s, I had permission to set up a tripod but ended up taking this picture without it. Again, I asked this woman if she minded me taking a picture and she told me this chapel was her favorite spot. The co-cathedral is full of gold but these silver gates are an interesting contrast.

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St. John’s Co-Cathedral was built for the Knights of St. John in 1577, with a baroque interior added in the 17th century. These silver gates, a gift from two knights in 1752, were supposedly saved from Napoleon's looting of the cathedral by being painted black to look like iron. Photo by Jon Nicholson

Jon Nicholson

Jon Nicholson

Nikon D810

Aperture
ƒ/6.3
Exposure
1/2
ISO
400
Focal
16 mm

St. John’s Co-Cathedral was built for the Knights of St. John in 1577, with a baroque interior added in the 17th century. These silver gates, a gift from two knights in 1752, were supposedly saved from Napoleon's looting of the cathedral by being painted black to look like iron.

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