Wednesday, February 27, 2013

1st in the Series ''Life on the Rock''

Below is the first of a series of ''movies'' I am planning to make called ''Life on the Rock''. This one is centred around the two main water sports I like to photograph - hence the sub title ''The Wet Side''. Having done this I now realise that there are quite alot of other areas of 'the wet side' I would like to film, so there will  be more parts in the future to this section of the wonderful life one can live on this small Archipelego.

''Music is my First Love'' by John Miles is one of my all time favourites and treated the editing as a bit of a choreography.

The editing - well I cannot say I'm totally happy with it cos I am not, but it is the best I have done so far. I have used footage and photos which I have gathered over the past few years and during that time cameras have changed, been updated and improved etc so there is a distinct difference in quality in various clips. The clips with effects are the ones I have tried to salvage. The timings are out in some places and have been unable to correct them since the frames have been freezing over and over again. I think that is to do with having to edit footage etc from different cameras so the settings are never the same on the editing programme. Any advice on this from any comp geeks out there would be gratefully received.

Comments are always very welcome - good or bad - I can take the criticism! Infact I look forward to it as right now my focus is to improve both my photography and editing skills. Good instructional website links would also be gratefully received.

Life on the Rock - ''The Wet Side'' from Bunty Cachia on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Elanguest English Language School

The beautiful 'arte nouveau' building at Balluta








Pics by Stephanie Spicer for Elanguest English Language School

When I landed a job at an ENGLISH SCHOOL IN MALTA, I knew very little about this island. I knew it was mentioned in the Bible. My sister had worked on a ship registered out of Valletta. I had once done some vague research for a story I was going to write, partially set here. But I really had no idea what the place was like.  

I was in for a pleasant surprise. In fact, many pleasant surprises—I find that no matter how long people live here, they are always discovering something new. 

The Heat and the Sea and the Clouds
I came here in July. It was hot. There was not a cloud in the sky all summer. The sea was clean and clear and comforting. It was also very quiet. When the season began to turn, the festa fireworks were replaced by a far more glorious natural festival: the sea rose, and the sky was filled with the most magnificent sky castles I have ever seen. I have never gotten tired of looking at them.   

The History
Malta can be a bit puzzling for those who don’t know her history. With just two weeks’ notice before my arrival, I didn’t have time to study, and have gradually learned here and there what is an incredible, ancient, and heroic story. Valletta alone holds so much to discover. Within her mighty fortresses lies an epic of impossible victory won, and a gleaming white city built to guard against future despots, and succeeding even in the age of military aircraft. 

The People
I was hesitant to move to Europe for one reason: anti-American sentiment. I was so pleasantly surprised to be met with kindness and friendliness when people asked where I came from. Maltese people are truly kind to foreigners. If you ask for help, they will go out of their way for you, and do far more than you asked.  

The Middle East / Europe Connection
Malta’s proximity to North Africa and position in the crisscross of Mediterranean trade routes has given it a unique flavor somewhere between east and west. I had been to Europe before, but was surprised to find that Malta actually reminded me more of Mexico, in climate, colonial influence, and culture. There is also a distinct island culture here: relaxed and “small-town.” I love to walk along the street and say hello to people I know. 

Some people will tell you that there is no countryside in Malta. Someone told me before I came here that there were no trees here! These allegations are simply not true. There is so much lovely countryside to see and explore here on the main island, but my breath was taken away when I saw Gozo. To rest your eyes on green when they are tired from the dust of summer, to hear birds singing in the cypress, fig, and olive trees, and to gaze out on sea and sky far from city lights, Gozo is the place to be. 

Stephanie Spicer is from the United States and came to live in Malta in 2012. She works at Elanguest English Language School in St Julians, Malta -

Monday, February 18, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Some More Editing

Experimenting again with some editing of old shots of mine.

Click on pics to enlarge and watch slide show.

Towards sunset at Torri

John - Torri

Godfrey - Torri

Manwel - Mellieha

Tommy - Torri

John - Ghallis

Chris - Ghallis

Chris - Ghallis

Jamie - Ghallis

Dana - Ghallis

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Few Pics

Just fiddling around with editing and camera settings.
Am a bit confused at the moment with my camera!!!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Views from the Upper Barrakka Gardens - Valletta, Malta

Yesterday morning I had to pop into Valletta. So took the opportunity and made sure my camera came with me and made a quick visit to the Upper Barrakka Gardens. The view over the Grand Harbour from there must be one of the most unique harbour views in the world. No matter how many times I have been there, in all the 51 years of  my life, I come away thinking how lucky I am to live in a country seeped in so much history and culture.

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Looking out towards the breakwater of the harbour entrance

Fort St. Angelo with the Grand Harbour Marina on the right and Kalkara creek on the left

Looking out towards the dockyards over the Saluting Battery. There is still a NOON DAY GUN let off every day at the site above.

One of the impressive super yachts going out of the harbour. 

Tranquil surroundings of the gardens

The pretty 'Gabbana' open for drinks and snacks

Close by the Upper Barrakka Gardens is Auberge de Castille above. This is the office of the Prime Minister and one of the most beautiful buildings in Malta. The facade is presently being renovated - most of it is now ready.

Auberge de Castille, Valletta

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Friday, February 01, 2013

January 2013 Windiest January Since1990

According to the Met Office here in Malta, January was the windiest since 1990. Well I can vouch for that - so far we have had a great windsurfing season.........just hope it carries on this way for the next few months. Not that the rest of the population in Malta will agree with me there!!

The above chart was taken off The Times of Malta.


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