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A photography holiday in Gozo

Graham Hughes

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Photography has always been a hobby for me and I've even got a really good camera at home. Unfortunately, how it is in real life, you sometimes do not have enough time to learn how to use it properly. I mean, there are so many settings you can choose from and you also need to check the lighting conditions and who knows what else... So when I heard about this trip you can imagine that I was the first person to join in.

It is a brilliant way to combine a nice holiday and learn something about photography and how to use a camera.

But I don't want you to think that this trip is only something for beginners - just because I was one. In my group, there were also people with a lot of experience! And it was not a problem at all! Pete, the award-winning photographer, was willing to help everyone. So it really doesn't matter how experienced you are. He helps the beginners to use their camera properly but has also a lot of tips for those with more experience. He always tries to find the best location to suit everyone, so at the end of the day, all of us took some amazing pictures.

Pete showed me some tricks and helped me to get away from the auto and program modes and how to take the full control of my photography. It wasn't always easy, as there is a lot to think about, but Pete was very patient and explained everything step by step. He answered all of my questions even though I had thousands of them.

We didn't have a set itinerary as every day was planned with Pete and the whole group to our preferences. As it was only a small group of five people everyone got so see what they wanted. Pete did listen to our wishes and so we could start our little adventure.

I am definitely not an early bird but it was really worth it to get up early. It felt like the middle of the night for me when we set off. But when the sun started to rise over the harbour and the boats, creating the most beautiful atmosphere, I could not stop myself and took one of my favourite pictures using all the tips given by Pete. We then went to the Qala Point, the easternmost point of Gozo. As it lies near some spectacular coastline and offers stunning views of Comino and Malta it was a perfect spot for us. The coastline here also has some examples of one of the Knights most bizarre weapons, the 'fougasse' - a primitive mortar fired from a rock-cut shaft. That was really impressive as well. After lunch, we had a nice walk and enjoyed the beautiful landscape and stopped from time to time to take more pictures or to listen to Pete's stories.

I learned a lot this week. I see everything in another perspective now and can also be more creative. Now, that I have improved my knowledge I can start wandering around the city and surroundings trying to get the best pictures and try out all the settings.

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