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Malta Series #3: Comino

Comino is a small island, located between the two main islands of the Republic of Malta: Malta and Gozo. If you’re looking for a great place to dive, swim or just see some amazing and breathtaking panorama, Comino can offer all these in a single place.

Photo by yopanic

Comino is the third inhabited island of the Republic of Malta’s archipelago, but it has a very small population; there is an exclusive hotel, for people who want some more privacy and a very quiet place to spend their time. Excluding people hosted in the hotel and hotel’s employees, the whole population is made up by only 4 people; a policeman and a priest are shuttled there from Gozo, if necessary.

There are many dive centers, which offer a large variety of activities, leaving daily from Malta and Gozo: they will carry you to the island of Comino and show you some great places; Comino is one of the most important sites for divers, snorkelers, and swimmers.

The most important and amazing place of Comino is the Blue Lagoon: it’s a very little bay, famous for the transparent and cyan waters between Comino and the adjacent islet of Cominotto. There are a lot of picturesque sandy bays, with a very rich marine life; for this reason, if you have an underwater equipment or an LC-A crab, I suggest you to try to catch some rare fish species.

The most interesting thing about planning a boat trip to visit Comino and its wonders is the boat trip itself; I know that this is just a personal opinion, but I like to see panoramas from the boat, because it’s a completely different point of view of the seaside (and obviously the sea helps you to have some better results).

Light conditions in this kind of places; when you have a lot of reflective surfaces (sea water) or when it’s a bright sunny summer day; may cause some overexposed pics; this problem is mostly evident when you use a slide film. In order to prevent these white areas, in which no details are impressed on film, you should set a higher ISO setting or (if you have manual settings):

  • Set a higher shutter speed: the shutter will stay open for a smaller amount of time.
  • Set a smaller aperture setting: a smaller amount of light will impress film.
    One of these two effects of your camera settings will improve your final result, because the amount of ambient light is huge because of the reflective areas on the ground (sand, water, rocks).

Outro/Footer: Alessandro Panelli (aka yo.panic or .panic) is a Medicine and Surgery student, a photographer and a writer from Padova (Italy, near Venice). Read more about Alessandro’s work and life “here”:http://alessandropanelli.tumblr.com or add him on Facebook or Google+.

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