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The Splendour of our Home Galaxy from Dwejra

Joseph/ July 19, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 1 comments

The Milky Way arches majestically above the cliffs and Fungus Rock of Dwejra, in Gozo.  Dwejra, which is a dark sky heritage area,  is the best site on the Maltese islands from where to observe our home galaxy.  Light pollution is a problem afflicting the vast majority of the islands, with only a few places left from where to enjoy

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Nature giveth, nature taketh away.

Joseph/ March 8, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

The number of posts on social media related to the collapse of the Azure Window, or ‘Tieqa tad-Dwejra’ as it is known in Maltese, reached uncountable levels soon after the incident. Pictures of ‘the arch that had been’ flooded news portals, Facebook, and everything else in between. It is understandable, of course. This was a spectacular and iconic natural landmark

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Ghawdex (Gozo)

Joseph/ February 26, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

So here goes my first aerial video feature showcasing some of my favourite sites in Gozo. This was entirely shot using a DJI Mavic Pro over the past couple of months. Enjoy, folks!

Diving Gozo

Joseph/ April 28, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Here is a short video feature assembled from footage acquired over a total of 9 dives in April 2015, shot in the crystal clear waters of the island of Gozo.   Dive sites featured in the clip include the Blue Hole, Inland Sea, Wied l-Ghasri, Mgarr ix-Xini and Cathedral Cave. Topside footage was acquired with a Nikon D800, whereas a GoPro

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A bite of the sun

Joseph/ March 20, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Here’s a sequence of images of today’s solar eclipse, as viewed from Potsdam, Germany.  I hope you all had a safe peek at the sun!

Encounter with a Seahorse

Joseph/ December 26, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

This picture was taken last Monday during a dive at Il-Kantra, Gozo – and shows Brian Azzopardi from Atlantis Diving Centre photographing a seahorse that we encountered during our dive.

Catching up

Joseph/ November 21, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Alas, I have been away from my blog for way longer than I should have.  There’s a lot of catching up to do.  So I will be uploading (in separate posts) some pictures I took over the past few weeks.  Here goes the first one, which shows fading light on an Autumn evening.

This is it

Joseph/ August 29, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

This is it.  This is the view we would be able to enjoy if we installed properly designed lighting on our roads and limited the spread of light pollution.

August Supermoon

Joseph/ August 11, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

In keeping with my earlier resolution that I will update this blog regularly, here goes another post.  This time, the picture is of the “supermoon” from yesterday evening.  Enjoy!

A post back from home

Joseph/ August 11, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

So dear blog followers, it’s been no less than three whole months since my last update here – and admittedly,  I do feel quite bad about this.  It was a period packed with activity, from shooting weddings to hiking in the Alps and seeing my work published in National Geographic.  Also, MUSE (which is this really cool camera/spectrograph I’m working on at

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The making of an image: some tips & tricks

Joseph/ April 28, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Many of you were interested in my last post, particularly with regards to the process that led to the resulting image. Given the curiosity and the fact that it’s been a while since the last time I shared a few thoughts about the process that goes into creating an image, I thought I’d take some time to write a post

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The ever interesting Dwejra

Joseph/ April 26, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I arrived on site a bit too early for this one, a couple of hours too early, in fact. But I think the wait was well worth it. I then waited for a couple more hours after snapping this picture to see what sunset would be like, but thick clouds on the horizon ensured a very dull sunset at best.

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Gozo

Joseph/ April 20, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Currently back home in Gozo for a break – I realize now how much I had missed the sun and the sea!

Sunday afternoon in Prenzlauerberg

Joseph/ March 2, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

As I mentioned in my previous post, lately I have returned to shooting street photography with the trusty 50mm f/1.4 lens. For a long time, I went about using three other lenses, often referred to as the ‘holy trinity’ of f/2.8 lenses. I’m talking about the Nikkor 14-24mm wide angle lens, the 24-70mm mid-zoom, and the 70-200mm telephoto. The wide-angle

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3 Years!

Joseph/ January 27, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 1 comments

Today marks precisely three years since my very first blog post. As with so many things in life, starting this blog was a spur of the moment thing. I thought it might be a good idea to share pictures on a semi-regular basis and to give a short account of the story behind them. Today I couldn’t be happier that

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Lens on Gozo – a second instalment

Joseph/ January 7, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Here goes the second short video featuring the island of Gozo located in the centre of the Mediterranean. This was shot with the Nikon D800 and 14-24mm f/2.8G lens, 3LT Eddie tripod and Glidecam HD-4000. Enjoy!

Wild Sky

Joseph/ October 6, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

The great thing about the sky is that it’s always changing and no two sky photos ever look the same. I have admitted before that I have a fascination with clouds. For as long as I can remember, I’ve looked up to enjoy ever-changing cloud formations, which unfailingly remind me of the dynamic beauty our planet has to offer.

Stockholm

Joseph/ September 18, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

So last week I was in Stockholm for an astrophysics workshop titled “Lyman-alpha as an astrophysical tool“. I took plenty of pictures both during the meeting and in our free time. I still need to go through the whole set, but here goes just one of the pictures for the time being.

Iceland: A portrait

Joseph/ August 19, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I have recently been on a camping trip to Iceland, where (needless to say) I took hundreds of pictures. I have compiled a few of my favourite ones so far (as I’m still going through the pictures I snapped) into a short video-presentation which you can view here. Make sure you choose the 1080p resolution setting and enter full-screen mode.

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Pattern on the Wall

Joseph/ June 17, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I like to get somewhat geometric shots when the opportunity presents itself. This row of doors was quite striking, and the cyclist passing by seemed to have noticed them too. Speaking of cycling, I wonder how many of you have realized by now that I do quite like photographing bicycles. For a collection of photos featuring bicycles, be they the

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MUSE Meeting in Aussois

Joseph/ June 10, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Last week I was at a meeting in Aussois about an upcoming spectrograph for the VLT called MUSE (which stands for Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer). Members of the consortium met to share the latest developments and update each other on various aspects of the instrument. It was my first time in Aussois, an incredibly beautiful small town in the Rhône-Alpes

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Reflections at Sunset

Joseph/ May 9, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

A picture taken at sunset showing three of the main buildings at Potsdamer Platz as they catch scattered light from the last rays of the setting sun. This one involved quite some pacing around until the window panes appeared sparkling.

Uphill

Joseph/ May 5, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 1 comments

It’s been a while since I posted a somewhat graphical or semi-geometric photo to this blog, so here goes one. This was taken this afternoon while strolling around Berlin with a friend. Both of us were looking for picture opportunities. The first thing that captured my attention was the architectural detail in the background, which, by the way, really is

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The Cyclist

Joseph/ April 15, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

The return of nice weather marks my return to street photography – in one of the best places for street photography you could hope for, at that: Berlin! I waited between half an hour and 45 minutes to capture this one, in the process prompting many to doubt my sanity, I’m sure. At least, from the confused expression on their

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Spring comes to Berlin – and about time it did too!

Joseph/ April 13, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

So at long last, the below-zero temperatures have subsided, all the snow has melted, the sun has reappeared and everyone is much happier. Not kidding! I’m suddenly seeing so many smiles around. So either nobody was smiling during Winter, or it was simply too dark to notice. Anyway, whatever. What matters is that the sun is back and Berlin has

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Lens on Gozo

Joseph/ March 28, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 1 comments

For some unexplainable reason, I had never gotten around posting on this blog my first venture into filming. So here it goes, a couple of months delayed! This was a rough edit of some experimental footage using the Nikon D800e + Glidecam combo. A new project is currently in the making. For the time being, enjoy this one! Oh, and

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The Sun returns to Berlin

Joseph/ March 2, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

For the first time in weeks, months even – the sun has returned to Berlin. It goes without saying that my spirits were lifted to the heights they used to occupy before the Wintry misery set in. (Each sentence I write drips with my love for Winter, doesn’t it?) Anyway, so this afternoon I went for the first proper photo-walk

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Magical

Joseph/ December 25, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

A visit home would not be complete if I didn’t stop by my favourite site on the planet: The Azure Window of Dwejra in Gozo. To me, this place is as close to magical as anything can get. Now, I am sure that many who look at this image will find it nearly too surreal to believe. There is warm

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Merry Christmas!

Joseph/ December 25, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Hello folks! It’s been a while since I posted something here. Currently I’m fairly busy happily hopping from one side of the island (of Gozo) to the other shooting a short film. (Yes, that’s right, I’m trying my hand at moving pictures). This photo is a still from tonight while I was getting some footage for the said film. It

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Let it Snow!

Joseph/ December 6, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Ok, so I might end up regretting that title in a few minutes when I go to catch the S-bahn to get home, but anyway – here’s a snapshot of the view outside the office late this afternoon as the sun was beginning to set. Have a good evening, folks!

Snow!

Joseph/ December 5, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

So here goes the first picture on this blog posted from my new home in Germany. I snapped this picture this cold morning upon arriving at work; most certainly can’t complain about the beautiful surroundings!

My Favourite View in Leiden

Joseph/ November 14, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Back from the Netherlands where I was attending the last ELIXIR network meeting. It was great to meet all the scientists in the network, the people who became such great friends over the last three years. Other than being an occasion to present the full results attained over the course of the network, it was a time for farewells as

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After the Storm

Joseph/ October 25, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

After a night of lightning and thunder came a splendid, sunny day. Here’s a picture I snapped in the afternoon of the view across the street.

A view of Home

Joseph/ October 15, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Here goes my best attempt yet at capturing the Milky Way Galaxy from home in Gozo, Malta. It’s an image that took a couple of hours to get right in camera, and many more were spent in painstaking post-processing to reveal all the subtle detail that lay hidden within the image. It is definitely one of the pictures I am

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My favourite place in the World

Joseph/ October 14, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 1 comments

Here goes a picture which shows the location from where I took my previous picture of the Milky Way. This is, quite possibly, my favourite site in the world. For as long as I’m alive I will keep returning to photograph this magical place. (Click here for more pictures I’ve taken at this place in the past.) Make sure you

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The Milky Way Sets over the Sea

Joseph/ October 13, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 4 comments

First proper astrophoto with the Nikon D800E. After a stormy day, the skies cleared – and I was waiting on the other side of the island… camera ready in hand (or rather, on a tripod)! The noise performance of the D800E’s sensor is just incredible. This was shot using my trusty Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens @ 14mm.

The “Last” Oxford Picture

Joseph/ October 5, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

How many experiences this place has brought to me! How many challenges, opportunities, hurdles, and fun. The last three years in Oxford have quite simply been some of the best of my life – and scribbling these few words conjure up the warmest of memories – and I haven’t even left yet! It is a strange place, Oxford. You arrive

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Oxford Rainbow

Joseph/ October 3, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

This afternoon a splendid rainbow appeared in the sky as the sun set in the West and shone through a break in the clouds whilst it was raining. Not only was it a fine rainbow, but a double one at that! (Hopefully I will find some time to upload more pictures showing the second order soon.) I could have missed

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Moon and Spires

Joseph/ September 29, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I was on my way back home when a friend of mine texted me to let me know that the moon looked particularly interesting this evening. And indeed, right behind me the moon was peeping from behind some splendid Altocumulus floccus clouds. I spent the next half an hour or so waiting for cars to pass by so that I

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Telephone Box

Joseph/ September 18, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

That is no ordinary telephone box. I’m telling you, that’s a teleportation device. You pick the handset, speak the desired destination, and that’s it. As simple as that!

Sinking Rays

Joseph/ September 10, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

A picture from a while back which I’ve just realized I hadn’t uploaded. This one was taken in Port Meadow at sunset.

Sunset over St Aldates

Joseph/ September 9, 2012/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

This picture was made from the Christ Church study room, during a break from thesis writing. The sun emerged for a while from behind the clouds and the street and its buildings briefly assumed a surreal character, one which I thought would lend itself quite nicely to a high-dynamic-range (HDR) image. Five frames (two bracketed either side of the average

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