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Santa Maria

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Santa Maria
Santa Maria
Today the 15th. of August we celebrate the feast of Santa Maria. We have large festivities here due to Malta being a very religous island. It also happens that during WWII Malta was in desperate need of food and supplies and a very important convoy arrived on this day in 1942 which literally saved the population from starvation. So this feast is celebrated to the full with lots and lots of fireworks all over the island.
This photo was taken yesterday night. I used a 17-40 canon lens and zoomed in during the 5 second exposure. I took over 300 photos in 2 hours and this is just one of them!!! Hope you like it.

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Laurence Saliba
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    Those interested in reading more about the convoy that saved our tiny island can visit this link
http://louishenwood.com/ohio.html


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8/15/2005 2:38:58 AM

 
Paul Michko
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Fantastic image, Laurence. Happy feast of Santa Maria to you. :)


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8/15/2005 2:45:59 AM

 
Donald K. Cherry
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Beautiful fireworks image, Laurance!!


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8/15/2005 2:47:00 AM

 
Joy Rector
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great job.


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8/15/2005 3:56:02 AM

 
Cathy Gregor
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Very nice capture, Laurence!
Happy Santa Maria Day!


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8/15/2005 4:05:01 AM

 
Cindy Paquette
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Beautiful display Laurence..happy holiday!


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8/15/2005 4:09:39 AM

 
Tammy Scott
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VERY cool image, Laurence!!! Wondeful fireworks capture!


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8/15/2005 4:14:42 AM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Seems Malta has a lot of celebrations on the same day that Belgium has, Laurence. It's St. Mary here today too, so we have a day of, no fireworks here though!
Wonderful capture of beautiful fireworks!!


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8/15/2005 4:17:39 AM

 
Pamela Shane
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Wonderful capture of colors of this special celebration! ~Pam~


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8/15/2005 4:18:42 AM

 
Laurence Saliba
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Thanks so much Paul, Donald, Joy, Cathy, Cindy, Tammy, Jenny and Pamela!!!!


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8/15/2005 4:33:37 AM

 
kerby lee pfrangle
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Laurence wonderful firework capture.

FIRE IN THE SKY with four bursts of light. Love it.

Kerby


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8/15/2005 5:18:29 AM

 
Kate Jackson
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Grand zooming job Laurence. Looks like a great show and I love this image!


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8/15/2005 5:51:02 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Grand firework capture, Laurence!!!


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8/15/2005 6:16:18 AM

 
Carla Metzler
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Beautiful display Laurence!
Happy feast of Santa Maria!


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8/15/2005 6:35:14 AM

 
S  J
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Fantastic capture and superb composition, Laurence!!


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8/15/2005 6:45:47 AM

 
Shirley L. Carpenter
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Excellent Laurence!!


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8/15/2005 7:30:54 AM

 
Deb Holmes
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Wonderful capture, Laurence, and thanks for the info, very interesting!


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8/15/2005 8:08:04 AM

 
Luigi Di Serio
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Good story! I like the four spheres on this one


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8/15/2005 9:25:13 AM

 
Elisabeth A. Gay
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Wonderful display and history lesson Laurence!
Ann


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8/15/2005 10:01:17 AM

 
Anita N. Hogue
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Spectacular array of fireworks, Laurence! Fabulous capture!


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8/15/2005 10:05:52 AM

 
Kirsi Bertolini
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Great fireworks display. I also loved reading about the history and the celebration, did you know today is also Indias Indepence Day? (I learned from this site earlier today!) So I hope you'll have a great fiest today Laurence!


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8/15/2005 10:25:09 AM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Wonderful capture, Laurence!!


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8/15/2005 10:26:44 AM

 
Cathy Stancil
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I think Malta has the most fireworks than anywhere else in the world !!! Gorgeous fireworks too ! Excellent long expo. shot Laurence, beautiful image and story. Have a wonderful day my friend !


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8/15/2005 10:41:20 AM

 
Jill Flynn
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Spectacular shot and exposure Laurence - WOW! And thanks for sharing the story about the feast of Santa Maria. Sounds like an amazing and wonderful celebration!!


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8/15/2005 10:46:20 AM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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love your story. you sure live in a beautiful place. Such diversity! wow. LOVE this image! can't wait to see more of 'em!


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8/15/2005 10:50:31 AM

 
Nina Shields
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Happy Holiday! Apparently there are many being celebrated around the globe today and your shot is a beautiful tribute to all of them; great job!


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8/15/2005 11:43:09 AM

 
Candice C. Calhoun
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Incredible photo of a beautiful and meaningful celebration. Thanks SO much for sharing it with us! Happiest of holidays.

ccc


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8/15/2005 11:49:10 AM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Wonderful exposure on this firework shot, Laurence! Looks like flowers! Happy Holiday!


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8/15/2005 11:52:09 AM

 
Ermanno Radice
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Fantastic capture, wonderful image, Laurence!!


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8/15/2005 12:12:05 PM

 
William C. Raco
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Excellent photo and narrative, Laurence.
Happy holiday!

bill


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8/15/2005 12:36:04 PM

 
Paul E. Earl
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Fantastic image Laurence!! I love fireworks and I really like your capture here. I feel as if I am there!!


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8/15/2005 2:20:44 PM

 
Sandy Landon
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Wonderful capture of these firework!! Have a great holiday!!


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8/15/2005 2:24:32 PM

 
Karen Bacon
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A beautiful evening exposure!Sounds like quite a celebration!


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8/15/2005 2:30:58 PM

 
Dan J. Holm
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BEAUTIFUL night capture ful of color, fun and the spitit of celebration, Laurence!!!! Excellent shot!


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8/15/2005 2:37:18 PM

 
Vicki Hunt
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What a beautiful scene! You captured it magnificently!


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8/15/2005 2:38:21 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Amazing beautiful capture Laurence !
i'm trying to use the same procedure on the next thunderstorm ..but since I waiting for a storm at night there are none :)
Happy Santa Maria :)


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8/15/2005 2:41:29 PM

 
Michelle R. Kovach
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Beautiful Laurence! Enjoy your holiday!


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8/15/2005 3:04:52 PM

 
Jamil Saliba
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We celebrate the feast of santa maria too but this year it came to sad to our town shfaram because of the terror attack , any way it is very nice celebrating photo


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8/15/2005 3:08:54 PM

 
Mata Patan
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Excellent photo!
I also took many fireworks photo today, in Siracusa, we also celebrate Santa Maria's feast on the 15th Aug.!!


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8/15/2005 3:52:36 PM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Wonderful celebratory image Laurence! Thanks for the history lesson as well! Cheers!


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8/15/2005 4:59:06 PM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Love this....I reallllly like the entire display!


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8/15/2005 6:30:07 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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Gorgeous fireworks image, Laurence!!! I think hand holding for fireworks produces much more interesting results than having the camera on a tripod! Great job!


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8/15/2005 7:27:50 PM

 
Brian Cassar
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Wonderful Laurence. You've captured a brilliant shape and coulour.


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8/16/2005 2:30:27 AM

 
Goshka G.
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Anothet terrific capture, Laurence!! Sounds like it was a lot of fun!!


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8/16/2005 12:12:25 PM

 
Jill Flynn
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Way to go again Laurence. Congratulations!


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9/23/2005 10:34:03 PM

 
Mata Patan
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Congratulations Lor!


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9/23/2005 11:54:09 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Laurence!


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9/23/2005 11:58:14 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Wonderful ! Congratulations Laurence !!


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9/24/2005 12:11:10 AM

 
Mary Timman
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Great finalist! Congrats!


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9/24/2005 4:18:09 AM

 
Walter Graziano
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Congratulations Laurence !!


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9/24/2005 4:55:13 AM

 
Tom Andersen
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Congratulations on another fantastic finalist my friend!


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9/24/2005 5:31:45 AM

 
KHAWLA Haddad
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Congratulations on all your wonderful finalists Laurence best of luck in the next round!!!!!


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9/24/2005 7:09:14 AM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Congratulations, Laurence, on this wonderful finalist! Good luck!


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9/24/2005 7:41:39 AM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Congrats again Laurence!


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9/24/2005 9:05:36 AM

 
Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas
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CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN LAURENCE!,
AMALIA


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9/24/2005 9:50:24 AM

 
Sergio La Spina
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Congratulation!!!!!!


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9/24/2005 10:20:09 AM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Congratulations on another super finalist, Laurence!!


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9/24/2005 10:30:50 AM

 
Lori Carlson
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Now the celebration goes on! Congratulations Laurence friend!! :0)


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9/24/2005 10:43:20 AM

 
Sandy Landon
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Congrats!!!!


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9/24/2005 10:46:29 AM

 
Deb Holmes
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Congratulations on this beautiful finalist Laurence, way to go!


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9/24/2005 12:24:36 PM

 
Cindy Paquette
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WhooHoo Laurence! Congratulations!


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9/24/2005 4:55:47 PM

 
Noel Baebler
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Huzzah, Laurence!


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9/24/2005 5:39:45 PM

 
Laurence Saliba
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Thanks all of you for the comments and congrats!!!!!


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9/24/2005 10:45:09 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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CONGRATULATIONS on this burst of colors Finalist, Laurence, and good luck in the next round!!
Much Aloha,
Stan


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9/25/2005 1:47:39 PM

 
Leonard Pierce
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Congratulations Laurence!!! Beautiful image!!


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9/25/2005 9:30:44 PM

 
Dan J. Holm
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Congratulatins, Laurence!!!


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9/26/2005 3:47:19 PM

 
Nemil B. Chabebe
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This is a great picture, beautiful, the hardwork paid off. Your gallery is amazing, this is the 1st time I visit and I have seen a lot of passion on your photos.


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11/25/2005 5:54:20 PM

 
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