The Azure Window on Gozo, Malta
The Azure Window was a natural, limestone arch near Dwejra on the coast of the Maltese island Gozo. The Republic of Malta is not just one island, as some people might think, it is an archipelago. There are three inhabited islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The minor islands of the archipelago don’t have any permanent population. Malta is the main island, where the capital Valletta and most cities are located. Comino is inhabited only by a few people. Gozo, called in Maltese Għawdex, is the second largest island in the Maltese archipelago and this is where this beautiful arch was situated.
Due to erosion, the collapse of this beautiful natural landmark was just a question of time. In the early 2010s, it was estimated that this would happen within a few years, so I was in a bit of a hurry to photograph it while it still was an arch.
I flew to Malta in 2012 and the plan was to go to Gozo on one day and photograph the Azure Window at sunset. The sunset itself was underwhelming due to the haze caused by the very humid air. But this is the image that I got from there – and I am very happy that I have managed to capture the Azure Window while it still was an arch. The Azure Window collapsed during a storm on March 8th, 2017.
This is a remastered version of this image. I wasn’t happy with my original processing of this image that I had done several years ago. So, I decided to re-do this picture during my trial period of Aurora HDR and Luminar. This is an HDR blend of three exposures. I think Aurora and Luminar are quite interesting photo-editing programs. Even though I would not consider them as replacements for Lightroom or Photoshop, I would say you can achieve quite nice results with them.
LENS: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
EDITED IN: Adobe Lightroom / Adobe Photoshop / Aurora HDR / Luminar