Ceiling in the Palazzo Parisio

Ceiling painting in the Palazzo Parisio a palace in the village of Naxxar in Malta stockphoto by John RochaCaption:

Ceiling painting in the Palazzo Parisio a palace in the village of Naxxar in Malta.


The Palazzo Parisio is sometimes described as “a miniature Versailles”. It is a historic palace at the heart of the Maltese village of Naxxar. On 14th June 1798 Napoleon Bonaparte landed in Malta and stayed in the Palazzo for seven days on his way to Egypt. The Palazzo in its current form dates from 1898 when Marquis Giuseppe Scicluna purchased the property.
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Photo Comments:
😉 >>In my last few posts I’ve been emphasizing some of my personal photos.

Still, at the moment I’m just finishing a series of articles on taking super sharp photos.

As these are text only articles I’m going to take some of my photos which illustrate particular points in the the articles – my plan is to put the whole lot together in a revised form in an ebook.

So this photo illustrates a point made in “Make Your Photos Supersharp – Part 2.

For this photo I set my Canon 5D Mark 11 to 100 ISO, Aperture Priority, Mirror lockup, self-Timer and autofocus.

I then looked through the viewfinder to get an idea of a suitable focal length.

Then I placed the camera on its back on the floor and tried to line it up fairly square.

I pressed the shutter release and stepped out of the way.

This meant that, as the camera was on the floor,  it should eliminate camera shake.

Now this sort of shot needs a bit of cropping later which is why it’s good to have plenty of megapixels.

This picture includes a horizon and the classic approach is straighten this out.

However I preferred to keep the figure of Mercury upright and suggest some drama with the diagonal of the sail and the sloping horizon.

Custom Functions Plus revisited:

In my last post I talked about Custom Functions but it’s clear that while I was talking about my working methods I conflated a number of things which are related in my workflow.

The point is that it is possible to set the modes C1, C2 and C3 so that they maintain some settings you regularly use for special purposes.

These settings can be chosen from Custom Functions and also through the various dials i.e. you can set the ISO, the Self Timer and so on.

Take an example for my landscape work.

I typically use a tripod and LiveView for landscape and I want to use these settings.

My main custom function is:

Mirror Lockup which is hidden in the Menu system.

Also I’ll set the self timer for a ten second delay.

These two settings are to prevent camera shake – (I might use a remote control also.)

Then I’ll be using manual exposure so that I can set the aperture and shutter speed individually.

The idea is to register these Camera User Settings to one of the Dial Modes C1, C2 or C3.

Camera user settings
It’s important to return all the settings to your usual preferences for everyday shooting.

With this system you can instantly choose your preferred settings for different purposes without going through the whole rigmarole each time.

If you do have standard settings for certain types of shooting it’s worth setting them and then you can several different cameras in one.

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