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Malta - Valletta - Bus Station Fountain

In the middle of the chaotic Bus Station in Valletta stand this rather handsome fountain. I've hidden the sun behind the rim to give some strong backlighting and chosen a fast shutter speed to freeze the water droplets.

 

From Wikipedia : "Contre-jour, French for 'against daylight', refers to photographs taken when the camera is pointing directly toward the source of light. An alternative term is backlighting.

 

Contre-jour produces backlighting of the subject. This effect usually hides details, causes a stronger contrast between light and dark, creates silhouettes and emphasizes lines and shapes. The sun, or other light source, is often seen as either a bright spot or as a strong glare behind the subject. Fill light may be used to illuminate the side of the subject facing toward the camera."

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Taken on June 8, 2009