Islelanders

Immigrants sit on the deck of an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) inshore patrol vessel after arriving at the AFM Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour, early June 8, 2014. A group of 130 Sub-Saharan African migrants were rescued by the AFM south of the Maltese islands when their boat ran into difficulties, according to army sources.

Immigrants sit on the deck of an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) inshore patrol vessel after arriving at the AFM Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta’s Marsamxett Harbour, early June 8, 2014. A group of 130 Sub-Saharan African migrants were rescued by the AFM south of the Maltese islands when their boat ran into difficulties, according to army sources.

This man’s shawl-wrapped face immediately caught my eye as the AFM patrol boat he was on berthed at its base in the middle of the night. I felt the colours of the migrants’ clothing worked well together. I shot it on a medium telephoto lens to isolate the main subject from everyone else, whilst still keeping enough detail in the other areas so that we could still make out the other migrants different facial expressions.
Canon EOS-1D X
Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal length 200mm
Manual exposure
Aperture f/2.8
Shutter 1/80 sec
ISO 2500

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