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This Old Fort

April 29, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The wife and I are big fans of This Old House. We never miss an episode (our DVR is always full of them), and we enjoy each project. Right now, the TOH gang are working on a project in Charleston, SC.

Why do I bring this up?

No good reason, really. It's just because a recent episode paid a visit to Fort Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, site of the opening rounds of the American Civil War in 1861. A few years ago on this blog, I posted shots I took there. But while watching This Old House, I remembered that I still have a few images from that site that I never shared. This being April, the same time of year that those first cannon shots were fired back in 1861, I thought this would be a good time to roll them out.

Or at least two of them. I haven't processed them all yet, but I found a couple images that I thought were noteworthy.

First, a close-up. Probably every tourist with a camera (i.e. every tourist) gets a shot of this - it's an old cannon shell embedded in a wall at the fort. Seeing a shell that size embedded that far into a solid brick wall really gives you a feel for the power of the weapons in use at the time. This may have been a century and a half ago, but this war employed some serious weaponry.

Fort Sumter - Cannon ShellFort Sumter - Cannon ShellA cannon shell embedded in the wall at Fort Sumter.

The second image in this pair of shots is a little more peaceful, even though it includes a cannon. Being at the fort late in the day (a great time for photography, as every shutterbug knows), I was able to incorporate the warm setting sun in a lot of shots, as I demonstrated in images from several previous blog posts (like this one, this one, and this one.)  Here, a lone cannon "stands guard" as the sun approaches the horizon, lighting up the frame, and my lens, with golden rays.

Fort Sumter Cannon at SunsetFort Sumter Cannon at SunsetThe sun sets on a cannon at Fort Sumter.

I left the spectral lens flare (near the cannon wheel) in this shot, because I thought it added an interesting touch.

If I come across any more shareable images from this old fort, I'll post them here. In the meantime, for more Civil War images, take a look at my "Gettysburg" collection.

 

 


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