Saturday, September 3, 2011

Photo of the day: Arsenal

Arsenal by The Bacher Family
Arsenal, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
Fort Stevens State Park features, along with its beautiful beaches, forests, lakes, and marshes, a collection of historic battlements left over from the late 1800s through World War II. Most of the old batteries and structures are abandoned, with nothing but empty holes in the concrete where the big guns used to be. Some of the smaller guns, however, are still in place, including this one near the visitor center, which was capable of lobbing massive shells as far as 10 miles out over the Columbia River. How does one take a photo of such a device that provides a unique and interesting perspective? I choose to focus on the business end of the weapon, using a shallow depth of field to make the gun barrel stand out from the background. I like how, even so, the color scheme of this image is consistent throughout the photo, both foreground and background. The late afternoon light also looks great on the old gun steel.

Here's a pair of photos of another gun at the park, covered in lichens that have grown up over years of unuse.

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