i On Niagara
I took so many photos at Old Fort Niagara, and many are of things at the fort that are quite interesting if you like the history of the colonial wars in North America. The image above is inside the building below. It was built-in 1726 by the French. They erected a permanent fortification with the construction of the impressive “French Castle.”
The British gained control of the fort in 1759, during the French & Indian War, after a nineteen-day siege. They held the fort through the American Revolution but were forced, by treaty, to yield it to the United States in 1796.
It was recaptured by the British in 1813. At the end of the War of 1812, it was ceded to the United States for a second time in 1815.
This was its last armed conflict, but it continued under military control through the Civil war as a training facility.
The fort was restored between 1926 and 1934.
You might be wondering by now why there was so many battles here and why it was an important post. The history spans more than 300 years as you might have guessed by all the wars it serviced. The reason was it is a fort at the mouth of the Niagara River. This area was vital, because it controlled access to the Great Lakes and the westward route to the heartland of the continent.
The strategic value of Fort Niagara subsided after the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825.
During the siege of Fort Niagara in the summer of 1759, the French were marching to the aid of the fort, but were met and defeated by the British at a clearing just south of the fort.
The French established the first post here, Fort Conti, in 1679.
Three flags are flown daily above the parade ground, and symbolize the nations which have held Fort Niagara, but they are not being flown on this day.
Each nation competed for the support of the Iroquois Confederacy.
In this post, all the images were shot using a Nikon D80 with a 18 to 135 mm lens mounted on a tripod. No flash was used for the interiors.
It is very difficult to focus in the interiors in such low light too. I find getting good exposures easy, but not focusing. There has to be a trick to this because the lighting was so dim that I could not even see as far as I was shooting. I suppose if I used a program mode, the camera would focus correctly, but then the soft lighting mood would be lost. Many images I thought were in perfect focus indoors, turned out not to be.
The outside images are much clearer than the images using a 300mm lens that was hand-held in the previous fort post. I want to stress that in the last post there was only one HDR image and it was done IN Photoshop. NONE of my photographs here are edited, but three.
I wonder if you can guess which one is a composite, (really easy too) and which two are a HDR shot on location (multiple exposures combined into one image, not the quick tip in Photoshop, but an actual on location shoot). You may have to enlarge the images to guess one of the HDR images because, remember, I mentioned it will have very sharp detail in a situation that it probably would not have it normally. Remember, only two are HDR. A hint, I like images on the dark moody side and intentionally underexposed. I do have all the correct exposure images too, but they are a little on the touristy side.
More images are coming in the next post on the Fort. Many are of the interior and some are details from around the fort. Another few are of a soldier who told me some very interesting tales.
Like the musket only firing accurately to 50 yards. Can you imagine being that close to your enemy? Here, they fire only powder rounds, that is what you see spraying out into the air. The soldier told me, “They like their visitors.” Last post on the fort I mentioned it would have been cool to capture the bullet, but no can do it seems. Just some gun smoke and paper shrapnel.