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This composition is somewhat popular amongst photographers that live and work within the Medway Towns of Kent. The image was taken quite sometime ago, just as I was venturing into the world of digital photography. It shows the ancient wooden, and lead lined staircase that is situated within the historical Upnor Castle, that stands majestically on the banks of the River Medway. Although Upnor Castle is known as a Castle, it is in fact a Fort. It was built in and around the time of the Spanish Armada. Its purpose was to defend the fleet of Ships that would be moored at Chatham Dockyard, which lies on the opposite bank to the Fort. The reason for the lead lined stair case was in order to prevent static electricity building up by the soldiers who would carry kegs of gunpowder up and down in order to charge the awaiting canons below. The floors are also made entirely of cross sections of oak, again in order to prevent sparks from the hob nailed soldier boots. 'Sparks and Gunpowder, don't go well together without the appropriate precautions being taken'.

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S9600 Zoom
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:1 Jan 2008 - 3:49 AM
Focal Length:6.8mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/2.9
Shutter Speed:1/10sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Spiral Staircase
Username:NDODS NDODS
Uploaded:20 Feb 2012 - 7:52 AM
Tags:Danger, Defence, Fleets, Fortification, Historical, Invading, Photo journalism, Risk, Ships, Soldiers
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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2012 - 8:03 AM

Yes I like the comp' - wonderful staircase in a wonderful castle/fort! I've been there but have yet to get anything good on the cam'
Thanks for adding the info, always interesting to read alongside the image!

Sarah *

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2012 - 8:12 AM

Top image...
A graet comp....
Very well taken...

Dave

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43285 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2012 - 8:20 AM

Thanks for your comments guys, it certainly makes the effort worthwhile.

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2012 - 8:21 AM

Great composition, it is nice the see an old spiral staircase can be just as dramatic as the new - Carole

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Briwooly
Briwooly  8452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2012 - 2:09 PM

What a great pov can see why it's popular

Brian,...............

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