Castille San Felipe del Morro (aka El Morro), Puerto Rico's largest, most well preserved, and most impressive Spanish colonial fortress, sits at the northwest corner of the city of Old San Juan, guarding the mouth of San Juan's impressive harbor. The site is now a part of the National Park Service's Historic San Juan park. Turrets like the one you see here can be found all over Old San Juan, as part of the former city walls, but most are either better preserved or more carefully rebuilt than this one (see my WS for one of the preserved turrets) This particular example seems to have born the weight of the nearly 500 years it has watched over the harbor.
See a larger version on Flickr, here.
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Silvio1953 (144334) 2014-03-01 6:53
Ciao Andrew, my today neighbour, lovely composition, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Noel_Byrne (31418) 2014-03-01 8:39
Thanks for the workshop, I did not realize these are big enough to walk inside, and would have guessed them to be more a decorative feature! When you think of 500 years of history, wouldn't it be amazing to film that 500 years from this very spot and speed it up like those Youtube movies and see the history that this turret would have seen. Its world has changed many times, and still it stands there proudly over the water. Perhaps a little worse for wear, but still an imposing site. Love the dramatic sky too.
tyro (25286) 2014-03-01 9:44
These turrets always appear pretty precarious to me as I always imagine they can have little support and so expect them to drop off the side of their building. But, if your workshop example can stay put for 500 years, I guess that they're pretty strongly constructed. Still, I've always been a bit wary of walking into these things when visiting various castles!
This is a delightful photograph and what amazes me about it is just how well you have coped with what appear to be less than helpful lighting conditions. The light looks very strong indeed yet you have managed to keep it from being too contrasty. The parts of the fortress in the foreground stand out perfectly against a much softer background and that helps give depth to the image. Your depth of field is excellent too with exquisite details and sharpness throughout.
An interesting note too.
npecanhuk (75502) 2014-03-01 11:32
Lovely and beautiful picture!
I love its simplicity!
The architectural details of that old fortress were so nicely photographed by you! You didn't show much, but you did enough! The background is also very attractive!
TFS - congrats,
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-03-02 3:57
another great picture from your recent trip to Puerto Rico(thanks for the WS picture,which gives us better sense of scale for this turret)
I like the way you´ve composed and framed the scene.Especially the FG with so well included part of the roof was in my opinion an excellent idea.
Have a nice sunday
jhm (153686) 2014-03-02 4:20
Your workshop picture is very nice addition, we get a very lovely exemplar of these type towers.
A very well composition, excellent presentation nice captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
marabu61 (11057) 2014-03-02 9:21
Great perspective over the roof of this ancient fort indeed.
We just spent one night in Puerto Rico once in the year 2000 when we missed our direct flight from Miami to Antigua and had to take an other flight with a night stop there, while our luggage went on the regular flight. But these are the joys of flying at industry discount and stand by ....
have a great sunday
photoray (13981) 2014-03-04 17:05
Interesting scene with the ancient Spanish fort turret, weathered and stained yet still standing in the foreground, then the mountains as a background across the harbor.
So is there a chance Puerto Rico will become the 51st State?
Thanks for sharing,
- Copyright: Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) (7511)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-02-17
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18-105 1:3.5-5.6 G ED VR
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-01 6:23