Military Base in Key West


The Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson

The Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson are one of the most unique National Parks in the world to photograph. Fort Jefferson is the military base in Key West Florida. Fort Jefferson is part of the Dry Tortugas National Park, with its seven islands that combine natural beauty and historic architecture.

The civil war 19th century Fort Jefferson defended the Gulf of Mexico and the United States southern coast. But the military base in Key West was also a prison. Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned at the fort for his involvement in the plot to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.

The Fort Jefferson military base was architecturally designed as a six-sided building with an inner courtyard. The walkways featured arches which are in my image. The key aspect of this image is the symmetry that causes a parallax effect. Tilt your head to the left or right and you will notice that the pathway seems to move. This is most notable when looking at a large print. I created one print for a client that was 6 feet tall and the result was spectacular.

Gear: Nikon D4 Camera, Nikkor 24-70mm lens. 
Settings: Focal length 45mm; exposure 1/100 sec; f16; ISO 2,500.
GPS: 24°37’45.455″ N 82°52’20.255″ W

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