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Arad Fort Bahrain

Arad Fort Bahrain
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Copyright: Les Winder (rewind) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 117 W: 5 N: 133] (1139)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-17
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Pentax K5
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-18 12:19
Viewed: 10876
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken yesterday evening with my new(ish)10-17 fisheye lens when I went to meet one of our other TL friends in Bahrain (Oz Ranger) for the first time. We had a pleasant evening, taking a few photos and going for a drink and a natter at the nearby Movenpick hotel. Thanks Oz for making me get out! To put this in context Arad Fort was built roughly around the time that Henry VIII was on the throne in sunny England! This is my 100th posting on TL and just coming up for my 1st 1000 points, only 55 to go! A short history of Arad Fort follows, courtesy of the Bahrain Ministry of Information. Also many thanks to the kind security man on duty who let us into the grounds even thought the the fort was officially closed for the day:-

Located on Muharraq Island in Arad village, close to the Bahrain International Airport, Arad Fort was built in the style of Islamic forts during the 15th century A.D. before the Portuguese invasion invasion of Bahrain in 1622 A.D. This fort is one of the compact defensive forts in Bahrain.In its present location, it overlooks various sea passages of Muharraq's shallow seashores. In the past, there was an inaccessible marine channel which was controlled by the local people to prevent ships from breaking through to the island where the fort is located. The fort is square and on every corner there is a cylindrical tower. It is surrounded by a small trench which used to be filled with water from wells that were drilled especially for their purpose. In every corner of the upper wall of the fort there are nose shaped openings for marksmen. Traditional materials have been used in the renovation and maintenance of the fort after making extensive analyses of the original materials such as sea stones, lime, sand, and palm trunks. No cement or any other materials which are not in harmony with the historical building or which reduce its historical value have been used.

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  • pikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 9 N: 277] (1105)
  • [2008-08-18 13:26]

Hi Les,

Great shot!!!

Sharp and fine details image.

Excellent composition.

Best Regards,


Hi Les,

Indeed was a real pleasure to meet up with you.

This shot had turned out nice and I'm very impressed by the fisheye lens especially the absence of any visible barrel distortion.

As always great narration!

I'm uploading a slightly different/alternate version, though my 17-40 showed limitations in terms of covered area.

Hi Dad,

This is my contribution to you 1000 points.

Really good shot, good use of the fish eye to get the whole thing in. I see you managed to clear up your sensor spots.


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