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Portuguese Fort - Bahrain

Posted by
Michael Skorulski (Toronto, Canada) on 25 September 2008 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The fort dates from the 1500s when the Portuguese military occupied Bahrain which is 25 km. off the coast of Saudi Arabia. The fortress sits on top of an earthen mound which archeologists have excavated to find ruins and artifacts dating from as early as 3,000 BC when the island was the center of the Dilmon civilization which traded with Mesopotamia.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/160 second F/13.0 ISO 100 52 mm (35mm equiv.)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Love the textures and repeating patterns in this shot. The history of the place is fascinating.

25 Sep 2008 5:12am

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much, Steve.

Zygene from morlaix, France

Un très bel endroit joliment photographie dans cette ravissante lumière.

25 Sep 2008 5:14am

@Zygene: Merci, Zygene.

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

Fabulous composition...I love the bit of blue sky peeking through. Great shot.

25 Sep 2008 5:34am

@Margie: Thanks so much, Margie.

Angelique from The Netherlands, Netherlands

Lovely composition.
Love the angle and colors.

25 Sep 2008 6:07am

@Angelique: Thanks so much for commenting, Angelique.

Marion from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Another capture of incredible architect. Great symmetry, angle and lighting here Michael. Also really enjoy the history lesson that goes with this fabulous picture.

25 Sep 2008 6:15am

@Marion: Thanks, Marion. Your comment is delightful.

Cat from Tel Aviv, Israel

The Portuguese made an effort, didn't they - the arches look very Arabic to me. I like how you've captured them, they look amazing...and I can feel how hot it must be there.

25 Sep 2008 6:40am

@Cat: Yes, it was stifling hot. Many thanks, Cat.

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

just splendid forms! wow! love the textures and the brilliant pieces of blue sky that peek through!!

25 Sep 2008 7:10am

@dj.tigersprout: Thank you very much, Jaycee.

Saeed from Tehran, Iran

nice shot , well done

25 Sep 2008 7:52am

@Saeed: Many thanks, Saeed.

hesam from Qazvin, Iran

nice shot;)

25 Sep 2008 8:08am

@hesam: Thank you, Hesam.

Betty from New Jersey, United States

The rock work is just incredible. Love this composition! Well done!

25 Sep 2008 9:53am

@Betty: Thanks so much, Betty.

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Those arches are not of Portuguese origin. We don't have such shapes in Portugal even having the south of the country been under Moors rule for more than four hundred years. It seems that they adopted local traditions in this fort in Bahrain. On the other hand it looks like those arches have been rebuilt, presumably maintaining the original shape.
Thanks for showing.

25 Sep 2008 10:08am

@António Pires: Yes, the fort has been renovated so these may be like the original or the Bahrainis rebuilt in their own design. thank you, António.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

Wonderful series of arches.

25 Sep 2008 11:58am

@Viewfinder: many thanks, VF.

Marcie from United States

Love your point-of-view and how you've composed this. The series of arches are wonderful!!!

25 Sep 2008 12:34pm

@Marcie: Thanks so much, Marcie.

Lorraine from Canada

I would - after the shock of taking such an outstanding photo - print it, frame it and hang it in my living room, and sigh a lot lol Bravo Michael!

25 Sep 2008 1:03pm

@Lorraine: A wonderful comment, made me chuckle. many thanks, Lorraine.

Melissa from Ogden, United States

Beautiful composition and textures. I especially like the blue sky in contrast with the stone.

25 Sep 2008 1:15pm

@Melissa: Many thanks, Melissa.

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

I really don't know whether I can add to anything that's been said before - except to say that this is one of my favourite images.

25 Sep 2008 1:42pm

@dobbino: That's a great compliment. thank you very much, Rob.

Judy from Brooksville-Florida,, United States

I love the arches of diminishing sizes, with the view of the wall beyond - incredible architecture, no matter the origin.

25 Sep 2008 1:59pm

@Judy: I agree. thank you, Judy.

claire from Canada

excellent composition Michael! :)

25 Sep 2008 2:00pm

@claire: Thank you, Claire.

Radel from Netherlands

lovely piece of architecture. I like how those arces makes concentric curves leading deep into the frame. Looks like you travel a lot! :)

25 Sep 2008 2:47pm

@Radel: I live in the middle east so this is not far from my home. Thanks, Radel.

Rags from Plano, United States

It is a well balanced image. The makers of this structure were truly skilled.

25 Sep 2008 4:41pm

@Rags: I agree. thank you, Rags.

Veerendra from Pune, India

lovely snap of patterns ..

25 Sep 2008 4:42pm

@Veerendra: thank you very much.

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

It never ceases to amaze me how ruins like this survive so long and still look beautiful. Love the light, shapes and textures in this shot Michael.

25 Sep 2008 4:54pm

@MaryB: Thank you so much, Mary.

Robin from Lunenburg, United States

Beautifully framed.

25 Sep 2008 5:25pm

@Robin: Thank you, Robin.

Wolfgang - vu@granby from Granby, Québec, Canada

Portuguese Fort, but Arabian architecture.... Superbe perspective & repitition!
P.S.: I'll be absent for the next two weeks, but Gilles M., Gilles D. and Alain B. will continue to visit your blog and answer your comments on our blog. (going to Turkey)

25 Sep 2008 5:26pm

@Wolfgang - vu@granby: Thanks, Wolfgang. Have a great time.

Cia from Kvänum, Sweden

Wonderful image! Great captured

25 Sep 2008 5:46pm

@Cia: Thank you, Cia.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

A nice 'time tunnel', seems to be still in a very good condition. I guess it was not easy to take this shot at full sunlight, but you managed it very well!

25 Sep 2008 5:57pm

@MadScientist: Thank you, MS. yes, it certainly was during the full heat of the day.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Well, I love the perspective and the architecture.

25 Sep 2008 6:16pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you, Ana Lúcia.

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

I love the rhythm you have captured here!

25 Sep 2008 7:37pm

@Craig: Many thanks, Craig.

Jasp from Plymouth, United Kingdom

I once had to do a photo project on triangles and now I see them everywhere . The more I look at this the more (is that a pun ?) I see... the arches that look like hands ... the textures of the walls. One to stare at.

25 Sep 2008 8:06pm

@Jasp: Thank you, Jasp. That's a kind comment.

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbe coup d'oeil pour cette série de portes.

25 Sep 2008 8:21pm

@Marie: Many thanks, Marie.

Terry H. from Azle Texas, United States

Fun facts and great photo to go with it. Great composition, love the stone work and arches.

25 Sep 2008 8:56pm

@Terry H.: Thanks so much, Terry.

Mandy Provan from Johannesburg, South Africa

what an awesome shot - love the textures and the repetition!!!

25 Sep 2008 9:19pm

@Mandy Provan: Thank you very much, Mandy.

baobab from Cambridge, United States

great light and texture and pattern here. it feels flat and three dimensional at once, as if it's an optical illusion.

25 Sep 2008 10:37pm

@baobab: Thanks, Baobab. Arches lend themselves to interesting illusions.

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Love shots like this one... most especially when they're done right.. Excellent, Michael!

25 Sep 2008 11:22pm

@amy: Thank you, Amy. I appreciate that.

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Very nice perspective Michael. And textures too. Good work

25 Sep 2008 11:26pm

@Rui: Thank you very much, Rui.

Denise from Perry, United States

Wonderful photo, great history lesson!

26 Sep 2008 2:10am

@Denise: Thank you, Denise.

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Wonderful pov Michael, and a brilliant image.

26 Sep 2008 2:15am

@Observing: Many thanks, Mike.

JMS from Chonburi, Thailand

Quel beau décor en pleine lumière et bien restitué.

26 Sep 2008 3:00am

@JMS: Merci, Jean.

Anita from Quito, Ecuador

I agree with all the other comments,... BEAUTIFUL picture!

26 Sep 2008 4:23am

@Anita: Thank you so much, Anita.

bisha from Saitama, Japan

Wonderful composition. I love the bits of blue sky showing between the arches.

26 Sep 2008 9:45am

@bisha: My favorite part too. thanks for visiting, bisha.

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Interesting design, without a keystone.

28 Sep 2008 6:31pm

@Twelvebit: Many thanks for your visit, 12bit.

R. from Braga/Lx, Portugal

Very nice framing!!!

7 Oct 2008 5:44pm

@R.: Thank you, R.

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