Fort Casey – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

I am continuing with my sharing of photography I did when I was up in the Seattle area in September. Today, I have attached 9 shots I took of Fort Casey on Whidbey Island. I think these shots are great examples of how to create a story through photography. Most of these shots are architecturally oriented and when shooting this type of element, I look for interesting angles or framing opportunities to create a unique visual experience while still trying to relay the look and feel of the subject.

So lets talk about Fort Casey so you know what you are looking at. Today it is a 467-acre state park that houses the remnants of the physical fort and guns along with Admiralty Head Lighthouse. Fort Casey was part of a trio of forts that were built to protect the Puget Sound from invasion by sea. They were called the Triangle of Fire and were known for their big guns that had disappearing carriages that could be lowered for protection and then raised to fire. Building started in 1897 and the forts became obsolete with the invention of the airplane (they weren’t designed against air attack) and the modernization of battleships.

Fort Casey 1

Fort Casey 1

In the first shot, you get a perspective of how the fort sits above the entrance to the Puget Sound.

Fort Casey 2

Fort Casey 2

The second shot gives you an idea of the structures that were created to house the big guns that sat on their disappearing carriages (the structure to the right), with the separate towers to the left, I would assume for a visual over the guns and protection against return fire.

Fort Casey 3

Fort Casey 3

The third shot shows the top of the Admiralty Head Lighthouse just north of the fort. The view would be from shot 2 and turning around.

Fort Casey 4

Fort Casey 4

The fourth shot is more of the same front building, but showing one of the big guns.

Fort Casey 5

Fort Casey 5

The fifth shot shows a close up of the big gun with my lovely wife in the picture for a perspective of sheer size of the guns (yes, she has no idea she is now part of a blog 🙂 ).

Fort Casey 6

Fort Casey 6

The sixth shot shows more of the building. You can actually go into the bunkers and wander around. Most of them interconnect underground and I assume that’s for protection during an attack.

Fort Casey 7

Fort Casey 7

The seventh shot shows more of the structure. One of the platforms for the carriage of the big guns is just out of sight in the top left, but shown in the next picture.

Fort Casey 8

Fort Casey 8

The eighth shot is one of the platforms supporting the carriages for the big guns.

Fort Casey 9

Fort Casey 9

The ninth shot shows a group of buildings just a bit further inland and slightly up hill from the main bunkers.

The entire experience was fascinating and I had no idea this type of bunker had been built in that era along the Puget Sound. Thoughts?

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9 thoughts on “Fort Casey – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

  1. IdealisticRebel

    Great post. I love your photos. And I love the black and white photograph to my right. The French Quarter is one of my favorite places. I hope to do a book of my photographs. Hugs, Barbara

    Reply
    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for the compliment!! Also, thanks for the reblog…I do have a question….you have me puzzled on your reference to the B&W picture to your right of the French Quarter??? Take Care!

      Reply
  2. Sue Slaght

    Even before I saw your wife the canon shot was my top pick. I love the angle and the sea in the background. Having your wife in the photo for perspective is like icing on the cake.
    As you know I am a big fan of story telling with photos. Love this post.

    Reply
    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      You prompted me to tell her….she really doesn’t like having her picture taken (her Mom was the same way)…I think I almost gave her a stroke….she pulled it up and decided it was ok….what a riot! Thanks again!!

      Reply

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