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France - Cote Basque - Medieval Fort Socoa - Dusk - Twilight - Blue Hour | by © Lucie Debelkova /
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France - Cote Basque - Medieval Fort Socoa - Dusk - Twilight - Blue Hour

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The bay of St Jean de Luz terminates, on its western side, in the small village of Socoa. The entrance to the bay is guarded by Fort Socoa, which is situated on a promontory in extreme north-west of the bay. Plans to build a fortification at Socoa were first put forward during the reign of Henri IV in 1595, but work did not start until 1627. Before the work was completed, the Spanish took Socoa, adding their own defensive works. The fort takes the form of a large central tower, which is almost medieval in style. This is surrounded by a loopholed inner wall, which is roughly square in shape. This inner area at the foot of the tower contains most of the barrack buildings, all in the local style, as was common in Vauban's work.


When I found out about the Fort Socoa I thought, yey - Medieval Fort & ocean ! Great for blue hour, I checked if it is lit during the night and it was. I found this string of boats and though it look like a peal necklace of the fort, although they moved due to heavy wind but I really like the final effect.


Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens: EF17-40mm f/4L USM; Focal length: 24.00 mm; Aperture: 11; Exposure time: 30.0 s; ISO: 400


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Taken on June 29, 2011