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NoMansLand

Was contacted through flickr a while back and given an incredible invitation to access NoMansLand, one of four sea forts in the Solent between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

 

It's an incredible feat of engineering and construction that possesses a diverse history from military to private & corporate ownership. Literally on top of all that, the rooftop offers a superb 360º vista - how could I have said 'no'?

 

Friday was the night it all happened and after a pleasant sunset, a sleepless night of stars, an incredible sunrise and a few hours "below deck" lightpainting, here's the first of many keepers.

 

This image was shot from the end of a short aerial jetty. It sits above a crane that hauls the transfer boat 50ft out of the water up to the only door - and that's the least secure aspect of the whole structure! Walls are made of massive stone blocks, with the upper half clad in iron armour; the roof's so strong there's now a house and three helipads up there. When you think this was built two miles from the shore, 150 years ago...

 

30s at f/10 to smooth the water. True 35mm focal length as I'm finally shooting full-frame.

 

Massive thanks go to Sam for the invitation- there he is below, setting up to capture the last of the evening's light.

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Taken on August 17, 2012