FORT SAN FELIPE DEL MORRO

WHERE WE AT?

This is Castillo San Felipe del Morro also known as Fort San Felipe del Morro or Morro Castle. It is a 16th-century citadel located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Anyhow, a little known fact is that Christopher Columbus claimed the island for Spain in 1493 and called the whole island San Juan, in honor of Saint John the Baptist. Puerto Rico (puerto = “port” and rico = “rich”) was the name given to what is known today as the Old San Juan area where this fort is located. It was only later that the names were reversed and the whole island became known as Puerto Rico and the city became known as San Juan.

“How about a map”, you say? Here you go…

HOW DID I DO THAT?!

For something that is commonly photographed such as the “most popular historical site on the island”, my biggest concern was NOT to just “machine-gun” 100 images, but to collect no more than 5 or 6 shots of this scene.

As I walked around I found this abstract photo of the corner of the fort. Personally, I like the mixture of the colors…the shadows…the lines and textures.

It was bright and sunny so no tripods! Seriously…there were people carrying around tripods here! Anyhow…I was in manual mode with a 23mm 1.4 lens welded onto the front of my camera. I was already set at my lowest ISO (200) for the bright conditions and I wanted the biggest depth of field for a landscape shot…so I used f/16. I was a little surprised to learn that with these settings I could balance the light meter with the shutter speed set on 1/180s. I mean, that is bright!