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    Grain Fort was built during the 1860s on the Isle of Grain to protect the mouth of the river Medway. It was constructed with a crescent shaped keep, which formed the casemated barracks and entrance to the fort. A raised earth bank behind this formed the terreplein, which was mounted with Rifled Muzzle Loading guns in large gun pits. The fort was protected by a surrounding dry ditch that was flanked by four caponniers. Guns continued to be mounted on the fort throughout WW1 and WW2, and it finally left army hands in the 1950s. Unfortunately, during the 1960s the fort was demolished, leaving only the underground sections. The site has never been developed, and it is open land, the shape of the gun positions and a wall here and there are the only reminders of this once impressive fort.



    unfortunately due to a problem with the AF sensor on my camera the pics have not come out as well as hoped.

    All that remains now are two sections of wall and the underground tunnels and main magazine, acces to wich was slightly dodgy to say the least.



    The caponiers marked on the pic above would have stuck out into the dry ditch and provided fire along the flanks of the ditch, the caps have long gone and entry is via a whole where number one cap would have been, from here a tunnel leads to an internal drawbridge pit


    and then down another tunnel to the main magazine




    hoist, to take shells to up to the guns situated directly above


    lighting passage wich surrounds the magazine

    drawbridge pit in the tunnel to number 2 cap


    lighting position for shifting lobby, this is accessed from a small staircase in the lighting passage.


    the walls of the tunnels are surprisingly free of graffiti



    as I said, pics not the greatest as the demons in my camera have returned.

    Cheers, Dave

    Thanks for looking

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    Shame about your pics, but an interesting report nonetheless. Some great history. Cheers for posting, Outkast. :)
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    I had this same problem with my camera a while back but I thought I had sorted it, only seems to play up underground, any topside pics seem to come out fine.


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    Interesting site Dave, thanks for sharing it.

    I had similar problems with my new camera until I figured out how to use the 'focus lock' function. Seems to prevent blurring very nicely. Full manual on tripod still gives the best results but I've also found hand held shots come out well if you can keep AF at bay.

    Does the camera's user guide say anything about this? Hope you can sort it, it must be a right pain for you. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Munchh View Post
    Interesting site Dave, thanks for sharing it.

    I had similar problems with my new camera until I figured out how to use the 'focus lock' function. Seems to prevent blurring very nicely. Full manual on tripod still gives the best results but I've also found hand held shots come out well if you can keep AF at bay.

    Does the camera's user guide say anything about this? Hope you can sort it, it must be a right pain for you. :)
    Usually it's because there isn't enough ambient light for the AF to get a lock. The AF works through contrast you see, if there's no contrast (i.e. it's too dark), it can't focus. This is often the problem when the room is too big for the on board focus assist light to illuminate the focal point. Nikons seem to suffer this problem more than canon.

    A common trick is to use a torch to illuminate the focus target of the picture to get an AF lock.

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    excelent, thanks for the info, its a cannon 450 wich takes great shots outside in daylight, I used to use a point and click jobby and have just switched to a DSLR camera so am still learning, my friends were doing a bit of light painting down shorts wich I had a go at, but did not have a tripod with me



    Thanks for the tips, I will give them a go.

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    Looks interessovating! There's quite few forts along that way aren't there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeJF View Post
    Looks interessovating! There's quite few forts along that way aren't there?
    This map shows them

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    Thanks oldscrote, there is indeed and a good few coastal batteries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by outkast View Post
    excelent, thanks for the info, its a cannon 450 wich takes great shots outside in daylight, I used to use a point and click jobby and have just switched to a DSLR camera so am still learning, my friends were doing a bit of light painting down shorts wich I had a go at, but did not have a tripod with me



    Thanks for the tips, I will give them a go.

    Dave
    Is this grain fort as well? havent seen this part !!

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