Akershus Fortress is a medieval castle that was built to protect Oslo, the capital of Norway. It has also been used as a prison.The first construction on the castle started around the late 1290s, by King Haakon V. It was constructed in response to the Norwegian nobleman, Earl Alv Erlingsson of Sarpsborg’s earlier attack on Oslo. The fortress was first used in battle in 1308, when it was besieged by the Swedish duke Erik of Södermanland, who later in the same year won the Swedish throne. The immediate proximity of the sea was a key feature, for naval power was a vital as the majority of Norwegian commerce in that period was by sea. The fortress was strategically important for the capital, and Norway as well. Whoever ruled Akershus fortress ruled Norway. The fortress has never been successfully captured by a foreign enemy. It surrendered without combat to Nazi Germany in 1940 when the Norwegian government evacuated the capital in the face of the unprovoked German assault on Denmark and Norway . During World War II, several people were executed here by the German occupiers. After the war, eight Norwegian traitors who had been tried for war crimes and sentenced to death were also executed at the fortress.
Akershus fortress is still a military area, but it is open to the public daily until 9pm. When I visited there , I was truly impressed with its size and the fact that the military still operated there. I have another view at a different POV and time in the workshop. I am not sure which I like better, but this is more complete.
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SWEETFREEDOM (23024) 2010-08-13 23:24
two interesting pictures of this old castle still used today by military. I agree withyou that the workshop has better colors but this one has a more comprehensive view over the castle.
AKITA (15125) 2010-08-13 23:27
still and settled green ambience is wonderful,
orange colors of the old stone wall are very chic in this green scene,
sharp towers look so vivid in this mild situation,
thank you for your beautiful picture,
ikeharel (59815) 2010-08-14 1:15
You had done the best possible under the grey sky's on that day ( Seen the WS as well), the choise was probably not to shoot at all, which is to my oppinion out of question...
The unique bricks ccolor is special, the pov a bit from lower angel.
Enjoy your weekend.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-08-14 1:34
Good presnettaion of this impressive old fortress with a POV well selected. I like too the WS with an interesting and efficience framing which give a greta depht to the image.
Have a nice WE,
pierrefonds (58458) 2010-08-14 5:00
The trees are framing well the fortress. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the architecture of the Akershus fortress. There is a good contrast betweeb the colors of the fortress and the colors of the trees. Have a good weekend.
bukitgolfb301 (36812) 2010-08-14 9:20
Hello my dear Roger
Your note is always quite useful for me to re-study the history. Well balanced framework(intentional synmetry) and organized composition as usual.Soft green tone is your trade mark, right? Blessing on your finest work, thanks for sharing and have a good Saturday night! Best regards, Takero
Fante (5429) 2010-08-14 12:11
amazing photo of an very interesting old architecture. Extraordinary POV and great DOF. Very good sharpness and lovely colors. Perfect composition with leading castle wall.
yeln (11504) 2010-08-14 13:41
I thank you for the beautiful words written in your critique on my absence. I've been absent for some time and now I'm back to writing my reviews. I'm writing the answers in turn as they came.
great castle photography with very interesting colors and details on it. nice shot! BRAVO!