This week’s random image was originally posted for 4th of July posted in honor of our nation’s holiday. But since this a repost from another blog, I wanted to post it today. Its of the flags that flew over Fort Sumter.
The Flags Over Fort Sumter
While on vacation we did a harbor tour of the Charleston Harbor. Part of the tour was a drive…err float by of the historic Fort Sumter. During the day, the fort has five different flags flying over the fort. You will see two United States flag (1861 and 1865), two Confederate States flags (1861 and 1863) and the current South Carolina state flag (1861). I won’t go into detail on this post, if you want to learn more you see my write up of the fort and view more images of the exterior of the fort, you can see view them on the personal blog. For a complete history and historic images of the for check out Fort Sumter Wiki.
About the Image
I took this shot by hand and on a rockin boat with my Sony Nex-3N with the Sony SEL55210mm 4.5-6.3 OSS Lens, then processed it with Adobe Lightroom to crop, straightened, and remove dust spots from the image. Then I post processed the image with Topaz Labs Clarity to add more texture, remove shadows, boost brightness and contrast. I then used Topaz DeNoise to remove noise from the image.
The images were taken in June 2014 during a trip to Charleston, South Carolina. In the pictures you see five flags flying over Fort Sumter. The flags flown were (1) a 33-star United States flag, (2) a Confederate First National Flag (Stars and Bars), (3) a South Carolina State Flag, (4) a Confederate Second National Flag (Stainless Banner), and (5) a 35-star United States flag. These flags were added in the 1970s but in 2015 all of the confederate flags were removed after the race related shootings in 2015. Those historic flags now fly on the lower parade ground.