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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Guns of Glory, Days of death, Sunrises Sunsets

Hints on taking quality images at the historic Gettysburg National Military Park , Gettysburg Pa. Of course home to the famous 3 day, American Civil War battle in the summer of 1863.
1. If at all possible avoid the July 4th holiday weekend, Summer, weekends in general, holidays in general, way to crowded for anything other then snap shots unless you luck out or plan ahead to beat the masses.
2. Try to get there early, real early. As the , or at least, one of the most visited Civil War Battlefields it quickly fills up with visitors. The park opens at 6:00 am, closes at 10:00 pm (summer) 6:00 am - 7:00 pm (winter). By 9:00 am the flood gates are open, roads and key locations are descended on by hordes of "Stop, jump, snap & back onto the next site" visitors. As with so many parks these days most visitors never leave their cars, unless at one of the more noteworthy areas.
3. As the main battle site offers both open farmland, and rocky wooded hilly vistas. Part of the lure is the over 1300 (seems like nobody really sure) monuments ranging in size from the imposing Pennsylvania Memorial, to small almost invisible unit and company markers located off the beaten path, almost everywhere at the site.

There are many opportunities to use both the long and the wide lens.

As a relatively local visitor, I know more or less my favorite shots and focus on trying to get them. Download the Park map, Do some research. My favorite area of the park are in the wooded areas Around the "Wheat field" "Peach Orchard" "Devils Den" "Little Round Top" "Big Round Top" and the "High Watermark" "Copse of Trees" areas, and the Soldiers National Cemetery. Unfortunately all of which are on everyones hit list. Pick one get there early, Sunrise is great, especially in the open areas. High sun as always, is a problem for me.

Western facing sites such at Seminary ridge and Little Round top can be rich with shots close to sunset.

In closing it you can, visit the park and shoot away, but please cameras only, no bullets this time.
To those planing to visit in the future GburgInfo offers a wealth of information.

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