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Mathew Brady's Panorama From Little Round Top T&N

Discussion in 'Battle of Gettysburg' started by Gettysburg Greg, Feb 7, 2017.

  1. Gettysburg Greg

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    Of all the photographs taken by Mathew Brady on Little Round Top, this is my favorite because it shows so many areas where the battle had been fought just two weeks before. Brady placed his camera near where Hazlett's Battery Marker sits today looking out across the Valley of Death to Houck's Ridge and the Rose Woods. Plum Run can be seen meandering through the valley. The tree line in the rear is Seminary Ridge where the Confederates stepped off for the July 2nd attack and the rocks of Devil's Den can be seen to the left. Many of the rocks seen along Houck's Ridge can be matched up in my matching now photo. You can easily pick out Brady's often photographed assistant admiring the view at bottom center, but can you find Brady who is also featured in this image?
     
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  3. MRB1863

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    One of our favorite places...what a scenic vista!
     
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    Not meaning to be a pain, but this is one of the pictures that would be great to add to the labeled collection (hint,hint)
     
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    Definitely one of my favorite spots on any Battlefield to view the surroundings.
     
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    If not for your "heads up" I wouldn't have noticed him even though he's wearing his distinctive straw hat!
     
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    Thanks. Always enjoyable to see.

    One interesting fact on Matthew Brady is he had very poor eyesight. Most of his photos were taken by his assistants.
    With such bad eyesight, I would love to know who composed his photos and why he elected to be in the photos. Obviously he wasn't engaging the shutter release!

    Subjects had to stay stationary for a long time during that photo era. He is found in focus most of the time which means he was not moving during the shot. Isn't it amazing that our best vision into that era was taken through the eyes of someone that had such poor eyesight.

    Great read on Brady for anyone interested.
    http://users.dickinson.edu/~osborne/404_98/whitep.htm
     
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    He certainly wasn't - but neither was anyone else either! Shutters didn't come along until post-war; these cameras had large fixed lenses that required the manual removing and replacement of the lens cap.
     
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