Over my spring break my husband and I decided to spend a few days in Gettysburg. It is almost the perfect place for us. I get to spend all day outside and he gets to indulge in his American War love. I say almost because I would prefer that there was tropical weather and a nearby ocean to unwind at the end of a nature hikes.
I like Gettysburg...the first day or so. I get into the battle and the scenery. But zomg! My husband LOVES this stuff. We tramp all over the battlefields-me looking at scenery-him finding and reading every.last.monument. There are monuments for each state, every battalion, every regiment and I think every last person who fought in the war is represented there (at least it seems that way). Did you know that every ummmmm regiment? has a small marker for their left and right flanks. Yep. And guess who had to find them? Him.
As the official photographer of the family (meaning HANDS OFF MY CAMERA!) I was required to take a picture of every monument that was of interest. To me that means any monument that looks nice-by decoration, statue-something well, interesting. To the husband it meant every one he pointed at. Even Left and Right Flanks-which look like this:
I spent much of the time half listening to my husband and annoying him with how I keep all the facts straight.
Him- "oh look it's General Longstreet"
Me- "oh-You mean Tom Berenger?"
Him- "Chamberlain did this and such"
Me- "He was Jeff Daniels, right?"
Do not get me wrong-I was interested..but the familiar actors helped keep my head straight. History was never my strong subject. I also kind of enjoyed watching his head explode a little.
The rest of the time I took in the scenery and practiced my picture composition skills (Confession: I kept the camera on auto a lot of this trip since at any given moment I had to swing around to shoot another monument-I couldn't focus long enough at a time to focus on learning Shutter and Aperature, etc.). I did try to get a good night shot, since the moon was amazing. I set up my tripod focused on my favorite tree )It has a great shape!) and broke out my new wireless remote-I waited and waited and fiddled with all the settings and took picture after picture. I didn't get a great shot. But it was a learning experience since it was spur of the moment and I had no idea how to get the moon to look as nice at it did in person. Here is the best one:
In the end, I took some pictures I loved. So I had a good time. Here are my favorite pictures:
There is one I will have framed-I think the colors are perfect. Can you guess which one?