Photo of the Day

A few years ago I stopped by the Andersonville prison site that is just south of Atlanta. I knew about the prison from the TV movie, but I really was able to appreciate a little of what the prisoners went through. During their time imprisoned they had a small water supply that ran through the camp. The water first ran through the guard camp so it was soiled by the time it reached the prisoners. A torrential rain washed away much of the camp in August of 1964 after a brutal heat wave. It was a Godsend for the prisoners. During the rains the story goes that a lightning bolt struck the ground, and a fresh water spring rose up from where the strike hit. The photo above is of that spring as it looked in 2006. I loved the story of how the spring gave hope to the prisoners, and now the story makes its way onto the blog.

Technical Data

I used a Trey Ratcliff preset to bring out all of the dynamic range in this photo. I really did not know what I was doing with my camera at the time so I just used auto most of the time. It would give me some decent results some of the time, and thanks to the magic of Lightroom I can fix some of the times that it did not work so great.

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Photo of Day

These gates do not look that bad, but during the Civil War many atrocities occurred behind them. This was the north gate of the Confederate prison Andersonville. The evil that went on in here is hard to believe, and even harder when you think that it was done to men who just a few years earlier were your countrymen. How different times must have been then. During my tour of the grounds in late 2006 I tried to keep in mind that this was hallowed ground because of that. The goal in this prison was just to survive long enough to get rescued, and about a fourth of them did not due to various forms of the terrible conditions. I first learned of the prison because of a nineties TNT movie simply named Andersonville. I was amazed at how to stay alive the prisoners turned on each other. This is a part of our history that should be remembered so that something like this does not happen again.

Technical Data

This shot was another easy one using a Lightroom preset. I just simply used the sepia preset that is included with Lightroom. It was a subtle change, but enough that I felt it conveyed a sense of history. The sky was cloudless that day so the shot needed something to give it some punch. Funny how taking the color away can provide that.