I knew it when I was taking the photos. I knew while I was doing it that there wasn’t much point in the exercise. The weather was terrible – cold, wet, grey, raining – and I struggled with getting the settings right in those awful conditions. And I just knew it. I knew there wasn’t going to be worth salvaging when I finally got around to taking a look at the photos – there wasn’t going to be much that was usable for a Photo Friday post, even though there were over 350 photos on the memory card.
I was right.
I have studiously avoided looking at those pictures for several weeks now, and when I finally sat down to look through them, to try to do some editing, I was overwhelmed by all of the bad photos and the fact that maybe out of all of them, there were 10 that might be salvageable if I was willing to spend the time culling them and figuring out just the right editing to make them right.
Has that happened to any of you? You spend a day shooting…frustrated while you’re doing it…and then come home to find that there really wasn’t much point in it at all? A big waste of your time?
The photos that I did feel were salvageable came from the National Military Park in Vicksburg. I’ve talked before about Mississippi’s Civil War history and how it lives with us pretty much every day (did y’all know that Matthew McConaughey is making a movie about the Free State of Jones? The county in Mississippi that allegedly separated from the State of Mississippi and the Confederacy? Y’all be on the look out for that), and the Military Park is a stark reminder – perhaps even more so than the random small cemeteries you will find tucked out of the way of our history.
The park (& the town of Vicksburg, really) has monuments to all of the soldiers who participated and to all of those who were lost. Each state that sent its sons to fight at Vicksburg, which was one of the keys to a Northern victory, has erected monuments to her men. Some states elected to do one huge monument; others chose to do several smaller ones.
Perhaps the most iconic of all the state monuments in the Park is the Illinois monument. When you read that there are bronze tablets inside the monument that list all “36,325 Illinois soldiers who participated in the Vicksburg campaign” you begin to get a sense of the scale of the siege of Vicksburg.
It is an incredibly gorgeous monument. I don’t know about anyone else, but the size of the structure, sitting there on top of a hill and overlooking several key sites within the battle of Vicksburg, brings home to me the weight of what those men were fighting for.
I am looking forward to the opportunity to get back to Vicksburg to shoot more and better photos of the park. I think it’s going to be a multi-day endeavor simply because the park is so very huge, but that is OK too. That just means I get to spend more time with Casey and Sharee.
I’m also looking forward to getting out this weekend and taking a ton of *good* photos on the Coast since Sweet Husband and I are planning to be home and happy.
Does your photography ever frustrate you? Tell me about your worst day shooting so I don’t feel quite like such a miserable failure.
Where I’m Linking up today.
And now it’s time to get down to the business of the Photo Friday link-up! Thank you to everyone who participated last week. Special shout-out to all of those who made their way to other links and left some love! I really do appreciate the efforts that y’all make to build this community. We are small as of yet, but we are mighty. I can’t wait to see where we are going to grow to!
Last week’s most viewed link came from Images by CW! One of my goals with my editing is to figure out how to make images like the one Claudia shared with us. There is so much I don’t know!
…and this week, I wanted to include something different, which is to highlight the last link added. I know that not all of us make it back around to those links that get added after we add ours, so it’s nice to give a little love to those who participate but might come in a little after the initial excitement has died down.
This week that honor goes to Domestic Dysfunction with her sweet bunnies! Just in time for Easter, stop by and check out the cuteness that is Sunday is Bunday!
And without further ado – on to this week’s link-up!