When I think back on the number of visits I've made to Gettysburg, it seems like a lot. Dozens? I think dozens might be an accurate unit of measurement. I lived for five years in or near Harpers Ferry and worked for the Park Service during that time. During one winter my bedroom was the room in which a Union general bled to death during the battle there. I went to school 15 minutes away from Harpers Ferry and only a few miles from Antietam Battlefield. That's not even to mention how much of northern Virginia and western Maryland are dotted with now-forgotten scenes from the Civil War.
And for as many visits as I've made to these places, I never thought to take many photos. Of course when you see something every day, there's the sense that you can just take the pictures tomorrow. But it wasn't until revisiting Gettysburg three years ago that I went with camera in hand to capture some of the battlefield.
It was with my Nikon D7000, a camera whose virtues I still extol even though I sold the camera to focus more on film work. The lens was the kit lens that came with all Nikons at the time -- the 18-55mm. Compared with the kit lenses that come with cameras today that one punched above its weight class and was capable of some quality images if given enough positive reinforcement.
I largely forgot about the images I took on that weekend excursion until recently when I undertook a huge overhaul of how my photos are organized and backed up. Finding these photos, my head fell back into the years I spent traveling here with friends to drink on NPS weekends (Mondays/Tuesdays) or alone for exploring the battlefield. So with an extra three years of shooting experience under my belt I went back through the RAW files and tried to see if they would look any different after re-editing.