Gettysburg At Rest - Sunrise Over Northern Portion Of Little Round Top

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Tampa, FL - United States

Your persistence truly paid off in getting this amazing shot. Beautiful, moody expression. Almost takes you back to that period. V

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you, Carolyn. The Good Lord has offered and taught me many lessons with my cameras. He has also provided numerous gifts along the way as well. I'm grateful for your encouragement. - Mike

Stockholm, Ma - United States

Amazing capture. Just beautiful. Love your work, Michael. L/F

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thanks, Brenda. I am very fortunate to live about an hour's drive from Gettysburg. It is a remarkable place at any time of the year. If you haven't yet had the opportunity, I hope you get a chance to walk the ground someday. - Mike

Washington, DC - United States

Beautiful light, composition, and processing!

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thanks, Stuart. I see in your own work that you are no stranger to, and a recipient of, that wonderful gift of sight and light. - Mike

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R B, CA - United States

Revisit, awesome !!!

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you, Fei, for your encouragement. - Mike

Fort Worth, TX - United States

Fabulous! l/f/t

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you, Stephen. I continue to visit the place and even after 50 years I never leave uninspired in some respect. - Mike

Waianae, HI - United States

This image speaks volumes of what took place here. Well done Michael. L/F

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you, Craig, very much. Always stop to look at and be thankful for what I was blessed to receive on that morning. - Mike

Rogersville, MO - United States

beautiful capture!

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you, Deena. This is one of my favorite spots for reflection at the Gettysburg battlefield and I visit it often in the morning and evening. I'm glad you liked this shot. - Mike

Fort Mill, SC - United States

great light and texture!

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thanks, Lydia. I never tire of spending time at Gettysburg with or without my camera gear. This sunrise, however, was one of my memorable experiences. - Mike

Colorado Springs, CO - United States

Exquisite light! Just beautiful! L/V

Michael Mazaika replied:

Diane, thank you. I count it a privilege to live relatively close to this hallowed ground and even more blessed by the Good Lord when a scene such as this is gifted to me. - Mike

Murphy, NC - United States

Really wonderful

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you Greg and Chrystal for your gracious comment and support. I appreciate it very much. - Mike

Montreal, QC - Canada

Hi Mike, Congrats on the painterly photography style, you do it well. - Sylvie

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you, Sylvie. Multiple exposures, HDR, and the painterly style helped to pull out the foreground under the lighting conditions. But, the Good Lord orchestrated the scene and light for which I am very grateful. Thanks for your encouragement. - Mike

Beatrice, NE - United States

Gorgeous image.

Michael Mazaika replied:

Pam, thank you. I'm grateful for your gracious comment. - Mike

Sequim, WA - United States

A beautiful image with amazing light!! V L

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thanks, Ginny. Every once in a while we are gifted with an amazing scene and light. I count that occasion as a great gift from the Good Lord. - Mike

Lawrence, ka - United States

Genuine Hollowed ground that decided the inevitable outcome for the nation. With Grant in Vicksburg and Lee defeated it was never again in doubt. Too bad that Southern Pride was still unsatisfied.

Vihti - Finland

Beautiful capture! Great light and mist especially. -f,l

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thanks, Ismo. It was a very special treat to witness this start to the day at the battlefield. - Mike

Culpeper, VA - United States

What a great capture!

Michael Mazaika replied:

It was an undeserved gift that I received that day. So glad you like it, Cindy. - Mike

Kansas City, MO - United States

I love tye light on the back side of image really brings out everything in the image

Michael Mazaika replied:

It was a pretty remarkable start to the day and I recall the blessing each time I drive or walk by the spot. Thanks for your encouragement, Stephanie. - Mike

Lawrence, ka - United States

LITTLE ROUND TOP was the key to the flank of the Northern line. Had it been lost to the confederates the outcome would have been very different. It's defense by Chamberlins 20th Maine was brilliant. Anchoring one end at a time of the union line and swinging door down the hill with bayonets and then the other end like a swinging gate. It was hand to hand against a confederate company that had never been whipped before. The Union owed the men of the 20th maine a debt which could never be repayed, but Chamberl;in went home to become Govenor of Maine and other things with the Congressional Medal of Honor. It was richly deserved.

Gilchrist, OR - United States

oh my what beautiful words, thank you for sharing that with me

Michael Mazaika replied:

My privilege to do so. - Mike

Gilchrist, OR - United States

my dad said once that as he walked out upon the field that he became overwhelmed with a spiritual presence and he cried, my dad did not cry, have you ever experienced this?

Michael Mazaika replied:

This place has brought tears to my eyes on many occasions over the 50 years I have been privileged to visit Gettysburg. These words, though, from Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's dedication of the monument to the 20th Maine sums up, I think, what your father and I, like many others, have experienced when walking the ground. "In great deeds, something abides. On great fields, somethings stays. Bodies change and pass, forms disappear; but spirits linger to consecrate ground for the visionplace of souls. And reverent men and women from afar, who know us not, and we know not of, shall come to this deathless field to ponder and dream of what was done and sacrificed for us. And lo - the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the spirit of the vision pass into their souls." - That's what all fields of battle and final resting places mean to me, Cat. Be well and thankful. - Mike

Lawrence, ka - United States

Lee's biggest error during the war between the states and one of the North's biggest mistake in not pressing Lee closely at it's conclusion and ending the war. Had Grant been in charge there it would have in all probability been the final battle.

Michael Mazaika replied:

Agreed, Everett. Yet Grant, the following day, was to begin (or accelerate) the process at Vicksburg which eventually brought him east to shepherd the War's conclusion. - Mike

Gilchrist, OR - United States

this is remarkable, I had many who died on the battlefields during the civil war, never understood why they called it civil, if it wasn't military what was it? hate. This is beautiful...

Michael Mazaika replied:

Sadly, one of the self-inflicted wounds necessary to our building as a nation and as individuals. I am honored to live so close and privileged to visit there often to remember those who served then and those who continue to this day. - Mike

R B, CA - United States

This is awesome Michael !!!

Michael Mazaika replied:

It is among my favorite spots and times to visit Gettysburg. Thank you, Fei. - MIke

San Lorenzo, CA - United States

The light is really beautiful, Michael!!! :)))v

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you, Laurie. It was a privilege to watch it take shape. - Mike

Amboy, IN - United States

very atmospheric, Michael.

Michael Mazaika replied:

The light was pretty impressive to watch that early morning. I was bless to be there. Thank you, James. - Mike

Tunkhannock, PA - United States

Outstanding imagery! L&F

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you, Jim. It is an outstanding place for remembrance as well. I appreciate your encouragement. - Mike

Los Angeles, CA - United States

I love the textures and colors! L/F

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you, Amy. I count this scene as a very special gift from the Good Lord. - Mike

Waupaca, WI - United States

Beautiful piece Michael.

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you, Thomas. I never grow tired of visiting the place. I'm glad you liked the image. - Mike

Pretoria, Ga - South Africa

Brilliant light and atmosphere! f/l

Michael Mazaika replied:

I pass by the scene very often on my visits to the Battlefield and realize more, each time, what an incredible gift I received on that morning. Thank you, Jolante. - Mike

Lawrenceville, GA - United States

Such a lovely valley, peaceful and still. The souls of thousands call from the hills "We fought and died so others could be free, we fought and died for our country. So come ye now to this hollowed ground, speak not a word, not a sound." "We who still lie here patiently await the day that wars no longer our brother shall take." Alan Lakin Jan 29, 2014 l/f

Michael Mazaika replied:

Very well said, Alan. I often go to (and repeat to myself) then Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's words from the dedication of the 20th Maine monument at Gettysburg "In Great Deeds". Very similar sentiments. I'm especially glad to know these image (and hope that the other images from my Civil War battlefield series) evoke similar emotions and thoughts in others. Thank you so much. - Mike

Cowen, WV - United States

Lovely image.

Michael Mazaika replied:

One of my favorites from Gettysburg or any place else that I've been privileged to visit. Thank you, Thomas. - Mike

Epworth - United Kingdom

Wonderful. This would make a great oil painting too.fv

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you so much, Cherise. It is one of my favorite settings at Gettysburg. - Mike

Lawrence, ka - United States

Brought about the realization of the inevitable although did not end the conflict because of the hesitation of the Union Commander to quickly follow up and prevent Lees retirement across the river.

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you, Everett. I hope you get a chance to view some of my other images from Gettysburg and perhaps, to walk the ground yourself. You're right, it was a broader realization of the inevitable (if not already recognized) with the pincers beggining to close in the west with the fall of Vicksburg the following day. I'll be posting images from my visit to that Battlefield in the months ahead. - Mike

Binghamton, NY - United States

Wonderful image!

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thanks, Kathy. It was a wonderful sunrise to witness. I'm glad you enjoyed the image. - Mike

Saint Catharines, ON - Canada

Amazing lighting. Excellent image.

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you, Paula. The light that morning was a wonderful gift to receive. - Mike

La Plata, Bu - Argentina


Michael Mazaika replied:

Lazaro, thank you very much. - Mike

Prattsville, NY - United States

Lovely capture and presentation. L/F

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you so very much, Patricia. - Mike

Frankfurt Am Main, He - Germany

Michael, This very beautiful capture with great post-processing. F/V

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you, Mahmoud. This is a very special place to me since I was a young boy. I'm grateful for your encouragement. - MIke

Oakville, ON - Canada

Beautiful HDR photo Michael, very serene. Voted!

Michael Mazaika replied:

I'm grateful, Kamil, for your kind comment. Thank you. - Mike

Wheaton, IL - United States

Beautiful work Michael! L

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you, Rosanne. As I mentioned in my Bio, I look at these scenes as gifts; not what did I "take", but what did I "receive". - Mike

Altadena, CA - United States

Marvelous work. Michael. I am a history buff, so this really resonates with me. V&F.

Michael Mazaika replied:

I'm very pleased you enjoy this image, Ram.. I hope that you would have an opportunity some day to visit Gettysburg and walk the ground. November thru February has some exceptional light and the visitors are down. Thanks. - Mike

Palm Springs, CA - United States

Beautiful and peaceful image of such a historical place. L/F

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you so much, Sandra. Gettysburg is a very special place for me. I appreciate your kind sentiments. - Mike

Lawrence, ka - United States

It is hard to reconcile Lee's mistake to charge the center of the Union line?? But for the Union's hesitation it all should have ended here!!

Michael Mazaika replied:

One of those seeming imponderables, Everett. But, all things work together. If you've not had the opportunity, I hope that you would be able to walk the ground someday. It takes the experience and knowledge to a different level. If you have already done so, I hope these images of Gettysburg kindle your remembrance of the place. - Mike

Blaine, MN - United States

Wow! This is breathtaking! l/f

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you, Corey. I return there often and marvel at the gift that I received on that morning. I'm glad that you like this image. - Mike

Vevey, Va - Switzerland

This shot really feels like history was made here. Very nice work, Michael. L

Michael Mazaika replied:

I never lose sight of the fact that so many people have sacrificed so much for our Nation and continue to do so to this day. Thank you, Colleen. - Mike

Portland, OR - United States

Wonderful work of light!

Michael Mazaika replied:

The light on this particular morning, after so many visits, I count as a gift from above. But, not one of those visits was without some sort of inspiration. Thank you, Dee. - Mike

Durham, NC - United States

wonderful scenery picture

Michael Mazaika replied:

Thank you, Sandra. It is one of my favorite spots to visit at Gettysburg. - Mike

Virginia Beach, VA - United States


Michael Mazaika replied:

Paula, thank you. My hope is that would be able to walk the ground there some day as well. There is never a shortage of wonderful scenes. - Mike

Cambridge, ON - Canada

Beautiful, Michael! L/F

Michael Mazaika replied:

Hanne, thanks for your kind thoughts and support. - Mike

Indianapolis, IN - United States

Awesome photo, you do great work!

Michael Mazaika replied:

You are very kind, Lauren. Some times, though, it seems like the Good Lord has set the scene and conditons and I just show up with my camera. - Mike

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