Jul 16


Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Bill Dowling is standing on top of Devil’s Den near the artillery pieces for Smith’s 4th New York Battery. He is demonstrating how one make their body into a tripod by among other movements, placing your feet shoulder width apart so that you will be balanced. Bill owns the photography studio, Bill Dowling Photography. This view was taken facing north at approximately 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 24, 2010.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Bill Dowling is the host for our series on Gettysburg Photography. Bill is a native of Connecticut, and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2006. He is a professional photographer specializing in historical landscape photography. His studio is Bill Dowling Photography.

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In the first Gettysburg Photography post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Bill Dowling shows the equipment needed on the battlefield to take pictures.

In today’s post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Bill Dowling shows how to use your body and other battlefield objects as tripods, a picture that he took near the “Triangular Field,” and the famous Devil’s Den sharpshooter’s photograph.



This map shows the location of the videos for the Gettysburg Photography posts. Video #1 was shot at the northeastern side of the large rocks at Devil’s Den. Videos #2, #3, and #4 were taken at the top of Devil’s Den near the cannon marking the location of James Smith’s New York Battery. Video #5 was taken near the gate to the “Triangular Field.” Video #6 was taken at the “sharpshooter’s position.” This map was created facing north at approximately 8:00 AM on Thursday, July 8, 2010.

In Video #4 (Videos #1-#3 were shown in our previous Gettysburg Photography posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Bill Dowling shows how to turn oneself into a tripod, and how to use other objects on the battlefield, such as cannon carriages, as tripods. This view was taken facing north to northwest to northeast to north at approximately 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 24, 2010.



Licensed Battlefield Guide Bill Dowling is standing by the gate leading into the “triangular field.” He is holding a photograph that he took in this location. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 24, 2010.

In Video #5 Licensed Battlefield Guide Bill Dowling is standing near the gate leading to the “triangular field.” He explains the difference between “taking” a photograph and “making” a photograph. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 24, 2010.



Here is the photograph that Bill Dowling made at the “triangular field” fence. This view was taken facing southwest.



Bill Dowling is standing by the famous “sharpshooter’s position” in Devil’s Den. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 24, 2010.

In Video #6 Bill Dowling is standing at the Devil’s Den “sharpshooter’s position.” He shows how Timothy O’Sullivan “created” a a very famous photograph in this location. This view was taken facing east to southeast at approximately 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 24, 2010.

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