Recently we were commissioned to reproduce a painting for the SC Military Museum & Relic Room. We thought it would be pretty cool, until we found out exactly what we were being asked to do. We were blown away at the opportunity that was unfolding. We were asked to photograph a painting that is 90'' x 240'', that's nearly 8 feet by 20 feet! It is a part of the Johnson Collection in Spartanburg and is the Gettysburg: Repulse of Longstreet's Assault, July 3, 1863.
You can't just snap a photo of this and reprint it. In order to capture such a massive painting, in a high enough quality to be reproduced life-size, we had to construct a rig to allow us to move our camera & lights across the width and up the height required.
The real fun came into play in post processing. You see, the painting & frame weigh quite a bit. For safety purposes it is anchored to the wall with bolts and cable at the top. This is great for them, however, it means that the painting is tilted back roughly 2" over the span of 8' high. This changes the orientation of the painting in relation to the camera as we moved up each row, and we did 5 rows. Thus, when I started the process of stitching the images together I had to accommodate for this tilt. It made for some very meticulous and fun work. This is the largest jigsaw puzzle we have ever worked on, haha.
This painting is being reproduced for a
gallery in the SC Military Museum in commemoration of the 150th
anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. It will be printed roughly
8'x20', and be on display for 6 months at the entrance to the exhibit.
This photo is a compilation of over 75 photos that were meticulously stitched together digitally.
It was a very involved process that we are proud to have been a part of!