Manassas National Battlefield Park
Time Lapse With A Panasonic HC-X1 4K Camera
It was an incredible 75 degree and sunny Sunday afternoon, so I decided to check out a place I had never been before; Manassas National Battlefield Park (Free Entry) located just a few minutes of I-66 in Prince William County. I took the camera and explored the different sights of the park, and put together some time lapse video (above) of my day.
My interest in Civil War history is pretty much non-existent, but I still ended up enjoying myself at the park and learning a thing or 2. I was actually shocked at the crowd that was out in full force at the Visitor Center, the main gateway to all the park has to offer. A lot of people really love this park, and learning about history. (Also lots of joggers)
Right from the visitor center, the first thing you will see is the Stonewall Jackson statue.
"There Stands Jackson Like A Stone Wall"
The sculptor of the statue made Jackson look like Hulk Hogan, both the soldier and the horse showcasing huge cartoon-like muscles. This was because he became a legendary figure who inspired the soldiers of the Confederacy (spoiler alert, they lost).
From the statue, you can see the old Henry House (a civilian house key in the battles of Manassas) and the monument to those fallen at Bull Run, erected in 1865. In the fields around the home you can see Howitzer canons lined up as they would have been during battle.
CAMERA STUFF: Shooting time lapse video on a very sunny day at a shutter speed of 1/2 is impossible. As soon as I got home I purchased a CPL filter (because even with other shutter speeds the sky was overexposed and not blue) and an additional ND filter so that next time I can shoot at the speed I want to shoot at.
My favorite part of the park is the Stone House at the bottom of the hill. A building that was used as a hospital during the Civil War. When I went, the house was open to walk inside and there was a tour guide on site giving the history of this cool looking building.
There were several other locations and monuments around Manassas, but I only stayed right by the visitor's center on my first trip. So many more areas and trails to explore. As the former Governor of California once said, "I'll be back".
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