Win this Print at PaLA!

Win this museum-grade reproduction at PaLA!

On July 15, 1863, Matthew Brady and his photographic outfit captured this iconic image of three unnamed Confederate prisoners of war. Taken on Seminary Ridge at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, just a few hundred yards from both General Lee’s headquarters and the Lutheran Theological Seminary, this photograph is acknowledged to be one of the finest records of Confederate uniforms ever recorded during the American Civil War. We will be pleased to award this museum-grade reproduction to one lucky librarian who visits our booth at the Pennsylvania Librarian Association Annual Conference – October 1-2, 2012, at Gettysburg PA.

Creekside Digital created a composite uncompressed TIFF master file from the left and right halves of high-resolution scans of the original stereo glass plate negatives (Library of Congress Call Number LC-B811-2288) using the clearest, most-detailed and least-damaged portions of the source images. The composite was then expertly retouched to remove dust, tape, emulsion scratches, and other flaws present in the original image, requiring many hours of manual work. In order to maximize the both D-Max (darkness of black) and overall tonal dynamic range present in the final print, we selected Hahnemühle’s FineArt Baryta paper for use with our 12-color pigment ink reproduction process (using four separate shades of black and gray). This 325 g/sm paper uses barium sulphate in its coating to emulate the look, feel, and depth of black & white prints made using traditional darkroom processes. Multiple proofing strips were run and adjustments made to ensure that subtleties such as shadow detail and folds and creases in the uniforms were retained in various parts of the composite while retaining D-Max and an overall balanced, pleasing contrast. If properly cared for, this archival print will last for over 150 years without fading.

Original, unretouched left and right glass plate negative halves

Finally, the printed image was mounted, double-matted, and custom-framed using quality, acid-free Larson Juhl materials. Creekside Digital is able to create such custom, museum-grade reproductions from items in digital collections, on demand and at any volume, and frame and ship them anywhere in the world.

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2 million objects digitized! That's pretty cool.TWO MILLIONTH OBJECT DIGITIZED!!!

In June 2016 we let you know our office hit 1 million objects digitized. It took us a little over 3 years to hit that mark. Now, less than 2 years later, we’ve piled on another million and have just hit our TWO MILLIONTH object digitized! We're making progress but we’re still just getting started!

And what object had the honor of being our two-millionth? This beautiful orchid from our ongoing project to digitize Smithsonian Gardens living orchids collection.

This plant, the two-edged Laelia (Laelia anceps) from Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras belongs to an unusually hardy family. Species have adapted to compete in crowded landscapes and can withstand harsh environments where few other plants can survive.

In early November, Mexicans celebrate the Day of the Dead to honor their dead relatives. Grave-sites are elaborately decorated with brightly colored and highly fragrant Laelia anceps orchids ranging in color from pale lavender to white.

In addition to objects digitized at Smithsonian Gardens, the road to this milestone has also included team members and objects from these museums:

- Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
- Cooper Hewitt
- Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries
- Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
- National Museum of American History
- National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

... with many more to come! Thank you to all museums, object handlers and business partners that made this possible!
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2 million objects digitized!  Thats pretty cool.

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Filming Friday at Smithsonian Gardens with Smithsonian Enterprises. Stay tuned for a new video showing our digitization process of this special living orchid collection! ... See MoreSee Less

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