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 Posted: Thu Mar 15th, 2007 09:09 pm
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A field portrait of a soldier in glasses would be even more difficult to find due to the nature of wet-plate photography, which was how photos were taken at the time. 

Exposure time for pictures was usually between 10-14 seconds, so subjects were very carefully posed, then had to maintain the pose without motion for the full exposure time.  If you look carefully at pictures of soldiers whom appear to be in motion, you will see that they are posed so as to appear to be in motion, and are holding the pose.  If the pose wasn't held, the photographer ended up with something like Alexander Gardner's famous "two-headed dog" in plate 5 of "Gardner's Phototgrapic Sketchbook of the Civil War". 

So, soldiers would have removed their glasses either from vanity, or because lighting was so all-important that they would have been asked to remove their glasses out-of-doors, so as not to reflect the sun's rays and cause a hot-spot in the picture.

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