Dennis Morris has developed the diographic technique as a result of his life time interest in history and scale modeling. Dennis is a graduate of Grove City College with a Bachelors degree in History and has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Akron.
Dennis resides in Montour Falls New York, where he was employed by Schuyler County as an Assistant County Attorney and is now Schuyler County Court Judge. His other interests include designing and coaching Marching band, Drum and Bugle Corps and Color Guard.
The Gettysburg Diographs are photographed on a 450 square foot diorama accurately representing portions of the terrain of the Gettysburg Battlefield as it appeared on July 2, 1863. References for this included the period photographs of Brady, Gardner, and later shots by Tipton. In the fall of 2009 a new studio was completed. This new modular diorama will allow unlimited vistas of the Gettysburg battlefield. As each year passes we can present more scenes from the battle including all 3 days.
The Warren map was a primary reference for topography. Troop movements are based on the works of Bachelder, Coddington and Pfanz and the recent Maps of Gettysburg by Bradley M. Gottfried has been an invaluable aid.
Each scene was posed one figure at a time. For most shots a tethered Canon A620 with PS Remote software was mounted on an extension boom with remote controlled gimbals. While this allows fairly precise control of the photo process, over 30,000 shots have been taken thus far to generate 30 diographs. Actual photos of the Gettysburg battlefield are then blended in to create the distant scenery, horizon and sky.