Gettysburg Portraits

I have found that I really enjoy taking portraits of the reenactors at Civil War events. In a way it is similar to taking photos of strangers at Otakon. Everyone that is dressed up at these events expects their photo to be taken. At this most recent event I had some ideas on what I wanted to try. Some of my ideas did not pan out, but a few were very successful.

Here is some strobist information for those that are interested. Most of the time my goal was to shoot the photos either under a tent/shade, or directly into the sun. I used an off camera flash connected via a flash cable. I either shot with a 8″ Lumiquest softbox or with the bare flash. This gave me the opportunity to shoot into the sun to try and capture some nice hair lighting or to provide some nice fill light for the deep shadows caused by the direct sunlight.

Here is a selection of some of my favorite portraits from the Gettysburg 150th reenactment.

General Robert E. Lee

J.E.B Stuart – I liked the hair light on this one

Boy from Settlers Camp

Confederate Soldier – the sun is directly behind his head. This gives you a halo of light around the hat.

Union Camp Band – the morning sun was coming from over my right shoulder. I used the flash in my left hand to fill in the shadow under the brim of her hat.

Union Soldier – this guy wins the award of being the most willing subject. He let me position him in multiple settings while I tried out some of my ideas. He also had a very sweet Henry Repeating rifle.

Union General

Confederate Quartermaster

Confederate Artillery – these guys asked me to come onto the battlefield to have their photo taken. I gave them my card and hope to be able to get them a copy of this photo (and others I shot of them firing the cannons.)

A selection of my favorite photos from this event can be found at the following link: Gettysburg 150th. If you are a reenactor in one of my photos, please contact me and I can give you a digital version of the photo.

Gettysburg 150th

Union Calvary

The week of July 4th, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. This year I attended 3 of the 4 days of the reenactment to photograph for both my infrared project and also to provide photos for Celebrate Gettysburg magazine. The crowds were estimated to range from 30,000 on Thursday to over 90,000 during the weekend. There were over 10,000 reenactors at the event.

Confederate soldiers

In this post I will show some of my favorite battle photos.

Confederate Cannons

Dismounted Union Calvary

Fog of War

Honor for the Fallen

A selection of my favorite photos from this event can be found at the following link: Gettysburg 150th. If you are a reenactor in one of my photos, please contact me and I can give you a digital version of the photo.

Big Meadow Deer Fawn

Big Meadow Deer Fawn

Here is a quick preview image from my annual trip to photograph the deer fawns at Shenandoah National Park.

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Today we visited the Maryland Institue College of Art — M|I|C/A for a college tour for Emma. We went to lunch at the inner harbor and I was able to grab the following photo with the iPhone panorama app.

Rabbit in Snow

Snow Rabbit

We received a couple of inches of snow yesterday. This morning it was nice and sunny. Our backyard bunny came out to forage in the snow.

Apple Computer Icon – Week 1

Apple Computer Stock certficate

Apple Computer has had a long history of technological inovation in computer hardware and software. They are now an icon in the mobile phone marketplace and are setting the standard for others to follow with the iPhone. Back in 1997 the company was a niche player in the computer marketplace and the stock was selling in the low $20′s. The stock is now trading between $500-600 per share and Apple Computer now has the highest marketcap of all publicly traded companies. The technology industry can be fickle and the icons of the past have gone by the wayside, who knows if Apple will be able to maintain this status in the future.

This photo is part of the first week’s theme of Icon for the 2013 Photo Challenge. Each week the Photo challenge website posts a theme for the week and they will recap some of their favorite images. I personally don’t think this image is very strong, but when the word icon came to mind, I immediately thought of Apple Computer and the stock certificate I have framed.

One of the goals I had for this year was to continue making updates to this blog so it doesn’t fall by the wayside. My goal is to post at least once per week. One easy way to accomplish this is with a weekly photo assignment.

New Years (366-366)

New Years Resolutions

I started off this year with several goals and resolutions and I’m very pleased with the progress I have made. One of my resolutions was to embark on a project to take and post a photo a day. This photo marks the end of that project and documents some of the resolutions I have for the next year.

My plan for the year is to continue the progress I have made with my walking and complete the 50K One Day Hike (ODH) in April. After April the training will continue so I can take on the 100K ODH in 2014. Photographically I plan on working on a monthly printing project and finishing my Civil War Infrared project. Another goal for the year is to complete the first level of Rosetta Stone Spanish.

Happy New Years and I hope everyone has a great 2013!

Last Sunday (365-366)

Sunday Drive

I typically love getting up early on Sunday morning to go for a drive and search for photos. This is the last Sunday of the year and the dramatic skies made for an enjoyable drive.

Snowy Backyard (364-366)

snowy backyard

Azalea Lights (363-366)

Azalea Christmas Lights

While processing this in Lightroom I started playing with the oil paint technique I have been playing with (negative clarity, and pumping up the noise reduction.) I liked the effect, but this quick method wasn’t giving me the look I wanted. So I dropped the image into Photoshop and was able to get the look I wanted with the Dry Brush filter. This is a photo of the Christmas lights in our Azaleas. I shot this at f22 so I can get the starburst on the lights.

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