Sunday Drive

I was in a black and white mood this afternoon.

Spent Brass

B-17 and B-51 Weekend

B-17 Flying Fortress

This past weekend I toured a World War 2 B-17 Flying Fortress bomber and P-51 Mustang at the Westminster airport. Both of these planes are currently on tour around the country as part of the Collings Foundation.

We arrived at the airport just in time to catch the landing of the P-51.

P-51 Mustang

Here are a selection of photos I took this weekend.

World War 2 Weekend at Eisenhower Farm

This weekend I attend the World War 2 weekend at the Eisenhower Farm in Gettysburg PA. It was a great day to soak up some history and grab some photos of the reenactors and equipment. Here is a small selection of photos from this event. I have all of the photos available at the following link. Eisenhower WW2 Weekend gallery

Russian Soldier

 

British soldier behind the Vickers machine gun.

 

Browning M1919 machine gun

 

Lindsey the jeep

 

Speed graphic camera in the press tent

Battle of the Bulge Reenactment

A selection of photos taken at the reenactment of the Battle of the Bulge from World War II. The location was at Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, Pennsylvania. It was nice to photograph this event with snow on the ground.

US Troops on the move

German SS firing the Gewehr 43

 

Wounded prisoner

 

 

By all accounts no Russian soldiers participated at the Battle of the Bulge, but it looks like a few crossed enemy lines to give moral support.

Russian soldier showing the PPSH

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.

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