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November 10, 2012 - 34 went

Largest Civil War Battle Reenactment West of the Mississippi!

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  • Ken L.

    There's something quite cinematic about this particular photo that appeals to me, Eugene.

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  • A former member

    That is because they were using spot lights in that spot. Plus Highlights down, shadows up and Vibrance up processing.

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  • Ken L.

    Well, it came together in an epic sort of way, I think.

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  • A former member

    Honestly, I expected a little more from the whole thing. It looked disorganized. Hopefully next year they will cut down part of the corn field and use hills behind like they supposed to. I will be there for sure with even better lenses.

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  • Ken L.

    I had no idea what to expect. It was better attended than I expected, and therefore, I expected that I've have better access to photographing the battle than I did. OTOH, I loved the camp and how that was set up. The only other Civil War reenactment I've attended was considerably smaller, the Bull Run battle in West Virginia about five years ago. Next year, I want to photograph more twilight/evening stuff. I loved shooting portraits, as I found the people compelling.

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  • A former member

    I think what happened is that were expecting the rain and that is why it was done in the corn field. Last year rain ruined the show because field turned in to mud. Next year I am going by myself and staying much later than this time to get more camp shots.

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  • Ken L.

    Oh, okay, that makes sense. I may do the same and drive over separately. I wonder if it's possible to bring a tripod and set up? I don't own a monopod, but I dunno, that might be cool. OTOH, they look lit well enough that I may be able to do handheld anyway. I do handheld for concerts (clubs), and that is considerably darker.

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  • A former member

    I used Nikon 16-35mm and 24-120mm VR lenses with D800e at minimum of 3200 ISO. Many are at 6400 ISO and 1/15 shutter. Normal shooting of people I do at 1/160 or higher. It was very dark that I tripped several times on the tent tether. If you can't hold at 1/15 you can bring tripod. It might get in the way though so you might want to use it as monopod with legs together.

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  • Ken L.

    For gigs in dark clubs, I've been using ISO 1600 with the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 and getting good results. And that's with someone moving on stage. Should be enough. I also can shoot pretty well with a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 as well. I'm usually shooting between 1/80 to 1/200 shutter speed. Any slower and the person really blurs.

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  • A former member

    Correct. I was taking multiple shots at 1/15 to get one without movement blur. And that is maximum I could get at 6400 ISO. VR works great for steady subjects. For people I was just waiting for stop movement. Next year I am bringing F1.4 lenses for this.

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  • Ken L.

    The one thing about using 50mm f/1.4 lens is, although they're wonderful because they're nice and fast, the depth of field is really narrow if you're shooting wide open or close to it, and when someone is moving around a bit, it can sometimes take a few shots to get them in focus. But when they are in focus, wow, is it ever beautiful and sharp!!!!!

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  • A former member

    All of the F1.4 lenses are like that. But for civil war camp photography you need minimum of 35mm F1.4 or wider. There was no room to back out in many places. There where several hundred tents in a small place. If you look at the exif many shots are at 24mm-38mm.

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  • Ken L.

    Yeah, anything that wide open is going to have that quality of depth of field. The wide angle 11-16mm I have is f/2.8, which should be okay. In terms of not having room, it worked extremely well. I did some of the portraits using a wide angle, but used the 50mm f/1.4 for portraits since, well, that's obviously such a brilliant lens for portraiture.

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