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Civil War Days at Duncans Mills

This is a very camera friendly event that I've shot before. One day is enough but you can get a lot of action and old time images.

Admission is $12 for adults $6 for kids, parking is $5 per car. There is a slight reduction for advance sales (see the website below). The terrain of the place is open fields with hills on both sides. Most walking is on nearly level ground. There is a food concession (not really great but adequate, personally, I'd bring my own lunch) and bathrooms are available (I don't recall any great problem with this).

The daily activity schedule is here: http://www.civilwardays.net/cwdschedule.html

The battles are lots of fun fast telephotos [masked] or[masked]) are useful for these. You also can go into the local village or encampments during the non-battle or more active periods of the day and get nice old time images and more normal lenses are useful for this. I've shot some black and white film at this too for fun as well.

Much more detail here:
http://civilwardays.net/

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  • A former member
    A former member

    What is the limit of images we can put up?

    July 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks!

      July 22, 2013

    • Bobbi Lance-Yuzu S.

      Lets keep it around a dozen.

      July 22, 2013

  • Bruce K.

    Had a great time was very interesting

    July 22, 2013

  • Tim M.

    Well, I had fun and enjoyed seeing other members as well. While I think I have too many images of people pointing guns at one another, I got some others as well and I have 3 rolls of B&W film to develop. Those will come in time. Weather was just about right. Last time I was there it was 10 degrees hotter, yuck. Anyway, there will be a next time!

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved it

    July 22, 2013

  • Toc

    Next year I'll bring more telephoto power. I didn't expect it to be so colorful and the participants so agreeable. Great photo shoot.

    July 21, 2013

  • Kristen R.

    Wow, my first time shooting anything like this. Loved the colors, action and canon fire!

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a good time. with the exception of the Union propaganda, and the deplorable use of non-period language. Use a translator if you think that you may not be understood. In this we would show that we are not progressing. But we are going backwards by the dumbing down of the American public. By destroying their ability to communicate. I apologize, I am sorry, this is just a personal thing . . . I had a great day ! ! !

    July 21, 2013

  • Jim W.

    It was a hoot, one of the better photo ops that I have recently been on, highly recommended, worth a return visit next year.

    July 21, 2013

  • Toc

    I had a great time there on Sat. Just sorry to have missed meeting up with anyone.

    July 21, 2013

    • Tim M.

      Great sorry we missed you

      July 21, 2013

  • Bob C.

    Going on Sunday

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    change of plans, sorry

    July 19, 2013

  • Tim M.

    Ok, so some of us will be there Saturday and some Sunday, great!
    As this is a meetup, I suggest those of us who are attending on Saturday should try to meet to get our bearings and plan for the day. I have spoken with my friend who is a 'sutler' (one of the civilians in the 'town') and he's told me that the set up is likely to be similar to past years. So...I suggest we try to meet at 9:30am one side of the food concessions building. I will be there from 9:30-9:45am looking for other meetup members. If we miss that or you arrive later, let's have a secondary meetup time at the same place at: 12:30-12:45. The rest of the time, you are on your own to shoot and go wherever the day takes you. Normally, I'd make a pitch to carpool and I suggest you should do that but I'm staying after the event and can't really organize a carpool.

    July 15, 2013

  • Kristen R.

    Update: I'm going on Sunday rather than Saturday.

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be there with Ruth Ann Grogan, we will be shooting digital and with close to period devices and imaging technologies.

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shooting relay for life

    July 14, 2013

  • Kristen R.

    Hey guys, I have one final question. I was looking at monopods on Amazon and wanted your opinions. Is it worth it to buy an expensive one? I see prices that run the gamut. I would like one that could support my Nikon D7000 camera body + a telephoto lens. Otherwise I'm stickin' with the tripod for this event! :)

    July 10, 2013

    • Tim M.

      Well, with photography gear you get what you pay for - generally. Last year I picked up a Manfrotto 560B which definitely handles the weight and has a very small set feet to further stabilize the mono pod. I've seen others that have one little foot that comes out to step on to stabilize it. Personally I think those are better than my walking stick (which has a screw in mount for a camera base). Best thing you can do is go to say Shutterbug or similar store and check out the options with your camera attached and see what you like.

      July 10, 2013

    • Kristen R.

      Thanks for the tip. I love Manfrotto... That's who makes my tripod. I'll look for your model.

      July 10, 2013

  • Kristen R.

    Thanks Tim, I'll shoot for Saturday too!

    July 9, 2013

  • Tim M.

    While this is a two day event, I think Saturday will be the better day. So as indicated by the date above, I'm going Saturday for the full day. I actually have a friend who is a Sutler re-enactor (they run the 'town') and I'm likely to stay later (after the event closes for visitor) and share dinner with him. I think a tripod would be unnecessary. Even if it's foggy (and it may be some portion of the day), you should have plenty of light to hand hold the action shots. Just keep your shutter speed higher than the focal length of the lens and you should be good. I may bring my tripod anyway as I'm considering bringing one of my older heavier medium format (6x7) cameras which doesn't lend itself to hand holding. If you still feel some extra stabilization is necessary you can always use a monopod for that.

    July 9, 2013

  • Kristen R.

    Oh - and another question - is a tripod necessary for outdoor shooting in daylight? I've never taken action shots with a superfast telephoto lens....

    July 9, 2013

  • Kristen R.

    Is there a consensus on which day you guys are going? I want to rent a lens for this event. :)

    July 9, 2013

  • Darren

    Will be at Laguna Seca watching & shooting the Red Bull MotoGP that weekend.

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • Tim M.

    We can work out more meet up details and/or ride sharing as we get closer. Although it's a two day affair, I'm going to target Saturday for the meet up.

    1 · May 31, 2013

  • Tim Morgan changed the location to Duncans Mills

    May 31, 2013

  • Bobbi Lance-Yuzu S.

    sweet! Can you fill in on cost, bathrooms, terrain and parking?

    May 31, 2013

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