Civil War Reenactment - Columbus, OH - 2014

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by gryphon1911, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    All images taken with Olympus OMD EM5 and one of these various lenses:
    Olympus 12-50/3.5-6.3, 45/1.8, 40-150/4-5.6

    I rebuilt this here from a blog I did on this, so if the formatting is a little jacked up, I apologize.

    The Ohio History Center was the location of a US Civil War reenactment this June at the Ohio Village area.

    14289848077_82bb7b0e89_c. More Cavalry - B&W by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    The village was sectioned off into 2 camps, one for those representing the Union soldiers and the other section housed the Confederate soldiers.

    14289857857_2a494264ba_c. Confederate Skirmish Line - B&W by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    As with most of the reenactment events, most of the day, you wander about the grounds and learn from the reenactors there about the time period and the lives the soldiers led.

    14472934921_cbccde56b0_c. A Boy From Town - B&W by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    14496442993_c7204a6125_c. Union Officer - B&W by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    Specific times allow for expertly choreographed battles that include various types of cannon, cavalry and infantry skirmishes with varying maneuvers.

    14289732068_77db3f2b51_c. Battle Burro - B&W by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    You can learn quite a bit just by watching these battle sequences to see how warfare was conducted back in the 1860's.

    14472948091_3ece353bf5_c. Union Flag 2 - B&W by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    These types of events can be very immersive and the Ohio Village is a perfect backdrop to this event.

    14289707020_03a38b8161_c. Union Skirmish Line - Firing2 - B&W by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    14289762418_744da11dbd_c. Needs a Drink - B&W by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    14453226276_059af9f87d_c. Union Skirmish Line - Downed Soldier - B&W by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    14472961851_e2f0cbc458_c. Confederate Cavalry 2 - B&W by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    14472967341_5f05e35379_c. Pipe Smoker - B&W by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    14475034122_f3227e2e3a_c. Injured Union Soldier 2 - B&W by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    14289902897_3a5f21e873_c. Abe and the Banjo - B&W by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    14472992791_c28e5aa3b9_c. Telegraph Office - B&W by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    14289911837_288df556d1_c. Woman and Bunting 2 - B&W by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr

    14453270556_07ab7a3d3d_c. Walking Out Of Camp - B&W by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr
     
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  2. audiodrive

    audiodrive Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 9, 2013
    Prairies
    jef
    Nice set! Thanks for sharing.
     
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  3. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Looks like a great event and you got some terrific shots. Very nice! :2thumbs:
     
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  4. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    I just noticed that most of the men in uniform during the actual American Civil War were less than half the age of the people in these pictures.
     
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  5. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Well, that was was long time ago. They're a lot older now.
     
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  6. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    I've noticed over the years it seems like the younger set tend to stay away from these events unless they are spectating. A shame, but a reality.
     
  7. dogs100

    dogs100 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 12, 2011
    N Devon UK
    Geoff
    We shared a wedding breakfast table with some English re-enactors and weren't they good company ... and young(ish). Maybe entertainment options are limited in the UK ... :tongue::tongue:
     
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  8. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Unfortunately in the current world, the young have real wars in which to participate.
     
  9. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    My experience is limited to OH right now. I grew up 20 miles from Gettysburg and you'd get a whole different demographic to do re-enactments there. That was back in the late 80's and early 90's before I moved out to OH for college/career.

    Speaking of Gettysburg....if you love US Civil War history, Gettysburg is one of those must see places. It still gives me shivers to this day when I go back and visit family. Just thinking about all those Confederate soldiers that charged across the field during Pickett's Charge, Staring down the barrels of cannon and rifle. The desperation and courage it took. Seeing Devil's Den and imagining a what the sharpshooter's of the day needed to overcome....visiting Bloody Run and imagining a whole creek so filled with blood that it was crimson red.....and imaging that soldiers from either side would meet up at night and talk, only to know that they would face each other on the field the next day.

    Gettysburg still gives you all that and more. It is a true treasure of history and a place that I feel should be on everyone's bucket list.
     
  10. flamingfish

    flamingfish Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 16, 2012
    Emily
    A great set of photos, but does anyone else feel that the pathos of the downed soldier scene is somehow diminished by the "Ohio Village Muffins" sign?

    (Perhaps the scoreboard should have been amended to "Yanks" and "Rebs" for the occasion.)

    insert smiley here -- :wink:
     
  11. Itchybiscuit

    Itchybiscuit Photon Mangler

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    Dec 10, 2013
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Ivor
    I enjoyed your set.

    Any reason you shot in B&W? For that 'authentic' look I would have guessed Sepia. Mind you, I'd have gone with colour but that's just me and I'm a whiny-faced, pernickety sort.
     
  12. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    I went to the one at Prado Dam in Chino/Corona, CA recently... the actors were not young but a local Boy Scout troop was volunteering to help with setup & logistics, and iirc food.

    These pics look very nice...
    I wasn't very happy with the pics I took; the battle was on a small hill so everything was at an angle, and the sun was bright overhead... I should try desaturating though.

    Barry
     
  13. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    BTW, the actor turnout was reportedly small this year, ironically due to an ongoing grievance between the North & South 'armies' as to how the battles should be enacted.

    I'm not sure if this is nationwide or just in the West.

    Barry
     
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  14. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
  15. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    It's funny, and I'm not picking on you....but I've been shooting reenactments since 2005, and I always get that question. I shoot in color, then post process. This year I chose B&W, but in the past I've shot and processed in Sepia and Ambrotype as well. It seems like I should process them all in all three monochrome types.

    I personally prefer processing to Ambrotype, but I try my best to try out different processes. B&W just seemed to feel the way I should go this time.

    If you are interested here is a set from my Flickr account of other years.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gryphon1911/sets/72157634272190668/

    This image is an example of the Ambrotype processing that I prefer:
    14130881650_1199d5f654_c. Lodging House Owner by gryphon1911 [A.Live], on Flickr
     
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