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Saturday, April 26, 2008

19th Annual Civil War Reenactment 2008 - Neshaminy State Park PA

If I can give you any tip regarding your journey with photography - it's to get out there and try different things that you never thought you would..

It's like that old saying "You'll never know if you like it until you try."

Today my sister and I decided to try something different for a new photo opportunity. We attended the 19th Annual Civil War Reenactment at the Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem. PA.

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I found out about the event after I came across Michael Belgie's Flickr stream with Civil War Reenactments photos. I sent him a note and he kindly provided me with information about the event. We made sure we found him at the "headquarters" and said hello since I wanted to thank him for sending me the information.



The official event website described the day as:


The 28th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, together with the First Battalion of the Army of Northern Virginia, The Historical Society of Bensalem Township, The Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum, the Delaware Valley CWRT, and The Neshaminy State Park are sponsoring a Civil War living history weekend on the Spring of 1863 Campaign.

This weekend, we will be portray a portion of the Battle of Chancellorsville that took place on May 3rd., the day after Jackson's flank attack. We will portray portions of Archer's, McGowen's and Lane‟s Brigades.

News story
Brochure

This was something really "different & interesting" for me photography-wise. The history was interesting too. I never thought I would enjoy an event like this but I did. Everyone was so friendly and we enjoyed speaking with many of the participants.

Favorite face of the day:



I have over 800 photos (mostly taken with my 70-300VR -- which produced EXCELLENT results for me today!). Due to the fact that I have a few paying photography jobs coming up in the next couple weeks it's going to take time for me to sort through and edit that many photos I took today - but I created the gallery that the photos will be housed in when I finally get to them (and I promise I will!).

Here's one that made me smile...the irony of the modern cameras with the period dress...I had to snap a photo.



You can check this blog and the new gallery I created for this event, periodically, to see when the (over 800) photos are completed and ready for viewing.


Please be sure to check back and bookmark the link to the gallery!

5 comments:

M Palmer said...

Looks like a fun day shooting - I like the BW conversions you did,

Anonymous said...

I left you a long comment the first day you posted this...so I thought??? I must have not published it fully. What a bummer! I loved this series...the history behind in and especially your photo of the little boy! His photo came out fantastic!!!

Heather

Anonymous said...

Jen,
This series, more than any other series of your work that I have viewed, speaks to your versatality, creativity, and depth as a photographer. Bravo.

I used to think you were a good photographer. I now think you are a talented, brilliant photographer.

Sue

Black Dog's Photographer said...

I really love this series (especially the young boy). I'm glad you took a step outside of your comfort zone as the results were rewarding to view.

Jen Weaver Photography said...

Thanks everyone. I can't wait to work on the huge amount of shots I took at this event!

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