Ten of my Unique American Revolution Reenactment Photos Part 2 of 2

April 30, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

In last month's blog, # 70, I selected five unique photos I haven't seen taken by anyone at an American Revolution reenactment. A few photographers like me like to photograph these events, and we compare images. In this month's blog, I'll select five more unique photos; I discussed them all in other blogs.

This photo was taken at the Battle of Germantown event in 2019. Although I have hundreds of musket blasts on this website, this one stands out the most. At first glance, it looks like an abstract photo. I wonder if reenactors realize how much smoke, sparks, and fire their muskets produce during each volley. 

It's funny how you remember specific photos after so many years. Here is a perfect example. This photo is from the street battle at the Iron Works Hill event in 2011, which hadn't occurred in years. I remember it was a street battle in present-day Mount Holley, a small town with buildings representing architectural styles from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries lining the streets. The echo from the cannon and gun volleys that day was deafening. You can tell from the British reenactors how loud and painful it was for them. I have no other photo like it.

Someone recently commented that this photo from the Siege at Ft Mifflin 2023 looked like a painting. Yes, that's what I wanted to hear. I'm now exploring new ways of showcasing my work. This photo of the Schooner Northwind sailing on the Delaware River was initially okay but nothing special. I improved it in On1 Sofware. The significant change was adding the canvas filter, making this feel nostalgic, a painting. I want to make more aesthetic changes like this moving forward in my photography journey.

Some photos you always remember creating them. Colonial Williamsburg is my favorite location to visit. I've been there numerous times. In 2014, while walking early in the morning with a cup of coffee and my camera, I spotted a small building with a ladder hanging horizontally near Williamsburg’s Capitol building. From a distance, it looked like a mouth, and the windows looked like eyes. You see where I'm going. It was the first time I had noticed this during my many visits. With simple cropping, I was able to create this image. It makes me smile every time! 

Here is an excellent example of creating an image in post-processing. The original shot was good but missing something. The subject was the native American warrior with his war club from the Battle of Oriskany in 2012. But he  was not the focus area in the photo. In On1 software, I changed that by adding a radial blur filter to keep him focused and blurting everything else around him. It worked perfectly. My two-year son really likes this photo.

Thank you for reading! Blog #72 will be posted in June 2024.  Be safe & well!

Ken Bohrer



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