Volunteer Re-Enactment

Outside of Jamestown VA Nikon Coolpix P900 @ f/5.6 = 661.2mm

It was Saturday April 8th at 1:38pm in an open field near Jamestown, VA. We were not looking for a Civil War Re-enactment, but there it was along a public road. There weren’t a lot of spectators around; maybe less than fifty. The soldiers were doing drill maneuvers as the Sergeant barked out his orders. The volunteer troops were properly in-line and turned correctly at each command. I wondered if the 1860’s volunteer soldiers were as precise? Today’s soldiers were tall, short, skinny, and fat; most of them had beard’s and/or mustaches. The sun was shining—the day was hot, for April, at 66° and it looked like the soldiers were wearing woolen uniforms. The marching had stopped, and they were at attention awaiting the next orders.

I quickly scanned the group with the Nikon Coolpix P900 (Super-zoom 24-2000mm). I landed on the face of this man. His beard was full, with a face that looked like he was a re-incarnation of his double that had fought in the War-Between-the-States. The big-bore rifle, by his side, was standing just as erect as he was. His head seemed to be drawn back in anticipation of the coming order of parade-rest or dismissed. It was, “Dismissed.” I was just in time. I only fired off one shot of him.

The image was adjusted from color to black & white in Lightroom; I paid particular attention to his eyes under the shade of his cap using the iris adjustment brush. I sent the image into Nik Silver Effects Pro 2 and continued with other adjustments.

This printed image won 1st Place at the Baltimore Camera Club with a perfect score from a panel of three judges. (The Baltimore Camera Club is the longest continuous meeting camera club in the United States.) Thank you Judges.

About MSST

Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather,Teacher, Counselor, Photographer and married to Sylvia since 1963.
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