Came for the War of 1812, Stayed for the Great War. Well okay, the weather wasn’t that bad on the Sunday. But this is where the problems with these early season reenactments come into play. The weather has been all sorts of weird this year. We were wearing great coats in April at the Drill School and now at the end of the month the temperature at night was dropping close to the freezing mark. Friday night I wasn’t cold, but Saturday night…the rain started around 8pm and didn’t quit until Sunday around 8-9am. Combine that with no sleep that night because of that pervasive cold and damp and there was no way I was fielding with a musket that day.
So I switched out my musket for a camera and got to business. There is plenty to photograph at a reenactment, the camps are usually alive with activity the soldiers cleaning their weapons, steel, and brass. Followers prepare meals, children play. Drill happens, practice with new toys (the 1st Royal Scots Lights just got a new 6-Pound field gun). But having stayed overnight I had a wonderful chance to take in the camp in the early mornings before the public arrived. People halfway between today and two hundred years ago.
The actual Battle of Longwoods took place in March of 1814 and ended with an American victory, and took place a few kilometers away. The original battlefield is pretty close to how it would have looked two hundred years ago but there really isn’t any place to camp for the reenactors and public to park. So many of the reenactments take place at Longwoods Conservation area and the Ska-Na-Doh Village. While the weather kept me down this year, fingers are crossed for better weather next year! As for using a spot meter and hand-holding the camera, that was easy, grey wool pants makes for a great 18% grey card 😉
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Distagon 50mm 1:4 – Rollei RPX 400 @ ASA-400
Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 6:00 @ 20C
Meter: Pentax Spotmeter V
Scanner: Epson V700
Editor: Adobe Photoshop CC (2015)