52:500c – Week 18 – Longwoods

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)


2 thoughts on “52:500c – Week 18 – Longwoods

  1. I love these! What a great photo opportunity. There are a few reenactment groups around here but of course we don’t have the actual historical sites related to many battles, as the Spanish used the church to do their dirty work. Good for you for staying the night and getting those early morning shots, which look almost like you can imagine the real thing.


    • Thanks! Yeah it’s a fun hobby, and sometimes I can combine both musketry and camerary, but the two don’t really go together. I’m slowly putting together a WW2 combat photographer impression that I’ll work on more seriously next year.


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