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I'm a Science Teacher, Nature Photographer, Husband, Father, and Grandfather who loves to explore the natural world by traveling, photographing and thinking. 


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Civil War Days in Allen, Texas

Recently, I was asked by friends to shoot the activity at the Allen (Texas) Heritage Guild’s Civil War Days. I did not expect much from this small event which consisted of a small encampment of reenactors, a realistic medical test and surgeon (including a lower leg amputation!),  a skirmish on both Saturday and Sunday and some dramatic readings related to Civil War letters, the Gettysburg Address, and  a period debate regarding the secession of Texas from the Union.

  True Love in a Time of War


As you can see in the images in this post, the event was a success! It was small enough that I was able to get images of many of the activities. In addition, I am very pleased with how they came out. As is now my style, I processed them to reflect images that would have actually been taken during Civil War times. 

The Artilleryman    

Please feel free to let me know what you think of these images and especially their level of realism in your eyes - I am striving to develop techniques that lend these digital images a genuine feel of being Daguerreotypes, wet plates, and tintypes from the earliest days of photography. As such, all constructive criticism is welcomed!  Keep your eyes on this space as I'll be sharing my visit to the "Battle of Fort Richardson" in Jacksboro, Texas later this week! 

Thanks again for your support! 


barbara l. hale said...

You did a great job with these, John! Wow! If I just ran across them casually, I wouldn't have known they weren't the real thing.

Cindy said...

Excellent John, these photos look authentic..processing today is so much fun!

Toad Hollow Photography said...

Terrific set, John, just stunning! I love your processing here, it's very sympathetic to the material being photographed. What a great presentation!!