Jerry Taylor  

Re-Enactment by Jerry Taylor

September 2023 - Re-Enactment

September 2023 - Jerry Taylor


September 2023 - Jerry Taylor

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About the Image(s)

The attached image Original was taken outside Yorktown, Virginia. We were fortunate to happen upon a re-enactment of a Confederate Camp practicing for a weekend event. The B/W edit (is my submission for this month) of the image (as a print) was submitted to the Baltimore Camera Club (according to them, "The oldest continuously meeting Camera Club in America). There was a three judge panel who gave this image a perfect score of 15 -- 5 by each judge.
I have included an image of the whole re-enactment group marching.

The edited B/W image was taken with a Nikon Coolpix P900 at f/5.6 1/500 sec. ISO 160 at 115 mm (35mm focal length = 650)
The original image was taken into Lightroom using B/W conversion and Dodge and Burn techniques to print the final image.

Jerry Taylor

This round’s discussion is now closed!
11 comments posted

Kathleen Colligan
I can see why it was awarded perfect scores by judges. The weary expression of the soldier with all his details pop right out . The detailed look, the way you cropped it along with using black /and white tell his story. Just wow!   Posted: 09/12/2023 07:41:40
Jerry Taylor   Jerry Taylor
Thank you Kathleen.   Posted: 09/12/2023 09:34:30

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
This image works so well. Of course, black and white gives it a period look (hmmm, I wonder about a sepia tone). But the hair, the hair, and the tip of the period looking rifle all make this just right.   Posted: 09/12/2023 09:45:24
Jerry Taylor   Jerry Taylor
I tried the sepia tome and didn't like it. Good suggestion.   Posted: 09/12/2023 09:51:56

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
  Posted: 09/12/2023 10:01:31

Keith Francis   Keith Francis
Wonderful close-up, there is a story in the eyes of that soldier.

Like Andrew I'd suggest a sepia tone but I understand you did and didn't like it.   Posted: 09/12/2023 12:14:36
Jerry Taylor   Jerry Taylor
Thank you. I wish I could have talked with him, gotten his email address, and sent him the image. Yes, I would like to know the story of a reenactor. Later in the day we did see the encampment, but I was not allowed to take photos -- like I did on the field.   Posted: 09/12/2023 15:51:19

Laurie McShane
Normally I am attracted to color images, but you've made me a convert. His eyes really draw me in, and the beard is wonderful. For some reason, his right cheek is quite bright, and I wonder what would happen if it were toned down some?   Posted: 09/12/2023 16:00:48
Jerry Taylor   Jerry Taylor
This image was entered into a print contest. In the print the cheek is not as bright, however I appreciate the suggestion for the digital image and I agree.   Posted: 09/12/2023 17:38:39

Prasad Indulkar   Prasad Indulkar
Very nicely done, expressions on his face makes you wonder about his life. and Monochrome would be the way to go for this. I am sure the print must be looking awesome.   Posted: 09/13/2023 00:19:06

David Garrison
great detail, nice change to the lighting.   Posted: 09/15/2023 11:36:44