More about the day:
Wow!... this was insane. These guys totally transform into character for the weekend. They eat, sleep, breathe, and sometimes die(fake dieing) Civil War reenactment. Myself along with another photographer, Robert Arnold (www.battleofbrimfield.com) were the only two non-reenactors allowed on the battlefield (thanks Sue for the Press Pass!). It was unbelievable! I can't even describe the power of these cannons when they fire... the sound hits you with a thud to your chest. The whole scene was crazy. Guys(and gals dressed as men) were sword fighting and firing rifles, pistols, and cannon's non-stop. There were cavalry units running all over the place. Men dropping left and right... and I stuck out like a sore thumb with this big camera, shorts and Keen sandals. Next time I do this I'll find some Civil War gear and wear it so i fit in. I'll wrap the big white lenses in with some burlap or something.
Besides being in the middle of a crazy civil war battle, my highlights of the day were teaching Christy some photography, eating the pig roast, and meeting Bob Arnold. Bob has been a photographer for over 30 years and he's got a great passion for the art! it was great dodging non-existent cannonballs on the battlefield, and then having lunch with him.