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Moorpark Civil War Reenactment ~ 2009


Moorpark Civil War Reenactment

I wasn't sure where to begin upon arrival, but the gendarmes advised me that my first stop would be the ticket booth. Fair enough. On entering the main gate, it was clear that this was a large event. The best way to see it all is to start wandering and keep your eyes open and, for photographers, keep your camera ready.

There were separate camps for blue and gray, and each was populated by people in appropriate period attire: uniforms for soldiers and beautiful dresses for the ladies. Activities and chores were done in the old ways. Even though there was "a war on," everyone seemed in good humor. Reenactors were cordial and informative, explaining procedures and demonstrating equipment. Not surprisingly, they were also accustomed to photographers at this event, and many seemed eager to pose for posterity.

About the Photography

Many of the photos below would be found flawed in print competitions, and some of those flaws are easily noted. But consider this from a modern-day soldier, Donald Rumsfeld: "You go to war with the army you haveā€”not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time." Likewise, these photos are made in the light and activities prevailing at the moment. And they are made because I enjoy making them. Part of the appeal is the challenge of composing without distracting elements, and revealing people at their work in positive and flattering presentations. I believe that I have succeeded in that. Thanks to all for an entertaining and informative day of photography. I'll be back.