Black and White wasn’t the only thing going for these guys, the light which wasn’t the greatest when we first got there, was getting better and helped create a lot of nice shadows. Shadows can be a very powerful aspect when included in the composition. For a lot of those shots when the light was harsh the shadows were great to have. The reenactor below, who couldn’t keep a straight face if her life depended on it, posed beautifully on the staircase where the shadows actually add to her surrounding.
Then of course you have this General who was probably the quietest out of all the reenactors but made a very convinsing somber man. It seemed like the only places we had him were besides buildings, but that’s okay his shadow did wonders.
As you can see the background made everything with these guys and the buildings on the Sully Plantation were just killer. The General was a great sport and stood here in front of this particular buildings for a good 20 minutes before he finally walked away. In case any of you were wondering none of this was flash everything was just natural light.
Now in case anyone was wondering why i choose to use a 70-200 for these shots instead of something like a 50 f/1.4, it’s for two reasons. The first and most important, when working with people you haven’t worked with before and you’re in a big group, getting physically close to them with a camera can be very uncomfortable for that person. The 70-200 gives enough range that I don’t have to be close. The second reason just has to do with courtesy, since there was 60 of us there, if everyone got up close then there would always be someone in the shot. It’s just more polite and easier to move around this way.
In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film