I went to the Battle of Fort Sanders re-enactment held in Corryton, TN on Saturday, October 9, 2010 for the Knoxville News Sentinel and covered Fredrik Christiansen a sharp shooter for the confederate soldiers in the Battle of Fort Sanders re-enactment. Fredrik had traveled from Norway to participate in the re-enactment and was one of the main people the writer “Fred Brown” a long time reporter for the Sentinel was covering. I also shot two of the re-enactment battles I saw that day. This was a very rewarding assignment and I enjoyed the battlefield action as well as the general spirit of the over 500 re-enactors who were gathered on the sprawling farm in Corryton, TN. The farmland or dirt as he referred to it was owned by Smiley Clapp.
These photos are all shot with a long lens, 70mm to 200mm, with my new 7D canon body. The clarity of the lens has always been great and now armed with over 18 megapixels the images are beginning to look very nice. Keep in mind I have been shooting digitally for around 5 years now, but before that shot 35mm film, professionally, for 15 years. So, the realism of digital is just now sinking in for me digitally speaking vs former images shot with film or even transparencies. I guess I have been Blessed to have experienced both of those genres in photography. I shot this with all available light during the three hour assignment and pretty much enjoyed the scenic surrounding of the pastureland and the House Mountain being in the background of course. I have climbed that mountain several times and never thought I would be photographing a confederate re-enactment in the shadows of that mountain…what a Blessing Lord thank you! I am never ceased to be amazed at where I am taken with my career choice or the interesting people I come in contact with. Journalistic photography is probably the biggest contributor to the various places I have visited. I wonder when I will be called to work outside of this country?
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