There’s a fun nature for an event that is total fiction rather than historical. It gives us a chance to play and provides us with a view of other historic sites within our province. Until this event, I had never even heard of the Bradley House. But as I took the gentle curve along Orr Road in the village of Clarkson on the border of Oakville and Mississauga I was pleasantly surprised at the industrial fences of a Suncor Petroleum plant melted away into a forest alight with fall colours. As I chatted with folks around the site, it turned out that Clarkson has aRead More →

One of the best parts of being a historical reenactor is that you often get a chance to visit and stay in some of Canada’s historic sites, and many find their home in some of the beautiful towns in the province. And while it can be hit and miss along the Niagara River, Fort George in the picturesque Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario is certainly one such site. Having an event there during the July edition of the Summer Film Party offered me a chance to shoot in the historic walls of Fort George, a site deep in military history. Both the fort and the town have aRead More →

They came on in the same old way, and we defeated them in the same old way. – Field Marshal Sir Arthur Wellesley – June 1815 Being primarily a War of 1812 reenactor the folks I usually face across the field are the American forces, however, in 2015 I had a chance to visit Europe to join with fellow reenactors around the world to face off against the French at the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. It seemed some of the French were coming to visit us in Canada at Old Fort Erie. I’ll admit it was strange seeing the French tri-colour flyingRead More →

A little sidebar, I wrote this blog post a while back as a post if I had nothing to post here for the week sort of a filler. However recent news made me post this sooner! That great news is that Ektachrome is back! Kodak will be releasing a new version of Kodak Ektachrome E100G in the fall of 2017. There’s more than battles, drill, and lazing about to a reenactment. Once the public leaves, the camps become the social centres for the evening. And being a reenactor one thing I have been a little lax on is capturing these behind-the-scenes moments once the public’sRead More →

While many continued to use and love the all mechanical Nikon F2 the F3 was a departure of sorts for Nikon moving towards an electronic-based camera and a very stylish one at that. Designed by the noted industrial designer Giorgetto Giugiaro who introduced the red strip that still appears on Nikon SLRs today. This is the camera that got me back into semi-automatic manual focus photography after I received it as a gift from a photojournalist with a vast collection of lenses and the MD-4 motor drive. While heavily used, this camera has seen a lot of action in the past and continues to seeRead More →

This isn’t a post about a specific battle or fort, or even a person connected to the War of 1812, but rather the people who continue to preserve the legacy of the war, who make a point to portray as close as we can what it was like 200 years ago, a brave army of men and women who put time, money, and a great deal of effort to maintain a level of historical accuracy of the person they portray. From soldiers to camp followers, merchants and manufacturers. Members of the 1st Royal Scots Grendiers stand sentry over Fort Erie during this past Siege Event.Read More →

We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. While I continue to push my War of 1812 project, there is another major milestone that’s happening right now, the Centennial Celebrations of the First World War. So I wasn’t going to let it slide in the sheet-a-week project, so when I attended a timeline event (where a bunch of reenactors from various time periods gather to show their stuff to the public) at Fort George National Historic Site in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario I made a point to find a groupRead More →

It ended with an explosion, but this is how it started, the sun creeping up over the historic fort, the trees, earthworks, masonry redoubts and blockhouses, tangled abatis, and rows of white tents. This was the scene early Saturday morning as near 1100 military reenactors started to crawl out of their tents and start to put on their uniforms, ready to put on a show the likes the site, or the neighborhood had ever seen. You see this year marks the 200th anniversary of the bloody siege of Fort Erie, the last major campaign on Canadian soil during the War of 1812. Sure there wasRead More →

As a reenactor I rarely get the chance to go out and photograph the battle demonstrations that I participate in, and pretty much never get to be out in the middle of the battle with a camera. But when fellow reenactor and friend Phil started to invite me out to his birthday tactical event at Olde Fort Erie, I thought this would be a great chance to be able to get right up close with the guys shooting. So for a couple of rounds of play I shot my trusty F3 and got right up close in the action. Because people like us are allRead More →

One of my other hobbies is reenacting the War of 1812. This largely forgotten war, expect for those who live in Canada, and the parts of the US that were touched by the conflict that ran from 1812 to early 1815. For the most part people see the battle demonstrations, the flurry of men and women dressed in red, green, and blue. The belching smoke and flame from massed musket and rifle fire, the din of the cannons. So for Week 33 I’ll give you a peek at what happens behind the scenes when we aren’t out on the field, there’s a good chance thereRead More →