Historic Senior Portrait

Today’s senior photo shoot turned out to have more shooting than planned.  But it was a treat for all of us.

I was given the opportunity to do a senior portrait session with Stephen D.  When I found out he loves history, we discussed doing the session at the Mooney Grove Civil War Reenactment.  That happened this weekend but the only time we cold connect was after church on Sunday – not the ideal time for good light for a portrait session.

We got there just in time to watch the first battle of the day and of course those are always begging to be photographed.  (Remind me to bring ear plugs next time.  It is impossible to shoot photos and cup both hands over the ears as the canons fire.)Canon FireCanon Fire 1 Sepia

I landed not one, but four lucky shots of the flame belching out the barrels.  Two years ago in Fresno, I shot over 1,000 rapid fire photos of just the canons and only landed a partial flame. So I feel fortunate.

Canon Fire 2

Next, we tried to do some senior photos during the midday sun.  Giant oaks are still dormant so no shade from leaves.  I put Stephen in the shadow on a mighty oak and took some images.  We were beside one of the Confederate camps and the camera & light gear raised their curiosity.  (“No, I am not from the newspaper”.)  But we did explain Stephen’s love of history as the reason for being there.  Well, that ended the formal photo session as they started discussing details of the Civil War.

One of the group’s leaders was Anita (Andy) Hatch and she asked if Stephen would like to fire the canon.  No hesitation here – absolutely “yes”.   Before he could do it, he had to go through a complete safety class and pass a test.  All taught and administered by the volunteer actors.  I listened in and was very impressed on the steps they take to keep the participants and crowd safe.

Once through the training, Stephen had to dress in a spare Confederate gunners garb.  To make a long story a little shorter, Stephen was trained on the various positions of the canon crew and then stayed on to join the canon crew in the next battle reenactment.  This was a real treat for Stephen and for all of us.

Canon Fire 3

Stephen is firing the cannon in these two photos

Canon Fire 4

I’ll be curious to see which photos are chosen for the portraits – ones before or after becoming a Confederate soldier for the day.

Smoke RIng

Smoke Ring from cannon

When I get the gallery posted of the Civil War Reenactment, I’ll send a link to it.

Ron Ludekens 3-4-2012

Link to complete Civil War Reenactment Photo Gallery: Civil War Reenactment

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About Ron Ludekens

God created a marvelous world full of wonderful sights and people. He is the Creator and it is His Palette of beauty that Ron Ludekens tries to capture as photographic images. Images of nature or images of people and their lives - both reflect the handiwork of the Creator. Ron is a photographer living in Visalia, California - part of the great Central Valley. He is immediately surrounded by agriculture and all the hard working people that feed our world. A short distance away are the grand Sierra Nevada mountains, impressive National Parks and, wider still, the vast diversity that California has to offer. Ron is one of the family owners of the L.E. Cooke Co Wholesale Nursery - a leader in the horticulture industry of North America. Even on the job, his camera is always near by. His photos for the nursery trade have been published in print and around the websites of nurseries across America. Ron is also a leader in his church and its missions. Ron's photography has been a resource the church uses in its communications and message. Plus photos of all the fun things we do are shared among members and friends. Ron also loves capturing precious moments in lives of people. Weddings, senior portraits, graduations, family gatherings, maternity and special events. Ron will not shoot more than four weddings a year to provide the attention to detail and followup that is required for such an important milestone event in the lives of the couple. Ron can be reached at 559-732-7165 or cell 559-967-5370.
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One Response to Historic Senior Portrait

  1. Donald M. Snider says:

    As Stephen’s grandfather, I had recommended several years ago that Stephen attend a re-enactment
    because of his great interest in History. I am so pleased that he had the opportunity to participate and know it meant a gtrat deal to participate. I hope this is just the first of many opportunities and that he might be invited to join the participants on I regular basis. He has an old bayonete that perhaps one of the participants might be able to help him identify.

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