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Union Soldier Take Aim
Union Soldier Take Aim

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Challenge: People (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S30
Location: New Kensington, Pa
Date: May 22, 2002
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: Auto...don't know
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Vintage, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: May 22, 2002

Private Michael D. Huston, 78th Pennsylvania Volunteers. (Union Army)

Thanks to my uncle for posing in his reenactment uniform in the blazing heat for 50 shots. I took some shots of him firing rounds too, but this was one of the few I took in sepia mode with my camera, and I couldn't recreate the contrasts and brightness of the color or black and white shots in post production. Adjustments: cropped and resized.

Place: 9 out of 107
Avg (all users): 6.5070
Avg (commenters): 7.7000
Avg (participants): 6.5783
Avg (non-participants): 6.4615
Views since voting: 3248
Votes: 213
Comments: 33
Favorites: 6 (view)

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06/03/2002 12:36:00 AM
Thanks for the comments and votes. Addressing the comments: The shot was taken in sepia mode, so I had very little control over the image. It's basically auto mode with a sepia filter.

re: Who are you? Matthew Brady?
Actually, I'd never heard of him until I saw this comment.

I don't really know what true sepia is supposed to look like, but I really liked the brightness and the 3-D quality of this shot. Hence, there is no post-production done other than that mentioned. I did not use any flash - the exposure is due to natural light falling through the trees. The full sized image is fairly overexposed. That's why I didn't show the ground under my uncle. The plants were far too bright. I also liked the framing, emphasizing the length of the gun, and attempting to meet the rule of thirds with my uncle.

I like the angle used. Different angles would produce different results. I don't know if it would be better, but next time I will take that into consideration = )

Finally, the image is waaay to clean, maybe cranking the ISO to 800 would have worked, but then I couldn't use the sepia mode. I would have loved to make it look older. Any suggestions as to how I can do this in-camera?
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/02/2002 11:42:00 PM
This image would be much more compelling if you had taken the time -since it is a posed shot- to not have the distraction of the twigs around the soldier. Also, the framing could be tighter and the muzzle of the rifle made more prodominate. The image would also be better without the lost highlihgts on the back of the neck and shoreline behind the soldier. Sepia prints from the civil war era where much flatter than we are used to today. Perhaps a reflector could have been used. I have the sense that fill-in flash was used and this may have contributed to the over done highlights.
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06/01/2002 07:49:00 AM
Yuo have captured many of the basic elements of photography here, Your picture tells a story and shows excellent composition. Sepia adds to the historical nature.
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05/31/2002 08:50:00 PM
I like the "old photo" look --on my moitor it looks bright -- a lot like those old stereo photos. "Feel free" to share how you dd this ifyou've time and inclination.
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05/31/2002 12:04:00 PM
Excellent clarity. Almost too much, as it makes the period costume and sepia kind of hard to belive. Time to add some dust and scratches. {g} I'd have asked him to hack down that one long diagonal twig with his bayonette, and aimed a little lower since I can't tell if he's in the stream or next to it. One of my favorites this round nonetheless. Nice work!
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05/31/2002 11:54:00 AM
Too much sepia in this picture. I would have prefered if it was a subtle sepia tone.
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05/31/2002 05:31:00 AM
this looks like the bayonet is coming right out the picture - great effect.
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05/30/2002 11:19:00 PM
THe union was lucky .... try getting on the same level or lower than your subject ... will give this a whole different look. You could even play around with the depth of field and get some interesting looks.
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05/30/2002 04:00:00 PM
I thought they didn't take aim? Technically ok, but not inspiring. Sepia tone is a nice touch but out of place in such a clear sharp picture, I feel.
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05/29/2002 09:47:00 PM
interesting colour and subject
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05/29/2002 05:19:00 PM
Wow, this is a great photo! The sepia coloring was an excellent choice and it almost looks 3D.
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05/28/2002 10:14:00 PM
great clairity and dof. good use of sepia to set the mood for the time period.
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05/28/2002 06:43:00 PM
Great work...
05/28/2002 04:16:00 PM
Interesting shot.
05/28/2002 02:44:00 PM
Best use of sepia EVER! Good photo, only 10 so far. Can't think of a single thing to improve, sorry. Photo 10 Creativity 10 People 10 total 10 perfect score!!!!!
This one HAS to win!
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05/28/2002 01:54:00 PM
Nice subject! Where did you dig this guy up?
05/28/2002 10:54:00 AM
awesome, like the sepia here!!
05/28/2002 10:30:00 AM
05/28/2002 08:41:00 AM
Nicely set up. The sepia toning doesn't seem quite right for me. I toned down the red colour a lot, and the green a little, and the effect seemed more authentic to me
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05/28/2002 04:31:00 AM
I like the setting, the choice of subject but especially I like it relevant to the colors you choose. The civil war was a dirty war with out food, blankets for warmth, clean clothes etc. and your coloring reflects the somberness of that. Others may critize your technique but I give you a ten based on your creaitivity.
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05/28/2002 02:22:00 AM
Heart-tugging photo for me. My greatgrandfather died as a Union soldier in 1864. This is a very well done picture, and the clarity is amazing! I especially like the sepia tones.
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05/28/2002 12:28:00 AM
Love the sienna tone in this historical reproduction. It's very appropriate. Almost looks like it was taken with infrared B & W.
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05/27/2002 10:37:00 PM
Excellent use of sepia tones. Great focus.
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05/27/2002 08:53:00 PM
Who are you? Matthew Brady?
05/27/2002 08:31:00 PM
Wow! This is a great shot. Looks so authentic!!
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05/27/2002 07:41:00 PM
The sepia tone works very well with this image... good job!
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05/27/2002 06:10:00 PM
I love the way u used the whole picture to capture the gun but I would love to see this shot from the perspective of being shot
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05/27/2002 03:40:00 PM
Tones and light are very nice. The composition could stand a bit of improvement, but this shot is very nice just the same.
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05/27/2002 01:41:00 PM
Sepia was a nice choice for this.
Does his aim mean that the enemy is right behind you?
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05/27/2002 12:45:00 PM
perfect choice for use of sepia! Nice composition and focus.
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05/27/2002 12:40:00 PM
crazy cool
05/27/2002 09:05:00 AM
Very clear.
05/27/2002 08:12:00 AM
There is no critism that I can give this photograph. perfect use of sepia. great composition
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