UPDATE – Bull Runnings Photography Tour, June 9, 2018

24 05 2018

Very weird – I posted an update on May 9 about our tour coming up on June 9. Now, it’s gone! This has never happened to me in 11 years. (Ooops, I found it in my trash bin, and have restored it. But a reminder was in order anyway.) So, here we go again.  Yes, the tour is still on. Same plan (meet at 9 AM at the Manassas National Battlefield Park visitor center), at which time we’ll follow the plan laid out by guide John Cummings here. Find a reading list here. Indicate your intent to attend here if you’re a Facebooker, or send me a note at the email address in the right hand margin of this page. We have one addition – wet plate photographer Robert Szabo will be joining us in Centreville to discuss the whole Civil War era process, and to take a group photo! If you don’t know of Mr. Szabo, here’s his website, and below is a brief bio:

I have been a photographer for more than 35 years. I started shooting weddings in the 1980s and have been shooting wet plate collodion for 18 years. In April of 2005 one of my wet plate photographs appeared on the cover of National Geographic Magazine to accompany an article on the fight to save Civil War battlefields from modern development. Also in 2005 I worked with the History Channel on the Emmy Award Winning series “10 Days that Changed America”, producing many wet plate images that were used in the show. In August of 2005 I shot the entire 2006 Jack Daniel’s Squires Calendar on location in Lynchburg, Tennessee using the wet plate process. This calendar was sent out to more than 250,000 people worldwide. In 2011 I photographed actor/director Robert Redford for the cover of the April 15, 2011 issue of Parade Magazine.

I have been shooting Production Stills for Film, Television and Corporate shoots for 10 years. I have 19th century photography equipment that can be used for film props and I can replicate any photo process. I can also provide consulting for period films when scripts call for photography and cameras from the 19th century to modern day.

 





Bull Runnings Photography Tour – Reminder and Update

9 05 2018

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As you should know by now, our Photography Tour scheduled for April was postponed due to a bad weather forecast, and rescheduled for June 9. Everything else stays the same, so refer to the earlier posts and the updates on the Facebook event page to refresh your memory. We’ll meet at the Manassas National Battlefield Park Visitor’s Center on Henry Hill at 9:00 AM. If youn haven’t updated your going/interested/no freaking way status, pleas do so so we have some idea of who’s coming.

There is one very welcome addition – John Cummings, our guide for most of the tour, has arranged for renowned wet plate photography guru Robert Szabo to join us and talk a little about Civil War era photography methods. We may even pose for a photo! You can check out Robert’s site here.





Bull Runnings Photography Tour – Postponed

5 04 2018

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It’s my sad duty to report that, due to an absolutely abysmal weather forecast and the nature of the event, the Bull Runnings Photography Tour scheduled for this coming Saturday, April 7, at Manassas National Battlefield Park (and environs), has been postponed. We are rescheduling it for June 9, 2018. Let me know how that works for you.

Very sorry, but the tour just can’t be conducted under the anticipated conditions.





Bull Runnings Photography Tour Reading and Weather Update

4 04 2018

A couple of things.

First, John Cummings has updated this post, which was part of the recommended reading list. Give it a look.

Second, the weather still looks grim, and Simon Bar Sinister still hasn’t come through with that machine I ordered. So, stay on the lookout the next two days when I’ll make the call – go or no-go. Look here and the Facebook pages.





Bull Runnings Photography Tour Weather Update

2 04 2018

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I’ve received a few inquiries regarding the tour next Saturday, April 7, and the weather. Right now we’re looking at 40 degrees and wet. There are things within my control and things not, and the weather (for now) is one of the latter. I have subcontracted Simon Bar Sinister to build me a machine, but until then we gotta rely on chance. The weatherman can’t get tomorrow’s forecast right, let alone five days from now – or fifty years. That being said, we’ll have to play it by ear. I will let you all know by Friday morning if we’re going to be forced to cancel the event, after consulting with our guest guide.

So keep an eye out here and on the Facebook pages. Every. Single. Day.





Bull Runnings Tour 4/7/2018 Update – Reading List

24 03 2018

Here’s a recommended reading list for the tour. Books and some blog posts. Download whatever you think you need. If you download to a mobile device (phone, tablet), I recommend you download to the device itself, as cell reception is spotty out on the field.

Stay tuned for more news on handouts prior to our deployment.

Books:

Posts

  • Let’s start with this post from John Cummings. A primer, so to speak.
  • This post and this post from John Hennessy, about the ubiquitous Thornberry kids.
  • Here’s one from me – and it appears where I thought these photos were taken is not where they were taken at all.
  • Another one from me – a rare photo which raises more questions than it answers.




Tour Bull Run and Centreville in Photographs

18 03 2018

Here’s an update on where we stand with our second Bull Runnings tour, on Saturday, April 7. I’ve created this Facebook Event Page where you can register to attend and get more frequent updates. I realize some of you don’t “do The Facebook,” so you can let me know here or via email if you’re coming. Remember the tour is rain or shine, so dress appropriately, and if you’re a photo geek by all means bring your camera and take your own “now” images to pair with the “thens.” Below is the initial announcement on the event page, and an itinerary. Remember – car pooling is a must.

Tour the battlefield of First Bull Run and Centreville, VA using period photographs. Visit the sites of the photos and learn the stories behind them and their subjects from experts John Cummings and Dennis Hogge. This is a free event.

Our itinerary for the tour, from guest guide John Cummings [my comments in brackets]:

We’ll start the day (9:00 AM) in front of the Visitor’s Center, where we will begin by examining some problematic interpretations of photo locations on Henry Hill. While there, we will discuss other images taken during the first century after the battle, and the history of the park. Later we will proceed to the Sudley Church area and visit the exact location of some Union burial sites. We will proceed to a surprise Second Manassas feature [I know some of you have been yakking at me to cover the second, less important little skirmish outside Manassas, so here’s your bone!], and then to the Stone House, and Stone Bridge before breaking for lunch. After lunch we will meet with Dennis Hogge for an exploration of Centreville and the numerous photographs that document its Confederate occupation.

[During the tour, I’ll have various letters and memoirs ready that feature the sites we’ll be visiting. I’m checking with the Bull Run Winery to see if they can handle our group perhaps stopping there after the conclusion of the tour – let me know if that would be of interest to you.]