Gettysburg in Winter...

Had the opportunity to overnight in Gettysburg, PA last week after they had a foot of snowfall.  Many of the Battlefield Park roads were closed due to drifting snow.

Hope you enjoy...

Lumagination exterior images...

The Lumagination event at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens is a unique light show that illuminates the place with color.  This event runs for a couple of weeks every year and tomorrow night (Tuesday) is the last night for the event for this season.  Photographing the event is always a fun time whether I'm inside or outside, although inside is much more comfortable.

Hope you enjoy...

The setting sun totally lit up the right-side green house.

The setting sun totally lit up the right-side green house.

Fun with fog...

Here's a few dramatic portraits making use of our new fog machine to set the mood.  Civil War soldier themed as usual.  Two light setup.  A speed light with a grid and orb as the key light and another speed light with a grid as the accent (separation) light.  Noah is a good sport!

Hope you like them.

No fog.  Obviously.

No fog.  Obviously.

Lumagination 2017

Here's a few images from the Lumagination Event at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens.

Hope you enjoy them...

Thanks Keith for the inspiration on this one!

Thanks Keith for the inspiration on this one!

Portraits of Em.

Here's what you do when it's cold and snowy outside.  You get your daughter to model so you can practice photography.  She's such a good sport, plus she needed an updated picture for her Instagram.

My personal favorite.

My personal favorite.

A little creative processing...

A little creative processing...

A little winter photo fun...

I know my website has been pretty quiet as of late but honestly, I haven't been feeling very inspired to go out and shoot.  

However, after our Civil War re-enactor Holiday Party yesterday, my kids and I headed out into the woods to do some creative flash photography.  As usual, it's a Civil War themed photo of my son, this time in the freezing cold (14 degrees) with his fully packed knapsack.  We were only outside for a few minutes because his fingers were turning color.  Hope you enjoy...  

Brothers In Arms...

The US Co. A Engineers were proud to be a part of the Whitcher gravesite re-dedication in Glenwood Cemetery in Lockport on Veteran's Day this year.  

The monument is to honor the lives of George Harrison Whitcher and his two brothers, Orville Bailey Whitcher, and Daniel Whitcher.  They fought to preserve the Union during the Civil War.  This monument had fallen into disrepair.  It needed a new foundation, was in seven pieces and needed proper cleaning once reassembled.  

The Vietnam Veterans of America, Niagara County Chapter 268 of Lockport raised over $2100 to complete the repairs and restoration of the monument.

George Harrison Whitcher died at Cemetery Ridge while repelling Picket's Charge on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863.  His body was never found and is believed to be buried in one of the mass graves on the battlefield.  He was a private in Company A, 7th Regiment of the Michigan Infantry.

Orville Bailey Whitcher suffered a gunshot wound to the left knee during the Battle of Cold Harbor.  This required amputation of his left leg.  He died several days later from complications of the wound/surgery.  He is buried at Alexandria National Cemetery in Virginia.  He was a Corporal in Company M of the New York 8th Heavy Artillery Regiment. 

Daniel Whitcher was a Sergeant with Battery B of the Michigan 1st Light Artillery.  He survived the war and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery.  

D-day Ohio 2016

My son, my dad and I took a day trip to Conneaut Ohio for the WWII D-day re-enactment.  This is an annual event which attracts visitors from all over.  The event was packed with spectators who got a chance to experience life from a by-gone era.  

A couple thousand re-enactors thrilled the crowd with a skirmish in a town in German occupied France and the final battle of the day which depicts the Allied beach landing at Omaha Beach, Normany France.  As you can see by the photos, the crowd was very close to the action at times.  

Definitely worth the trip (we're already planning a return trip next year), the event runs for two days as there's far to much to see in one day.  Landing craft rides, flame thrower and weapons demonstrations, tanks, motorcycles and other vehicles from that time are some of the attractions.  Allied and German camps are open to the public as well. 

AND the event is completely FREE!!  Donations are accepted to help cover the costs of putting on such a grand display.

See the gallery "D-day Ohio 2016" to see all of the images from the event. 

Allied mortar demonstration

Allied mortar demonstration

Flame thrower demonstration 

Flame thrower demonstration 

 

 

 

Kiss Me Deadly

Got to hear Lita Ford at The Erie County Fair on Wednesday night.  

Man!! 

She can still ROCK!  Here's some pics from the event.

Happy Independence Day!!

Thank you to the town of Orchard Park for including us in their Fourth of July Parade and thank you to the OP Firefighters for their hospitality and a cold beverage after the parade!

Forest Lawn Memorial Day 2016

An excerpt from General John A. Logan's Memorial Day Order...

General Order No. 11

Washington, D.C., May 5,1868

The 30th day of May 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.  In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit...

...If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the column trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us...

...Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude, -the soldier's and sailors widow and orphan.

It was an honor to be part of the Forest Lawn Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony organized by the Sons and Daughters of the Union Volunteers of the Civil War along with the 155th New York Volunteer Infantry and the Union Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps.  

The ceremony takes place each year at the Grand Army of the Republic Monument in Section 14.  Although this section is dedicated to those who died in the American Civil War, Memorial Day is to honor all of those who paid the ultimate price for this country.  Ray Ball Jr. played taps dressed as a doughboy from WWI to also pay tribute to those soldiers as well.

Please see the gallery "Forest Lawn Memorial Day 2016" to see all of the images from this event...

Fife and Drum

Fife and Drum

Singing "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"

Singing "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"

Rest on arms

Rest on arms