Monday, December 3, 2012

Top 12 of 2012 - Number 4:D-Day Conneaut

Number 4 on my Top 12 of 2012 countdown is our first visit to something that will become a summer tradition.  All the way up in the far east corner of the state is the town of Conneaut, OH.  For years I've heard about this massive WWII reenactment that is held there every year that includes a full D-Day reenactment WITH landing craft.  Well, after going this year, I've learned a few lessons about shooting this reenactment.  First, there are a LOT of people that turn out for this one.  I mean a LOT.  So when your trying to get close to the action to photograph it, you have to make sure you get there early and prepare yourself for a wait. I learned that lesson with the bridge battle.  I thought we got to the site early enough only to find out that I was way too far back to catch anything good on "film".  But I made sure to get down to the beach VERY early to have a good view of the beach landing.  The event runs on a Friday/Saturday and we've already decided that next year, we WILL be going to both days.  The group of pictures I enjoyed the most from this shoot is the old vet talking to the reenactors.  It was something to see a group of guys gathered around this man as he told his stories of his experiences in France after he landed on D-Day.  Everyone in the group held on his every word. 

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