May 14, 2016

Wounded in Monochrome

Since color photography was not around during the American Civil War, I decided to experiment with monochrome for a few reenactment pictures. It's not hard to do this in Photoshop. I find the sepia filter is a bit subtle so I saturate just a little after I use it. (For some reason Sepia is under Adjustments, not Filters, at least in CS6.)

Which effect do you prefer for this era, sepia or black and white?

Black and White (Grayscale)
In case you missed yesterday's post, the occasion was a reenactment of the 1862 Battle of Front Royal. This urban battle was one of Stonewall Jackson's surprise attacks during his Valley Campaign.

If you've been to a reenactment, you've probably seen men pretending to be wounded or dead. Ignoring that tragic aspect of a battle would pretty much reduce the event to a parade instead of a depiction of history!


  1. I have never been to a reenactment. But have always wanted to go.

  2. I like both effects, but I think I like the sepia better.

  3. I personally always prefer black and white - and strong contrast (bet you wouldn't have known if I didn't tell you!) but I have to admit to liking the softness of your sepia image.

  4. an "old" image should be sepia I think. It shares the age of the story

  5. What a great hobby, I wondered if the kid always gets killed.LOL

    1. Pretty often! During the battle we overheard this conversation among the confederates: "Who got shot?"
      "The new guy!"

  6. They are both good - but as you are asking - I do prefer the sepia one.

    All the best Jan

  7. I think black and white suits these best.

    I photographed an encampment yesterday circa WW2, something that's going on for the festival.


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