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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 21:11 pm 
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hello all im steve
Been taking photographs for 15 years as a hobby. im a film and animation tutor in south wales. i have recently joined the souh wales borderers SWB and will be working along side them as an AFPU combat photographer/Cameraman. i use both new and old cameras and always on the look out for more Im also in the makings of creating a DeVry casing for my DV camera to get the real authentic AFPU look down. i have a canon 400d, ziess ikon (brought for a £1 at car boot) and a kodak 35. i also utilise photoshop and lightroom to change my photos. for filming i use canon xm2, Panasonic 3CCD and edit all my work on applemac pro G5 and final cut pro with after effects for special FX. my inspiration photographically are the works of robert capa, don mcullin and Dmitri Baltermants. i like the idea of re-creating some of the images they all took. i hope to meet up with other photographers and exchange ideas and compare work.

please check out some of my most recent photos

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 20:49 pm 
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i'm new here too, having only just joined the other day!
i use various techniques such as photoshop and actual historic cameras to take photos
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(altered to save any confusion...) :wink:

mostly people who look the part, art-deco buildings or period vehicles
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i use a modern DSLR camera too - and work on the image to represent the period in post-processing.
i attended wolverhampton uni where i studied photography, but i've been taking photos for a very long time...
i do it for the love of photography and the period, so i echo what's been said here by others - that i'm respectfull of the people involved, as it's a part of me too, being a 50's fanatic(me and my other half run a repro 1940s/1950s clothes shop)
which means of course, i look the part(sort of), just don't shoot me, eh? :lol:

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erm ... :) you might want to reverse the pic of the bus ???? :wink:

... or am I missing something in the picture or the way it was taken ???

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Correspondent wrote:
erm ... :) you might want to reverse the pic of the bus ???? :wink:

... or am I missing something in the picture or the way it was taken ???


i know what you mean... :D
no it turns out that way, as i shoot through a kodak brownie and the image comes out in reverse.
if the layout looks good as such - then i leave it that way!
but thanks for looking...


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No, I think what Correspondent is saying is that the image is in reverse!!

Turn the negative around :)

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As in Reg number etc in reverse :wink:

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Thanks both ... trying to get my head around it all .. ??

If it is a slide, which looking at the colors it could be, then it has been mounted incorrectly and is being viewed or has been copied the wrong way around, if it is a print, no matter what camera it came from then it has to be printed in reverse, no camera I know apart from the very early Daquerotypes etc provide a picture in reverse anymore.

The distortion of the picture attests to the fact it is an old camera, but that still wont or cant justify the answer that it is a natural process from the camera to be produced in reverse.

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ok - i've altered it the right way round(or did i see a similar bus that was driving in reverse...).
just to save any confusion, i use a through-the-viewfinder technique with this camera:
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and the image is reversed - so sometimes it is noticeable when there's reg #'s and badges... i usually compensate for it - but the view from the other side wasn't as photogenic...
this image didn't have the same problem ->
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i love using these old cameras though...


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Although there were many journalists brought into the US military to write stories about the war effort, the military also trained some of the best wartime documentation and combat photographers themselves. I'm a distant relative of Casimir Gardocki, and he was a military photographer. Trained to develop, load and sometimes shoot film in the fighter-bombers, fighter escorts and recon aircraft of the 510th Army Air Force Squadron, he also carried with him, a couple of Kodak pocket folding cameras as well as early movie cameras, throughout the war.

You can visit the 510th's Gardocki Collection online at

http://www.510fs.org/php-bin/4images/ca ... p?cat_id=2

First check out his photos, sometimes taken from inside aircraft through "clear" turrets, then skip to the end to read his suggestions about how to make modern photos look like they were from WWII.

Casi showed a special aptitude for technical work and especially photography, when he was tested after he enlisted in 1942. He often flew in the bombers and fighters he supplied with machine gun movie film and recon camera film. He also developed that film on the battlefield. But in every spare moment he was taking photos of his comrades in arms, or little French children (GC NDH 019), or crashed pilot assistance after a bad landing (GC NG 107), or the way battlefield airmen really lived (GC NG 282B and GC NG 268D), or the attitude Americans had during the war (example GC NH 038). To see a real 510th flyer in full flying gear, try GC NG 288A.

He was fully capable of taking numerous photos with his own image as the star (GC NG 048 as well as some of the Petersen and Lowry photos), but it tore his heart out, that the odds were, that some of his friend/flyers wouldn't return from escort or bomber duty every day. So he made it his mission to photograph as many of his buddies in the 510th and few other squadrons, to give them prints to keep or send home to loved ones. He often copied his own negatives for some soldiers who were about to return stateside (or had a friend who was returning), so that dozens of prints could be made from these negs back-stateside. Check the Clark Bremseth and Capt Wm Shafer photos in the 510th website and you'll see numerous duplicates of my uncle's photos.

Artistically Casi was often inspired by sunsets (example GC NG 124) and clouds in the sky (check out the England photos). He was also enamoured with the nose art on many of the American aircraft (I like GC NG 294B best, but GC NG 263E is funny, and GC NG 553B or GC NG 294B are good too). He really loved the guys he flew and fought with in places like Omaha Beach and Bastogne, Belgium. He just couldn't make himself take personal photos of the horrors of war, although he was required to do this for his job. He could document city blocks that were blown up (GC NG 322A) but dead bodies on Omaha Beach or military casualties of any kind, or even the death camp they had to document, were subjects that needed reverence for the dead, not exploitation by the living who happened to have pocket cameras.

Casi could barely even talk about what he saw documenting the countless scenes of man's gross inhumanity to man. He thought the savage fury of men murdering men (or worse, murdering civilians, or worst of all, children) was obviously a form of insanity at the national, local and personal levels. When I was a child, Casi showed me photos from the war, and once in while some bad image would appear, although he quickly brushed them aside so I wouldn't see them. NAZI horrors choked him up, even in the 50s and 60s, and the nightmares he suffered were horrendous. This is why his collection of personal photos was never passed to the official 510th archives, and a small pat of it was only discovered by accident, years after his death. What he saw of the NAZIs and the activities of the German SS made him want to vomit for the last 40 years of his life. He passed on that disgust of NAZI-ism to me, because he felt the NAZIs had unleashed a terrible evil on the earth, and the SS and NAZIs in general, were the agents of a horrible and insane evil.

I am contributing this to a battle reenactment website only because this thread is interesting, although I usually only study WWII reenactment web pages to follow the activities of German reenactors whose interest in dressing up like NAZI SS soldiers and officers goes beyond recreating battles. I seek out those who really wish (hope, pray, or arrange) to be real NAZIs. It is those who really believe in NAZI philosophy and so dress up as SS officers to thrill at spouting NAZI slogans and Hitlerisms that I try to identify.

I am particularly interested in all the millions of Deutchmarks Gunther Strassemir poured into supplying the German WWII reenactors. Gunther had 4 dreams (vows he made to Adolph Hitler himself as a Hitler Youth) and used his position as the Party First Secretary to Helmut Kohl, to put enormous amounts of money into producing a Nazi presence in battle reenactments (under the cover of improving tourist attractions in Germany and Europe as a whole). This money supplied funds for training and uniforms of German reenactor NAZIs as well as explosives training (using Bundeswehr expertise) so that battle reenactments involving German NAZI reenactors would look more realistic.

Gunther Strassmeir dreamed that Germany would be re-unified (#1)(and Gunther Strassmeir is often called the Father of German Reunification). He dreamed that Europe would also be unified (as he was taught in his Hitler Youth days) and GERMANY would be the leader of the unified Europe (#2)(he was also a driving force behind the development of the European Common Market). Gunther wanted to rebuild the reputation of the NAZI SS as heroes and valiant protectors of mythological Teutonic Aryans. To do this he circumvented the German laws against Nazi propaganda and symbols, by financing all the trappings of the SS soldiers right down to the ceremonial daggers, using the justification that it made for better battle reenactments. This way, German reenactors could use Bundeswehr explosives technician expertise (as seen in the 1994 Normandy reenactments) to improve the "look" of German financed battle reenactments. Neo-NAZI thugs enlisted into participating in battle reenactments often use surprisingly sophisticated timers and explosives when they blow up, fire bomb and murder Turkish refugees in refugee centers (murdering mostly women, children and the aged, ... sound familiar).

Gunther's 4th dream/vow was that terrible acts of terrorism should be inflicted on the USA because America tipped the war balance away from Hitler's Germany and in favor of England, France etc. The Oklahoma City bombing was the kind of tragedy Gunther Strassmeir hoped would happen in the USA. It's no surprise that Gunther's son, Andreus, was a regular participant in WWII battle reenactments. Andreus was in the German military GSG-9 terrorism task force, and Andreus was aso pursued by the FBI for his role in the Oklahoma City Bombing. A friend of Andreus Strassmeir, Kirk Lyons of Black Mountain, North Carolina, is another huge battle reenactment participant (although more often in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania as a Confederate States supporter, when he isn't a lawyer defending Ku Klux Klan members). It should be no surprise that Kirk Lyons grandfather was one of the founders of the German NAZI party in the early 1920s/30s.

Casimir Gardocki hated NAZIs with a passion that made his memories of the horrors of WWII NAZI insanity, difficult to forget. It always upset him that NAZIism, racism and destruction of so many lives was set aside to allow Germany to be a buffer against a Communist threat that we all know was on the verge of imploding into itself under its own weight. It is unfortunate that so many people gave their lives in WWII or lived with the scars of NAZI horrors, to keep that type of philosophy from over-running the earth, and today we have German battle reenactors glamorizing NAZI SS troops, strutting around like SS soldiers and officers and many of them feel inside like they really should be allowed to be NAZIs again, because It Makes Them Feel Like the Superior Race Hitler told them they should be.

PS in case the link to his photos (which speak for themselves) gets chopped off, just go to Google and put in "Gardocki Collection" and "510th" in quotes as I show them and it will get you there. Casi recommended using Tri-X pushed to 1600 ASA in the oldest folders from Kodak that you can find in order to recreate the way WWII images really looked when taken by the photographers of the day.


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Hi to all,
My name is Jenny H. and i haven't been doing photography very long. I use to belong to Winchester Photographic club for a few years. I have no former training as such but i bugged my partner so much he decided to teach me and one of those outing was our very first re-enactment event (War on the Line) and that was in 2007. He has said that i have a natural talent for seeing a pic and i just needed the right tweaking. Not only have i seen some amazing events but the people that i have met have made it such a joy and that is why i keep coming back! So thank you all for teaching me the history that i never knew and a big thanks for putting up with me taking your picture.

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good for you Jenny and do you and your partner dress up for the occasions ?

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So Jenny H., do you have any pic's on the forum for us to see ?

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Sorry for the delay, i do have pics on some of the forums some are on lepe beach 09 and british landing at lepe. ( i hope that i have it right!) I haven't yet dressed up for any of the events because i am in the process of losing weight and want it to be a goal of mine to be able to dress up. They were so much smaller than us back then. I use a sony A700. For me it works really well.
I really enjoy photography and some day would like to do it more.


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Jenny H. wrote:
Sorry for the delay, i do have pics on some of the forums some are on lepe d-day landings and british on lepe. ( i hope that i have it right!) I haven't yet dressed up for any of the events because i am in the process of losing weight and want it to be a goal of mine to be able to dress up. They were so much smaller than us back then. I use a sony A700. For me it works really well.
I really enjoy photography and some day would like to do it more.


good for you Jenny, go for it, our dreams are only spoiled by the depth of our imagination.

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work part time for john lewis and really don't want to do that for ever! I have always loved history so i feel right at home in britain. :D we do have a website as well www.candaimages.com there is different galleries of events as well as our personal work.


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girl in the window by Jenny H.


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