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Old Dec 11, 2010, 10:05 PM   #1
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Default Nighttime musket demonstration

Fort Niagara does something at the holiday time called The Castle by Candlelight. Re-enactments of life in the late 1700s, early 1800s at holiday time. All done at night with no lights on anywhere, just candlelight. They do a musket demonstration in the dark as well which I was happy to be able to capture. It's really neat to see how a musket looks firing and wonder who more soldiers didn't get injured by the gunpowder flare from the flintlock.



This one was a tough one to figure out. There was pretty much zero light before they fired their shots so I really couldn't use autofocus. I decided to focus on the lantern on the ground as it seemed to be about the same distance from me as the first soldier and I think it worked out alright.
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Mike, that is a really phenomenal shot! Your focus was as good as could be, and the light trails are amazing.
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Sensational shot! Timing, focus, exposure, all are spot-on.

I keep looking at this photo. Am I correct in saying that there are actually two different muskets firing, one slightly out of sync with the other--the breech flash coming from the front musket and the muzzle flame from one that had fired a split second earlier a few feet back from the first?

Congratulations...this one belongs on a wall.

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Nice shot! No pun intended!
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Mike, that is a really phenomenal shot! Your focus was as good as could be, and the light trails are amazing.
Thanks mtnman, I was pretty happy with how the shot came out considering the conditions I had to deal with.

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Sensational shot! Timing, focus, exposure, all are spot-on.

I keep looking at this photo. Am I correct in saying that there are actually two different muskets firing, one slightly out of sync with the other--the breech flash coming from the front musket and the muzzle flame from one that had fired a split second earlier a few feet back from the first?

Congratulations...this one belongs on a wall.

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Thanks Paul, the shutter speed of the shot was 1/5s and I'm pretty sure that due to that slow speed it caught both the breech flash and the muzzle flame from the same musket. They were firing off shots from the nearest soldier down the line and ending with a cannon shot. 1/5s might not seem like a lot but it must have been enough.

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Great picture, only shot a musket once an was really impressed with it. Now this shot makes me even more impressed.

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very cool! Great shot
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Nice timing Mike. Would have worked great for the November challenge!
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Awesome, really impressive how you managed everything to get this one to work so well.
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Very fine composition and camera settings. You got it just right.
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