Saturday, September 24, 2011

Civil War Days - Lake Villa

I drive by the Lehmann Mansion everyday on my way to work, and have noticed the past few years advertisements for the Civil War days around the September time frame. This year, I finally had the day off and time to go attend the event. It was overcast and rainy, so I decided to try some aerial shots from my new Pole Aerial Photography rig. I had to wait it out under some trees during the heaviest rain, but otherwise the drizzle wasn't enough to keep me from capturing the fun.

In order to give the images an antique look and feel, I added a faux-tilt shift effect in photoshop, and used the Antique Greyscale preset within Adobe Lightroom. A few more minor teaks, and I think it gave the images a "historic" feel to them. I'd like to be able to capture the event in the future with my other cameras, and avoid the rain. Here are some of my favorites.

Honest Abraham Lincoln was also willing to give me a presidential pose to capture from my camera on the pole.

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