Field Trip: Liendo Plantation Civil War Weekend

This is an RSVP only event. See below to RSVP by Nov 12th.

Keith Mitchell will lead a field trip for club participants to play the part of photo journalists at the Liendo Plantation Civil War Weekend. The event takes place November 19 and 20 at the Liendo Plantation near Hempstead, Texas. Club members will get special access to areas not open to the public thanks to Keith on Saturday the 19th.

For more info on the event:

When: Led by Keith: Saturday, Nov 19th, 2016.
Club members agreeing to Liendo’s image sharing policy will have free access to the entire weekend 11/18-11/20
Where: Liendo Plantation, Hempstead
Address: 38653 Wyatt Chapel Rd, Hempstead, TX 77445

Liendo’s image sharing policy: Club members will have press passes for participants who fill out the form. These passes will wave the event registration fee and the plan is that we will have opportunities to photograph in locations not open to the public. Upon arrival, you will be required to sign an agreement saying you will provide the Liendo Plantation with full size digital copies of your images that can be used in marketing their event and location.

Clothes and Equipment

Clothes: This field trip will involve a lot of walking. Please wear sturdy shoes. Those attending the tactical battle on Saturday morning should wear long sturdy pants. All participants should be prepared for diverse weather conditions including rain, cold and heat (it’s Nov in TX so it might be 90 and sunny or 40 and raining or any other combination).

Camera: Tactical battle attendees will need a telephoto lens (200mm+) to capture the action well and should plan to travel light. An additional wide angle lens (ex. 35mm) may be occasionally useful.

Saturday, Nov 19th Schedule

The schedule below is subject to change. Keith will keep everyone who RSVPs up to date via email.

Most of the activities take place on Saturday the 19th. You may want to spend the night of the 18th in a local hotel so that you can be onsite bright and early, but you certainly could drive early from Austin Saturday morning. If you choose to photograph on the 20th, your press pass will get you access; however Keith will only be attending the 19th so you will be on your own.

7AM: Tactical Battle – Weather & Conditions Allowing – Maximum of 5 people by RSVP order – 18 years of age or older only.
The tactical battle takes place away from public view and is a realistic war game conducted like a civil war battle. That means there are charging cavalry as well as canons, and rifles being used (all without projectiles). Any of these could result in severe injuries if encountered directly. Photographers will be required to stay clear of the battle and photograph from a distance, but also must stay alert and clear of the battle as it shifts. A telephoto lens (200mm+) is required. Sturdy shoes and long pants are required. All participants must be 18+ years of age.

10AM-2PM: Public Events
Numerous events occur around the plantation during the morning. Keith will provide details and lead the group during this time.

2PM: Public Battle
The public battle occur in a large open field (1.5x a football field) with the public watching from bleachers.

Notes from Keith:

The Liendo Plantation Civil War Weekend has scheduled events Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Our club organized participation is only for Saturday Events. If you wish to participate in the event with the special access privileges you will need to register by November 12th.
If you wish to participate in the sunrise tactical battle on Saturday, you probably will want to stay in a local hotel Friday night. We have no guarantee the tactical battle will take place, only that it is planned.  I’ll notify you of a meeting time and place on the plantation grounds via email when it is known. To keep from disturbing the realism of the tactical battle, we will restrict club participation to 5 people with 200mm or longer lenses being required.  The rest of the events have no such restrictions.  A more detailed Saturday schedule will be emailed to registered participants as it is known. The public battle is always at 2pm Saturday