A Day in the Napoleonic Era – Haras du Pin – France

Le Haras du Pin, located in Normandy, is one of the most prestigious stud farms in the country. It is often referred to as the ‘Le Versailles du cheval’ or ‘Versailles of the horse world’ due mostly to its stunning architecture. Le Haras du Pin was founded by Colbert in 1665 and approved by Louis XIV in 1715. In the summer of 2010 it became the stage for a three-day Napoleon camp reenactment.

Historical reenactment events are a wonderful opportunity for some great photography. Yet, it is often very tricky to isolate the subjects from the thousands of visitors gathered to watch the various scenarios. I used my beloved 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens exclusively that day. Here are some of my favorite photos of the event. I hope you enjoy them. Please share your thoughts by leaving a message! Thanks! Valérie

6 thoughts on “A Day in the Napoleonic Era – Haras du Pin – France

  1. Valerie,
    I’ve been meaning to tell you how cool this series of pictures is! I’ve been reading some historical fiction about this period, albeit more about Scottland, Enland and the”colonies”…but these costumes and armaments are just fantastic! I especially like the pictures of the field general both on horseback and the side close up of his very majestic hat. Wow, I think you really captured the feeling of what a field of battle would have looked like…I can almost smell the smoke! Great work!!!

  2. J’aime les reconstitutions, le travail du photographe doit être soigné et l’oeil attentif aux décalage historique, entre objets d’hier et d’aujourd’hui… arriére plan… etc… Là c’est d’autant plus difficile car nous sommes au 19éme siécle!!
    Beau travail de cadrage et de détail.
    J’aime beaucoup!!

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