Recently I attended the Emu Gully, Air and Land Spectacular, here in Queensland, Australia, which essentially was re-enactments of World War 1 and 2  and also of the Vietnam War.

Shows such as this are great to get some spectacular images if you do not mind this type of event. The people participating at these types of events, many volunteers, also really appear to enjoy themselves participating as military personnel in this event.

The first image below is a re-enactment of an event in World War 1, with the military personnel holed out around the brick wall and attacking the wall with explosives. As I knew beforehand that there would be an explosion near the brick wall I used monopod to steady the camera and manually pre-focused the lens on the brick wall, this enabled me to concentrate on capturing the explosion at the best instant. The explosion happens with split second timing and it is critical to get the right timing. Sometimes if your camera has a continuous shutter setting it will assist you to take several shots per second to help get the timing right.

World War 1, Re-enactment, Emu Gully Air and Land Spectacular, 2013

The first two images captured of the explosions were taken with my Nikon D700 camera together with the Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S lens.

The second image below is a simulation of a napalm bombing from the Vietnam War. This looked very realistic but was really just a simulated attack.

Again for this image I judged where the action was going to occur and pre-focused the lens, waiting for the action to occur.

Vietnam Napalm Bombing Re-enactment, Emu Gully Air and Land Spectacular

As I mentioned this military simulation event was at Emu Gully, Queensland so I thought it would be appropriate to also get an image of an emu from the event. The emu image has been captured with Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR lens.

Emu at Emu Gully Air and Land Spectacular