I was thrilled when Karen Chandler of Columbia Parks & Recreation hired me to photograph the 42nd Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show. The festival is held at Nifong Park in Columbia, Missouri. The show features reenactors and historical exhibits as well as vendors selling handcrafted goods. Here’s a portrait of Ruben Bolton portraying Francis Scott Key. Key was a lawyer and amateur poet from Maryland who witnessed the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1814. Shortly after, he penned the poem entitled “Defence of Fort M’Henry” which subsequentially evolved into the “Star-Spangled Banner.” A century later, the song became the official national anthem of the United States under the Hoover administration.

The photograph was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV camera with a Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens at ƒ/4.0 with a 1/160-second exposure at ISO 100. The processing was done with Adobe Lightroom CC. I used a wireless off-camera Quantum Trio flash unit with a warm gel to illuminate the face.

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