A second event I have had pleasure to watch in July 2009.
About 1400 knights, 100 thousands viewers in 599th anniversary. July 18, 2009 in Grunwald, Poland.
► High resolution editorial photos from the events in 2009, 2010, 2011 on Shutterstock and other photo agencies
► Video at the bottom
► more on Grunwald Battle, the living history event, enhanced source
It wasn’t easy to find the best place to take photos. Every photographer would like to have closeups, wide panaorama shots, various angles and proper sunlight. But with that thousands of people You have to find the best place You can and stay there. Especially when people have to sit on the ground cause otherways it would be almost impossible to see anything.
Knights had been fighting for real – no pretending, but not to the death.
Quick edit of the July 2009 – Battle of Grunwald 1410 – reenactment real battlefield panorama
At the time I was using a Canon 40D plus Canon 500D and what can I say is that 500D performed really well and I had no issues with any excessive noise as some pople state. Great, lightweight camera, good for women’s hands also.
Archers before the show
1 hour long show
The real 1410 year battle lasted about 10 hours
30C in shadow (86F) and they had to wear not only the armours, but also protective clothing under, through about 2 hours before the show and during the performance.
Some had to give up – not this one below
Also there are many videos from that event at YouTube but best i found is probably from polish TV History channel (in Firefox i’ve had some problems but Internet Explorer works ok).
And to the end just for fun (slight static but nice soundtrack)
The medieval camp
Whole families was living there one week preparing for the show, drinking, eating as medieval people and wearing historical correct clothes, using adequate tools and so on. It has to be for real and not just funny party;)
Also You can find great forum about Battle of Grunwald reenactment with cool photos and informations.
I’ll try hard to be there next year, on 2010 at 600th anniversary.
Thanks for reading!
Update: Next source sites found
Grunwald battle video (Ostroda)
Grunwald Album – 1999-2006 – photos, maps, drawings, paintings and polish info