Daniel - Too bad about the experience. There are "real" reenactors that will do the entire American Civil war thing to excruciating detail. I photographed in period dress with my 5x7 View Camera. While I did feel like a fraud using TMAX 400 and printing in platinum, there are other photographers out there that take alternative processes to the next level. Check out this site http://www.cwreenactors.com/collodion/index.php