My experience at the National Shooting Sports Foundation Fantasy Shooting Sports Camp in April was wonderful. I wrote about it here, for NRA’s American Rifleman and there’s another article scheduled to appear soon. Getting good photographs of guns in action isn’t exactly easy. That’s why I always take many more than I need for articles and sales, winding up with a surplus of what some call gun porn.
I won’t tell you the final count when I got back from Vegas. I gave my Canon 5D a well-earned month vacation. Let’s just say there’s another 1,000 images I haven’t opened in Photoshop yet because the thumbnails look, well, boring. Either that, or I’m still exhausted after three months.
If you visit the story at AmericanRifleman.org, you won’t find many images. It’s a shame, too, because seeing firearms hard at work—1/8000th of a second at a time—is awesome. The other article will probably be accompanied by two dozen images, which is nice for firearm enthusiasts, obviously.
Today I was doing that annoying task of cleaning my computer’s hard drive and ran across the trip’s folder. Maybe 200 images are good enough to sell in the future, but they’ll collect digital “dust” in the meantime. Then there’s the GoPro footage I took remotely downrange taking up space.
Gun Porn Outlet
Some of them are too good to ignore. That’s why I gathered more than 100, mixed them with video, and created a Formula 1-fast 2-minute slide show/video for my Fear and Loading YouTube channel today. They’ve been moved to my library drive until an editor needs one, but in the meantime, give them a look. If you can ignore my monotonous voice in the beginning you might actually enjoy it. I suggest turning down the volume, personally.
For camera buffs out there, the video was taken on a GoPro 3 Black and I was running the 70-200L Canon glass on my camera. Shutter speed was way up there, thanks to that bright sun and I dialed the F-stop wide open. Depth of field suffered, but I did get some great images of guns cycling.
Let me know what you think….and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.