Shooting Shooters

Last Saturday (6/4) I had two opportunities to have fun with the cameras.  In the morning, I tagged along the the First Pres Church High School guys as they went into the rural county to try their hand at skeet shooting.

The weather was threatening rain and the skies spit at us a few times (shooting holes in the clouds?), but the downpour held off until we were cleaning up.  They brought a pop-up canopy just in case.

A little rain protection

The morning started off with safety instructions (like don’t shoot the photographer) and the safety coaching never stopped all morning.

A few who never fired a shotgun took a turn at stationary clay pigeons before aiming at the flying saucers.

Not sure what happened to the owner of the shoe – but we didn’t shoot him.

The rest jumped right in to shooting the flying orange disks.  Well some us shot at them… something that made future live targets breath a sigh of relief.

To make the most of each flung saucer, a second shooter was given the opportunity to knock it out of the sky if the first shooter missed.

As the skill levels improved, dual orange platters were flung with dual shooters vying for the bragging rights.

We had a few well trained adults who were spot-on shooters.  It was comforting to know a few with law enforcement careers were dead on target…

Some of the youth could claim bragging rights of their own.

Claudia also came along (tried to dress like a guy – but no fooling us – cannot hide that beauty).   I think sitting ducks would be her favorite target if she had to shoot dinner.

Group photo just before the rain started in earnest.

I had a great time.  More photos here: Skeet Shooting

Technical disappointment – the battery on my Pocket Wizard flash trigger was dead so I had to shoot the flash from the opposite side using the optical sensor of the flash.  Meant most photos shot from the back of the shooters.  I could have had someone hold the flash upside down from the other side but that would put them too close to the firing side of the morning’s activities.

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About Ron Ludekens

God created a marvelous world full of wonderful sights and people. He is the Creator and it is His Palette of beauty that Ron Ludekens tries to capture as photographic images. Images of nature or images of people and their lives - both reflect the handiwork of the Creator. Ron is a photographer living in Visalia, California - part of the great Central Valley. He is immediately surrounded by agriculture and all the hard working people that feed our world. A short distance away are the grand Sierra Nevada mountains, impressive National Parks and, wider still, the vast diversity that California has to offer. Ron is one of the family owners of the L.E. Cooke Co Wholesale Nursery - a leader in the horticulture industry of North America. Even on the job, his camera is always near by. His photos for the nursery trade have been published in print and around the websites of nurseries across America. Ron is also a leader in his church and its missions. Ron's photography has been a resource the church uses in its communications and message. Plus photos of all the fun things we do are shared among members and friends. Ron also loves capturing precious moments in lives of people. Weddings, senior portraits, graduations, family gatherings, maternity and special events. Ron will not shoot more than four weddings a year to provide the attention to detail and followup that is required for such an important milestone event in the lives of the couple. Ron can be reached at 559-732-7165 or cell 559-967-5370.
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