A group of images taken on what we jokingly dubbed “Redneck Saturday”…guns, grillin’ and NASCAR…at the home of Rob and Elisa Svee in Isanti, MN.
SPECIAL NOTE: firearms, if not handled properly, can be extremely dangerous. In addition to shooting safety, photographing those using firearms also needs to be done safely, and after coordinating with the shooters to determine the safest area to capture the images. I also must note that discharging a firearm was legal in the locale these images were taken, but in many areas this is prohibited. All of the shooters pictured here take gun safety very seriously. You should, too.
Harvest time in the country. I captured this on Isanti County Road 9. This was another “hit the brakes hard” image, as I saw it on the way to the festivities. The sky is perfect for this shot; a pure blue sky would have wrecked it. I took this very near where I did my stars shoot on August 17.
An assortment of the gathered firepower. I elected to not bring any of my own firearms (a Glock 23 and a Smith & Wesson 22-A), and I just took images.
Austin Svee is standing by to make sure no one gets out of line…and no one did.
Just a small sample of the firepower on hand.
Mike Staricha, with his son, Cody (right), admire a spear-gun brought by Neil Bergerson (left). We were loaded for bear, and whale!
“How do I start this damn thing?” Caylee Svee at the seat of Rob and Elisa’s 4-wheeler.
Jackie Svee starts things off by firing a few shots with her new rifle; a Marlin 30-30. Her outfit has wonderful color and contrast.
Mike with his AR 15. I always loved the M-16, which the AR-15 is a sister to. I got lucky to catch the shell in mid-air. By the way, with now overcast skies in place, I elected to shoot all these at ISO 500. With fast action in place, all these were shot in Program, and I picked +0.3 to +0.7 exposure compensation.
Neil with Mike’s .500 by Smith & Wesson. This .50 caliber handgun packs a wallop! I have shot this weapon multiple times and it requires both hands gripping firmly. Its recoil is quite intense.
Elisa tries out the HK GSG-5. The stock is hiding her smile! By the way, most of these images were taken on my Manfrotto tripod in previously determined safe zones.
Elisa’s husband Rob with a .410 Derringer; look at the smoke! Don’t let the size of this gun fool you. Rob told me its recoil was surprisingly powerful.
Out of the frame, Cody blows away a water bottle with a great shot! This was coordinated between us and I put the D5000 in continuous burst mode. Otherwise I’d never get this.
Rob’s father and Jackie’s husband, Larry Svee, with a Remington Viper. Larry participates in shooting competitions, and has an excellent handle on firearms.
Mike with his Ruger Mini-30. He kinda looks like a mercenary with that bullet in his mouth, doesn’t he? He was having some jamming issues with it; “uh, that bear is getting closer”…
Austin is now on the line with Elisa’s Smith & Wesson 22-A (I have the same gun). Rob is very strict with Austin’s handling of the firearm.
No, Austin didn’t hit the water bottle. Credit Cody with another direct hit with a rifle. Once again, a coordinated shot. Rather spectacular.
Some water bottle remains.
Don’t worry; we’ll make more. Cody and Elisa bring in more targets. Cody is an excellent shot; Elisa ain’t bad, either.
There were 3 father and son combos present. Mike and Cody, Larry and Rob, and Rob and Austin, pictured here. That was a really cool dynamic and a very fun one to watch.
Larry, with his trusty pair of Ruger Vaquero’s. I knew some of these guns pictured here but Mike helped me out on identifying most of them.
Cody taking out another water bottle; this time we snuck him in the frame of the image. Click on the image (any of them) for a larger version.
Big ol’ splash here! I cannot recall which firearm Cody used to take this out.
My favorite image of the day. Larry and his rifle in silhouette, with a spent shell in mid-air! This image wasn’t an accident; I was trying for this look. I did have to do some post-processing to get it to what I wanted. I was tempted to go gray-scale with this (in the past Larry did his share of black & white photography), but liked the blue-gray clouds too much.
Mike with his just-discharged HK 45, with a shell overhead. No, I wasn’t this close; I cropped the image.
Another winner of Larry with his Winchester 38-55. He is cycling another round into the chamber, that’s why his right hand is pointed like a gun. Check out his concentration; the man is all business when on the line. That’s the way it should be.
The grillin’, in-progress. Rob is THE Grill Master; a fantastic cook. His hamburgers are the best I have EVER had, anywhere. I am NOT making that up. They are super-tasty. The guy should open a burger joint.
The NASCAR race from Richmond was delayed by 2 1/2 hours because of rain, but that was the sole disappointment of a really fun event. We were out there shooting for hours. Next time I’m gonna leave my camera at home, so I can do some shootin’ myself! I did fire off one clip courtesy of Elisa, but I needed more gunpowder on my hands!
all images © Scott Woelm – September 2012