I missed the two previous Redneck Saturday’s in 2014, but with one more scheduled, I had a chance for some images. The problem was it was rather cold outside, and we have not quite adjusted to the cooler temps.
The music for this page is 1987’s “Hold Your Fire” by Rush. It’s one of my favorite Rush records from perhaps their best era. “Lock and Key” is my #1 song off the CD, and I have no clue why that wasn’t a bigger hit.
Here’s Elisa with her Smith & Wesson 22-A. My role was to shoot images only; with silhouetted shooters against the blue twilight my goal. NOTE: all the shooting was legally done on private property, and into a designated target area.
Mike steps up with his .44 Desert Eagle. We were trying for a flame shot, and to the right of the barrel, you’ll see what looks to be a pink cloud (all the way to the right edge), but that’s actually the discharge of the firearm. Also note the glow inside the barrel. This was a coordinated shot with me firing the D7100 in burst mode. To best appreciate it, click on it for a larger view.
Mike with his AR 15. Note the exhaust plume again, plus a shell case flying. I was at a safe distance; using my Tamron tele on a tripod.
Rob takes his turn with the AR 15. Rob saved the shoot for me by providing earplugs which I had stupidly forgotten. Without those, I could not have taken these.
This image was the goal of the shoot; to get the Desert Eagle with a burst of flame. However, as you can see, it’s soft. I just plain missed the focus. In my defense, it’s not easy to focus at dusk, and auto-focus is useless in that light. We’ll try again, another time. As before, this was a coordinated shot with my camera in burst mode (but I was still quite lucky to catch it at all). Even soft, it’s pretty cool.
Mike and I have done this before. Here is an image I took in 2009, at a local indoor gun range:
I seem to recall firing 80+ shots to get this one.
A time-exposure with Mike firing the mighty Smith & Wesson 500. I am very surprised that I didn’t catch any powder flash here. Still, an interesting shot, showing the intense recoil of this .50 caliber monster.
Yes, I did saturate the colors a bit on these, and, I changed the white balance in post-processing. Shoot me.
Mike brought along a few containers of Tannerite, with the goal of getting images of them being set off. This was the best of the group. Obviously a time exposure with shooter coordination; Mike igniting it with a rifle shot.
Rob was man of the hour by preparing a warming fire, which your photographer spent significant time at. Note the streaming embers, and the ISO bump to 6400 to capture them.
Closing shot; you see, I wasn’t the only one who appreciated Rob’s advanced planning!
Finally, some sad news. Word has reached me that Jim Leonard, one of world’s best storm chasers, lost his battle with colon cancer. He was 64. Jim was one of the earliest storm chasers, and no one had more passion for the atmosphere than him. I am honored to say that I was lucky enough to be his friend. He was truly a hero, and an inspiration to me. Thank you, Jim.
“Hold your fire,
Keep it burning bright,
Hold the flame ’til the dream ignites…
A spirit with a vision is a dream,
With a mission…”
– Rush, “Mission”, from Hold Your Fire
all images © Scott Woelm – November 2009 + 2014