Dallas Event Photographer: Shooting Pictures, Shooting Skeet
Any time you get to mix guns and Dallas event photography, it’s going to be a good day. I had the privilege of getting to photograph a sporting clays tournament here in the Dallas area a little while back for one of my clients, and it really was one of those times where I was working and it didn’t feel at all like work. Honestly, the only way it could have been any better would be if I had brought my Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun out with my Canons.
The tournament was held up at the Dallas Gun Club on an absolutely gorgeous day. It started a bit on the frosty side, but as the sun got up in the sky it became crisp and perfect. This Dallas event photographer was loving it; all of the colors had great pop. Plus as you can see in some of the images, there was not a cloud in the sky. This gave me some great deep blue skies to capture the shooters against.
Now for those of you who are not familiar with a sporting clays tournament, here is a quick breakdown of what all was involved. This Dallas event photographer is not a sporting clays expert by any stretch, but I’ve had the opportunity to go and do it and it is nothing short of awesome. Imagine you are on a golf course, and have your 18 holes. It’s basically just like that, except you have targets flying from all over the place, and instead of trying to blast a ball out to the fairway, you are blasting clay pigeons into as many pieces as possible. If it sounds like fun, that’s because it is.
They had a team start at each hole, and just kept rotating until they had a chance to shoot at every set up. Also, to make things more challenging, you can’t just shoot away at each pigeon as much as you want. You get one shot per clay. This Dallas event photographer can personally attest to how difficult that is.
I really do encourage all of you to try this at some point in your lives, as it is a great recreational experience, and it takes a considerable amount of skill and strategy to be able to lead the clays and really anticipate where they will go and how quickly. Plus, the clays really can come from anywhere. I’ve seen them shoot out of the bushes, from behind trees, and some are launched sky high. Sometimes they even launch a rabbit, which is a clay pigeon that bounces along the ground on its side, just like, you guess it, a rabbit. I don’t know if they had one of those at this tournament, but it sure was a tricky hole to shoot.
Then, after it was all said and done, they had a raffle that had this Dallas event photographer drooling. There was everything from bottles of wine to a Yeti cooler that I could fit into, and then of course some absolutely gorgeous shotguns. They had magnificent scrolling on them, I was supremely jealous of the guy that won the over-under. There was also an awards ceremony, they had some serious ones for the best shooters, but as you will see in the blog I chose to include some of the more interesting trophy categories that were onsite.
All in all it was a great day, and with all of this writing about shooting skeet, I realize I need to get out and get after some clays once it warms up a bit. Until then, enjoy!