Almost everyone in the gunblogging community knows who Oleg Volk is. Almost everyone in the professional shooting community knows who Yamil Sued is. What I find interested is that a lot of people who know who one of these great photographers is often don’t know about the other one; a fact which I can only attribute to Oleg being better known for political photos (and photos of boobies), and Yamil being generally known for his action pistol photos. As an example of what I’m talking about, check out this photo of Jerry Miculek.
The fact that the camera somehow caught the gun right as the round was going off so that you can see light coming out of the barrel and cylinder gap is one of the neatest effects I’ve seen in a gun related photo. Yamil seems to have a knack for capturing the best parts of “action shooting”, whether it’s shooters just as they’re breaking into a run, a reload with the empty magazine in the air, or my favorite type of gun photo – brass in the air.
One of the things that I’ve learned about action pistol photography from my own meager attempts at such is that to get those shots, you have to shoot a lot of pictures. It’s not like being a photography sniper, where you wait for the perfect shot. No, at least for me it’s more the “machine gun” approach. I find an angle to set up at, and then I just hold down the shutter button. I usually get 5-10 usable pictures for every hundred exposures, which makes me thankful for digital cameras, because I could not afford to be a photographer if I had to pay for actual film.
If you’re interested in Yamil’s work, he’s often featured in the Downrange.tv blogs as well, so make sure you watch that space for pictures by him.