You may have noticed the new header, and if you like it than you have this guy to thank for it. Along with that image, Didrik took a boatload of pictures for Crimson Trace at the Gunsite event I attended last year. Crimson Trace was kind enough to forward a couple on to me. Here’s the full version of the new header image which you can click to view full size. It’s one of those pictures that when I look at it, I think to myself “Self, why can’t you take pictures that awesome” and then I remember it’s because guys like Didrik have devoted an entire lifetime to the art of photography. The other really good picture from Gunsite is here as well, and again it’s an excellent picture. I like action pictures, so it’s no wonder that the running man picture is my favorite of the pictures.
Of course, what’s really important to everyone isn’t the pictures themselves, but the gear! Because hey, let’s face it – we do this because we like guns and accessories.
- The Rifle: Smith & Wesson M&P15 MOE Flat Dark Earth
- Optic: Trijicon ACOG Model TA11-G – this is a 3.5 power ACOG with the green donut reticle set for .223 ballistics
- Magazines: Magpul PMags
- Mag Holders: Blade-Tech AR15 mag pouches
- Sling: Magpul MS2 Sling
- Foregrip: Crimson Trace MVF-515 Light/Laser combo
Thanks to Crimson Trace and Didrik for the great pictures – makes me look like I actually know what I’m doing with a carbine in my hands – which is something that the excellent Gunsite instructors had already taken care of…in 3 days in Arizona I learned more about being a rifleman than I had in 20 years before that.
Regarding the second picture: pinkies out on the VFG; that’s how you know gunsite is a classy soiree.
I was just finishing my afternoon tea when we were ambushed by hostile pepper poppers.
Honestly, the quality of those photos isn’t really related to the technical knowledge that he developed over the years. What makes those pictures good, and most of the ones I see on his website, is that he’s clearly someone that will take the time to learn what types of action shots really capture the essence of what is being done.
Back when I was doing rodeo, I started getting back into photography. There were plenty of “professionals” that would show up to the events. But I made more money on the side selling photos I took with my cheap Minolta SLR than they could with their professional grade gear.
The saddest part was that few of them were willing to listen to what they were doing wrong, in terms of composition and timing. It was easier to just say “stupid cowboys wouldn’t know art if it bit them in the ass”.
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