View Poll Results: ever been freaked out while night photographing?
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Well, Lex old buddy, next time just give a yell and the 454 Cassull TC will be on its way...that oughta take care of that pesky critter...
Damn, ain't we a bunch of country bumpkins? I guess shootin' irons take all kinds of forms and formats.
I can definitely relate to Aggie's episode. What really infuriated me wasn't what that dog did to the neighborhood livestock; it was the thought of what it might do to a child, specifically one of my grandsons. When I confronted the owner I asked him how he could put his own small daughters at risk by keeping a dog known to have a taste for blood? Naturally I didn't get a coherent reply.
Jorge, .454 Cassull, hmm? That's quite a piece and I do have a fondness for big bores. But I'll make do with what I have.
As I said, it's generally been quiet the past year or so. In fact, I never even hear that neighbor's dog bark anymore. It used to bellow and wail constantly, 'til one of my rounds hit it in the throat. Must've debarked the critter.
I might upload a pic of my own pesky mutt just so nobody gets the notion I don't like dogs. If I can think of a photographic tie-in, or a nighttime photography tie-in so we can get back on-topic...
Three degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.
Talk about a subject that has drifted!
I guess that it should be no surprise that people as sensible as APUGGERS would have some really practical solutions (and experience!) and would be able to address the unique situations nighttime photography sometimes presents.
Recent good news is that Missouri just passed a concealed-carry law, effective sometime in October. Since I'm in Illinois just across the river from St. Louis, it won't affect me directly, but it's encouraging. I actually haven't used a firearm, even for target shooting, for over twenty-five years, but, after doing night shots in St. Louis at various times (with no problems, fortunately), I can see why someone might want to carry on occasion. Things can be a little creepy out there sometimes; I've heard of other photographers who shoot at night only when they have a friend or two handy for company.
I wonder how long it will be before one of the anti-gun nuts finds this discussion and tells us we are way off target. In any case, APPUGGERS are straight shooters, no matter what they're triggering!
lol, good lord Jorge. I used to have a little beretta .22 in my camera bag for emergencies (about the size of one of Jorge's bullets, hehe)
Originally Posted by Jorge
Back on topic... I think getting some shots deep in the woods not paying attention to time, and finding yourself suddenly in pitch black dark is pretty spooky. Other time would be doing some photography on top of an old parking garage late night downtown. Surrounded by that erie silence, then you hear a bottle tip over in the distance and start getting paranoid...
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It's nice and peaceful out in the middle of the desert, and the sky is usually clear and light pollution free to boot, and usually nobody around (if you know some of the good places to go to). Nice for star trails and the like.
Though I do feel a little safer with company along, especially when that company has a concealed weapons permit!
No - I don't spook easily.
I do actually own a gun, but can't remember where I put it when I last saw it five years ago...
-- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
I live in the UK and so don't have access to all the heavy artillary you bloodthirsty colonials are discussing... ...although I do have a monopod with a pointy end! :-)
The most worried I've been, so far, is doing a lateish sunset shoot on the seafront at Morecambe in Lancashire. I hung around for the more intense colours after the sun had dropped below the horizon and then did a few night shots of the town lights.
Unfortunately the warm weekend summer evenings also bring out the great British drinking public with its customary cheery cries of "You spilled my pint!" and "You bin lookin' at my bird?!". Given the number of watering holes along the seafront, walking back from an out-of-the-way jetty to the car with all this going on was a bit unnerving.
I was actually glad of that monopod...!
Frank, the Brits do have a knack for making fine projectile-spitting implements. It's just that now that the gummint has suppressed much private ownership of firearms that skill has migrated to air powered guns. Air Arms and many other makers of fine pellet guns have sprung up over the last 20 years or so, not to mention their forebears.
BTW, I think Four Bears was the name of one such maker of air canes. Advertised as just the thing for the gentleman who wanted a little safety and security for his nighttime photography.
Later one of the four bears died and the remaining three shifted the business to making tripods.
Or perhaps I'm making all of this up.
Three degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.
Yep, been there done that. But my Weirauch HW80 is a bit ostentatious for the town and the legal penalty for carrying my BAC air pistol is outweighed by the probability of being despatched by a police marksman!
Originally Posted by Lex Jenkins
Until I find something better I'll continue on with my pointy stick! I'm better with that anyway...