Catching a gun firing

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  1. inTempus

    inTempus TPF Noob!

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    We've had a couple of discussions on this before... about how to catch a gun firing.

    I've only been able to do it a handful of times and it's been mostly lucky (and shooting 10fps). It happened again today, and here's the shot.

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    It's a Glock 21SF .45 ACP pistol. You can see that the pistol has just fired and the slide is just starting to move rearward. The gases just behind the bullet can be seen in the muzzle flash and if you look closely, you'll actually see the contrail of the bullet passing through the smoke cloud. It's the perfectly straight white line coming from the muzzle. I think that's pretty freaking cool.

    I just thought I would share the shot.
     
  2. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    What you need is a setup using some of this stuff
    HighSpeedFlash Products Ultra
    and their audio triggor! Then you can get that highspeed shot with ultra sharpness all in one go!
     
  3. keith foster

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    Cool shot Tim! Amazing how the far shell casing has already flown in that amount of time.
     
  4. KmH

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    I believe the shell casing in the photo is from the previous round.

    The slide has not yet recoiled enough to eject the shell casing that held the bullet that just left the barrel.
     
  5. gryphonslair99

    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    With all do respects, my real world job requires me to be intimately familiar with firearms and their use and to be quite proficient with them. If you are hand shooting photos like the one you posted, then you are as we would call it, a toe tag waiting to be filled.

    You should never be able to see the full frontal of a shooters face or the muzzle of a firearm that is loaded, unless you are the one that is about to be killed. I have yet to find one instance in history where a firearm killed anyone. There are thousands of cases however where people with a lack of knowledge or forethought have either killed someone else or been killed.

    A little food for though.
     
  6. inTempus

    inTempus TPF Noob!

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    I've been around firearms my entire life and have used them professionally for several years.

    It's a self portrait. You figure it out.

    It never ceases to amaze me the number of self professed gun "professionals" you encounter when posting on forums. You can't have a discussion without someone who thinks their the gatekeeper of safety chiming in, usually off topic, and derailing the thread. I thought this only happened on gun forums... I guess you guys venture off onto other forums too. :)

    Now, can we get back on topic?
     
  7. inTempus

    inTempus TPF Noob!

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    KmH,

    You are correct, the casing in the air is from the previous round that was fired. I had the camera on a timer so I fired 13 rounds as quickly as I could to try and catch a cool shot.
     
  8. gryphonslair99

    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    As the life long cop that has to go to the families home to tell them that their son, daughter, brother, sister, wife, husband etc, who has "been around guns their entire life" is dead because they didn't think, have fun toe tag. Do what you want. Your no skin off my nose.

    But for all those people on this forum looking at the image you posted, maybe they won't be so stupid as to try this at home. Maybe they will realize that being in front of a firearm being fired is not such a bright idea. Maybe they will realize that the professionals that take shots of things like firing weapons do so with equipment setup in harms way and triggered remotely by someone smart enough not be in harms way.

    Ever wonder why those folks on the gun forums chime in on safety? They see the results when people think they are smarter than the firearm and try to keep it from happening again.
     
  9. dtzitko

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    I guess you don't like to read? See bold text in quote.

    Cool shot OP.
     
  10. dhilberg

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    I think you missed the fact that it's a self portrait. No one is manning the camera.

    Very cool shot!
     
  11. gryphonslair99

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    You mean the bold text THAT WAS NOT IN THE ORIGINAL POST by the OP. A little fact that he happened to mention after the fact only when called on the issue. After something happens "Oh yeah, I forgot to mention...." really doesn't mean much then does it?
     
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    Whatever you say man. I'm not going to derail this thread because you think somebody is lying to you on the internet.
    Edit: But a quick viewing of his Flickr profile and Website show a picture of him. Surprisingly, they appear to be the same man in the photo! But I'm sure you think it's a conspiracy for him to lie about whether or not he was standing down range of a weapon that's being fired.

    OP, how exactly did you capture this? Obviously a tripod, but what was your setup and EXIF?
     
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