Sporting Clays, Volume 3

After shooting Volume 1 and Volume 2 from a behind the shooter, stationary camera, I shot this round with a gun mounted camera.  It works OK with high, arching shots where there is a lot of blue sky to provide contrast.  It works less well on low, fast shots, where bushes or trees are in the background.  I also learned on editing that I need to start shooting only after I have loaded and am ready to shoot.  This video is pretty sloppy, but it taught me what I need to know for future videos.

It would also be really, really helpful to have a remote control for my JVC GC-FM1A HD camcorder.  That would allow me to easily stop and start between shots while reloading.

I shot OK today, particularly considering that the pull delay wasn’t working on several of the stations and I was shooting alone.  But I still gave away too many easy points.  I should be hitting at least 85% on the south course.

It’s been slow going on the videos, but I’m getting there.

Sporting Clays, Volume 2

After inadvertently recording Volume 1 in standard definition, I made it a point to shoot in HD today while shooting the South Course with my buddy J.C. MacBarker (known to some as Robert Brannon).  I had some camera angle issues, but the higher definition makes the clay visible, which is cool.  Things will get much better after today, as my gun camera mount arrived in the mail this afternoon.

We did good on the South Course, other than my continuing difficulty shooting the rabbit.  Later, we shot the harder North Course with another buddy.  We all did good, but not great, over there.  The gun camera mount is going to be handy for calculating some of the harder shot leads.  When you’re practicing and can take as many shots as you want, it’s relatively easy to zero in on most targets.  When you’re shooting in a competition, it’s important to get the lead right from the first shot.

All in all, a beautiful day.  And there’s no better way to spend a beautiful day than shooting some clays in the country.

Sunday Mashup: JVC Pocket Camcorder & Sporting Clays

This week I bought a JVC GC-FM1A HD camcorder.  Although I am starting to suspect that this camera might suck, other than the complete lameness of the included MediaBrowser LE software, which does not even recognize HD video on the camera, the jury is still  out.  I do like the fact the camera records onto a flash card, which allows me to remove the card and manipulate the video within Corel VideoStudio 12 (VS 12 users should note that non-HD video is in 4:3 format, to avoid the squished appearance that will result if you set your non-HD video project files to 16:9).

I decided to test the camera by combining two of my favorite things: tech and shotguns.  When I went out to shoot some sporting clays today, I took the camera and my spider tripod and filmed a few shots at each station.  I inadvertently shot the video in non-HD, so the resulting video is in lower than ideal resolution.  One of the features this camera needs is a way to lock the resolution, to avoid accidental resolution changes.

When editing the video footage, it became apparent that my camera placement and, more importantly, the lower resolution made it difficult to see the clays in flight.  It is likely that you would need to follow the clays with the camera to get a good shot shot (to coin a phrase).  Since I was by myself, that was not an option today.  Cassidy and Delaney often go shooting with me, so we’ll have to try a moving camera next time.  I hope that HD resolution will allow you to see the clays in flight, even with a stationary camera.

I love the fact that HD video cameras are getting smaller.  What I would really love would be for the iPhone to shoot HD video.  When that happens (and eventually it will), I will be a happy camper.  In the meantime, I continue to search for a small, full feature HD camcorder that will let me shoot video and easily upload it to YouTube or Vimeo or download it to my computer for use within an editing application.  Suggestions would be appreciated.

As far as the shooting went, I did good with everything in the air, particularly since the pull-delay wasn’t working at some of the stations and I was shooting alone, and horrible with the rabbit shots, where the clays bounce along the ground.  It’s hard to believe I can hit so many of one and so few of the other.

Cassidy and Delaney Shoot Skeet

Well, sort of.

Cassidy and Delaney went shooting with me today. It was Cassidy’s first time to shoot a shotgun and the first time Delaney fired a gun of any kind.

They worked with Jimmy Galindo. I highly recommend Jimmy as an instructor, for shooters of any age.

After shooting, we went to Old Town Spring and had dinner at Wunsche Brothers Cafe & Saloon.

That, friends, is my kind of day.