• This is my look of confidence.
  • The target.


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I was up North this past weekend, and one of the things we always do there is go to the shooting range. My brother-in-law is a really good shot with his 9mm, so I proposed that I would hold a clay pigeon up, and he would shoot it out of my hand. At first he didn't want to do it, but I said I had just watched him hit the pigeon 7 times out of 10, and I thought those were pretty good odds. He consented.

So, I set up my camera for rapid fire, and put it on my tripod. As I stood 20 feet down range, his brother held the camera trigger down and Carl shot the clay.

In hind sight, this might have been a little foolish, but I liked how the picture came out at the moment of impact, so it was all worth it. I made a diptych out of the last frame before impact so you could see that his target was actually quite large, and thus, I was never in too much danger.

I still have all of my fingers, although they did sting for a bit afterward. I tried to have my "calm" face on, but that's as close as I could get. If I had a faster camera, it would have been cool to see the bullet.

Day 168.

Brian Callahan (Luxgnos.com), and 11 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Jason Haley 31 months ago | reply

    damn. inches from the digits and a foot from the face. yep, yer crazy! nice catch, though!

  2. DI Girl 31 months ago | reply

    Great job!

  3. Flickr_Rick 31 months ago | reply

    I would try that with my Browning Hi Power 40 S&W!! Maybe with an aspirin :)

  4. Moobyluvsme 31 months ago | reply

    7 out of 10 is pretty good odds, bro!

  5. siskokid 31 months ago | reply

    Apple on your head would be fun too!
    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

  6. ÜℝℬⒶÑ Š№Θρ 31 months ago | reply

    LOL, close but not quite huh?! Fantastic job on this!

  7. ΞSSΞ®®Ξ 31 months ago | reply

    this is the coolest thing seen in ages! isn't strange that you don't blink?? that's amazing or I'm missing something... maybe the blinking comes at gun fire...

  8. ~Craig~ 31 months ago | reply

    You're a braver man than me

  9. SCOTTS WORLD 31 months ago | reply

    That expression is too cool....awesome work!

  10. t8tohs 31 months ago | reply

    You are one crazy guy! ... and you must really trust your brother inlaw.

  11. -GIGANTOR- 31 months ago | reply

    EPIC! Damn you have some crazy eyes!

  12. DeadDogsEye 31 months ago | reply

    Do it again, but hold it in front of your face.! Shooped

  13. Notkalvin 31 months ago | reply

    Of course it's shopped. My project is digital manipulation.

  14. Kenji Gunderson 31 months ago | reply

    I would have flinched..for sure.

  15. Notkalvin 31 months ago | reply

    I considered taking two slightly different pictures of me - one with a little flinch, but then I wondered if there would be time to flinch.

  16. Luke Lavin 25 months ago | reply

    not sure how I missed this one.....awesome sauce!

  17. Kombizz 9 months ago | reply

    great shot

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