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Target Practice

This is a series of impressions from our annual Farm Day in Michigan on August 9th.

Farmer Don showed my grandson Nicholas (age 8) how to shoot the BB gun!
This tiny quail egg was the target.

Target Practice

This is a series of impressions from our annual Farm Day in Michigan on August 9th.

Farmer Don showed my grandson Nicholas (age 8) how to shoot the BB gun!
This tiny quail egg was the target.

comments (47)

  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 2 Sep 2008, 00:55
WOW! Love the colors..and the shadow. So - how'd he do? Did he make his mark?!?!?
Ginnie Hart: He never hit the target, Marcie, but he sure found out a lot about gun safety!! It all was very educational as the g'ma looking on.
Lovely colours Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sesan.
The egg whether this, Ginnie? //Like more was glad to in cooked than became the target shot the rifle... hehehe//the Photograph that was good with tone colour that was typical// Good selective focus // Regards from Yogyakarta Indonesia//
Ginnie Hart: There were little quail eggs like this every day that got fried sunny-side-up, Bram. It takes about 4 of these to equal a normal sized chicken egg!
That shot is priceless!!! Don't even think about forgetting your camera when we get together. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I will NOT forget, Bob. grin Thanks.
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 2 Sep 2008, 03:30
These are quite expensive in Atlanta, can't afford to use them as a target. smile
Good thing you were aiming with your harmless camera. smile
Ginnie Hart: They were so plentiful on the farm, Viktor, it was almost funny. Nicholas went out several times each day to gather them. If you asked him, he'd say the quail (and their eggs) were his favorite part of Farm Day, and he WASN'T talking about THIS egg and the BB gun!
  • The kingdom of my heart
  • 2 Sep 2008, 05:21
I can remember the excitement of my first target practice sessions with an air rifle on private land. Shootin tin cans never felt so good!

Terrific composition, and colours. What an extravagant target ha ha smile
Ginnie Hart: Extravagant indeed, Paul, but the eggs were so plentiful, no one minded. No matter what we think of guns these days, I saw this as a "rite of passage" for Nicholas on the farm...as I'm sure you thought of yours.
  • Ada
  • a very dark room
  • 2 Sep 2008, 05:28
Poor egg........... Lovely shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thankfully, Ada, the egg was spared. grin
Beautiful egg and colours - I like the egg more as an object for photography than as a shooting target wink But I guess the egg has nothing to say about the matter grin
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Aksel, you're right. I had a slight glitch in my stomach as I watched this whole thing unfold. BUT the guys were doing their thing and I didn't say a word!In the end, the egg was spared. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Sep 2008, 06:23
Deze foto heb je prachtig 'geschoten' het is maar goed dat Nicholas nog niet zo'n goed schutter is.
Your subject would have been gone.......grin
Amazing picture, I picturit you flat out on the ground...wink
Great shadow, great DOF, great PP.
Ontzettend mooie foto.
Ginnie Hart: Not flat out on the ground, Astrid, but down lower than normal for me, to be sure. smile I had plenty of time to take this shot while the men were teaching Nicholas gun safety. In the end, even the egg was safe...unless Brian made a bull's eye later! He's apparently the pro! Ontzettrend bedankt, lieve vriend.
A Quail egg with a BB, that's awesome at age 8, I'd be lucky to hit it with a 12 gauge smile
Ginnie Hart: He learned a lot about gun safety that day, Will. I'm not sure he learned much about hitting a quail's egg...except that it's hard! smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 2 Sep 2008, 06:29
What a lovely little egg. Lovely image Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: How can an egg be so adorable!!!! Thanks, Aussie.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 2 Sep 2008, 06:51
A superb photo again. I can't believe they used an egg as the target:-(
Ginnie Hart: I know, Sherri. I have no idea whose idea that was!!! sad But it DID make for a good photo op.
Nice colours and DOF
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Nigel.
  • Tracy
  • Stoke
  • 2 Sep 2008, 07:44
LOL at Astrid, you would be like a commando on the floor shooting your picture, as Nicholas was taking his aimsmile
Great used of DOF and I love the whole composition here Ginnie.smilesmile
Ginnie Hart: At my age and with my knee, you'll probably never see me in that position, Tracy. HA! Now, with Astrid, it might be a different story. grin Thanks.
wondefull textures and dof.Bye
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ruben, for stopping by and commenting. Gracias.
  • Brian
  • Waiting to teach my TAFE class
  • 2 Sep 2008, 08:21
Mmm, you call it target practice and here was I thinking 'where's a hammer when you need one?' - little worrying...
Ginnie Hart: I wonder which would be the worse mess, Brian!!! smile
I wish they had used something else for the target practice than destroying an egg.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Navin. I know. Sigh. But the eggs were plentiful (many quail) and in the end, I actually think the egg was spared. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Sep 2008, 09:18
That is one tiny egg for target practice - couldn't they have chosen a turkey egg?! I love the colours and textures on this - very interesting photograph.
Ginnie Hart: Believe it or not, Ingrid, the chickens didn't start laying eggs until a week or so later. Those eggs are about 4-5 times larger than this one. You're right. How could anyone expect ANYone to hit that, least of all an 8-year-old boy.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Sep 2008, 09:23
A sprookjemooi eitje- like a sculpture exhibited on a tree-stump- an impressive, very sharp pic so that you have the imagination to touch the rough wood! -Why has your grandson Nicholas to learn shooting a gun- with the beautiful egg as target? Sorry, that sounds a little strange to me!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Philine, I know! I'm guessing the men folk saw it as a rite of passage for little Nicholas! I decided not to say a word!! I actually kept my mouth shut and just took the picture.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 2 Sep 2008, 09:50
These will soon be gone, as Don gave away the quail on Freecycle. (You can read about it at his green barn blog BTW, just posted last night.) You didn't know how apropos this would be!

Gorgeous focus.
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Nicholas will be so disappointed, Ruth. Just yesterday I asked him what his favorite thing was about Farm Day and he immediately said, "The quail!" Why is Don giving them away? Too much time and care? I will go read his post....
A very young life-to-be put to death...
A beautiful image though, and poetical, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Wim. I had so many mixed emotions...even in posting this. But it did make for an interesting photo.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 2 Sep 2008, 11:01
Great colour and detail
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Vintage.
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Sep 2008, 11:59
heh, very odd and a very attractive picture
Ginnie Hart: Odd, indeed, Sam. Thanks for adding the "attractive." smile
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 2 Sep 2008, 12:11
Very natural looking shot. How did he do?
Ginnie Hart: Let's just say the egg was spared...at least by him. smile
Nice sculpture, Ginnie. I was serious about yesredays image btw.
Ginnie Hart: Then you have made my day again, Sir Chad. smile
Great shot, or should I say picture. Like the DOF. Amazing clarity and details in this picture too. Beautiful country picture.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Good play on words, John. I guess this could also be called very "Red Neck!" smile
Good shot Ginnie, but children and guns!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Brian. I had many mixed emotions then and in posting this today! I almost said something in my text but decided I'd respond to comments instead as they came up. Fret not. I'm on the same page with you. I'm guessing it's a "rite of passage" on the farm.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 2 Sep 2008, 15:50
I've been back and forth a couple of times today, Ginnie.

I love photograph of the delicate little egg precariously perched on the stump. It is so teeny tiny speckled and fragile looking there--looking so out of place.

And then I think of the boy with a BB gun in his hands aiming at that delicate little teeny tiny speckled out of place egg and my heart sort of beats a little harder, Ginnie. I am sorry.
Ginnie Hart: No, Kathryn. Please don't feel sorry. I have very mixed emotions about all of this and almost didn't post the image. I heard Don tell the stories of how the head rooster is always protecting all the hens from the overhead vultures and started to think of the "Never Cry Wolf" movie and how nature knows how to thin out the weakest. But I also saw things from the farmer's POV. Where do we draw the line? Donica and I DID make sure Amy (Nicholas' mom) saw the full series of gun-safety images before she saw him with the gun. BUT, I still have very mixed emotions! I think we ALL can be sorry!
  • claire
  • Canada
  • 2 Sep 2008, 16:26
oh the poor egg. :p

this is such an amazing photo. the details and the clarity are superb. i love the use of DoF as well. beautiful! smile
Ginnie Hart: The poor egg was spared, I think, Claire. It really is a too-small target for a wee 8-year-old boy. Thanks for your kind words.
It's a nice fun picture...don't like guns though.
Ginnie Hart: Me neither, Bill. I wish we had had a conversation with Don about guns on the farm, when chickens and roosters are game for the preying vultures or...foxes. Survival of the fittest? Don doesn't depend on his for his livelihood, but what about those who do?? So many questions, so little time.
HiGinnie, Its always impressing me to see the reall nature and this is so reall, almost too beautifull, (just an expression to show my smilefeelings)I hope no-one broke the egg... How are you doing?

Greetings JoAnn's D Eyes
Ginnie Hart: I think the egg ended up unscathed, JoAnn. smile Thank you for your kind words.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Sep 2008, 18:14
I trust the teacher was sure the pupil wouldn't be a crack shot ;o) Pleased you got to record the wonderful speckles first anyway.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'm sure, Mike. And thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Sep 2008, 18:34
Ginnie, I think that the discussion today on your blog about the use of gun/the "rite of passage"... could be a good and important 'lesson' to discuss again onder the adults about this theme and rite. (As I read in our German newspapers and so far I have correctly understood is the private use and -partly too easy- acquisition of weapons in the USA anyway a theme in the public which is discussed over.) Considering the education of Nicholas I wished that he -as a child- will not be introduced in the early use of guns -for the respect of life is our highest value and good. There is a danger, too, that the fascination of guns for the youngsters might too great. (As teacher I had unfortunately to have experienced such a sad case.) The situation of a grown up farmer is a quite other one. This my opinion, and I think this discussion contains a very positive, necesessary challenge, and it is a good sign for the communication- atmosphere on SC that all members are writing so openly about their thoughts, and you should never reproach yourself!
Ginnie Hart: If you have a chance, Philine, please come back and read what Louis has written below. I really do value the debate and feel it informs us! Thank you for your dear part in expressing yourself!
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 2 Sep 2008, 19:33
Thats a beautiful egg Ginnie and i like the way you worked with the focus.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 2 Sep 2008, 21:25
Wow.Thats a nice and crisp shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Richa.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 2 Sep 2008, 21:26
Ginnie .. lovely composition .. you have so creative ideas .. amazing
Ginnie Hart: With so much to see on the farm, Klaus, it's very easy to be creative!!! Thank you.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 Sep 2008, 21:31
He missed, but you didn't
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Louis!
  • mary
  • 2 Sep 2008, 22:07
Oh this is wonderful -- so much great textures!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetie-pie, Mary. Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 Sep 2008, 22:17
After my comment I read all the comments about guns and young boys. The way I grew up is that I have learnt to hunt at a young age. Part one is field craft and learning to respect nature. Part two was to handle the gun with respect and when you point it to be effective. You leave only your tracks and no wounded animals.

With all of that I don't say pro-gun or anti-gun. A gun is a tool and can be used for the purpose in a responsible manner or abused. The same goes for a car - a tool for getting from one place to another. Should I learn to apply it in the correct way, or should we ban it? And at what tender age are kids allowed to drive?

What I believe is responsible use of a tool. Personally I haven't hunt for nearly 20 years now and when I had to renew my owner's license I decided to hand it in to be committed to the steel furnace. Just not worth going through all the admin again. My life is so cluttered that it became easier to buy game meat from the butcher and make my biltong.

When I mean responsible use of a tool, it goes for any tool. That applies also to use of the mobile (special message to all those who chat while driving), the computer (special message to all those who contribute to converting the minds of minors), the camera (special message to all picture makers - one can get subversive, and I don't mean nude photography), the president (special message to those national leaders who use war to win further terms in office). Yes, the list can go on. Oops, a national leader is not a tool - sorry but some of them has me thinking of spanners.

I live in a coutry with abundant criminals, with access to abundance of shooting tools. These tools are the legacy of the colonial wars in neigbouring countries and apartheid struggle in SA. The papers carry front pagers about families that got wiped out in criminal attacks almost daily.

I don't believe that my carrying a gun will get them to stop carrying guns or stop their criminal activity.

In the US the argument about the right to own a gun is often raised. Life's balances says that you can have a right if you are willing to accept the accompanying responsibility.

For that reason I like the idea of 'you should never reproach yourself'.

Have a great evening when it comes to you over there.
Ginnie Hart: I greatly value your POV, Louis, and REALLY appreciate the time and energy you put into writing these thoughts down!!! Thank you.
Hope he hit it Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Chris, I don't think he came anywhere close. grin
  • Judy
  • United States
  • 2 Sep 2008, 22:43
Ginnie - Great pic here. My its generated quite a discussion as well. I've done a little target practice in my days - we used milk cartons filled with water as they were placed at some distance and we could see if we hit them. I am sure that with Don doing the "teaching" Nicholas got an age appropriate good lesson as to the safety (and dangers) of guns and that they are used for target practice and help take away whatever "natural" curiosity a little boy might have.
Ginnie Hart: The milk carton would make a more doable/likely target, if you ask me, Judy! I think Uncle Don set him up to fair on purpose. But it sure did make a nice photo op! (Now I'm trying to picture you with a gun in your hand doing shooting practice! smile ) BTW, I totally agree with your assessment!
Oh! Ginnie! The photography is fantastic. A great approach. I hope that you were not in the firing line. But… what is a BB gun?

Recently in Spain we have been able to see by TV a news article regarding the use of arms on the part of adults and these as they instill the passion by the firearms to the children of very short age. He was really horrifying!
Ginnie Hart: There are so many pros and cons about guns, José Angel, and I see this image has started a little debate. It's been fun to read all the comments! Gracias for yours!
  • Rian
  • Alabama
  • 3 Sep 2008, 00:24
i'd rather eat this than shoot it.. lol! great shot! grin
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Rian. But I must say that I would love to have a go at target shooting, just for the precision of it...not the gun.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Sep 2008, 06:42
Yes, Ginnie, I very appreciate Louis' comment (and I very appreciate his wise, reasonable and sensible personality!), the best and well balanced one, on the beasis of own experiences!
Ginnie Hart: I love it, Philine, when it can all boil down to sensibility! smile Ontzettend bedankt!
  • Arash
  • Dubai
  • 3 Sep 2008, 11:00
Natural born alone!
you made a nice frame by simple things Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Arash! Thank you.
  • zohre
  • Dubai
  • 3 Sep 2008, 17:17
Love the colors and shadow.smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Zohre.
  • Quark
  • Europe
  • 31 Mar 2011, 06:37
Fine still-life and DOF here !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for back-tracking to this, Quark.

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