Would you like to shoot some guns, asks Pete, a good friend of mine who happens to be an outdoorsman and groundskeeper in addition to being the finest plumber in the UK.
Naturally I took him up on it, but rather than just shoot them side-on as one might for a museum reference or stock piece I thought it would be interesting to do a single-take “Decomposition” shot. As these shotguns are fairly simple mechanically it turned out to be a lot easier than I was expecting, as there’s really not much to disassemble.
The trick of course was suspending all the parts by thin wire and fishing line so they could be shot in a single image and then have the wires cloned out in Photoshop. Due to the age and nature of the weapons we didn’t want to tear it down to the last so we left it at just the primary components, though I’m itching to back to a project like this and take it all the way to the nuts and bolts. Why upside down you might ask? Simple physics. The strap lugs and trigger guards presented an easy mounting point to hang them from, and meant there was very little cloning to do of wires across the gun bodies.
The shotgun in question here is a Lamber Over/Under 12 Gauge, with the rifle above being a Tikka M65 .308. Apparently.
After we were done with the exploded view, we also grabbed shots of the other rifles and put those together into a simple composite frame to show them off, an interesting challenge with some attractive results, one that I’m keen (oh wait for it) to have another (here it comes) shot at.
I’m so sorry. 😀