Keith Parris  

Tyler Texas 175th Anniversary Shotgun by Keith Parris

September 2021 - Tyler Texas 175th Anniversary Shotgun

September 2021 - Keith Parris


September 2021 - Keith Parris

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September 2021 - Keith Parris

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About the Image(s)

A few months ago a flyer advertising a shotgun in recognition of Tyler, Texas history was published in the Tyler Morning Telegraph newspaper. This roused my interest immediately, and I called to find out the price for this shotgun. It was several times what I have paid for other firearms. However, after thinking about it for a day, I called again and ordered one of these shotguns. I got gun number four; only 15 of these shotguns will be made. It took a few months for this shotgun to be plated, engraved, and shipped to my favorite gun store. The next day after I picked up my shotgun at my favorite gun store, I took it out to Buffalo Creek Trap Club. I asked the owner of the club, Texas Trapshooters Association 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, George Hanna, if he would teach me trapshooting. He gave me a lesson immediately. He inspected both my old and new shotguns, added gun grease, changed chokes in my new shotgun for trapshooting, made certain that I had the proper shotgun shells, helped me learn how to wear a shell bag, and ensured that I had hearing and eye protection before taking me to a trap range. My new Tyler Texas shotgun shoots very well; it had been about 55 years since I shot a shotgun, but I hit about 40 percent of the clay pigeons. My intent is to enjoy shooting it but not to the point that it shows wear. I do not have any children to pass this shotgun down to; therefore, I might as well enjoy shooting it. However, I wanted good quality photographs of it before I got any more dings in it.

The image that I am submitting this month is three photographs on one Adobe Photoshop canvas; this might be too much detail to include in one image. I spread a movers blanket over our patio table, laid my shotgun on the blanket, and stood on the table seat to make photographs with my Nikon D750 with 24 “ 120 mm lens handheld. Afternoon sunlight provided lighting. The top and bottom photographs used f/5.6, 1/125 second, and ISO 1000 at 27 mm (top) and 24 mm (bottom) and the middle photograph used f/7.1, 1/100 second, and ISO 1600 at 98 mm focal length. I am wondering if there is a better support for my shotgun while photographing it so that there is a more desirable background in the photographs. Otherwise, background replacement in Adobe Photoshop might be needed.

RAW images from my camera were processed in Luminar 4 with Topaz DeNoise AI and Topaz Sharpen AI plugins. Exports from Luminar 4 are in Photoshop format. I used Adobe Photoshop to add text to each of the three photographs then placed them on the same canvas. I think the dark gray background of the canvas makes eyes go to the photographs.


4 comments posted

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
Your post processing certainly added a lot of life to the photographs.   Posted: 09/07/2021 07:50:48

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
A very nice and detailed imagen and sharp. The story behind the images, brings out the whole story about Tyler Texas 1175th Anniversary .The only suggestion I would make, is the dark blue (center image) should match the rest of the blanket color.   Posted: 09/08/2021 11:00:04

Holly Moore   Holly Moore
You certainly worked hard to create the image. The shotguns stand out well with good detail and I also enjoyed reading your comments. My husband and I are gun enthusiasts. Enjoy shooting.   Posted: 09/11/2021 13:12:10

Heather-Dawn Joseph   Heather-Dawn Joseph
I personally am not a gun enthusiast, but on a creative level you did a good job in bringing out the details in the guns. I would have painted the background black to eliminate the blankets and made them look as if it was originally one image.   Posted: 09/13/2021 09:42:08


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