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Martinj

is it just me? I thought that colouring clays was supposed to make them more visible!

green targets on a green background is just wrong

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jasper

Not that unusual for the seemingly simple task of selecting the correct colour of clay for the background to ruin what would have otherwise wise been good targets/shoots. 

Doesn't seem like rocket science to me. In fact I have reached the conclusion , having seen many stands like this around the shoots, that the course setter does it on purpose thinking how clever they are or maybe it's just  how pretty it looks. 

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Bebo

I think that part of the problem is that people's ability to see coloured clays varies hugely, so what a course setting might see OK others may not.  Changing light conditions would worsen this, as it may be visible in the sun when the course is set but be difficult to see if it becomes overcast.  I really hate it when full face black clays get hit by the sun against a pale blue sky - they go almost silver and become really hard to see, same clay in cloud would be no problem.

Those green ones at Horne on Sunday I had no issue seeing (only missed one), but the bloke in front of us couldn't pick up the second green one at all. I found it difficult picking up the edgy white one as it was going through dappled shade, but others were seeing it no problem at all. 

 

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Will Hewland
1 hour ago, Bebo said:

I think that part of the problem is that people's ability to see coloured clays varies hugely, so what a course setting might see OK others may not.  Changing light conditions would worsen this, as it may be visible in the sun when the course is set but be difficult to see if it becomes overcast.  I really hate it when full face black clays get hit by the sun against a pale blue sky - they go almost silver and become really hard to see, same clay in cloud would be no problem.

Those green ones at Horne on Sunday I had no issue seeing (only missed one), but the bloke in front of us couldn't pick up the second green one at all. I found it difficult picking up the edgy white one as it was going through dappled shade, but others were seeing it no problem at all. 

 

Orange against grey sky is often a daft choice. I think course setters should have enough experience to stop any really tricky contrast issues. It’s their job. Like knowing where the sun will be (even if it’s cloudy when they set it up). Pointing that out got me banned from one ground.. 😆

The way the light hits clays at different times of day makes a big difference. I recall shooting (the much missed) Weston wood twice on a summers day. No problems, but the second round after lunch was barely recognisable as the same course. 

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Bebo
19 minutes ago, Will Hewland said:

Orange against grey sky is often a daft choice. I think course setters should have enough experience to stop any really tricky contrast issues. It’s their job. Like knowing where the sun will be (even if it’s cloudy when they set it up). Pointing that out got me banned from one ground.. 😆

The way the light hits clays at different times of day makes a big difference. I recall shooting (the much missed) Weston wood twice on a summers day. No problems, but the second round after lunch was barely recognisable as the same course. 

I've never understood why so many grounds throw orange teals.  Black clays are cheaper and against the sky would be equally or more visible than orange ones.

There was a really high looper where the grouse butt is at EJC's November Reg shoot that almost completely disappeared when the sun shone on it.  I saw one bloke taking them about 10ft off the ground, at which point it was dropping at a rate of knots because he couldn't see it at all when it was up near it's peak.

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Sian

Well you all know how I feel about appropriate use of coloured clays.  I stepped out of a stand at Barrow this past weekend I simply will not do it anymore. The first clay was so difficult to pick up, the second was a tricky overhead which required me not to resemble buster blood vessel which wasn’t happening so I just take myself out of the situation.  

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jasper

Note to self. Confirm with the ref that they're actually marking my card not someone else's. 😫😫😫😵 For the second time this cutoff😫😫😫😫. I mean seriously , do I look like my name is f**king Jane. 

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Westward
38 minutes ago, jasper said:

Note to self. Confirm with the ref that they're actually marking my card not someone else's. 😫😫😫😵 For the second time this cutoff😫😫😫😫. I mean seriously , do I look like my name is f**king Jane. 

Jasper

Not an easy mistake to make as Jane is much better looking. ☺️

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Will Hewland

I have to say, I’m amazed when scorers don’t call out name and get confirmation before they start pressing buttons. Equally I am amazed when shooters trust a quiet ref. I ALWAYS turn and do a name check before I shoot, if they haven’t named me first. 

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Westward

I trundled down to Somerset Shooting Ground for their monthly 100 reg. thinking I might cleverly drive through the rain band into better weather. Okay, that didn't work, but it was still an enjoyable shoot. Well thought out targets and a friendly atmosphere. It's a trek to get there and further than I normally travel, but for anyone thinking about giving it a go I can recommend it.

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Bebo
1 hour ago, jasper said:

Note to self. Confirm with the ref that they're actually marking my card not someone else's. 😫😫😫😵 For the second time this cutoff😫😫😫😫. I mean seriously , do I look like my name is f**king Jane. 

Jasper

I often shoot with my brother and sister-in-law.  Imagine the confusion that cards with J.Baker, J.Baker and S.Baker on them can cause.

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jasper

We ALWAYS get the cards written on with first names when we book on to try and avoid confusion. Not with much success.😫

Jasper. 

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GlawsterCodger

Owls today, drive down from Brum was in constant gloom, was poor light most of day and shot rather oddly, odd that in did not have a clue on many of the stands, was a case of the mutt behind the butt really. Was though a pleasant enough afternoon with chums, all of whom felt that they struggled today so I was not alone in finding it tough(ish), some superstars there, and I think HG was 96/97 very good effort in my eyes.

Hoping to rock up (weather permitting) to Longridge sunday, and looking at fixtures even I will find plenty to shoot next month.

 

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GlawsterCodger

Longridge today, went late with brother Bunter, wore contacts, this for first time since last summer, didn’t start very well,  had odd moments of triumph these amongst some truly poorly shot stands, so much so bro had taken family honours with two stands to shoot. Did bump into chums aplenty, Mr & Mrs Hoskins straight from Garlands and the rapidly rising star Zea Purnel & from Mr Hale a most honest shoot appraisal. Clynt of this parish put in a 90, HG was shared on 96 C Childerhouse & N Rees, was a fair entry too as at 2pm I was nr154.

Have taken some advice and am taking a break from reg shooting, until next Sunday at least.

oh and the contact lenses experience won’t be repeated, 

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chippy

Northampton today a tough round probably made a little harder by the wind especially stand 13 but an enjoyable one. Only one clay was an eyesight test. I hit 77.  91 was leading when we left

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Sian

Garlands and Longridge for us today.  A lot of driving 338 miles thank god Tony drove.  Both good shoots but I really wasn’t up to much today and my scores reflected that.  .

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Will Hewland
2 hours ago, chippy said:

Northampton today a tough round probably made a little harder by the wind especially stand 13 but an enjoyable one. Only one clay was an eyesight test. I hit 77.  91 was leading when we left

Agree. Hit my worst score in about a year. Bottom line is that I didn’t shoot well when I see how many people did better than me.  Never touched two targets, I think not knowing the ground well caught me out. I think I was in front. I think it could have been adjusted given the windy day and an already tough course. It seems their shoots last summer were way less gruelling. Winter has darkened their mood a bit. Stupidly I needed to drop two on stand 13 to hit a dropped score but only missed one. My average took a big kick right in the sim pair today. 😆

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Bebo

Considered Horne, but didn't fancy having to clean my boots afterwards with last nights rain, so just went to Willow Farm for their 100 bird open.  Good targets as usual, a few of them were quite wind affected, but was the same for everyone so can't complain.  Started well only dropping 4 out of my first 50.  Wheels fell off a bit after that, with quite a few odd misses and being unable to find what looked like a fairly simple l-r.  Finished on 79.

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Sian

Churchill’s today on my own.   Lovely day, no wind and busy.   The shoot was fine except for one stand where I step in and the second bird is a  rabbit on edge and I am too short to be comfortable getting my gun down over the barrier in front. I needed a step really.  I am not enjoying shooting at the moment anywhere, just really going out of habit.  I want to enjoy it but I’m not.  I have missed some weekday shoots out over the last few months and I haven’t been on a Saturday for a while.   I might just give Sundays a miss maybe just walk around with Tony.  It’s like self inflicted punishment at the moment.  

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Martinj

Burnout! it happened to me many years ago and I left the gun in the cabinet for years. These days I shoot mainly for fun, If I'm not enjoying it I'll give it a rest until I feel enthusiastic about the next shoot. Doing non-reg shoots can help because there is no self imposed pressure to do well.

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donna
53 minutes ago, Sian said:

Churchill’s today on my own.   Lovely day, no wind and busy.   The shoot was fine except for one stand where I step in and the second bird is a  rabbit on edge and I am too short to be comfortable getting my gun down over the barrier in front. I needed a step really.  I am not enjoying shooting at the moment anywhere, just really going out of habit.  I want to enjoy it but I’m not.  I have missed some weekday shoots out over the last few months and I haven’t been on a Saturday for a while.   I might just give Sundays a miss maybe just walk around with Tony.  It’s like self inflicted punishment at the moment.  

Been there Sian.  I think with any sport/hobby, once the fun goes stop until you really want to go back to it.  We stopped shooting years ago through buying a rundown house and spending all our money doing it up then after a few years Phil wanted to go back shooting but I wasn’t up to it, but I really enjoyed walking round with him, socialising, walking the dog and having a chat then all of a sudden I just thought I’d have a go again but I only have to have a few shoots where like you say, cage bar to high, clays wrong colour, hedges to high to see over and I do wonder why I bother!  Do what you’re thinking of doing, have a break and just go and watch Tony.  A break will do you the world of good and give us other ladies a chance 😂 (only joking, love you really) 😘 

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Will Hewland
1 hour ago, Sian said:

Churchill’s today on my own.   Lovely day, no wind and busy.   The shoot was fine except for one stand where I step in and the second bird is a  rabbit on edge and I am too short to be comfortable getting my gun down over the barrier in front. I needed a step really.  I am not enjoying shooting at the moment anywhere, just really going out of habit.  I want to enjoy it but I’m not.  I have missed some weekday shoots out over the last few months and I haven’t been on a Saturday for a while.   I might just give Sundays a miss maybe just walk around with Tony.  It’s like self inflicted punishment at the moment.  

Have you tried the EJC Challenge or the RBSS species shoot? Just something different, not registered etc..

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Sian
4 minutes ago, Will Hewland said:

Have you tried the EJC Challenge or the RBSS species shoot? Just something different, not registered etc..

No,I haven’t yet.   I only ever shoot the EJC one once anyway.  Maybe towards the end of it I might feel inclined.

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Will Hewland
10 minutes ago, Sian said:

No,I haven’t yet.   I only ever shoot the EJC one once anyway.  Maybe towards the end of it I might feel inclined.

It is nothing like 100 sporting. More like FSP really. Tough but interesting. RBSS is 5x 20 themed sequences. Sounds like fun. 

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Bebo

Gutted I couldn't get to EJC. Work meeting late afternoon that I couldn't get out of. Also meant I couldn't go to the Sussex CPSA AGM last night as I was stuck in north London until 6.30. No comp this weekend either with the high winds forecast. I'm getting an itchy trigger finger.

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