Clay pigeon shooting, also known as clay target shooting, and formally known as Inanimate Bird Shooting, is the art of shooting a firearm at special flying targets, known as clay pigeons or clay targets. The terminology commonly used by clay shooters often relates to times past, when live-pigeon competitions were held. Although such competitions were made illegal in the United Kingdom in 1921, a target may still be called a “bird”, a hit may be referred to as a “kill”, and a missed target as a “bird away”; the machine which projects the targets is still known as a “trap”.
In my boyfriend’s family, clay pigeon shooting and sport shooting has been a tradition for a few generations now. His Dad was a multiple-Italian winner and was sponsored by Beretta back in the time; they used to travel a lot for competitions.And this passion remained in the family. It is also a nice bonding moment between father and son and a great occasion to be together.
So a few years ago we went to gether to the ASD TAV Macallè, which is not far from Latina for an afternoon and I got to photograph (which is funny because I could also say I could shoot! lol) them and other people training. It is not an easy sport at all, you must be very concentrated and have great reflexes, at the same time is it also difficult to photograph and be able to capture “clou” moments such as the cartridge jumping out the rifle after been shot, or the shot itself. Had a great time !