Hat Shot

. Tagged with Bad Reichenhall, Karlstein

The only activity I was able to perform to day was a bit of resting in the shadow, reading a book. So this is a hat shot, summarizing this hot summer day.

And this is one of the rare occasions I use shoot/shot in context with photography – for me it’s a much too belligerent term to be used in the context of photography, especially the ‘head shot’. Only this time I didn’t want to pass on the pun. Of course having been socialised in a continent that bans all kind of arms from private property (sport and hunting being the only exemptions) has formed my mindset. That a google search for +”head shot” +photo results in more than 500.000 hits shows however that my position in this regard is clearly the one of a minority.


  1. Hmmm…interesting thoughts on the use of the word “shot” in photography.

    “Take a shot.” or “Give it a shot.” often means “Give it a try.”

    “Head shot” is a term used in soccer here in the USA I think. (I’m no soccer expert.) It also could mean being punched in the head. Or as in photography a model needs “head shots” for their portfolio.

    “Good Shot” could mean just about anything from a good golf stroke to a good photo to a “good” shot using a weapon.

    Of course young children (and many adults) don’t like getting “shots”…lol

    I am sure there are many more terms using the word “shot”.

    I’ve rarely thought of it in terms of arms/weapons. It certainly seems to have some very contradicting meanings both positive and negative.

    Clever image and interesting thoughts.

    1. Laurie, I have no doubts that this word is part of daily vocabulary now. But I myself will never get out of my mind Eddie Adams’ photo of this literal head shot in Saigon, and I could never use “head shot” for a portrait.

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