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Dr. Ed asked a serious question and most of you are making light of it. As a professional he rarely loves to talk about hypothetical things.
In this case, I think he is referring to a common judging issue. The field trial definition of “the sun is shining” is: “a term widely used in field trial jargon to note that judges have set up a test facing the sun ‘which is shining’.This means that the dogs cannot see the birds and therefore by default we must be at a field trial.
When the sun is not shining and it is cloudy, the judges will face any and all directions. But, if the sun is shining the judges will face the east in the morning and the west in the evening.
So, I suspect he was asking “why do judges do that when the sun is shining?”
Am I right about this Dr. Ed?
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For me this is quite a confusing statement because one has to assume that when the sun is visible it is always shining which may not be totally accurate. If the sun is low at dusk or dawn it isn't really shining, if it is behind a cloud it isn't really shining, and if you are wearing polarized sunglasses it isn't really shining so to define "the sun is shining" requires the definition of a number other words. Here at RTF we aim to over analyze almost everything including this rather simple statement.
Frankly, my hat is off to all those poor souls who sit in the judges chair, they have to contend with:
the logistics of their allotted test site, ingress and egress, proximity to other stakes and or flights
wind and its variance and change throughout the day
sun and the certainty it will move across the sky, possibility of it going into and behind and them popping out of the clouds
It is trouble enough for us with relatively small entries north of the 49th where a series might go on for 2-3 hours, I can't imagine the stress of factoring all the variables to ensure a fair test which may go the whole day for the first series.
Naturally as a competitor I want the sun glinting off the wings of each bird as they float in an impossibly slow arc across a perfectly contrasting background and they should land belly up too please.
Last edited by blind ambition; 09-10-2013 at 04:36 PM.
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