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Challenge #36 - March 2010 - "The Decisive Moment"
« on: March 04, 2010, 05:01:57 PM »
Now Open, challenge #36. The Challenge for February is 'The Decisive Moment'

Hello everybody- it's me again... :P Sorry for the slightly later start this time but I had to jump in last minute.

Anyhow- what is a "decisive moment"? This term originated from the world famous Magnum founder and photographer Henri Cartier- Bresson- the father of modern photojournalism. He wrote a book "Images à la sauvette" in 1952 whose English edition was titled "The Decisive Moment". Cartier- Bresson is well known for his famous street photography and reportage style.

This is what he says about the decisive moment: "There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative," he said. "Oops! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever."

Here is one of his most famous images:
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/brainiac/bressonbehind.jpg

Soo...what would I like to see? While Cartier-Bresson was referring mainly to street photography- I will except anything that depicts a moment in time which would be gone a second later. In other words not a landscape image that you could have taken 5 min later without much change...

Here is an example from wildlife:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/35311483@N06/4368602206/

Just google the term and you will find many examples on the web.


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Re: Challenge #36 - March 2010 - "The Decisive Moment"
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2010, 07:54:11 PM »
I'll start but this is NOT in the competition as I may have entered it already...not sure. I have shown it here before. Scan from slide.

This is my wife about 15 years ago. She'd caught this nice trout and it wriggled as I took the picture.

That is the moment the photographer is creative," he said. "Oops! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever."

You can never stage this stuff. It was pure chance but it did not involve a decision to capture the expression ... pure chance.

« Last Edit: March 04, 2010, 07:57:43 PM by Clive »
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Re: Challenge #36 - March 2010 - "The Decisive Moment"
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2010, 12:43:14 PM »
1/125s, f11, beercan

Hmmm.!! I do love a biscuit but is it worth the risk?

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Re: Challenge #36 - March 2010 - "The Decisive Moment"
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2010, 02:59:17 PM »
Valentino Rossi celebrating victory in the 2008 MotoGP in Malaysia


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Re: Challenge #36 - March 2010 - "The Decisive Moment"
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2010, 03:04:35 PM »
Street shot Hanoi, Vietnam. Kid courier on bicycle.


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Re: Challenge #36 - March 2010 - "The Decisive Moment"
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2010, 04:23:50 PM »
#1 Another bite



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Exposure Time: 0.0029 s (1/350)
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Re: Challenge #36 - March 2010 - "The Decisive Moment"
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2010, 01:42:37 PM »
1#   Eagle....



Sony alpha 200;
Tamron 70 - 300 mm; 
Focal Length: 300 mm; 
Aperture: f/5.6;
Exposure: 1/500sec


2# Black headed Ibis



Sony alpha 200;
Tamron 70 - 300 mm; 
Focal Length: 300 mm; 
Aperture: f/8;
Exposure: 1/1000sec

3# The Kick...



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Sony 18 - 70 mm; 
Focal Length: 18 mm; 
Aperture: f/3.5;
Exposure: 1/125sec
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Re: Challenge #36 - March 2010 - "The Decisive Moment"
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2010, 03:25:17 AM »
Our two granddaughters in 2002 ....

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Re: Challenge #36 - March 2010 - "The Decisive Moment"
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2010, 02:52:32 PM »
Life is surrounded by decisive moments. But for a photographer to get it on a freezed image, its hard, i must say. Anyhow, at the moment i have little time to go in search of a decisive moment, so i searched among my past photos i took with my A300, and among them i found these aircaft take-off pictures. For some it might be not related to a decisive moment....but for people like me who suffer fear of flying, the moment the aircraft nose lifts up towards the air, its really a decisive moment!

Both photos were taken with the Sony A300 with Sal75300 lens.


Ryanair Boeing 737-800 takeoff; Malta International Airport.



Airmalta Airbus A320-200 takeoff; Malta International Airport.
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Re: Challenge #36 - March 2010 - "The Decisive Moment"
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2010, 03:45:10 PM »

This image of the Red Arrows taken at Kemble(Gloucester.U.K.) Airshow on 21st.June 2009.I actually call it Decisive Moment because (a) I did not know if the Red Arrows would actually get near the open canopy of the aircraft in front of me and(b) it certainly is a Decisive Moment for the pilots in this manouever look for the third arrow just about to come through.Taken with A700.18-200 SAL with 1.5 X convertor.f/9 at1/400 with  -0.7 factor dialled in to try compensate for bright sky at ISO 200.

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Re: Challenge #36 - March 2010 - "The Decisive Moment"
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2010, 10:30:18 PM »



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Re: Challenge #36 - March 2010 - "The Decisive Moment"
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2010, 11:55:21 PM »
Safe.


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Re: Challenge #36 - March 2010 - "The Decisive Moment"
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2010, 07:02:00 AM »
Long time to see u

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Re: Challenge #36 - March 2010 - "The Decisive Moment"
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2010, 01:42:10 PM »

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Re: Challenge #36 - March 2010 - "The Decisive Moment"
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2010, 09:32:38 PM »
Don't let go...



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