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Most photographers have heard the phrase ’the decisive moment, forever linked to Henri Cartier-Bresson. We probably have our own idea as to what the ‘decisive moment’ means. The best definition I know is the moment HCB points to a frame on his contact sheet and says ”PRINT THAT ONE”. Has anyone else a favourite definition?
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Not sure if I have a favorite definition of the decisive moment but when I get my pics on the pooter I seem to find plenty that confirms that I've captured the derisive moment .
Usually the moment immediately before I get round to pressing the shutter button.
The point where I point at a bottle and say to the barman "That one"
‘decisive moment’ - a moving subject that gets to the 'right' position/angle etc.
10 below zero and its 4am on a Sunday morning, Do I get up and freeze my butt on a coastal sunrise photo mission....?
1000th of a nanosecond later the decisive moment is gone, Long gone and drowned out by the sound of snoring coming from under a very warm " Duvet " ...!!!
I think Cartier-Bresson meant that whenever you were taking a picture, there would be one moment that would sum up all the elements, when the composition would come together and the picture would seem to light up in the viewfinder - that was the decisive moment.
Quote: when I get my pics on the pooter I seem to find plenty that confirms that I've captured the derisive moment .
The derisive moment. Like that!
Quote: Usually the moment immediately before I get round to pressing the shutter button.
..or, in my case, more often the moment immediately afterwards!
I don't know about decisive moments but I've had plenty of indecisive ones.....
Or at least I think I have....
what Lemmy said - expresses the vague idea swilling around in my noggin
When the doctor says to you about a pending operation.....you have a 50/50 chance.
isn't the decisive moment when you press "process" on your Nik Colour EFEX 4 recipe?
I'm sort of surprised that an explanation of his modus operandi by one of the greatest photgraphers ever isn't taken more seriously.
Maybe it's because he just used one Leica with a 50mm lens and that like, boring, dude?
I am sure that HCB took more than one shot of his subjects, printed a contact sheet and then chose from there the frame that showed 'the decisive moment'. I cannot believe that he only ever took one frame of his subjects, waiting for the one and only moment to do so. This takes nothing away from his skill in capturing a great scene.
Quote: Maybe it's because he just used one Leica with a 50mm lens and that like, boring, dude?
This, of course, has nothing to do with anything said so far.
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