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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 September 2007 at 06:12
Maybe just plain old photo journalism would be a better title, a picture that tells a story that you can see, no words needed - in the style of Henri Cartier Bresson
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 September 2007 at 10:11
i think photo journalism would limit the possibilities, making it even harder.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 September 2007 at 10:34
Originally posted by RosieA100 RosieA100 wrote:

Maybe just plain old photo journalism would be a better title, a picture that tells a story that you can see, no words needed - in the style of Henri Cartier Bresson


Hummm...I think photo journalism and Cartier-Bresson are pretty different; CB shot nearly "the beginning of something" (=Decisive Moments, as he called them) and let watcher's mind make story from picture. The picture isn't so important than the images it makes to watcher's mind.
You can easily see differences if you look great photo journalism (e.g. Eugene Smith's picture stories)...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 October 2007 at 11:23

Like everyone else, it seems, I'm struggling with this one. It pretty much has to include pictures of people as far as I can see, but
a) I don't like pointing cameras at strangers (and the chance of catching a 'decisive moment' when doing so is low, I'd have thought), and
b) I don't like posting pictures of friends and family in public forums.

I have what I think is a good picture for this assignment taken last weekend, but since it's of my daughter's school friends, I'm not happy to share it here (not without consent, and I don't know the girls' parents well enough to seek consent).

Any suggestions on other approaches I can use?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 November 2007 at 06:11
I think this is a decisive moment shot if you are looking for an example. Its a fairly famous shot by Elliot Erwitt.



Here is another by him.


There are more here:
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 November 2007 at 18:50
Ok, not many actual 'entries' thus far... so I'll put this one forward:



 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 November 2007 at 13:49
lol:) thats a good one:)

bob, have you done #5?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 November 2007 at 14:09
Originally posted by Turerkan Turerkan wrote:



bob, have you done #5?


Yes of course! - however, after I did that one you did suggest that my previous one (soft) could be improved...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 November 2007 at 00:50
hmm.. then you are officially the leader of assignments:P if there is such title..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 March 2008 at 16:54
Decisive Moments? See if you like these 3 photos, made during a few surfing sessions :D

On the top:


About to Fall:


Flying:


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 March 2008 at 17:04

Since I don't do street photography, I'll see if I can get away with this one (posted previously in the birds 8 thread):



The 'decisive moment' aspect comes from capturing him just as he was singing with beak wide open. Does this count?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 March 2008 at 09:43
OK, I have to think about it. Please don't expect quick answer from me - this assignment is really tough. Please take a look at the discussion so far: there are as many interpretations of what the "decisive moment" is as photographers taking part in the discussion

So, for now I'm giving this assig a bump and encourage all Dyxumers to take part in the discussion, in particular about entry from dilettante.

@Falcon75 - please note that you have to complete previous assignments before taking this one.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 March 2008 at 10:30
IMHO, I'd say that Falcon75's entries do not qualify for this assignment. While the specific position/action of the surfer is perhaps not totally expected at this specific moment, we are in a case where you tracked the sport action. By tracking such sport action, you knew that the surfer will eventually (and more than eventually) jump and fall at some point.
They are good sport photos, with a proper composition, but to me they do not qualify for this assignment. (and as mipr already pointed, you first have to complete the previous assignments).

dilettante's case:
I had to think about it, was not totally sure. I think, IMHO, that it does not qualify. You knew that this bird was eventually going to sing, and for sure singing is part of regular behavior of this birds (even more during early spring). I think that this assignment could be fulfilled with some birds, but this would require something "less usual" than singing.
Btw, I'm impressed by how you perfectly nailed the focus on just the right part on such a tiny bird.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 March 2008 at 13:05
Thanks Gabriel. I wouldn't argue strongly for mine counting, but I'm not sure about this disqualification on the grounds of something being predictable. I'm not a student of street photography techniques, but surely HCB must have sat and waited for someone to leap over the puddle, guessing the sooner or later someone would?

If there's no element of anticipation, then 'decisive moment' doesn't seem to be about deciding, but just about being lucky.
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