The rumors about me falling off the face of the earth were just that, rumors. Really, I’ve just been a very busy the last few months with lots of new activities. My Nikon D300 has almost always been with me so I’ve not stop taking images.
Capture the Moment!
One of the most difficult things in all of photography is trying to capture the perfect moment with your camera. Facial expressions change in the blink of an eye. Intense concentration lasts a mere second. An animal’s attention is caught by a snapping twig. A sudden wind blows the leaf away just before you were ready to take the shot. A quick change in light conditions and the moment is gone forever. We should all aspire to capturing the best possible moment of a photograph.
Our forefathers of photography were often very skilled at this approach. In 1957, the great photographer Cartier-Bresson told the Washington Post, “Photography is not like painting. 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. Opps! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson was known for his photographic work named The Decisive Moment. That was a book he put together based on his premise that “There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment.”
I strive to learn from the greats and we should all have people from whom we draw our photographic inspiration. Cartier-Bresson had an innate ability to capture what others didn’t see. He observed his environment and was prepared to take the photo at exactly the right moment.
Henri Cartier-Bresson passed away in 2004 and was considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. I encourage you to take some time to visit his page at Magnum Photos’ website here: www.magnumphotos.com. In the search section, type in his name.
Capturing the moment takes doing three things well:
- Research your subject.
- Watch and anticipate.
- Set up your camera for quick response.
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