Wednesday, 8 May 2013

What I See, Part 2 - Snap!

Street Sights 7The 17th century Cardinal de Retz, Jean Fran├žois Paul de Gondi, stated: “There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment.”

Centuries later, Henri-Cartier Bresson applied this concept to photography: "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.

Oop! The Moment!

Once you miss it, it is gone forever."


One day I was sheltering from the rain under the canopy of a bandstand, I put on my big lens and looked around for a decisive moment. I waited. Looked. Waited. Looked. Waited.

After about an hour, a dog came by...

Snap!

(But all I got was.....poop.*)

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Anticipation is key, because without it you can miss the moment. To anticipate, you have to draw upon your experience. When I saw a man walking along with his young kids, like I used to do, I had a feeling...

As a Dad, I know that there is a certain moment when the lights go on in your brain as you smell something and you realize...

Snap!

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Near the palace there is a wonderful view down Karl Johans Gate. It is also where many people (and their kids) pose for photographs. I thought the street would make for a good backdrop, if only something interesting would happen. So I waited until I saw these kids, posing stiffly. I got ready.

Suddenly, one of them remembered something she just had to tell the others...

Snap!

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Near Majorstuen I saw a sign that said a Wayne's Coffee would soon be opening there. I love their hot chocolate. Since it is always handy to know where the closest place for a mug-up is, I went over to see when they would be open.

There was nothing interesting inside - renovations hadn't started yet. However I noticed that light was just right for the glass in the door to act as a mirror. The Voices thought that it would make an excellent frame in a composition, so I took a step back and waited. And waited. And waited. And waited.

Suddenly, I saw a girl on a bike coming down the street. Sure enough she rounded the corner, looked over her shoulder, and...

Snap!

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Other posts about Norway are here. Use the "Older Posts" and "Newer Posts" buttons and the bottom to scroll through the list.

Other posts in the "What I See" series are here:
What I See. Part 1 - The Streets of Oslo.
What I See, Part 2 - Snap!
What I See, Part 3 - A Short Walk Through Paris
What I See, Part 4 - The Streets Of Paris Redux


My photographs are for sale as fine art prints and fine art greeting cards on my web gallery.


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* You have to look very closely at this photograph in order to see that the decisive moment was indeed captured at the moment of...

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