When legendary street photographer and photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson imparted his influential concept of the "decisive moment," in a gist, he was telling about the importance of pressing the shutter at the right time. It takes time and practice to perfect this technique, but some of our lomographers have managed to land some shots that would make Cartier-Bresson proud!
The term “decisive moment” seems intimidating and daunting at first, but thankfully, photojournalist and street photography legend Henri Cartier-Bresson left us with many lessons on tackling that challenge of pressing the shutter at just the right moment. Among these is the quote below:
“Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn’t go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick. So, if you miss the picture, you’ve missed it.”
Schooled in Cartier-Bresson’s doctrine or not, some of our fellow lomographers have made attempts to capture perfectly-timed shots that were met with success:
Of course, we can’t leave out the snaps of our fellow lomographers who won the Decisive Moment Rumble last year:
Great job, guys! I’m sure Henri Cartier-Bresson would be proud.
Do you also have some lomographs taken at just the right moment? Share them with us and leave a comment below!
There is nothing than a photo shot at the perfect moment. Henri Cartier Bresson's principle on "The Decisive Moment" is a principle that we should still follow to this day. A perfectly-timed photo creates impact, whether it's one of a friend jumping into the pool or a couple emerging from the ceremony on their wedding day. For this rumble, we want to see that breathtaking moment, shot at the perfect time.
There is nothing better than a photo shot at the perfect moment. Henri Cartier-Bresson's principle on "The Decisive Moment" is a principle that we should still follow to this day. A perfectly-timed photo creates impact, whether it's one of a friend jumping into the pool or a couple emerging from the ceremony on their wedding day. For this rumble, we want to see that breathtaking moment, shot at the perfect time. And you showed us what it's like to be on time.
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