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The Decisive Moment

Discussion in 'Exhibition Lounge' started by RovingMike, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Following the interesting thread in Talking Pictures, I thought it might be fun to open a thread for people to explore what a Decisive Moment could look like and see if they are any different from what they used to be. Must say, my interpretation is something discontinuous happening, which is an instantaneous departure from the way things are normally progressing. Or has that changed too?

    A quick few of mine to hand:

    [​IMG]_A190356 by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr

    [​IMG]P4192129 mono by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr

    [​IMG]P6070037 mono by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr

    [​IMG]P5042470 mono by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2019
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  2. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Very decisive in No 4....;)
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  3. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Haha! Is it a dog?? I do hope so.

    ap dm 2.jpg
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  4. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Decisive moments clearly open for interpretation and I've never really done research or looked through any well known photographers. In general though, I'd agree and describe it as 'the point at which expected becomes unexpected'.

    Some very early stuff here, in which the processing, focus and framing are all questionable.

    [​IMG]Super Funny! by Tony Evans, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Jump! by Tony Evans, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Curiosity by Tony Evans, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Match Day Selfie with the Lads by Tony Evans, on Flickr
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  5. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

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  6. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

  7. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Today in Exeter...

    D60_4296 Man on bench drinking from Can Heavitree Rd.JPG
  8. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

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  9. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

  10. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Fair enough.
  11. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

  12. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    The similarity between image top left and the woman and her cup is uncanny.
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  13. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    That's what I thought. We were waiting at a bus stop for a coach (Pitlochry). I just saw this girl drinking and spotted the painted window and so I snapped it.
  14. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Exeter bus queue...

    Panasonic GM5_red 8GB 02 P1230898.jpg
  15. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member


    Panasonic GM5_red 8GB 02 P1220056.JPG
  16. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Good one!
    Our favourite Weather man (Coastguard) and who has done our local weather forecasting for years now, is moving to Exeter and the Met Office soon. So if you ever see a walker/runner plodding on in all weathers, just yell out are you Richard? He's a nice bloke. :)
    PS He's also a fanatical storm chaser and visits the USA annually to chase tornados.
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  17. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Wish you hadn't deleted the post (I assume that's what's happened) before I had a chance to see them.
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  18. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised it could be deleted - I think it was in position #7 - you usually don't have much time to kill a post.

    I must admit that I'm still rather unsure at what divides a decisive moment from a well-observed moment. Is it the duration of the moment? If a juxtaposition lasts several seconds does that cease to be decisive? It can't just be duration alone else all action photography would be decisive rather than being mostly boring. I can understand "missing a moment". With bird photography this happens all the time as they don't stand still but is a succesful photo of say a small active bird (without using fast burst) decisive? Or is it all about people? I don't take deliberate pictures of strangers, only family, and if it's the kids (now grand kids) running about I'd say there are pictures that work and pictures that don't, in the same way as I class bird shots. Success does relate to timing (because they are moving) in one respect but I'd struggle to say if something was decisive rather than a pleasing capture of something dynamic.

    Memory says the pictures in the deleted post were well observed situations that would not have lasted long but were not fleeting.
  19. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

  20. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    The point of the post was to explore what DMs were or could be. So deleting any that might cause debate and raise questions is rather defeating the object. Ah well....

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