Saturday, February 16, 2013

Canon G10 - San Francisco - 2288 Lombard

If you study photography, you learn of the "decisive moment," a phrase coined by Henri Bresson or Henri Cartier-Bresson or just HCB. HCB roamed Europe with a Leica IIIc with a 50mm Summitar framing in his viewfinder what his eye desired. And what he framed and then photographed were momentary instances of shapes, shadows, light, darkness and people, captured for posterity the moment his black cloth shutter curtain exposed a small section of his 35mm film roll. It's fun to study those frames. It seems inadequate to say Henri had a good eye but he did. He shot a lot of frames and he spent a lot of time framing what he wanted. Most photographers are willing to wait for hours to capture just the right light and shadow. HCB also had to hope to have some human interaction in the frame to complement that light and shadow to please his discerning eye.

We study. We hope to emulate what we appreciate. Hope to develop an eye for composition. Now and again a capture will please more than others. The capture below began to fascinate me as I processed it. Most of it centered around how the capture contained so many pairs. Then triples and quads and so on. There are a lot of duplicates. Anyway a friend told me not to define a photo for the observer. I post it to the blog because it was a capture that pleased me. The title defines the camera and location. I no longer have a G10 but every time I review a photo from one of the G10s I've owned, I still wish I had one. Lots of resolution for a fairly small camera. Lots of great definition at low ISO. I did process it for the look I was after. I know it isn't worthy of mention in an article about HCB. It isn't necessarily good enough for a homage. But it did please me and it is my blog. Anyway, here it is.

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