Duck wrote:This image reminds me of the recent Monthly Masters' Discussion posted by Minniev on the "Decisive Moment". We can clearly see the story unfolding in front of us as we are all familiar with this practice. My question is this; "is this the decisive moment of the scene?" If yes, why do you think so and if no, why not?
Personally I feel any given situation, like a story, has three potentially suitable 'decisive moments'. A beginning, a middle and an end. This image, while it does get the story across, feels like it's in between those decisive moments; not quite the beginning and yet not quite the middle. If course, not understanding the situation or circumstances under which the photo was taken one can only ponder the possibilities. What if his hand was just that little bit closer to the target of his attention? Would it have made for a stronger image?
Thank you Duck !!! Your comments are absolutely correct in my thoughts as well. I don't think this was the decisive moment of the scene. Actually, I can only compose the actual moment in my mind and it probably wouldn't be accurate to reality. However, I do agree and understand, where I should have taken a series of shots to capture the decisive moment, but not fully thinking, did not take anymore. As one who shot sports action for years, reminds me that even though the whistle has blown to indicate the end of a play, doesn't mean the photographer on the sidelines should stop shooting. At most times, some of the best shots are made in the aftermath of a play. I think 'Daily Dog Duty' is an example of stopping short of the play. Thanks for the descriptive reminder and although I knew better, I will definitely remember to continue for a decisive moment.