Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/11/04

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Subject: Re: [Leica] re: The Decisive Moment is gone
From: "Sonny Carter" <>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2003 12:15:26 -0600
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B. D. Colen sez:
> >Further, this whole decisive moment thing makes little sense. Go look at
> >HCB's contact sheets. This was a guy really working scenes - shooting
> >and shooting and shooting, and out of those dozens and dozens of shots
> >came the one shot that captured the "decisive moment -" to the point
> >that I would argue that the decisive moment is that instant when the
> >light bulb goes on and you realize that the scene that lays before you
> >contains the possibility of an important/worthwhile image.

I saw a film documentary that showed HCB at work in the streets; he was
shooting the little ltm leica as if it had a motordrive.

He'd fire the shot, and draw his forefinger along the side of the winding
knob in a fashion that had him ready in a mille-second.  He fired several
shots in succession, then glanced at the cameraman and smiled.


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