Hand in Hand; the decisive moment in

Walking with mom; copyright jmeyersforeman
Walking with mom; copyright jmeyersforeman

We have been visiting family and friends in Saskatchewan, and while I have been wandering around with my camera on a couple of occasions, it has been cold and rainy.

When not visiting with family and friends I have had time to process some of the images from our last trip. For this image I waited for the decision moment, Henri Carter Bresson style. Waiting for the mother and child to reach the apex of the bridge, while their feet where still visible, but the line of the bridge did not cut through the bodies.

I processed the image in Lightroom, it is very easy to edit between Lightroom, Photoshop and the Nik Software Plug-ins. This image was processed using the Lightroom black and white presets, I wanted to give the image and aged feel, and I added a touch of vignette. Stacey Fisher does a before and after blog post once a week, there are a few fellow photographers who contribute image and discuss their process, it is a great place to learn some processing and workflow tips. Head over to her site to check out the latest contributors.



8 thoughts on “Hand in Hand; the decisive moment in

  1. You absolutely captured the decisive moment, Jan. What a beautiful shot of a special moment! Love that mom and child’s footsteps are in sync 🙂 And thanks for your very kind ABFriday shout out. I appreciate your ongoing support, here and with each ABF post!


  2. Janice, great shot and good points about the decisive moment. Personally,I think that “knowing” when to trip that shutter is an instinct that separates great photographs(ers) from mundane ones. In uncontrolled situations such as this, it requires that first you identify the opportunity, select the best location from where to shoot from, make framing choices, set up the technical stuff (aperture, shutter speed, etc), and then, most importantly, “see” the opportunity … in this case, the mom and child starting across the bridge. You already know where the best location is, you have already got the teckie stuff handled, now it is a matter of waiting. Even anticipating things like their arm and leg positions should be considered when that decisive moment occurs. Sounds complicated to most, but it will happen easily after one works (plays) with it for awhile … maybe years.

    Lots of photographers think that shooting in high speed mode is a way around this “knowing”. I almost never shoot with the trigger down, and when I do, invariably the one that I really imagined is in between two frames. The secret here though, is to actually hit the release BEFORE the decisive moment. The delay from your eye to your brain to your finger to the shutter mechanism to the camera’s electronics seems almost instantaneous, but it is an unfathomable amount of time for getting that perfect moment.

    Shooting high speed sports, kids running around, pets doing pet tricks, birds and street shoot are perfect subjects to hone one’s skills. I actually enjoy shooting out of the car window at highway speeds (not driving!) and that has really been a good practice for capturing the decisive moment. Most folks will learn that they miss the shot by being that 1/10 second late. Practice shooting 1/10 second early and you will start nailing them. But you still have to “see” the opportunities first!


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