August Theme – Magic Moments

Forums Monthly Theme August Theme – Magic Moments

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  • #16989

    Pete Robinson
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    The theme for July is now closed

    The theme for August is

    Magic Moments

    The beauty of photography is that it can capture an instant that we don’t often recall in normal viewing. Still cameras can do this better than any other medium. We take a photo in a fraction of a second and when we view it we can notice so much that we didn’t notice at the time it was taken. A rapid action, a smile, a gesture or a burst of colour come and go in a fleeting moment and through our anticipation and timing  we can capture the decisive moment as Cartier-Bresson called it.

    Eric Kim gives some good examples and advice on capturing magic moments on his website at:

    Eric Kim’s magic moment advice

    For a more comprehensive article on the subject please read:

    John Suler’s Photographic Psychology: Image and Psyche

    If you just want to see a few beautiful example from National Geographic have a look here.

    Member Ian McNab is a master of catching gestures and expressions. See his work on his Flickr Site

     

    We all have photographs that show a magic moment. Here’s a chance for you to share them with fellow members and start a discussion about the topic. I can’t wait to see what our members have stored away.

    Thank you everyone who contributed to last months theme.

    It’s easy to upload your pictures now. The best way to insert an image is to use the right hand icon in the edit menu. It looks like a picture of a mountain. If you wish you can prepare your picture before hand to have a long side of something like 650px at 72ppi, but the upload dialogue box has a resize option.

    There’s no restriction on when the photograph was taken so search though your archives show us what you can produce. If you would like to suggest any topics for the monthly theme please let me know. Thank you to everyone who contributed to last months’ theme.

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    #16996

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    I’ll kick off this month’s theme with three images that I think couldn’t have been captured a second before or after. They were all taken at last year’s Black Country Museum’s 1940s weekend.

    For this this I just happened to be in the right place at the right time with my camera ready to capture whatever happened. Apparently they won’t do it again in case the wrong person gets wet!

    This is one of those moments you just wait for and if it occurs grab it!

    Just a bit a humour which didn’t last long so I was pleased to capture it. If I’d waited for the lady in the background to walk past I would have missed the shot.

    #17001

    ajroyle
    Keymaster

    That is a super introduction Peter, I hope it engenders some more contributions this month.

    We can’t display the work of others found on the internet but if anyone wants to see dozens of examples a lot of my favourites on Flickr are of this type. https://www.flickr.com/photos/16138815@N07/favorites

    #17014

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    Thanks for posting these John. I like the way you caught the cat just as it opened it eyes. It doesn’t look very happy to be disturbed!
    The second photo captures the moment the guy points the drill to his head. He must have some headache.

    #17015

    KEN LAST
    Participant

    Hundreds of magic moment pics–all of my dogs. So had to dig about for this. Magic because it had a lot of attention inc. LCPU Photo of the Month.  Just managed to extract a very small portion of the file for this.

    #17016

    KEN LAST
    Participant

    All nice stuff-very much like John”s cat photo–you would not mess with her me thinks.

    #17018

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    I think Ken’s picture captures that atmosphere well in a moment of the action. Black and White suits the subject for me an I can almost hear the music.

    #17022

    KEN LAST
    Participant

    Thank you Peter–you would not guess it——-taken at Sandbach Transport Fest few years back. On back of a lorry with band and michrophone gear. Could see just possible to extract small segment cropped from the file. One of those images acceptable for quality to take a back seat–just..

    #17026

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    Here’s three more examples that I think capture a moment in different ways. If any of them had been taken a couple of seconds before or after they would have been completely different.

    This one for me, is about the shape the runners made. It was only there for a second, but it gave me a pattern and shape.

    This photo was taken at one of Cheshire East’s workshops in Crewe Library. The tutor quickly pointed at the display and I took a grab shot. I know it’s not sharp but I feel it captures the brief moment of her action.

    This guy wasn’t impressed by what he was seeing the art work on show. I just had to capture his expression before it went.

    #17027

    KEN LAST
    Participant

    The lady with a camera. I ain”t saying nothing.

    #17028

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    Do you think she’s using her phone instead of her SLR because it’s easier to see her composition?

    #17100

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    A second before or after the photo below would have been completely different. You probably wouldn’t have been able to see both of the dancers faces.

    #17153

    Pete Robinson
    Keymaster

    I’ll just sneak these fun pictures in before the end of the month. I think they demonstrate magic moments that come and go in a flash.

    In the photo below I didn’t have time to compose the shot to include the person throwing the muddy water. Do you think it would have been better with them in it?

    #17157

    KEN LAST
    Participant

    Very good indeed Peter, the dances great photo.Well done.Used to swing a leg myself-LOL.

    #17158

    KEN LAST
    Participant

    Very good indeed Peter, the dances great photo.Well done.Used to swing a leg myself-LOL.

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