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October 2015 Challenge "THE DECISIVE MOMENT"

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OCTOBER 2015: THE DECISIVE MOMENT

 

More than other forms of visual expression, photography captures the moment. One of the most famous photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson, converted this ability into a permanent quest. I am sure we all know that picture of a man jumping over a puddle, or Robert Capa’s « Falling soldier » that are some of the most well-known examples of the decisive moment; this half second when a photographer has to press the shutter, half a second earlier being too early and half a second later being too late.

 

I would like to see your best examples of this decisive moment. That could apply to almost any kind of photography: travel, sports, wildlife, wedding, landscape, macro…

 

Of course, there must be some kind of action in the pictures!

 

Usual rules apply:

• maximum of 3 images per competitor

• pictures must be available on Alamy

• 8 images will be shortlisted

• the winner will start November Challenge

 

Please note that closing time/date is midnight (UK time)/Friday 30th October.

 

Below are some examples.

 

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I hope you will enjoy it. Good luck!

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From the North American Flyboard Championships:

 

male-flyboarder-at-the-north-american-fl

 

Xpogo demonstration

 

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Another flyboarder:

 

male-flyboarder-doing-a-backflip-at-the-

 

Jill

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french-military-soldiers-firing-rifles-d

 

a-border-collie-jumping-a-hurdle-during-

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Another challenging challenge. Here are my three:

 

Face in the Crowd, Mexico City

 

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Graffiti Girl, Cancun, Mexico

 

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Really Big Bubble, Vancouver

 

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Wow, some really nice ones so far!! 

 

Cat jumping through a hoop on fire, Key West

 

the-catman-performs-with-live-trained-ca

 

Tae Kwon Do Kid

 

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Kick Ball on the U.S. National Mall

 

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My first:

 

ian-andrews-dramically-crashed-out-when-

 

Oh! Nasty.  Great pic though.

 

Allan

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Thanks Allan, dramatic but the driver was fine. I don't machine-gun, I only shoot a sequence when something happens in front of me that justifies it. I predicted something would happen as three boats went into the turn side by side; so as soon as the crash started I pressed and held the shutter while tracking the action.

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These are all fine examples above me, and this isn't really my thing, but here goes;

 

a-tanned-cyclist-on-a-cycle-path-in-fuen

 

a-chiringuito-in-torremolinos-malaga-spa

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My third:

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Darn it Martin! I was going to post a cricket photo but yours is better than mine so I will have to find another now.

 

Allan

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Drip.

 

mute-swan-cygnus-olor-B8NY80.jpg

 

Coots sparing.

 

 

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Cambridgebid ambassadors in step.

 

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There was another one, which I would like to have used of a falcon hovering, but could not use it as the Alamy logo obliterated the centre of the image making it unsuitable for this competition.

 

Allan

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My third:

 

 

Allan, You will be OK to use your cricket pic, I have just reread the rules and it has to be on Alamy. Mine isn't, I thought I had uploaded it years ago :(

 

I will have to find another image, I do have another powerboat pic to replace the cricket pic. I will have a think about what else I might have.

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Another excellent idea for a challenge.

 

Here's my submission.

 

A Royal Swan Upper catches a swan during the annual Swan Upping Ceremony on the River Thames at Henley. The Queen traditionally owns all of the unmarked Swans on open water in the UK. Swan Upping is an ancient tradition where all of the mute Swans along a stretch of the Thames are caught, marked and released. It is also serves as a census of the health of the Swan population.

 

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"THE DECISIVE MOMENT"

 

F29KMP   United Ink Flight 915 Tattoo convention 2015, at Cradle of Aviation Museum, Long Island, New York, USA

 

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- Ann

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This seems to be the only one of mine that fills the bill.

 

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My third:

 

 

Allan, You will be OK to use your cricket pic, I have just reread the rules and it has to be on Alamy. Mine isn't, I thought I had uploaded it years ago :(

 

I will have to find another image, I do have another powerboat pic to replace the cricket pic. I will have a think about what else I might have.

 

 

Thanks Martin but I will stick with the hand I've dealt now.

 

So if you upload your cricket pic to Alamy in time you could use it if you wish.

 

Allan

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wine-tasting-bar-vin-maison-du-vin-borde

 

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Decidedly hot day in Porto for this decisive moment....followed by a Dickens of a day in Rochester.

 
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Decisive Moment = The Golfing shank (very bad sideways shot !)

 

This player actually hit me in the chest !

120mph ball speed leaving a small bruise.

 

Higher would have been brand new Nikon lens

..... lower crown jewels !

 

I guess i was lucky !!!!

 

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I'm enjoying this contest, though I am a bit worried about the dog who has run afoul of a swan! The new huge images are not wearing well with me for this so I am going to use the small ones. I wish we could still do the large but not huge ones. My first one doesn't benefit from the new watermark. Ah for the good old days....

 

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D6D0FG  Polar bear leaping over melting ice in the arctic.

 

 

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EKDJ28    Grizzly bear cub running through sedge grass.

 

 

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F3K90R  Cocoi Heron ascending with a fish.

 

Hope they don't look too small.

 

Paulette

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