I spent a day in San Diego and took some really interesting pictures. I played around with composition, finding interesting lighting, and even shooting a panorama of the San Diego city skyline. But I also captured what the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson would call "a Decisive Moment" in a couple of the photos.
What is the Decisive Moment?
The Decisive Moment is the act of taking a photo at the exact second something in the frame happens. It’s decisive because it’s something you consciously think about when you’re about to press the shutter and you typically only have one chance to capture it. It’s a term coined by French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1952. He is well known for his candid street photography and made it more mainstream. Here is an example from True Center Publishing of his famous man jumping over a puddle photo.
This is my favorite photo of his and it’s where I drew my inspiration from for my own photos. If he had waited just a split second later, the shoe would’ve touched the water and it would have had a completely different feeling.
When I arrived in San Diego, the first place I wanted to visit was Scripps Beach in La Jolla and see the famous Scripps Pier. It has symmetrical lines all the way down that looks really interesting when you look down it from underneath.
Scripps Beach was really great as well. There were a lot of surfers out that day with full sized waves crashing and families soaking up the sun. I was lucky enough to capture some amazing moments this day.
This adorable dog turned around and looked at me with perfect timing just as I was walking by while his owner had no idea and just kept enjoying the beach view.
After this surfer came out of the water, I was able to perfectly capture him in mid sprint with both of his feet off the ground. And what makes it even better is the surf board pointing to the surfer in the water. I only had one chance to get this shot.
As I was crossing on this path to get to the Scripps Pier, I captured this woman sitting and watching the waves crashing up. San Diego was amazing and very beautiful. I can’t wait to go back and take more photos. Thanks for reading!