DecisiveShot’s Flickr Pool – Realizing A Vision

There have been some great contribution to the DecisiveShot Flickr Pool and I wanted to spend some time reviewing just a few noteworthy images (there are a lot of great ones).  Each image below is linked to the individual photographers Photostream on Flickr so if you like an image be sure to head over there and let them know.

I’m going to talk about realizing a vision today, what this means is that as photographers we sometimes take a photograph that has a ton of potential but feels like it’s missing something…  Sometimes, had we stayed in one spot for a moment longer we could have captured the elusive decisive moment.  The photographs below are excellent photographs where the photographer either stuck around long enough to capture that decisive moment or just had immaculate timing.

The image above is by Dennis DiBrizzi, taken with the Fujifilm X100T at f/2, ISO 3200, and 1/450.  The image works for a number of reasons; the man looking at a photo of a person looking back at him draws interest.  When you first look at the photograph, even from a distance, the large ‘People’ title jumps out at you.  Here he is photographing people with a large title jumping out saying “People”…  The irony isn’t lost on me.  Dennis catches a candid moment and does so well.  Part of realizing this concept is timing, the man holding the paper up in the manner he is draws more attention to the title and makes the image more interesting.  I have a feeling it took a little time for Dennis to nail this moment where he wanted it, I imagine he worked the scene to realize the concept.

This photo was taken by Jacques Lebleu in Manhattan, New York with the Canon PowerShot S1 IS at f/4.5, 1/80, ISO 50.  This shot is a perfect example of timing, the brides arm out at her side with the flowers increases the interest in this photograph ten fold.  Working the scene would have (he probably did) given you many potential posture changes and expressions to capture.  The position of the couple in the frame is excellent and the lens was wide enough to add context.  The couple seemingly isolated on the sidewalk (it’s usually quite busy outside of Tiffany’s) is also an added bonus.  This is also a great example of capturing something unique, something that jumps out at viewers as they sift through thousands of images on Flickr.

This image, by TM Hoeltmann, just works.  I’m not sure how long he had to work the scene to get this great shot but he nailed it.  What makes this shot is the layering, the placement of subjects at various distances from the lens.  The man slightly out of the focus plane, nearest to the camera, eating an ice cream cone really makes this photograph for me.  It works without it but is so much better with it.  This is a great example of the type of shot one could wait for outside of an ice cream shop in order to realize their vision.  Excellent work!

If you’d like a chance to have your image featured on be sure to share it in the DecisiveShot Flickr Group.  All images are linked back to each individual photographers Photostream.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.


  • Dennis DiBrizzi says:

    Thanks so much for featuring my photo in this article. Truth be told, this man was going through sections of the paper. When he held up the “People” section that caught my eye, and I fired the shutter. Right place, right time. Thanks again.

    Dennis DiBrizzi

    • John Barbiaux says:

      Great catch! And thank you for participating in the Flickr pool, I’m looking forward to seeing your future work.

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