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Henri Cartier-Bresson

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 10 March 2008 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

My son and daughter wanted to come along with me to the exhibition of Henri Cartier-Bresson's work at the National Media Museum in Bradford but my son got rather bored by Mr Bresson's photos, unlike his father who was totally captivated.

Before you ask, this was not a shot that I set up.....he was simply tired - just like the man in Bresson's famous image.

NIKON D40 1/10 second F/5.3 ISO 1600 25 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Putter from Belgium

Very good one, could be a shot by the master himself. :)

10 Mar 2008 8:01am

@Putter: Thanks Putter......It was lucky rather than planned but I was pleased nontheless!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

You must have been thrilled, what a perfect moody photo :)

10 Mar 2008 9:07am

@Lorraine: Thanks very much Lorraine!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Great job on the photo.

10 Mar 2008 10:27am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks very much Ana!

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

It is a rare and superb capture. How wonderful!

10 Mar 2008 11:19am

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks very much Michael.....I'm really pleased that you liked it!

paulski from Muncie, United States

great capture here. what an awesome moment!

10 Mar 2008 1:09pm

@paulski: Thanks!.....It was fantastic to get the opportunity to see some of H C-B's photos in real life!

Nimrod from Tel Aviv, Israel

I like the minimal background and the b/w tones. Very "calm" atmosphere. Children always make great subjects for pictures.

10 Mar 2008 2:17pm

@Nimrod: Thanks Nimrod....the original colour photo was almost B&W as the walls were white and all the photos B&W....even that bench was a solid black.

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

I love this one, Ian! This is a perfectly captured momentum. The atmosphere is there, the composition, all it takes for one to be able to see (not just to view) and to capture. And you`ve done it!!!!!

10 Mar 2008 3:50pm

@Nataly: I took my camera along not expecting to get any photos that day so you can imagine my delight and surprise when I saw how this one had come out..... at is01600 and 1/10th second handheld and no vibration reduction I was lucky it wasn't a blurry mess!

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

I would have loved to be at that exhibition. And to get a shot like that as well. Wonderful.

10 Mar 2008 5:26pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks Michael......I've been lucky enough to have been able to visit exhibitions of 3 world famous photographers work in the last few months. Edward Steichen at Christmas in Paris; George Rodgers in Manchester last month (he was from the area); and now Henri Cartier-Bresson. What a great privilege and so different from seeing their photos only in books or on-line.

«miguel.peixeiro» from Coimbra, Portugal

...i like your work,good choise the f5.3

10 Mar 2008 10:29pm

@«miguel.peixeiro»: Thanks Miguel....the lens I used is a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom. I think the f5.6 is a factor of the focal length I was using and was the widest available. I was very lucky to get away with this one without significant blur with such a low shutter speed.

danthro from Suburbia, United States

awesome capture! i'm sure cartier-bresson would have appreciated the shot and the coincidence.

10 Mar 2008 11:36pm

@danthro: Thanks very much danthro!

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

I like the idea of how it's capturing sleep in two different eras.

11 Mar 2008 1:54am

@JoeB: Cheers Joe!

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

This shot is gorgeous. If your son wouldn't have fall to sleep there you would have had to set it up.

11 Mar 2008 8:51pm

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

Thanks very much tom!

12 Mar 2008 8:23am

KimberleyC from United States

what an amazing moment in time, I think you will always treasure this shot!
I love the masters work, it must have been a great showing!
I am a fan of Ernst Haas, and often in Albuquerque I just go to carlisle and central just to stand where he took his famous route 66 shot. Of course I could never even come close to reproducing it, but just to be there!
And Kurts bloody camera corral is right across the street so old Ernst always costs me money as well! :)

12 Mar 2008 3:53pm

@KimberleyC: Hi Kimberly.....I'd love to see a photo of yours from the same spot as that route 66 shot of his but I suppose it's all completely different now......don't you think that there's a weird kind of innocence to that photo?

Damon Schreiber from Toronto, Canada

Most excellent! A tribute to the master, I'd say - you must have had inspiration in the air at that gallery. And I envy you being able to see such an exhibition, I hope I get a chance to view his work that way one day.

14 Mar 2008 2:41am

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