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Wednesday, 20 June 2007


The autofocus on this camera was evidently faulty, and I personally would've chosen a lower ISO setting, as the grain is unacceptably high.
Using a Canon lens would definitely have improved overall sharpness too - perhaps more attention to the resolution-graphs on dpreview might've helped here.
The photographer should also have cloned away those unidentifiable 'lumps' in the water behind the main subject - possibly he/she needs to take a tutorial on the latest features in Photoshop CS3...

Mani are you kidding me, please post comments that actually add notworthy content to the website next time.

I don't know whose comments are funnier; Mani's or Benjamin's.

Every time I see this Robert Capa image my shoulders tighten for a moment, an involuntary reflex I guess.

Maaaan this thread is funny! I'm lost in the realms of irony now.

Mani, that's just the famous Leica bokeh.

Greatest hits — mostly men shooting at one another and those killed by same. Misery and more misery. Funerals. Very little celebrating a little joy here and there. Sad, really. What have we done to our planet and ourselves?

Benjamin - Lighten Up!

Mani was making a point about how many photographers are completely wrapped up in how many megapixels the camera uses, DOF with APS cameras, and other mechanical aspects of photography and forget that the picture and the photographer is what should be more deserving of our time and attention.


Looks like the GI prank of the era on the hapless embedded PJ - "Be sure to use plenty of cosmoline!"

On reviewing the "greatest" and the responsible craftsmen, a hats-off silent moment seems most appropriate, and the thought that there have been too many decisive moments available.

Not a good day for the sarcasm detector, eh, Benjamin? :P

Mike O'Donoghue,
That was my reaction exactly.



Wasn't this one staged?

I'm just curious, sarcasm aside, about how reflexes behave when our nuts are shrinking beyond visible. And that, the picture depicts flawlessly.

I have family in Normandy, and have been in gardens (and it's quite ordinary) there were old dead trees can't be used for fire because the chainsaws break when you try to chop logs. Wood is full of lead and shrapnel. We like to depict history in epic proportions, but its day to day presence seldom faces all of us.

"Wasn't this one staged?"



It's all covered in "Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa" by Alex Kershaw, one great, great story after another. Great post by the way, Mani...

To Roman;

no it was not staged.

Thanks Bruce - and others - for not having a humor bypass.

As someone who's recently returned to film because of an undefinable but persistent dissatisfaction with digital, this sort of visceral image represents exactly what i feel is lacking in today's meaningless(?) striving after lens-resolution, pixel-perfection, low-noise output.

I term it the 'beauty of accident' - these images that are grainy, blurred, 'wrongly' exposed speak to us in a language that goes way beyond all the irritating chatter on mega-pixels and optimal RAW conversion.
The current habits of 'shoot-chimp-delete-shoot' are no match for the dramatic unknown of opening the lens to allow light to fall on a strip of film for a fraction of a second, and then close again on the unknowable gulf before the magic of the darkroom reveals what happened in that snatched moment...

I am not so sure these all changed the world as the title at slate suggests but they certainly recorded moments which often encapsulated what was happening at the time.

The greatest thing Magnum has offered is that they are mostly dedicated not to the big names but the ordinary person and how their lives are changing.

In a recent talk, an important curator for the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, in Madrid, Spain, with access to Robert Capa's contact sheets said that the man did not die because he can be seen alive and well in subsequent photographs, and that most likely the photographs were made while on maneuvers, and the man probably slipped while being photographed. He blamed the mis-attribution to the magazine that first published the picture. He talked as if the matter had been settled a few years ago.

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