Photo Assignment #6 : ‘Peak Action’

New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper (41) manages to get a hand in and stop this touchdown pass intended for Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88), 2nd quarter, during the New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers game in the Superdome January 2, 2012. (Photo copyright 2011 / The Times-Picayune / Andrew Boyd)

New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper (41) manages to get a hand in and stop this touchdown pass intended for Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88), 2nd quarter, during the New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers game in the Superdome January 2, 2012. (Photo copyright 2012 / The Times-Picayune / Andrew Boyd)

There’s a new Photo Assignment posted over in the Photo Assignment Forum here at The Discerning Photographer. It’s all about the notion of ‘peak action’ and what’s entailed in capturing it. This assignment will challenge your timing, framing, understanding of your camera, and more…

Photo Assignment #6 :  ‘Peak Action’

Here’s our new photo assignment at The Discerning Photographer’s Forums: ‘Peak Action.’ What exactly does that mean? Well, it’s not just about catching the quintessential sports moment (although certainly qualifies as an example). It can be the absolute split second of surprise on a person’s face. It might  be the exact point that a lightning bolt cracks through the sky. It can be the instant a jumping fish’s nose hits the water. It’s all about the true ‘decisive moment,’ as Henri Cartier-Bresson was fond of saying: the point that everything else leads up to, and falls away from.

So:  Take your camera gear, crank up the shutter speed (peak action usually does involve some very small fraction of time), and make us some ‘peak action’ photos!

We’ll keep this assignment up live in the Forums for about two weeks.

I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

“Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes forever the precise and transitory instant. We photographers deal in things that are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished, there is no contrivance on earth that can make them come back again. We cannot develop a print from memory…”—Henry Cartier-Bresson, ‘The Decisive Moment,’ 1952.

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