by John Downey
The Importance of Timing
Alfred Eisenstaedt was the pioneer of American photojournalism who coined the “defining moment” or essence of capturing a moment on film that could tell an entire story in a single frame. Camera settings and light can be mastered and controlled, but capturing the action of the subject is equally important for storytelling. I took this RAW b/w image of my family and newborn niece yesterday. What drew me to choosing it as a post was everyone’s simultaneous interest toward the baby, emphasized by the lowering and tilting of heads. The curiosity and amazement of all was captured right there. No second chance to get another frame that would evoke the same mood.