Tuesday, April 9, 2013


It is often said that it is not the camera that makes the picture, but the person behind the camera.  That is certainly correct.  In the hands of a poor photographer, even the best cameras in the world will not be able to improve that photographer’s photos.

I have no idea what cameras the following photographs have been taken with, and it doesn't matter.  They are impressive in their own right and warrant the praise that they have received.

just a pinch buddah perfect timing

Timing is one element that can make or break a photograph.  Henri Cartier Bresson so eloquently referred to it as “the decisive moment.”

Other elements for a great photo are expressed very well by the website of Twisted Sifter by stating:

By Internet standards, a perfectly timed photo occurs when two of the following three conditions are met:
1. Perfect Place
2. Perfect Time
3. Perfect Angle
Sometimes the holy trinity of perfectness is achieved and you get an Internet classic like so many of the photographs below. There are countless galleries of these images floating around. I tried my best to compile the most representative of this concept.

To see all of the photographs, please go to

eiffel tower crane perfect timing
I am sure Henri Cartier Bresson would have liked this shot.


  1. The Hugo Boss picture looks photoshopped. I can't imagine anyone being able to stand on the keel under those conditions.

    1. Hugo Boss has given the assurance that no photoshop was involved in the creation of the photograph. As a sailor myself, I have to say that even though the boat seems to be sailing under rather adverse conditions, this can be achieved in relatively calm winds and seas. The boat is actually sailing very controlled, not very efficiently, but controlled, giving the person on the keel ample time to get there and to stand fairly safely in his position.

    2. I should also point out that the water in the shot looks quite calm. In addition, the moving sword keel with the ballast "bullet" at the end is moved into a position that gives the the boat the greatest stability. Even though it might appear to be on the brink of capsizing, the boat is actually quite stable.