Theme Day: One Way to the Decisive Moment

El momento preciso

Sometimes you just get lucky. Sometimes bad situations turn out good. Let me explain. See the theme for September 1st is Street lights and signs so I had made my mind to photograph a street sign illuminated by a street lamp; really, a situation very common in La Antigua Guatemala. Except, there has been a lot of rain lately and the photo I wanted to take was not feasible.

Plan B: go out and photograph a sign and a lamp in the same frame with some rain or street flood. So just the other day, in my lunch hour, as I am walking to the restaurant where I was going to have lunch, I noticed that the street was completely flooded; I detected my shot was there as I walk to the corner; I pulled out my camera as I got near and step on a cobblestone, flipped out the viewfinder and set the Canon Powershot A620 as close to the water as possible to get a portrait shot so I can get the street lamp on the left (top left corner of the photo) and the UNA VIA (one-way) sign to the right of the yellow arch.

As I negotiated my acrobatic skills over the stone, looked back so I don’t get ran over or splashed by one of the uncivilized drivers, looked at the camera so I don’t ruin it with the running dirty water, composed the shot to include both elements, I took a couple of shots to get the best composition. As I was ready to put away the camera and moved away from the center of the street because two vehicles were using their horns to alert me that they were close and they had no mercy; this lady entered the frame; I did see her with my own eyes as I was looking down to the twist-out viewfinder paralleled to the floor; I had but fleeing second to take the shot and in this fraction of a second my mind went through all countless photographs warehoused in my memory so fast that I must have seen over thousand images until my brain did a full stop at one my favorite images ever: The Decisive Moment by Henri Cartier-Bresson. With that image in my head, I pressed the shutter release. Next, I pulled away from the centre of the street just in time as the vehicle behind me went by, making a big splash (I did not get wet), pulled up my eye sight to see that the lady did not fall and was already walking away in the opposite direction.

I did not order dessert for lunch since I had already my sweet moment.

One can argue that the street sign is too small or that the street lamp is almost out of the frame. Well so be it. If you still want to see a Street Sign or a Street Lamp you’re welcome to press the links, or you can browse the Signs category and the Lamp category.

108 Daily Photo City sites are participating in the September 1st Theme Day: Street lights and signs, please use the links below to visit them.

Due to time zone differences and other factors, the theme photo may not be displayed until later if you are viewing early in the day.

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  • the best photos are the unplaned photos.

  • suzy

    The shot reminds me of Mary Poppins. And makes me homesick for Antigua at the same time. Just a note to let you know how much I loved your raindrops on cactus wallpaper photo, too.

  • It’s a really great photo, even though there aren’t a street light or sign close by… I love this photo, it’s dramatic. 🙂

    Greetings from
    Oslo Daily Photo

  • It was worth it!

  • Patsy, thanks for your permanent visits and my best wishes for prompt recovery.

    Suzy, I am glad you like it and use it. Thanks for stopping by.

    Lothiane, actually if you read the caption above, you could see the UNA VIA (one sign) on the right of the yellow arch and the street lamp is peeking in on top left corner of the photograph.

    Pamela, thanks for the visit and comment. I go see what you have prepared for us.

  • Rudy, send that rain up this way. Lord knows we need it badly.

  • And this is why i love your website, great job… You are a daring acrobat/photographer/writer…

  • Yes I saw the sign UNA VIA and that is all it needs to make the photo on-topic. I like the way sign stands out as an evocative title. I like also the rain-swept street, the sheltering people, the traffic upstreet going on, but especially I like the pretty umbrella.

    Have I forgotten to mention something[one]?

  • Subtle shot!

  • i am really looking forward to the flora and weed photos. this is a interest i have. i bet you though i only was interested in chickens.

  • Ann

    lol 😀 Great, great shot and story!

  • Great photograph! Love the energy of the moment and its spontanenity.

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