We all know how Henri Cartier-Bresson tried his best to avoid being noticed while capturing his moments. He probably wouldn’t have attached the later introduced motor drive in his Leica, however silent it may have been for him.
Today, we have the option of taking several frames per second without a motor drive, and be even less noticed than HCB with our little pocket cameras. Yet, we can achieve the same technical quality as he did with his Leica. We don’t even have to think about saving film with the rapidly increasing capacities and decreasing prices of our memory cards. Instead of capturing the decisive moment, we can capture many with a single shutter release, and choose the most decisive one among them.
Easy? Too easy, I hear. Takes away all the thrill, fun, romanticism and professionality? The question is: would HCB have used the M8 and its 2 frames per second? A Ricoh GR/GX or any other pocket camera? Would you, have you?
Here’s an example. At the time of the shot I wanted to capture the motion, but it was impossible for me to know which one of the four would be moving exactly when. Among the few consecutive shots was this pleasant surprise, showing all but the baby as a joyful blur. (Canon G3, 1/8 sec. f/8)