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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    Infinite possibilities mean that it's possible. In fact, if the universe is in fact infinite, another photograph just like the one HCB made, DOES exist somewhere out there.
    So, what are you getting at?
    But the universe isn't infinite.

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    The only way we'll ever know is to invent the Infinite Improbability machine and give it a really hot cup of tea with which to run its calculations from.
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    Shoot more film.
    There are eight ways to put a slide into a projector tray. Seven of them are wrong.

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    I suspect not.

    Considering they would have traded all their Leicas in to cliveh at one banana each before they could find out how to use them.


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    The puddle jumper photo became iconic because of who shot it, not because it was revolutionary, uniquely aesthetic, or even technically excellent. It came to represent HCB's lifetime of work at snapping the decisive moment.

    So, no, an infinite number of Leica-carrying monkeys cannot reproduce it because they aren't HCB. There are already millions of "puddle jumper" photos out there from millions of unknown photographers and they are destined to remain unknown. To produce another "puddle jumper" photo, a photographer needs to establish a body of work recognized as unique or seminal. From that work, a "puddle jumper" photo can emerge as a representative icon.

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    Infinite shots

    Quote Originally Posted by litody View Post
    But the universe isn't infinite.
    How do you know?
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    If you've ever heard HCB describe how he got the shot, I'd say yes.
    Yes, I reckon just one monkey let loose somewhere photogenic like Paris with a Leica and, say, 10 rolls of film might give HCB a run for his money

    Actually Clive, if you let loose an infinite number of monkeys, I suspect all their photos would be mostly of other monkeys...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian David View Post

    Actually Clive, if you let loose an infinite number of monkeys, I suspect all their photos would be mostly of other monkeys...

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    Are you saying that monkeys are natural portrait photographers.
    I couldn't think of anything witty to say so I left this blank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blansky View Post
    Are you saying that monkeys are natural portrait photographers.
    Oh yes, especially the elusive graybeard, phamiliaphotus blanskii.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    If I gave an infinite number of Leica II cameras to an infinite amount of monkeys with an infinite supply of film. In an infinite amount of time, would they be able to produce a shot like the Puddle Jumper?
    Why? I mean if I tell you they will or they won't, what use would my answer be to you?
    Last edited by litody; 11-07-2012 at 12:15 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blansky View Post
    Are you saying that monkeys are natural portrait photographers.
    Hey, I didn't want to upset the feelings of any portrait photographers (or monkeys), so I was trying to keep my comments pretty general. Your interesting question may however deserve its very own thread...

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