A collection of spot news images
The quote above, attributed to Arthur Fellig, better known as Weegee, likely apocryphally, is a popular expression among photographers of my era to acknowledge the role of presence in capturing a news picture.
It is a bit of a joke as well.
While an f-stop of eight is a good general-purpose aperture choice — yielding satisfactory results under a variety of circumstances — the quip overlooks a host of other factors that play important roles as well.
Every situation is dynamic. Capturing a successful news photograph requires expertise, wits, reflexes, nerve and luck. Somedays you get the bear, somedays the bear gets you.
Here are a few of my favorites.