Certainly one of the most reproduced and parodied photographs in history is Joe Rosenthal's grab shot of the flag raising on Iwo Jima 70 years ago yesterday: http://news.usni.org/2015/02/23/iwo-...eid=9f11a5cec8
. Countless people over the past 175 years have struggled to make iconic photographs. In mere moments, Rosenthal recognized this opportunity and captured the Pulitzer Prize image. When notified of the prize, he first thought it was for a more routine staged photograph taken at the same place. There were a few other photographers in the area, but only he took the one that meant so much to so many in the waning months of WWII. It wasn't just an opportunity he had stumbled upon. There was the arduous climb to the summit of Mt. Suribachi with the possibility of Japanese soldiers emerging from hiding. Only the many years of handling a Speed Graphic camera without automatic focusing, automatic exposure, and an almost endless capacity for rapid-fire photographs let him make the most of the perfect moment.