Photo Opportunity

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Photo Opportunity
Carl Johnson meets up with Cesar Vialpando to photograph the Loco Syndicate

Carl Johnson meets up with Cesar Vialpando to photograph the Loco Syndicate
Game GTA San Andreas
For Cesar Vialpando
Location Doherty, San Fierro, San Andreas
Fail Failing to take a good enough photograph
Killing Cesar
Destroying Cesar's car
Reward None
Unlocks Jizzy
Unlocked by Deconstruction

Photo Opportunity is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas given to protagonist Carl Johnson by Varrios Los Aztecas leader Cesar Vialpando from Carl's garage at the Doherty district of San Fierro, San Andreas.


Carl recieves a phone call from Cesar. Cesar had been tracking a Ballas car, most likely coming to San Fierro to acquire some cocaine. Cesar wants CJ to come with him. Carl makes his way to Cesar's location near Blueberry in Red County. The two hop on Cesar's Savanna and begin to travel towards Angel Pine, where the car was last seen headed.

After entering the small town, Carl and Cesar position themselves on a rooftop overlooking Cluckin' Bell. Carl brings out a camera and plans to take pictures, believing this to be a meeting. Soon after, a Picador pulls in. It is Ryder, along with a Ballas member. After Ryder, another man pulls in a ZR-350. Cesar identifies him as T-Bone Mendez. Shortly followed thereafter is a man in a suit, arriving in a Washington. Then finally, a fourth man arrives in a Broadway, joining the others. He is identified as a pimp by CJ, but both Cesar and CJ do not know him. After taking pictures of all four men, Cesar and CJ leave Angel Pine, stopping by a gas station. Cesar leaves CJ at the gas station, saying he'll meet him back in San Fierro.


Cesar Vialpando: CJ.

Carl Johnson: You got it.

Cesar Vialpando: Hey, my cousin just called me. He gave me a tip about a Balla car going San Fierro to score yay.

Carl Johnson: Shit, we gotta find out who's supplyin' those cats.

Cesar Vialpando: Read your mind, holmes. I picked them up at the Mulholland Intersection and I'm trailing them now.

Carl Johnson: OK, I'm coming to meet you.

Cesar Vialpando: Better make it fast, holmes, these boys aren't hanging around!

(Carl arrives at Cesar's location near the FleischBerg brewery)

Cesar Vialpando: Hop in, holmes!

(Both hop in Cesar's Savanna)

Carl Johnson: Where we goin'?

Cesar Vialpando: They were headed over Angel Pine way. Follow the road and maybe we can pick them up!

(A Picador arrives)

Cesar Vialpando: There it is, holmes!

(Carl takes photo of Ryder)

Carl Johnson: Ryder, you sherm-head!

Cesar Vialpando: This business is bigger than any gang, ese.

Carl Johnson: Ryder, little bitch!

(Carl takes photo of T-Bone)

Carl Johnson: This guy takes himself real serious!

Cesar Vialpando: That's T-Bone Mendez.

Carl Johnson: What now? Was that it?

(Carl takes a photo of an unidentified man)

Cesar Vialpando: Hey, who's the gringo?

Carl Johnson: I don't like the look of that guy. This is more than a few thugs pushing a product. This a serious organization.

(Carl takes the last photo)

Cesar Vialpando: How many of these clowns are there?

Carl Johnson: I know a pimp when I see one! They're being clever about this. There ain't no exchange or nothin' incriminating.

(Carl drops off at a gas station in Angel Pine)

Carl Johnson: That was some heavy shit!

Cesar Vialpando: We better split up and get outta here. I'll meet you back at the garage!

Carl Johnson: Coolio. We got what we came for anyway.


The reward for this mission is an increase in respect. The player will also receive a camera with infinite "ammo"/film. The mission Jizzy is unlocked.


  • If the player flies over the spot where Cesar is supposed to be met at, a huge red halo around the spot is visible. However, it disappears once the player has gone down to a certain altitude.
  • In this mission, CJ is supposed to jack a chopper and fly to Cesar and then fly to the meeting spot, to take the pictures from the chopper. This idea was possibly dropped before the game's release, probably because of the limitations set in this part of the game, prohibiting the player from going to a locked area (Las Venturas and the desert area). As a result, it was decided to give Cesar a fear of heights (as noted in Customs Fast Track). This also explains why CJ and Cesar are shouting at each other during the mission despite trying to remain hidden.
  • This mission is one of three to stop working correctly if cheats are used (the other two are Burning Desire and Madd Dogg). The mission will crash the game at the point wherein the player takes a picture of Ryder if more than two hundred cheats are used prior to or during the mission.
  • In a rare chance from the PC version from a slow computer host, T-bone will drive his car over Ryder and keep him there for the rest of the mission, but not killing him.


Video Walkthrough

PC Version - GTASeriesVideos