Cesar: "CJ! Hey, my cousin just called me. He gave me a tip about a Ballas car going to San Fierro to score yay."
CJ: "Shit! We gotta find out who's supplying those cats!"
Cesar Vialpando calls Carl Johnson

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 receives a phone call from Cesar Vialpando. Cesar had been tracking a Ballas car, most likely travelling to San Fierro to acquire cocaine. Cesar wants Carl to come with him, so he makes his way to Cesar's location near Blueberry in Red County. The pair get in Cesar's Savanna and travel towards Angel Pine, where the car was last seen.

After entering Angel Pine, Carl and Cesar position themselves on a rooftop overlooking a Cluckin' Bell restaurant. Carl whips out a camera and plans to take photographs, believing this to be a secret meeting. Soon afterwards, a brown Picador pulls up. Carl's former ally Ryder, along with a Ballas member step out of the vehicle. Another man arrives in a ZR-350. Cesar identifies him as T-Bone Mendez from the San Fierro Rifa. Shortly followed thereafter, is a mysterious 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 Carl, but neither Cesar or Carl recognise him. After taking photos of all four men, Cesar and Carl leave Angel Pine, stopping by a filling station. Cesar drops Carl off, saying he'll meet him back at San Fierro.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Go and pick up Cesar.
  • Get in Cesar's car and head out to Angel Pine.
  • Get up on the roof.
  • Photograph the face of all four targets, but be quick about it, and be sure to zoom in with each target.


The reward for this mission is an increase in respect. The mission Jizzy is unlocked. After the mission, the game will inform the player of the availability of Snapshots located around San Fierro.



Video Walkthroughs


  • Carl mentions Ryder's betrayal. He did not do that during or after the mission The Green Sabre. Ever since Ryder and Big Smoke betrayed the Grove Street Families, Carl had a hard time as regards to Smoke. Until this mission, Carl made it seem that he did not care about Ryder as if he expected that Ryder would betray him.
  • Originally, this mission was completely different to the final game. The player was originally tasked with stealing a helicopter to meet Cesar, and the photos would also have been taken whilst airborne. This was most likely removed when the decision was made to include the flying school at a later point in the game, and give the mission a more stealthy approach (which explains Cesar's fear of heights later in the game). Carl also shouts to Cesar when talking about Ryder and Jizzy B, presumably to make himself heard over the rotors of the helicopter, before the mission was changed without the dialogue being updated.


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