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 some cocaine. Cesar wants Carl to come with him. Carl makes his way to Cesar's location near Blueberry in Red County. The two get in Cesar's Savanna and begin to drive towards Angel Pine, where the car was last seen.

After entering Angel Pine, Carl and Cesar position themselves on a rooftop overlooking Cluckin' Bell. Carl brings out a camera and plans to take photographs, believing this to be a secret meeting. Soon after, a brown Picador pulls up. Carl's former ally Ryder, along with a Ballas member get out 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 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 both Cesar and Carl do not recognise him. After taking photos of all four men, Cesar and Carl leave Angel Pine, stopping by a filling station. Cesar leaves CJ at the filling station, 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


  • 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 from the helicopter. 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 (and explain Cesar's fear of heights later in the game). This is also the reason why Carl is shouting when making his comments 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.