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Alan Brown's picture

July theme & banner update - Happy Accident

As this theme is the only suggestion gaining any traction let's work around that through the month of July'

I think we all have images that ended up being improved by something we had not planned for, be that an unintended object in the frame, a sudden change in weather conditions, or even an unplanned result during processing.

Please add your images and story behind them to this thread, or new discussion as you see fit. As always, I will select images weekly that best fit the banner format.

If not posting PLEASE consider commenting on others. This is a group where EVERY opinion is both APPRECIATED and respected - your viewpoint is so important to the strength of the group.

Following is my own example. This was taken in the fall of 2019, as I was trying to develop my pep Ventosa 'in-the-round' technique. I recognized that the tree in question was backdropped by sheep grazing in an enclosed paddock, but was hoping they would be somewhat removed during the overlay process.
It was only during processing that I recognized the value of this added element, and reminded me of the fact that everything in the frame has meaning and thus needs consideration - advice that I try to stick with no matter what the genre.

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George Popescu's picture

Here's my entry, a candle in a restaurant shot from above while moving the camera, it has an enigmatic look, IMHO.

Alan Brown's picture

Thanks for reposting/sharing George.

Andrew Williams's picture

This started out as a photograph of one of my neighbors' driveways and reflections in puddles from that afternoon's showers. It ended up as a mastodon.

Alan Brown's picture

Thanks for posting Andrew - are you sure Harry didn't have anything to do with the 'puddles'?

Andrew Williams's picture

Even Harry couldn't make puddles this big. Same driveway as above.

Alan Brown's picture

Still looking for stories where the end result was not the one intended. Please share your 'Happy Accidents' with others - unless everything always goes to plan of course :-)

Alan Brown's picture

Thanks for posting Andrew - are you sure Harry didn't have anything to do with the 'puddles'?

George Popescu's picture

I found another shot, which was shot with a long lens so it was blurred a bit, I think it was with the 70-200mm at the far end, but even blurry it still looks kind of mesmerizing...

Matthew Lacy's picture

This one is neither Minimalist, Abstract, or Experimental, but it is a shot that was quite the happy accident in two ways. The first was the original capture of the image, which is such a happy accident because of the absolute look of passion on the subject's face, as well as the special framing of the players surrounding him.

The second one comes from a different way of looking at unplanned. When I had originally taken the image, I was a little discouraged with it, even going as far as to put it in a thread very similar to this of Ruth Carll's. Some of you who've been around for a while may remember the time. I didn't like the composition or the lighting, but didn't think it was in my ability to fix it in post. Some gentle encouragement from Ruth and Joe Svelnys got me to revisit the image in post, something I had no plan to do before. That's the unplanned part.

The happy part is that the final version ended up on display at the Indiana State Fair's photography exhibit as one of the five best submissions in my county. This never would have happened without the support from this group.

Alan Brown's picture

Nice work on the image Matthew, I am glad that help from the group helped you elevate this to something you are now happy with.
This is a great capture of a determination - the tighter crop and control of the background really helps with the image.
Congrats on your success!