Have you ever taken a really cool photo completely by accident? Or for you professional photographer types… a picture that totally surpassed your expectations or who’s unexpected results created a better picture?
We had a family get together this weekend at a lake up here in Montana. We were sitting around the fire pit chattering at each other and drinking, just hanging out. I was messing around with my camera and was trying my hand at the Night Portrait setting and getting really piss-poor results. Until this shot of my brother. It’s not real clear, but it’s a funky shot anyway.
Then, I was doing some self-portraits, and wound up with this photo of myself. The flash must’ve gone off, though I thought I had it set for no flash, but I was well into a pitcher of margaritas so who the hell knows. I was facing the fire pit, so there were no flames in the original frame. I know the Night Portrait setting uses a longer exposure that grabs the ambient light to illuminate the shot, but I can’t explain the flames. The streaks of light were probably embers floating around, but the flames are just cool. Took one of my son, (whose birthday we were celebrating with his adoptive family) and got the same kind of result.
Dumb luck and cool photos… Got any you’d care to share?