Engineered Serendipity

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One of the things I love about photography is the surprises I get when I upload images to my computer.  I try to intentionally craft each photograph using lighting, composition, and patience.  Even so, every now and then something surprising shows up when I look through the images.  Sometimes it’s a fleeting facial expression that got captured.  Sometimes it’s how the aperture combined with the compositional elements.  Sometimes it’s that the image turned out better than I was anticipating.

The picture above is an example of serendipity.  This little girl didn’t hold still for very long.  I did not pose her in this position.  Capturing a picture of her in the foreground, looking forward, with her parents blurred slightly in the background on each side of her was somewhat miraculous.

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This picture is another example of serendipity.  I was doing a late afternoon shoot with this mother and daughter.  We had done a bunch of shots down in a valley and when we came back up (thinking we were done) the sun was just setting.  I had not expected to get any backlit shots, but was happy with this one.

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One last example comes from an indoor session.  I was using my old camera on Live View, which involves the screen image blacking out for several milliseconds when taking the picture.  I knew I hadn’t gotten any genuine smiles yet, but when I uploaded this last image I found out that during those last black milliseconds a genuine smile had appeared and been captured.

 

I enjoy these moments of “engineered” serendipity.

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