Thursday, January 20, 2011

lucky shot


I never make stupid mistakes.
Only very, very clever ones.
 ~ John Peel

I would like to say that the above shot was deliberately underexposed for a dramatic portrait of a boy and his triumphant catch.  But like most silhouette photographs, what happened as an accident shooting into the setting sun, resulted in a classic shot.  With just an outline, you can feel the pull of the line, the struggle of the fish, and the impending fist pump in the air from one happy boy.

I loved Nicola's description of her capture on the beaches of Turks and Caicos. "Two happy children + beautiful sunset light + total failure to check the settings on my camera = really lucky shot!"  I completely agree. I doubt that the shot would have had as much drama if captured the way she intended. Even without the surface details, I can feel the magical moment shared.

Thank you for sharing all your lovely images with us.  I will see you again in nine days when I start musing on Textures.

Until then, stay sweet.

tammy lee of bliss and folly

Not Your Typical Holiday Photo!
Not Your Typical Holiday Photo! by Design by Nicola

14 comments:

Life with Kaishon said...

What a perfectly splendid accident. I love it!

blue elephant photography said...

happy accidents! beautiful ones actually =)

Kirstin said...

These are such evocative pictures....

Kat Sloma said...

They are both fantastic shots! Happy accidents. :)

Simone said...

This is what I call pure "serendipity" just fabulous!

urban muser said...

amazing silhouettes. and they are making me feel like i need summer!

Marty said...

I love the fact that you can still tell the little girl is smiling in the bottom photo and the action of the moment in the first one is set off to perfection by the silhouettes...well done!

ruffedgedesign said...

Both images are wonderful. Tammy, I like your assessments. You're a very good teacher, finding exactly the right words to explain sometimes-complex concepts.

Anna said...

Tammy,
Your capture is a real "keeper" - exceptional! Nicola's is very charming, a special moment frozen in time.

Jamie said...

I want some of this kind of luck

Lynn Richards said...

Beautiful photo!
I found your invite to join the flicker group, could you give me more information?
Thanks so much!
lynn
www.alittlebluesky.blogspot.com

Sheri said...

absolutely beautiful shots!

April said...

I love happy accidents!

Kim @ Starry Sky Ranch said...

I love that last shot! So crisp and really captures a tender moment between them.

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