Shooting Challenge: 8 Happy Accidents

Shooting Challenge: 8 Happy Accidents

Don’t you love it when you find that you’ve accidentally snapped an awesome shot that you wouldn’t be able replicate even if you tried? Eight readers show us their accidental gems in this week’s shooting challenge.


Ben Foster

Camera: Sony HDR-SR12 Handycam
Aperture: f1.8
Exposure: 1/2s
ISO – unknown

I happened to be in Adelaide for New Years Eve 08/09 and we decided to go and see fairy lights on houses. All I had was my handycam and I randomly took a photo in low-light mode not even bothering to hold the camera steady and it turned out like christmas trees – perfect for christmas time!


Hasara Fernando

Nikon D60, f/4.5, 1/6 sec, 42 mm

I took this photo at Vivid Sydney this year at Customs House. Because it was fairly dark I was using a slower shutter speed than normal, and this photo was taken just as the light depicting water showed the water “draining out”. I was crouching on the ground and stumbled a bit while I was taking this photo. This combined with the slower shutter speed resulted in the blurriness. I know its not a great photo in terms of technique, but I liked the effect it caused anyway.


Luke Milkovic

Canon EOS 550D
1/400 sec
ISO – 400
Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Lens.

Every year my family has a Picnic, and one of the things we do apart from eat is play games. This one was the Egg and Spoon race.
I just pointed and hit the shutter button, Somehow I got this grate shot…


Sam Dussin

I by no means was trying to get this shot at a concert back in April. I was actually trying to capture all the mobile phones/camera being waved in the air and the spot lights happened to turn on just as i took the image. It is now, one of my favourite shots from that trip. only editing done to the picture was converting it to black and white, other wise, as is.

Taken using Canon 550D – kit lens at 74mm, ISO6400, f/8, 1/50.


PJ Hunt

This accident happened in 2008, shortly after I got my first DSLR, a 400D. I was returning from shooting at the beach in Ireland, where I lived at the time, , when I saw this heron standing in the estuary. I pulled over, whipped out my camera and fired off a few shots. Set on the incorrect exposure and ISO, I somehow created this image. A happy accident indeed!

Photo attached, and on Flickr : – Uploaded April 2010

Feel free to use this image with credit 🙂


Assaph Mehr

I took this photo of my partner last summer. We went to Sydney Uni, sat in one of the old buildings of a nice courtyard, light was perfect – just on the edge between the shade and bright light. I took a few photos, but this one suffered from some extreme shaky hands (I might even have accidentally pressed the button without looking…)
Out of all the pics taken that day, she liked that one the most for it’s “fairy-like” effect.

Shot with Canon 450D, 18-55 kit lens.


Michael Morris

Shot Summery: Android phone (HTC Sensation), 8 megapixels, 3000×1572, ISO set to auto, auto flash, contrast and saturation set to +1.

Shot story: I wanted to take a quick pic of my monitor screen for a reference shot- it was playing an episode of channel Ten’s NCIS LA at the time. The film that the the screen uses (Samsung 32 inch LED TV) must have some strange polarizing effect or something because the image turned out weirdly and beautifully solarized with artificial colours with the flash reflection tying in perfectly with the highlights on the side of the bikini-dancer’s body so that it looks like a spotlight that’s actually part of the scene, so that the whole thing looks like a natural photo from a seedy club rather than a silly clinical TV scene.


Peter Miller

Walking around Rozelle Bay last Sunday lunchtime my son spotted a traditional looking Sake barrel floating in the water. Where had it come from? Was it real or some sort of prop? Was anyone missing it? So many questions, so few answers. Anyhow I grabbed my iphone and took this shot with the Hipstamatic app. I think the colours and the backdrop of the Anzac Bridge and the disused swing bridge came together nicely.

After taking the shot I spent the next half hour explaining to my son why we couldn’t take it home with us!