Photographer wanted to capture Moon, but then he focused and saw his mistake

Mar 31, 2017

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photographer wanted to capture Moon, but then he focused and saw his mistake

Mar 31, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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How many times have you thought of an object to be something else? This happened to Fox 5 DC journalist Van Applegate and caused one of his images to go viral. Thanks to a mistake he made while taking the photo, the very same photo went viral and put a smile on faces of many.

This gaffe happened while Van was in Thurmont, Maryland on a task. While working on his story, he wanted to take a good weather shot for Sue Palka, chief meteorologist at Fox 5 DC. It’s something he often does and wanted to do it this time as well. He spotted “incredible full moon” through the branches and thought it could make a beautiful photo. And it would have if it had been the moon.

Van shared with DIYP the wide shot he took first and the detail. From these images, you may be able to get a hint what he actually shot:

Did you get it? Or you didn’t? Looks like the full moon from a distance, right? But when he zoomed in and focused, he realized his mistake. It was quite far from what he thought:

Van thought this was amusing, so he shared it with the community. He tweeted a blurred and a sharp zoomed image and wrote: “I’m getting old. I was going to get a beautiful shot of the full moon through the budding trees for @suepalkafox5dc, and then I focused.

The post went viral almost instantly, and some really witty reactions followed it:

Van told DIYP he had thought this was too funny not to share. However, he “never in [his] wildest dreams thought it would go viral the way that it did.”

I can see why it went viral and why it’s so funny. I chuckled when I saw it, and remembered all my gaffes of the similar kind. I see this photo like a typo in writing that changes the entire context. Plus, I believe we can all relate to situations like this. These kinds of silly mistakes happen to us all. For example, I recently said “Oh hi, kitty” to a pair of slippers. So, I’m really glad Van decided to share this photo with us all, and I hope it has made your day like it has made mine.

[via Country Living]

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12 responses to “Photographer wanted to capture Moon, but then he focused and saw his mistake”

  1. Thomas Weinsheimer Avatar
    Thomas Weinsheimer

    Once I was doing some shots of a so called “Blood Moon”. It wasnt that spectacular until I saw a plane was about to fly directly in front of the red moon. So I focused the moon again, dreaming of a world famous picture, and when I press the shutter button of my camera, standing on a tripod, my camera went “Beep, beep, beep….”. The perfect picture wasnt that perfect anymore because I was still in the 2 second shutter delay when the plane was right in the middle of the moon. One little step away from fame ;-)

    1. Zoran Radonjic Avatar
      Zoran Radonjic

      HAhaha exactly the same thing happened to me – had moon reflection in the sea, some beautiful yachts, huge moon with plane flying over it…. And 2 sec of latency :)

    2. pincherio Avatar
      pincherio

      This has happened to me so many times…the 2 second curse. The 10 second one is even worse.

    3. Dunja0712 Avatar
      Dunja0712

      Hahahaha that “beep, beep, beep” is the worst thing you can hear in some moments! :D
      Happened to me sooo many times, too.

  2. Stefan Kohler Avatar
    Stefan Kohler

    I packed my whole family for a little trip to a lake half an hour from my home. It was freezing cold and I wanted to take some shots of a frozen lake.
    Unfortunately the car didn’t start, so I sent me girl back in the house, called my parents, we started the car, called my girl… eventually we sat in the car and did quite a big detour to reload the batterie. About 2 hours late we eventually arrived at the lake to find out my camera is not working without SD-cards.

    To avoid additional discussions, I took some shots of the lake anyways and had to giggle everytime when someone stopped walking to wait for me – taking my shot with no card in the cam.

    Was funny after all and I found some nice spots with lots of people who had to wait :D

    1. Joseph Parry Avatar
      Joseph Parry

      HAHAHAHAHA

  3. Matt Hudson Avatar
    Matt Hudson

    My mistake was following a page that started to post clickbait

    1. Erlin Sierra Avatar
      Erlin Sierra

      yeah unfollowing right now

  4. WillMondy Avatar
    WillMondy

    His mistake was working for Fox….

  5. Arcmor Avatar
    Arcmor

    April 1st is tomorrow, isn’t it?

  6. Diana Harvey Avatar
    Diana Harvey

    Not that funny, but the good old drive two hours to the zoo and then realize I left the camera battery at home scenario. My husband was not impressed.

  7. Dunja Đuđić Avatar
    Dunja Đuđić

    I remembered this after posting the text:
    I was once very concentrated to focus on some kind of plant growing out of a tree stump.
    After I transferred the photos onto my computer, I realized there was a huge dog poop in the image, too. God bless Photoshop.