When you photograph places popular with tourists, chances are you’ll have a lot of random people in your shots. And sometimes, it may happen that people you accidentally photograph share a very special moment while you’re pressing the shutter. This happened to Col Stinson, who photographed an engagement of a couple he doesn’t know. Now he’s using Twitter hoping to find the happy couple, so he can share the photo with them.
The power of social media amazes me sometimes. A recent quest for a couple who accidentally ended up in a tourist’s photo show exactly how powerful Facebook and other social networks can be.
Martin Cervantes, an Argentinian amateur photographer living in Brisbane, visited Sydney for a weekend. As he walked from Tamarama Beach to Bondi Beach, he was taking photos as he always does. He later realized that he captured an engagement of an unknown couple. He shared the photos on Facebook, trying to track them down with the help of the community. And in only a day – the happy couple was found.
If you have ever shot film, you know it – the feeling you get when you sit down with that stack of prints that just came back from the lab.
The nervous anticipation: Is there anything good in here?
The initial disappointment: Flipping through the first bunch of mediocre prints….meh, meh, ohhh…nope…meh…
Then you see it – its like getting a new bike for your birthday when you’re 10: The killer shot! Yesssss!!!
If you began your career with digital, you still know it – the feeling you got when you didn’t really know what you were doing and just when you were about to give up: Bang – there is a fantastic photo staring back at you from your screen.
I have noticed recently that I don’t get that surprise of a completely unexpected great photo very often any more, or the joy that comes with it.
I mean, I have a pretty good idea how any photo I take is going to look before I take it. Sure, I still produce a massive amount of duds compared to keepers, but it is rare that I capture something completely unexpected.
So, I though I’d share the stories behind a few of my favorite accidental photos.