Remember the days when we had to wait several days in great anticipation for our holiday photos to be developed, only to discover that more than half of them could be thrown out? Failed photos caused by too much light, too little light, shaky hands or unforeseen circumstances like someone running into the shot just as the camera goes click! Then came the digital age. I remember my very first failed photo on my brand new digital camera. It was an amazing experience to be able to recall the image, confirm that it was indeed a rubbish shot, then hit ‘DELETE’! Wow!
Since that very first time, I’ve taken thousands of failed pictures and deleted almost all of them. I did save some of them though for a variety of reasons. Some turned out rather artistic-looking or downright quirky while some were saved for sentimental reasons or simply because of the hilarity of the situation. Most of the failed shots were taken during a mobile situation, i.e. taken from a vehicle, or at night (I’m still learning how to work the settings for night photography!). Here are some of my favourite failed photos. Enjoy!
Loved these fish in an aquarium in a restaurant in Bruges. I tried different angles & settings to get rid of the reflections but nothing worked. This shot turned out pretty cool though.
I was in a taxi and wanted to take a shot of the Balinese rice fields. I clicked just as these two guys on a motorbike decided to overtake the taxi! LOL!
I had a great view from my seat in the bus of the walled-town of Morella, but this tree got in the way.
Another shot from a car. We were at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. I whipped out my camera but the traffic light turned green the moment I clicked.
I wanted to capture the stunning view from my plane seat of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean when the pilot changed course. Instead of the sunset, I got a picture of the plane's wing like it was on fire!
It was a clear night and Kuala Lumpur looked like a shimmering fairyland from my plane window. The Petronas Twin Towers were unmistakable. Too bad I didn't have my tripod with me - my hands were too shaky to get a decent shot.
I was about to take a photo of the moon through a telescope (in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile) when someone bumped my elbow. I like the effect of the lens in the photo.