Happy Accidents

by Craig Casterline February. 04, 2021 363 views

I took this shot a couple of years ago when waiting for the shot I wanted. The moon had an orange hue this night and I wanted to see what I could do with it. Unfortunately, by the time I got my equipment and got set up, the moon had disappeared behind some clouds. So, I tried to find other things to shoot while waiting, and this was one of them. This is a "live composite" shot (something I think is unique to Olympus) where the camera takes an initial shot and then just paints in any additional light every one second or so (depending on how you set it up). This was the result.

A little later the moon did come out, but try as I might, I couldn't get eliminate the ghostly reflection it produced, so I just went with it. These are just some of my happy accidents which probably are better than the shots I was hoping to take.

I think that happens sometimes in life too. We have plans, we have dreams, we have goals, but as we reach towards them, something else happens and when we look back, we realize that what we now have is better than what we had hoped for. That is true for me personally with our move to China. I had some life and career goals back in the States, and they seemed to be good ones. But then life intervened (and I blame God for that) and I wound up on disability with no clear future. Within a year we had sold our home and moved to China full of new plans, dreams, and goals. And looking back, I wouldn't trade it for the dreams I had. For me it was a happy "accident."

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Lee M Techner 3 months, 4 weeks ago

#1Your pics are amazing, however this shot is stunning...really magical!

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Craig Casterline Replied to Lee M Techner 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind words. I really like it too; it probably is a better image than what I had been hoping to get would have been.

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Lee M Techner Replied to Craig Casterline 3 months, 4 weeks ago

I love when that happens!

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Paul Moreau 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Love the first one, I came in to this form with the idea of pursuing low-light photography and haven't done nearly as much experimentation as I would have liked. Not familiar with 'live composite' but guess you can replicate with a RAW file and brushes in post-processing.

Anyway, however you get there it's a startling image in my mind.

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Craig Casterline Replied to Paul Moreau 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the compliment.

Live composite is a feature on Olympus cameras that has you set the camera for an initial photo and then proceeds to open the shutter every 1/2 to 30 seconds and add any new light to the photo, but it doesn't change the exposure of the rest of the photo. You simply watch the LCD as the photo develops and stop it when enough light has been captured. I believe the final product is only a jpg file, though.

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Paul Moreau Replied to Craig Casterline 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Ah got it. Olympus are innovative. On my OMD I loved the live histogram while taking long exposures.

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Nick Oleary 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I definitely agree with the accident things. Sometimes I really mess up a shot with the wrong angle or I just get out too late. Fortunately sometimes those “accidents” are way better than the shot we were planning to do originally! Also I definitely applaud you for using your photography to teach and motivate others. I currently have been doing the same thing on my blog posting a motivational post once a day for those just needing a bit of a push!

4 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Craig Casterline Replied to Nick Oleary 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Keep it up.

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Benny Law 4 months, 2 weeks ago

What you shared is very true. Often, we only see and understand God's sovereignty, wisdom, and love in hindsight. Looking forward, we can only trust Him by faith as we go through these "accidents" in life.

"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand." -- Proverbs 19:21 (ESV)

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Craig Casterline Replied to Benny Law 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Great perspective. Won't say more because of Big Brother.

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Heike 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Love#1. A very plastic picture. Really cool!

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Craig Casterline Replied to Heike 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you. That is a good description of it.

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