When Serendipity Makes Your Shot an Image

Serendipity at the Lobster Shack by Jann Alexander © 2014

Serendipity at the Lobster Shack by Jann Alexander © 2014

 

“It’s a bizarre but wonderful feeling, to arrive dead center of a target you didn’t even know you were aiming for.”
 —Lois McMaster Bujold

Serendipitous. Why? Because you were happy enough with the bright view of the red, white and yellow-orange lobster shack on the Maine waterfront, and about to push the shutter, when a boy in a red, white and yellow-orange striped shirt suddenly came into frame, to claim his lobster roll and fries, pausing right next to the matching chips.

And your photo suddenly went from being just fine to having that extra, extra zing of serendipity that makes a shot an image. 

“Look for that extra detail that makes a shot an image.”  

Take at look at another image with that bit of unexpected zing here. Find out about the surprising etymology, and serendipitous beginning of serendipity in 1754, here.

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