Sometimes you don’t need expensive photography gear in order to capture the perfect picture. Every once in a while you get lucky and you’re in the right place at the right time. Capturing a perfectly timed photo isn’t something that happens often, but when it does, it feels like the stars are aligning. We’ve collected a few pictures that show that it’s not always about what kind of camera you have. Sometimes it’s about opportunity.
1) This firefighter had no idea when he was climbing that ladder that the wing behind him would make him look like an angel. The photo is doubly powerful – not only does it make it look like this man can fly, but he was also heaven-sent when he saved the people stuck in the building. He doesn’t just look like an angel, but he IS the angel they needed. This photo has been captured right on time. As far as we’re concerned, firefighters and EMT’s are all angels. They swoop in and save lives while risking their own lives. Their only reward is helping others. This particular firefighter is helping people in Peru, however, because of the powerful nature of the photo, it has been used as a symbol during the Mexican earthquakes. And a beautiful symbol it is! If you get the chance, thank the brave men and women who risk it all to save others.
2) When the timing is right, the most ordinary scenes can look extraordinary. Exhibit A: this photo of a tree in a field. The sun hit it perfectly and the rays are shining through the gaps in the leaves, making the tree glow up almost magically. It looks like if you touch the tree, it’ll transport you to another century.