Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

“Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.” ~Joseph Addison

Every photographer is surprised by the photos they take.  Whether or not you are able to capture and translate the scene in front on you to the camera is always a mystery until you get to see the photos you’ve taken.  More often than not, the translations are lost and become just a memory but in those moments that you do capture the scene, the surprise and joy reflects in wonderment by all photographers.  The knowledge that the moment was accurately captured and recorded in the spirit of the photographers intentions is the reason any of us pick up the camera and attempt the shoot.

Here are a few of my surprise moments.  Fireworks are always a surprise because you never know what shape, colors, sounds or sizes are coming next.  It’s this surprise that keeps us enjoying them year after year.  The fireworks captured here are the 2012 Elitch Gardens in Denver 4th of July Fireworks.  My other surprised come from the Denver 2012 Chalk Festival, where it’s always fun and joy to see what the artist’s can coax off the pavement with chalk each year.  While many may find it more fun to capture the finished product, I love to capture the moments where the pictures are just emerging.

Colored Lines

Colored Lines

Exploding Poppers

Exploding Poppers

Multi-Colored Sparklers

Multi-Colored Sparklers

Elitch Gardens and the Mile High Stadium Fireworks

Elitch Gardens and the Mile High Stadium Fireworks

Emerging Oriental Mask

Emerging Oriental Mask

Funny Face

Funny Face

Surprised Man Ripping Out  of Pavement

Surprised Man Ripping Out of Pavement

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