Happy Accidents Rumble


Photo didn't turn up the way you thought it would but still looks awesome? That's what we're looking for! Tell us in great detail what happened and win!

Credits: dreifachzucker

We’ve all been there before. We’ve envisioned a particular shot and once we get it from the photo lab it turns out completely different. It could be they’re out of focus, blurred, or a combination of other things. Most of the time pictures like these are scrapped but every once in a while, a certain one stand out and grows on you. We want to hear all about your experiences with these happy accidents! Write a blog about it and post the link here in the comments. The most popular one gets 15 Piggies while 2 runners-up get 5 each. Good luck!

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written by cruzron on 2011-03-11 in #competitions


  1. neja
  2. shurly
    shurly ·

    To my surprise it turned out!

  3. veeliss
    veeliss ·

    Here is mine!
    Most of my Lomos are happy accidents!

  4. zoezo
  5. panchoballard
    panchoballard ·

    This is my favourite happy accident. Nothing will ever top it.


  6. awesomesther
    awesomesther ·

    Thank you for this rumble :D

  7. catherinejcruz
  8. bsmart
    bsmart ·

    My happy accident: www.lomography.com.br/homes/bsmart/photos/12180323 I like it so much it's my profile pic.

  9. muhrisah
  10. grifter
    grifter ·


    Nearly all my photos are happy accidents.

  11. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    here's mine - "a tale of accidental double exposures" - www.lomography.com.br/homes/antibiotyx/blog/2126-a-tale-of-…

  12. rudemuinho
  13. where-is-mimi
    where-is-mimi ·


    crossing the road..spotted the mirror..steady grip..shoot!!!!!

  14. blormore
  15. mikeman85
    mikeman85 ·

    Hmmm, well I had a few that I really liked. Here they are.


  16. lxinping
  17. miss_lisa
  18. sondyy
  19. andrescristopher
  20. maymosciaro
  21. nadinadu
  22. kitde
  23. xyron
    xyron ·

    My First Happy Accident

  24. alehopgm
    alehopgm ·

    Surprising results developing in AFRICA!!! www.lomography.com.br/homes/alehopgm/blog/2164-happy-accide…

    Enjoy and sorry for my English, I'm still learning it

  25. toyam
    toyam ·

    9th Golden Rule and Archimede's Principle
    I hope you like it!

  26. pic_maithai
    pic_maithai ·

    My Weekend Happy Accident

  27. pic_maithai
  28. myahcat
    myahcat ·

    Following a tipster on here I shot with the regular Diana lens doubled with the fisheye. Wasn't sure what would happen, as a bird flew at my face, then the film got exposed edges when I took it out. Quite like the result, especially the fact that you can see the guy in the outline of the bird.

  29. t82
    t82 ·

    that's my happy accident:

  30. street_smile
  31. lucretia
    lucretia ·

    Here's my blog entry www.lomography.com.br/homes/lucretia/blog/2142-blue-mania Hope you like it ! Cheers ! Cool rumble btw.

  32. lucretia
  33. sosalllie
    sosalllie ·

    My first happy accident on my Diana Mini:

  34. krogers
    krogers ·

    "Ahh, holiday photos have arrived..*Opens* Wait!?....What!!!!?!?!?


    My Happy Accidents... :)

  35. tilles
    tilles ·

    my black cats! always a happy accident. ;)

  36. shutterflysimmons
  37. eatclicklove
  38. veato
    veato ·

    Do you believe in ghosts? Who ya gonna call! LOL

  39. davidpowell
    davidpowell ·

    here's my happy accident! www.lomography.com.br/homes/davidpowell/blog/2233-happy-acc…

  40. squishypoly
    squishypoly ·

    I accidentally found a new friend to love www.lomography.com.br/homes/squishypoly/blog/2236-happy-acc…

  41. flyaway
  42. griggsy
  43. jojo8785
  44. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    When I got my first roll back from my Mini, almost all of the pictures came out wrong!

  45. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    Really unexpected! I'm sad and happy at the same time

  46. belvillaume
    belvillaume ·

    film photography: where accidents CAN be for the better!

  47. lu_bettyb00p
  48. maiitran
  49. itsdebraanne
  50. oooh-la-la
  51. sebastiansiu
    sebastiansiu ·

    would you please kindly check it out?

  52. peropero
    peropero ·

    forgot to remove the green filter from the camera and used the redscale xr film:
    hope you like it!

  53. analogmonolog
  54. pomps
    pomps ·

    I´ve finally write my happy accident! I invit you to visit it here:
    hope you like it!

  55. sarabbit
    sarabbit ·

    Ecpect the unexpected!!!!!!


  56. renenob
    renenob ·

    This is my delightful misfortune:

  57. mel_saumure
    mel_saumure ·

    Here is my happy accident:

  58. acecaroline
  59. kamiraze
    kamiraze ·

    Happy Little snowboarding accident! www.lomography.com.br/homes/kamiraze/blog/2706-if-you-see-i…

  60. bsmart
  61. vmbm78
    vmbm78 ·

    Check out my entry :)

  62. vmbm78
  63. cocaneonkamerasutra
  64. kneehigh85
  65. kittybow
    kittybow ·

    This is what I love most about Lomography!


  66. yelledc
  67. lorz2112
  68. kneehigh85
  69. lomosb
    lomosb ·

    look at mines!!

  70. mybluewristband
  71. spacechampion
  72. skateandestroy
  73. gateau
    gateau ·

    My first Happy Accident!

  74. gateau
    gateau ·

    Another Happy Accident...a big hug for me and my Horizon by a 3-year-old Lomographer!

  75. cassandra
    cassandra ·

    A light leak that made the photo!

  76. cassandra
    cassandra ·

    My favourite happy accident www.lomography.com.br/homes/cassandra/blog/3541-blurry-dance Hope you like it too..

  77. bernardocople
    bernardocople ·

    What a wrong film can do for you!

  78. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    here's my lil unexpected accident! www.lomography.com.br/homes/eva_eva/blog/465-light-leak-and…

  79. badjuju
  80. inkkl
    inkkl ·

    i love the picture because of it´s story


  81. dsaavedra
    dsaavedra ·

    I just plumb forgot to change my focus. The next two shots on this roll were in focus, and not nearly as dramatic. In fact, they were downright boring.


  82. nicolegelinas
  83. lislisdotnet
  84. jodimeetdiana76
  85. saidseni
  86. feemail
  87. disasterarea
    disasterarea ·

    My happy accident with 20 year old expired Fujifilm ISO 800

  88. pzjo
    pzjo ·

    my multiple exposure accident

  89. mattlongstaff
    mattlongstaff ·


    What I refer to as "A big, gooey, grainy, acidic, childs’s-finger-painting of a double exposure." :)

  90. frequency_one
    frequency_one ·

    I'll give it a go - www.lomography.com.br/homes/frequency_one/blog/3657-happy-a…
    Experience the folly of a novice!

  91. lokke
    lokke ·

    My happy accidents:

  92. leeyp
    leeyp ·

    Here's my URL, go and check it!!!

  93. leeyp
  94. leeyp
  95. niko_fuzzy
  96. upstart_thunder
  97. feemail
    feemail ·

  98. chuckthewriter
    chuckthewriter ·

    This photo was taken with 127 efke film in a 1960's Ansco Cadet fake TLR. Apparently the light leak was so pronounced in this camera, it actually picked up the film counter on the paper backing and superimposed it on the image itself. Never saw that before. Thought it was kinda cool.

  99. chuckthewriter
    chuckthewriter ·

    This photo was taken with 127 efke film in a 1960's Ansco Cadet fake TLR. Apparently the light leak was so pronounced in this camera, it actually picked up the film counter on the paper backing and superimposed it on the image itself. Never saw that before. Thought it was kinda cool.

  100. schemerel
  101. jojo8785
  102. cwyeung
    cwyeung ·

    It's an accident with the Fisheye Camera, hope you like it:

  103. jorgelinasasso
    jorgelinasasso ·

    Here´s mine Happy Bulb Accident! enjoy!!! www.lomography.com.br/homes/jorgelinasasso/blog/3763-my-hap…

  104. arcadiobuendia
    arcadiobuendia ·

    here goes my story. got a huge BUM! inside: www.lomography.com.br/homes/arcadiobuendia/blog/3765-my-hap…

  105. robot_pants
    robot_pants ·

    Don't know what my Clack did, but this is what happened...


  106. polinices
  107. tangerine401
    tangerine401 ·

    Heres to the accidents we love: www.lomography.com.br/homes/tangerine401/blog/3785-happy-ac…

  108. -dakota-
  109. usestangerines
    usestangerines ·

    I make this mistake all of the time. :)

  110. lmr
    lmr ·

    Luckily, sometimes inadvertent "mistakes" can equal Happy Accidents:

  111. odax
  112. shmily_hee
  113. tdmwoit
    tdmwoit ·

    here's mine! not a lot to say but the photo speaks for itself I think!

  114. mel_saumure
  115. weiven
    weiven ·

    Check outtt My happy accident--- Spring in blue :D

  116. weiven
    weiven ·

    Check outtt My happy accident--- Spring in blue :D

  117. holgatron
  118. isoterica
  119. werriston
    werriston ·

    I made the deadline! It's kind of a long blog entry but I do get around to talking about the picture eventually, so please read the whole thing :) I've even included a song.


  120. okonsten
    okonsten ·

    My nostalgic accident trip: www.lomography.com.br/homes/okonsten/blog/3825-happy-accide…

  121. okonsten
  122. lighthouse_keeperess
  123. blancarleal
    blancarleal ·

    My very very very best Happy Accident is.... This:

  124. lightblue
  125. kernow_and_cambria
  126. explorette
  127. myahcat
  128. glenn
    glenn ·

    I used a broken Suntone camera to create a photo of a broken payphone! The broken Suntone would put grooves and scratches into the film. The film I had used was expired 6 years old.

    Many photo shops would refuse my film. Three different photo development stores rejected my film and refused to do any work. I went into another store (#4) and the owner saw my film and became very angry and tried to punch me in the head. Her husband grabbed her hand before the fist could strike. The two people then got into an argument about wether or not to accept my film. Eventually, the owner said in a very evil voice, that she would be happy to help, if i just hand over my film. I got scared and ran out of the store. As I was getting away, I noticed the frowning owner was staring at me from the doorway. I went to a large pharmacy(#5) to bring in my film. The director of the pharmacy gladly accepted my film, even though he did not peek to see what condition it was. Eventually, the pharmacy discovered that the machine would not function using my expired/damaged film. The pharmacy felt challenged with developing my film, my film was sent to corporate headquarters many kilometers away.

    One month later, I finally got my film. The people at the pharmacy were angry as they discovered that I was the owner of the expired film that got sent away. I was being frowned at by the employees. The cashier slammed down my photos and treated me with cruelty. I did not care because I was happy to get the photos! However, I looked inside then I discovered that my negatives were missing. The people at the pharmacy planned to destroy my negatives in revenge!. After a long argument for 45 minutes, I was able to rescue my negatives from destruction to escape the store.

  129. bmf
  130. bmf
    bmf ·

    A Valiant Accident.

  131. bmf
    bmf ·

    Knew to Lomogrophy, believe it or not.


  132. paappraiser
    paappraiser ·

    My Daughter wasn't happy about it.


  133. bio_lenta
    bio_lenta ·

    when will I learn to be fast enough? I almost missed this rumble!


  134. bio_lenta
  135. bio_lenta
    bio_lenta ·

    why does it say i posted my comment an hour ago if it was more than 24 hours ago? ._.

  136. bio_lenta
    bio_lenta ·

    disregard my previous comment -_- now it says 1 day ago.

  137. lereile
    lereile ·

    i'm late, but here's mine, anyway! www.lomography.com.br/homes/lereile/blog/3865-happy-acciden…

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