Beautiful Mistakes: Serendipity

Challenge #11 in the Ways of Seeing series. Hosted by jezsik.
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Sometimes you focus your lens on one thing but end up with an image of something entirely unexpected. It may be due to an incorrect setting (e.g. mis-focused) or something happening within the frame that you couldn't anticipate (e.g. a new element entered the frame). For this challenge, describe the shot you had intended and explain how the resulting image differs. This is not about how the subject suddenly moved or changed (e.g. the subject made a funny face at you), but how something totally fortuitous occurred. Important, you MUST provide an explanation or be disqualified (see additions rules).
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This is one of my better mistakes ;) I had left my camera in aperture priority mode by mistake. The studio flash fired but the shutter stayed open for 9 seconds instead of 1/160. The only photoshop done is adding a bit of contrast.
Submitted: Saturday, 3rd October, 2009 09:26 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 26th July, 2009
Focal length: 170 mm
Shutter speed: 9 sec
Aperture: F8
ISO: 200
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