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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Portuguese Man O' War
by duartix
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I was trying to capture an individual from an outbreak of this colonies of polyps and medusoids (these animal's are not a single organism) and the AF failed me miserably, even though we can still guess where he is, what I got was a nice abstract which I kept.
Submitted: Sunday, 4th October, 2009 03:52 (GMT)
Taken: Thursday, 10th September, 2009
Focal length: 150 mm
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 400
Notes: AF.
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