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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I was trying for a picture of the two people gazing skyward at the comet. In the middle of my time exposure, another photographer was to fire a flash from the side to backlight my subjects, but unfortunately the light caught my lens directly and caused this strange and beautiful lens flare.
Submitted: Sunday, 4th October, 2009 23:40 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 4th October, 2009
Focal length: 50 mm
Shutter speed: 20 sec
Aperture: F4
ISO: 800
Notes: Exposure info is only an estimate
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