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Theme: Surprise!

Any photo that will surprise the viewer.

This theme was suggested by Caleb.

Note: This contest will only run for ONE week.

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    @MichaelC the other photos in Tetsujin's submission are just extra "exposition" for the story being told; they're aren't contest submissions. – scottbb Jul 20 at 0:48
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    Entry removed. I forgot we're not allowed to have fun in here. – Tetsujin Jul 21 at 6:19
  • So is exposition allowed or not? – Michael C Jul 21 at 21:22
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    I definitely prefer the link, hence the "or". I do like having only one embedded image per page if for no other reason than it makes it easier to scroll down and spot the entries. – LightBender Jul 22 at 14:58
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    @LightBender I do like having only one embedded image per page if for no other reason than it makes it easier to scroll down and spot the entries. ... +1, I definitely agree with that point, or even reducing the size of Imgur image in posts (counterpoint: see: photo.meta.stackexchange.com/q/7161/11924 ) – scottbb Jul 22 at 22:59

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Before The Snap

Before The Snap

Nikon D200, f13, ISO 100, 1/100s (with strobes that dump their charge in 1/1200s)

Don't ask me how this got into my head, probably some mixture of insanity, boredom and insomnia. I was playing around with some 70/30 beam splitting glass (which only has one reflective plane), bought a dozen mouse traps and a dozen eggs and did exactly what it looks like, dropped the eggs on the traps.

This was the second best timed shot in the batch. Even though I missed the timing (off by a couple of lousy milliseconds), I've always particularly liked the pent up anticipation in this shot. This is the first time I've ever shared it, so as Bob Ross would say, enjoy this happy little accident.

In case anyone is curious, this was the image I actually selected from the shoot. It's surprisingly one of the best selling images in my gallery, so for obvious reasons I don't want to release it under CC BY-SA 4.0

15
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The Blues

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7:07pm, July 13th 2021, Los Gatos, CA

Nikon D500 with Sigma 150-600

1/1000, ISO10000, f/6

A California Scrub Jay attacked a house finch in the air, pecking it to death on the road. It really surprised me, I never thought they killed other birds.

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    Magpie's are known for this too, we had 6 magpie's in our garden mugging a baby starling a few weeks ago. – spikey_richie Jul 20 at 8:14
7
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A surprise guest!

I found this little guy living in a bag of compost at the bottom of our garden. I inadvertently awoke him from his autumnal slumber, then rushed to get the camera before he scurried away.

OM-D E10.3, 40-150mm kit lens @ f/5.6, 1/25, ISO 3200 (it was a gloomy day), -0.3 bias

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6
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Temple monkey having a watermelon lunch in the back of our ride. I think the bag of watermelon chunks was already in the back of our car (not sure why), when we pulled over the monkey jumped in and started eating.

The picture was taken in Kosamphi Forest Park, Maha Sarakham, Thailand on April 8th, 2021. The photo was taken with my Sony RX10M3 at f/3.2, shutter time 1/320s at 13.7mm and ISO100. I increased the exposure compensation a bit in post so the monkey is properly exposed.

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6
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"Raptor", 2021-03-10 at our patio in Germany, DSC-R1, ISO160, 1/160s at 71.5mm/4.8

Hen devouring a mouse

The cat was not amused.

6
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An expired parrot?

Two parrots seem to be playing with a demised (or stunned) parrot, beautiful plumage though.

The picture was taken in Safari World, Bangkok, Thailand on April 13th, 2021. The photo was taken with my Sony RX10M3 at f/4, shutter time 1/160s at 139.53mm and ISO250.

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5
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Shrek's House

Hut in the woods constructed out of sticks with a sign designating it "Shrek's House" and a photograph of Shrek emerging from an outhouse

2020-05-03 in Montreal, QC

When walking through the local woods, the last thing you expect to find is the home of an ogre. I skidaddled before Shrek could find me trespassing on his "swamp"

4
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Pavement Jewels

Rain drops on pavement lit by street light (taken from 3rd floor window) - Bengaluru, India

Pixel 4a; f/1.7, 1/100,4.38 mm, ISO 409 (compressed to fit 2Mb size constraint)

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4
votes

ATTACK!

Monkey attacking

Mauritius, April 2017

iPhone 7 Plus

3
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Who photographs the photographer?

My daughter surprised me by springing my PEN-5 on me, whilst I was trying to take a picture of her with my OM-D E10.3

40-150 kit lens at 40mm, f/4, 1/100 ISO 320 with a -0.3 bias

No post.

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3
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Pikathor

Camera: Canon EOS 700D

ƒ/2.2 - 1/160 - 50mm - ISO800

pikathor

3
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Bearded Lady with Dark Hair & White Beard

bearded lady

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 24mm. ISO 3200, f/4, 1/100.

Carnegie Carnival Parade in Decatur, AL on February 25, 2017.

3
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Up Pops the Clown

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A clown jack-in-the-box, LED eyes ablaze, pops up during a stroll through the haunted house at Nightmare on Moulton Street on October 26, 2019 in Decatur, Al.

Canon EOs 5D Mark IV + EF 50mm f/1.4. ISO 6400, f/2.2, 1/40.

For context of the size of the clown, here is another frame taken with a 35mm lens and a bounced flash an hour and one half later with a live clown attending to the mechanical jack-in-the-box (clown-in-a-box?). The sign on the floor had already been moved as part of closing down for the evening.

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Wolf Brothers

enter image description here Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania - November 12, 2019

Sony a7ii - 75mm, f/3.2, 1/400s, ISO200 - Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8

These are two brothers, Lucas and Lincoln they were born in this sanctuary but are very much still wild wolves - no brotherly love here. Lucas, with some weeks left to live due to the large tumor on his hind leg, is seen enjoying some raw meat (roadkill) while his brother looks over his shoulder. He snaps at his [healthy] brother, telling him to back off.

Side note: There is a second picture to this set.. taken moments before this one. In fear of violating the rules, I have not attached it.

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TANSTAAFL

When free lunches are handed out, beware of the catch. In this case it's something many humans get annoyed by too: watermelon seeds. In this picture, the monkey tries to remove some of the seeds.

The picture was also taken in Kosamphi Forest Park, Maha Sarakham, Thailand on April 8th, just a few moments after the photo in my previous submission. The photo was taken with my Sony RX10M3 at f/3.5, shutter time 1/80s at 26.42mm and ISO100 (and cropped quite a bit).

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1
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Plastic every where

Camera: SONY ILCE-7RM3

ƒ/5 - 1/160 - 70mm - ISO100

baby monkey eating plastic

1
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Peek-a-boo

Peekaboo

Samsung Galaxy A56 f/1.9 3.70 mm ISO125

1
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Lucky Shot

lucky shot

Camera: Samsung J3(phone)

Date: 7/4/2020

Firework burst right behind street lamp.

1
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Halloween Surprise

Halloween Surprise

Band 'Winston Ramble' plays The Brick Deli & Tavern in Decatur, Alabama the Saturday Night before Halloween on 28 October, 2017. The photographer is shooting from the sidewalk outside the large plate glass window and is reflected in the lower right corner.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF 50mm f/1.4. ISO 5000, f/2.2, 1/100.

Uncropped before reducing from 5760x3840 to 2400x1600 to meet the Photo SE size requirement

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