Playing with Mistakes / by Greg Gallinger

Tonight I decided to throw my Rokinon 14mm super wide angle on, mount my camera on a gorillapod, and shoot low angle long exposure shots of my neighbourhood.

While I was out walking around it started snowing and by the time I had looped around the blockmy lens was covered in melting snowflakes (I know, I know, I shouldn't let this happened, it's bad for the lens, blah blah blah). However when I got back and looked at this image I was actually really happy with how it turned out. I've taken may photos of this corner, none of which I have ever been terribly in love with. This one is different. The distortion in the upper right corner, the result of light refracting off the moisture on the lens, created a mysterious mood that I did not anticipate or intend, but enjoy.

Normally I would have skipped over a photo that suffers from lens flare and distortion such as this, but for some reason I took a second look. I'm glad I did.

Checkout more of tonight's photos on my flickr page.