This isn’t photoshop. These perfectly timed photos are the result of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
Sometimes the best things happen when we least expect them to. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the well-timed photos online that capture the perfect moment.
From accidental optical illusions, to just straight-up hilarious moments of happenstance, perfectly timed photos dominate the internet.
Here’s just a small collection of the best perfectly timed pictures – pictures taken at the right moment that are guaranteed to make you look twice.
Have you ever experienced an amazing moment of photo luck?
1. Peek-A-Boo: Framing the Subject Perfectly
Sometimes the water parts and you get a split second opportunity for a perfect picture. There’s no way you could ever replicate an effect like this.
2. Ride On: Looking Closer Just Makes It Funnier
This is a true masterclass in composition. A perfectly-timed photo that just gets funnier the more you look at it. The best illusions are the unintentional ones.
3. Page-Turner: Sleeping Through Life’s Funniest Moments
Why wear an eye mask when you can just cover yourself with a magazine? This hilarious well-timed photo is all the funnier knowing that the subject is totally unaware of what’s going on.
4. Fly, Puppy, Fly!: Lifting Off With the Power of Good Timing
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nah, it’s just a really well-timed moment between a dog and a seagull. Thanks to some perfectly-timed photography skills, we caught a glimpse of an adorable hybrid creature.
5. Mine!: Guarding Your Food At the Beach Is A Must
Picture this: You’re enjoying a beautiful day out at the beach, snapping a quick ‘gram of your delicious ice cream cone, when suddenly a greedy gull comes out of nowhere. Sure, your ice cream is ruined, but you’ve got yourself one of the best pictures of all time.
6. Parents of the Year: Capturing Treasured Family Moments
Nobody’s perfect, and that’s true of parents too. Luckily, most of us don’t have photographic evidence of our awkward parenting moments. This perfectly timed photo is one that they won’t live down any time soon.
7. Food Escape: Bagging Your Groceries Twice Can Help
Some of the best and most perfectly timed pictures capture a moment when everything goes wrong. Like the panic you feel when your bag of groceries suddenly splits, sending your food cascading down the stairs.
8. Heads Up: Photographing Our Most Painful Moments
Life comes at you fast. As fast as a basketball to the face. If you’re lucky, someone will snap a picture at the exact right moment so you can remember the pain, embarrassment, and humor of the moment.
9. Wild Wedding: Falling For the New Couple
Weddings are always memorable affairs, but some come with crazier stories than others. You’ll never forget the guy who fell from the clouds on your wedding day, and if you are lucky somebody will have captured the moment at the perfect time. Wedding photos don’t get funnier than this.
10. Don’t Feed the Animals: Snacking On Visitors At the Aquarium
Certain animals don’t look scary until you see them trying to wrap their jaws around the head of a toddler. This perfectly-timed photo proves that any animal can be scary under the right circumstances.
11. Bee-zilla: Buzzing Across the Countryside
Perspective is a hell of a thing. It can transform an everyday honeybee into an enormous monster, ready to attack the nearest town. When this photogenic bee flew into shot, the photographer was able to capture a perfectly-timed photo with a hilarious optical illusion.
12. A Real Mouthful: Grabbing A Quick Bite To Eat
It’s not everyday you see a bird jump out of the water, stuffing itself with an enormous fish. This amazing moment shows the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it excitement of the natural world, in all its crazy glory.
13. Where Babies Come From: Dropping Deliveries From the Stork
Maybe your parents weren’t lying when they said babies were brought to families by a stork. It’s maybe not the most efficient way to reproduce, but the baby certainly seems happy.
14. Penguin Has Stopped Responding: Glitching Graphics In Real Life
If you’ve ever wondered if we live in a simulation, this perfectly timed shot would suggest that we do. Just look at that glitching penguin. Maybe there’s a tech support number we can call…
15. Cat Food: Eating Pets Isn’t Recommended
Every so often, real life and TV align perfectly. Like when this photographer captured the moment when a character onscreen started eating the pet cat. Thankfully, the cat was not harmed.
16. Pay Attention: Photographing the Moment Before It All Went Wrong
Some pictures show a moment before all hell breaks loose. Too bad you can’t warn the guy in this perfectly timed picture of what’s about to happen. What a waste of wine.
17. Tiny Cap: Sharing Your Accessories With Strangers
Forget to wear a hat? Don’t worry, just stand in front of someone with a cap and bam! You’ve got your own, teeny, tiny cap. The magic of photography!
18. So Majestic: Posing For the Camera
Cats make fantastic photographic subjects. This cat, in particular, looks like it’s auditioning for a role in the musical, Cats. Great dance moves, little guy.
19. Bride of the Owl: Flying Perfectly Into Frame
This isn’t the tale of the forbidden love between a woman and an owl-man. This is just a perfectly-timed picture of an owl photobombing a lovely wedding. Go home, owl, this isn’t your big day.
20. Eagle-Eyed: Becoming A Bird of Prey
This is one of the most majestic and well-timed photos you’re ever likely to see. The colors, the composition, and timing all make for an incredible image that you won’t forget in a hurry.