You might think that it’s easy to see a plastic water bottle from twenty paces. Every professional on the set of Downton Abbey a few years ago appears to be completely blind.

The irony of this click-bait story is that every news writer has and will continue to make mistakes that seem obvious to everyone else.

My track record of allowing unwanted distractions to sneak into my photographs is probably about average. That means I’ve missed “the obvious” too many times to count.

The other side of that coin pertains to the occasional “happy accident” of something nice appearing in the frame.

This session in Alameda, California went according to plan. As my subject and I parted, I felt that nothing could have made the experience any better.

Only later did I discover a purple bloom had made its way into the portrait. I would have thought that an eye-catcher like that would have shown itself.

Surprises like that one never get old.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.