A perfectly timed photo occurs when two of the following three conditions are met:

1. Perfect Place
2. Perfect Time
3. Perfect Angle

Sometimes the holy trinity of perfectness is achieved and you get an Internet classic like so many of the photographs below. There are countless galleries of these images floating around. I tried my best to compile the most representative of this concept. If you’re craving more, the following links are a good start: r/PerfectTiming on Reddit; Bored Panda; BuzzFeed, TwistedSifter etc


perfect timing

Photo of guy by the poolside. In the background, woman is falling on the pool. She doesn’t seem to notice as she’s laughing while at it.

How does this lady not know that she’s falling?


snowboarder preparing to hit the launch rooms. The perfect timing of the camera shot made it appear that he is stepping on the moon.


underwater fish photobomb animal photobombs The 50 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever

Guy swimming under water when fish photobombs him. Now it seemed like he has a fish’s head.


obama wizard perfect timing

Barack Obama holding a ball of light in his hands. Scene makes him look like a wizard.


eiffel tower crane perfect timing

The crane on top of the Eiffel tower. The timing is so perfect it looked like the crane is attached to the tower.


soldier yawning perfect timing

Solider yawns during march. The timing is so perfect the yawning differentiated him from his other soldier mates.


statue cloud perfect timing

A trumpet blowing statue shot in front of the cloud. The timing is so perfect it looked like the cloud was coming out of the trumpet.


budweiser crown ref perfect timing

Referees discussing the final decision. Budweiser crown on one of the referees head makes him appear like a king.


Hugo boss speed boat sailing. Man with black suit standing on rutter, makes it appear like his walking on the thing.


Honey bees final sting. The scene is captured with great accuracy the thread-like liquid can been sees as the bee flies.


spear fishing perfect timing

Man caught on camera spear fishing. The timing is so perfect the scene was shot just as the spear tags the fish.


airplane passing the mooon perfect timing The 50 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever

Air plane passing the moon. The timing is so perfect one can actually see the plane within the moon’s circumference.


belly slap perfect timing

Belly slap caught on camera. The shot was perfectly timed you can see the contraction of the belly upon impact.


perfect timing bike crash

Guy poses for a photoshoot on the sidewalk, oblivious of what was going on behind him. Bike crashed just as the camera shot – perfect timing.


wu tang soccer perfect timing

Two female soccer players sitting side by side along with their teammates. One player’s family name is “Wu” while the other is “Tang”. Put them together and you’ve got?


dolphin bird murmuration perfect timing


eagle perfect timing

Eagle soars from the sky while smoke from a jet stretches in the background. Perfect timing it makes the eagle look badass.



Guy does some balancing move at sunset. Perfect timing it makes the guy look like a soccer player playing with a sun ball.


statue juggling plane perfect timing

Plane flying above a statue. The timing is so perfect it seemed like the statue was juggling the plane.


forced perspective perfect timing

Woman bathes herself in the sun while another woman leaps in the background. The timing is so perfect it seemed like the sun-bathing woman hurled leaping woman into the air.


headless gymnast perfect timing

Gymnast does a flying split in the air. Ends up looking headless because of the perfect timing.


wwf wrestling mustache perfect timing

WWF wrestler choking his opponent. Perfect timing opponent raises his hand and gives the other wrestler a mustache.


four winged bird perfect timing

Two ducks flying side by side. The shot got the perfect timing the scene seemed to show a four winged bird.


moon crane perfect timing

Picture of crane with moon in the background. The timing is so perfect it looked like the crane was hooking the moon.


partial solar eclipse devil horns sun The 50 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever

Picture of partial solar eclipse in the clouds. The scene was shot at perfect timing it looks like the devil’s horns.



Lightning hits cable that connects two buildings. The timing was so perfect the shot was taken in split seconds.


ladybug dandelion perfect timing

Lady bug clinging on to falling dandelion. The timing was so perfect the shot was taken in close up.


squirrel photobomb banff The 50 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever

Squirrel photobombs photoshoot of couple. The timing is so perfect it seemed like the rodent took the picture with them.


the moon through north window arches through hole in stone henge. The timing is so perfect the scene looks like an eye of a stone giant.