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
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.
Guy swimming under water when fish photobombs him. Now it seemed like he has a fish’s head.
Barack Obama holding a ball of light in his hands. Scene makes him look like a wizard.
The crane on top of the Eiffel tower. The timing is so perfect it looked like the crane is attached to the tower.
Solider yawns during march. The timing is so perfect the yawning differentiated him from his other soldier mates.
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.
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.
Man caught on camera spear fishing. The timing is so perfect the scene was shot just as the spear tags the fish.
Air plane passing the moon. The timing is so perfect one can actually see the plane within the moon’s circumference.
Belly slap caught on camera. The shot was perfectly timed you can see the contraction of the belly upon impact.
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.
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?
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.
Plane flying above a statue. The timing is so perfect it seemed like the statue was juggling the plane.
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.
Gymnast does a flying split in the air. Ends up looking headless because of the perfect timing.
WWF wrestler choking his opponent. Perfect timing opponent raises his hand and gives the other wrestler a mustache.
Two ducks flying side by side. The shot got the perfect timing the scene seemed to show a four winged bird.
Picture of crane with moon in the background. The timing is so perfect it looked like the crane was hooking the moon.
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.
Lady bug clinging on to falling dandelion. The timing was so perfect the shot was taken in close up.
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.