Some people study for their entire lives with the explicit goal of trying to take a great photo. What starts as a hobby can turn into years of art school, apprenticeships, and exhibitions, all with the intention of finally getting that perfectly-timed shot that no one will be able to forget.
However, no matter how hard you study or how skilled with the camera you are, there's no denying that sometimes, the perfect shot is less about skill and more about serious, hardcore luck — those moments when the photographer presses the shutter button at the exact right time, and the resulting image feels almost too good to be true.
Below, we have two dozen images that all fit that description. Taken at just the right moment at just the right angle, there's just no way you could plan these if you wanted to. #20 is a true thing of beauty.
#1. He told his friends he was a god — they didn't believe him, but then he pulled a true Jesus.
#2. Cats aren't the type to admit that they're fangirls, but this photo demonstrates otherwise.
#3. This is what happens when you get just a bit too excited to jump in the pool.
#4. We know all about apple bottoms, but fingerling potato bottoms are the real winners.
#5. The actual definition of art imitating life.