Canadian photographer Nick Wons took to the street to test the low-light performance of his new Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL VR lens. While wandering Queen Street in Toronto, he noticed a man walking away and thought it’d be best to take a snap. He wasn't prepared for what he captured.
Wons explains, “I was just taking a shot of the guy walking, I didn’t think much of it… I wanted to test the lens out (you know how it is with new toys.” Below is the photo Wons captured:
Timing really is everything. He posted the hilariously captured photo to his local photography groups until he was encouraged by a colleague to share to Reddit. He went on to posting the image on the discussion site and titled the image, “Just shot my first street photography photo where somebody randomly walked into frame projectile vomiting.” Shortly, the photo went to Reddit’s front page and went viral. His post now has over 1.5 million views and 147,000 upvotes, making it one of the most popular photos of the year in that subreddit. Considering over 20 million photographers are subscribed to that subreddit, I'd call that a pretty big achievement. "It's pretty wild," says Wons on the response to the photo. "I've had some hobby photos get a bunch of features and attention, but nothing like this."
Wons continues: "I went to bed and woke up to 131k Karma, texts from friends, and a flooded inbox on all my social media with requests from around the world to buy prints of the shot.”
People actually want to purchase prints of a random man projectile vomiting. Insane. Wons concludes, “This photo just goes to show why I always walk around with my camera out and at the ready, because you never know what’s going to happen next.”
Lead image courtesy of Nick Wons.