while many contend that luck is a very large component of a good street shot, I think that luck is actually a tiny component. In the main Street Photography is all about observation, anticipation, skill, experience, timing and patience. A good street shot is made from a creative combination of all of the aforementioned attributes and no luck is involved, while a drop of ‘the eye’ helps too. Yes, of course very occasionally a ‘lucky’ snap happens.
My personal ‘lucky shot of a lifetime’ happened whilst on a trip to London with friends. A normal. typical shot of my friend at Trafalgar Sq. literally in amongst the pigeons , so to speak. I clicked and that was that. I didn’t know what I had! Olden days, manual wind on camera, no speed freak multi/automatic ‘smart’, shoot a zillion and hope for one, instant replay/live view cameras then.
Only after developing the film and looking at the contact sheet did I see something was ‘not right’ with my friend’s face, so I enlarged the shot to discover that we had been photo-bombed by an English pigeon.