I don't know if you've noticed, but each SO "Trilogy" site's 404 (Page Not Found Error) has its own on-topic amusing image. This site currently has the boring "PAGE NOT FOUND :(" that every beta SE site has (check it out if you don't believe me).

So, following the lead of other betas, I'm starting this question to gather ideas for amusing 404 Page Not Found images.

To clarify exactly what we're looking for, here's a quote showing what Jeff was originally looking for when he asked for ideas on the SO trilogy sites:

By on topic, I mean the 404 image on Stack Overflow should be a programmery "not found" of some kind, and the Super User one should be a power user's "not found", and so forth.

So a photography-related "problem" or inside joke for this site would be funny...

More from Jeff (my edit in [brackets]):

These images would be shown in addition to the existing 404 page text, so nothing is getting lost, we're just trying to inject a little fun into the process.

I'm having trouble coming up with anything. Any good suggestions? Post them as answers!

If your submission or suggestion is highly voted and meets the criteria outlined, it's likely to be deployed as the "official" 404 image for [this site] …

Please post the image AND quote the source so the dev team can negotiate rights if necessary.

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8 Answers 8


How about: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/156/425731394_41727f12fa_z.jpg via this answer.

It is Creative Commons licensed, and conveniently the copyright holder is apparently a user of the site...

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    \$\begingroup\$ That's my photo, and I'd be honored (and amused) if it were used on the 404 page for this site! \$\endgroup\$ Jul 19, 2010 at 22:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ Looks like a good option to me! \$\endgroup\$
    – Joanne C
    Mar 14, 2011 at 1:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks! This is now live on the 404 page. \$\endgroup\$
    – Emmett
    Nov 9, 2012 at 22:38

Cracked filter

Source: pointnshoot on Flickr

  • \$\begingroup\$ All rights reserved :/ \$\endgroup\$
    – che
    Jul 15, 2010 at 22:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ @che: Indeed. However, something similar would rock. :D I think it demonstrates the concept well. \$\endgroup\$
    – jrista
    Jul 15, 2010 at 23:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ And we could always ask...Flickr makes it easy to blanket-license photos so it's possible he would be willing to let us use it. \$\endgroup\$
    – NickAldwin
    Jul 15, 2010 at 23:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ well... it's certainly a painful image... \$\endgroup\$
    – chills42
    Jul 16, 2010 at 12:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ yes...thankfully it was just the filter that broke. phew. \$\endgroup\$
    – NickAldwin
    Jul 16, 2010 at 15:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ I like the idea but think it is not broken enough: just the filter! \$\endgroup\$
    – danio
    Jul 16, 2010 at 16:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ I was immediately reminded of this set on Flickr: flickr.com/photos/photophool/sets/72157594232543508 \$\endgroup\$
    – esm
    Jul 16, 2010 at 21:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sigh, I KNEW I should have taken a picture of my 50mm lens breaking. Of course, I'd have to think of how to do it without a DSLR, but... \$\endgroup\$ Feb 24, 2011 at 13:56

I'd need to go shoot it, but what about the back LCD of a camera with the "no Card Found" message? Or the "no images" one when you try to chimp with an empty card?

update with processed shots from quick trial shoot, a couple candidates:

back display


top display closeup


I shot it all with a solid white background so the image could just feather into the the background on the 404 page without a border any anything.

and a sneak peak behind the scenes: back stage back stage

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    \$\begingroup\$ I like the "No card found message" \$\endgroup\$
    – LC1983
    Feb 24, 2011 at 16:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ I tried to catch the "NO CF" on the top LCD but the only second camera I have is my cell phone, and I can't do what I want with that one :) I'd love to see what someone with a real second body could do. \$\endgroup\$
    – user2910
    Feb 25, 2011 at 7:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'll setup for it next weekend (8 days from now, not 2...) if no one else has by then. \$\endgroup\$
    – cabbey
    Feb 25, 2011 at 7:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @drewbenn... ugh, that proved hard, even with a second real body. the stupid thing flashes so quickly that it's only dark for about 1/3 the time... so a long exposure gets gray, an a fast exposure is a hit and miss crap shoot. :/ \$\endgroup\$
    – cabbey
    Mar 12, 2011 at 20:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ @cabbey errrr I guess I could have mentioned that :) it looks great, though! Nice touch to include the low-battery indicator. I especially like how much the end result looks like my 30D. P.S. thanks for including the setup pictures; it even looks like you have the same tripod I do under your 20D :) \$\endgroup\$
    – user2910
    Mar 13, 2011 at 0:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ Wish I could take credit for intentionally having a low battery light on. :) That was pure coincidence, but seems kinda fitting. \$\endgroup\$
    – cabbey
    Mar 13, 2011 at 3:59

Along the lines of Simon's tangle of film, I think a pile of memory cards would be a nice illustration.

Something similar to this (although I don't think we'd have rights to use it...) memory cards

SOURCE: www.ilovememorycards.com

  • \$\begingroup\$ I like this. :) I think it demonstrates the concept perfectly. \$\endgroup\$
    – jrista
    Jul 18, 2010 at 5:02

How about something like this:


I was originally thinking of an image of a massive tangled pile of exposed film, but my google-fu doesn't seem to be good enough to find anything. Perhaps someone else can find something better in the same theme. (Or someone could even shoot their own)

(Source: evolvingbeauty.com)

Slightly better one:

Pile of exposed film

(Source: IStockPhoto.com - available at high res without the watermark for a sensible price)


I'll throw out one of my own. Although I know that we're probably more focused on DSLRs than P&Ses ... This was actually one of my first DSLR shots, and I moved (and overexposed) ... And wound up liking the effect once I cleaned up the RAW a bit.

It is All Rights Reserved, but I shot it, so I'd grant permission for it to be used here. :) (And I'm authorized to do so!)

Cthulhu got a camera


Here's my submission (following on from the current theme).

I've given it an open CC licence to do with as you please.

Bust by mattburns.co.uk


Broken camera

Source is Big Stock Photo, if we're going to use it, a small fee would be required (Only a few dollars, so...)


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