I agonized for hours trying to decide which image post here. Something similar to Dave? Something more in my style? Green beans? Kids playing around?

I initially prepared an image from the following series.

I settled for a bird. Yes, a simple Seagull. When you read how it was shot, you'll see why I picked it.

If it was to have a title, it would be: Luck favors those that are prepared.

I was taking a walk around Museum Campus in Chicago (between the Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium) when I noticed Jonathan L. flying towards me.

He looked like the kind of bird that wanted to fly low -- really low. As he approached, I just raised my camera from my hip, aimed in the general direction of Jonathan and fired. I guess I was lucky. Or like I want to think, I was ready.

Shot at 45mm equivalent, you can tell that he was very, very close.

JR @ [ p i x e l @ d a y ]

camera
capture date
aperture
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
Flash
ISO
lens
focal length
image quality
white balance
cropped?
Canon 1D Mark II
19:12:56 on 19/07/04
f/6.7
1/180sec
M (for modest)
+0.0
Pattern
550 EX on E-TTL II
200
17-40mm f/4L
36.0mm (45mm equivalent)
RAW converted with C1DSLR Pro
Daylight
very minor
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