As you can probably imagine this was one of those shots that came together in an instant, and I almost missed it. The shot I thought I was after is this one:

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I.e. I was waiting for both aeroplanes to reach the edge of the frame. Just after I'd taken that one though I noticed the seagull enter the frame from the right. I took a couple of shots as it approached this structure, and a couple after it flew past, but this was my definite favourite.

If you're interested, the original is here:

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What I especially like about this one, other than the seagull, is the way the lens flare interacts with the structure; i.e. it almost looks like clouds until you realise that it passes in front of the structure.

And finally: this was converted to black and white using the Channel Mixer (as described in my Black and White tutorial) then toned using a Curve (covered in my Toning Colour Images tutorial).

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11.21am on 19/3/08
Canon 1Ds Mark II
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