I have a theory that there are two very different ways to come home with a great photo, meticulous preparation, and the ability to capitalise on serendipity. Meticulous preparation speaks for itself, you plan what it is you are going to shoot, how you are going to shoot it, and you do as much research as possible up-front so you know where to be when and with what gear. The second type of great shot comes from a completely different skill, awareness. I seldom go out with my camera without a plan, and I usually come home with the shots I’d planned, but, I don’t limit myself to the plan, I’m constantly on the lookout for unexpected shots. Serendipity can provide for some superb shots, if you just remember to stay alert for the call of opportunity.

In many way’s I’m proud of the fact that most of the shots that make it to this series were in some way planned. But, that doesn’t stop me loving it when I get a totally expected shot because I happened to be in the right place at the right time with the right gear, and aware enough of my surroundings to realise that fact. That’s exactly what happened when I shot this week’s instalment.

Into an Uncertain Sky
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  • Camera: Nikon D40
  • Lens: Nikon DX AFS 55-200mm
  • Exposure: 1/200 sec
  • Focal Length: 200mm
  • Focal Ratio: f/5.6
  • ISO: 200
  • Camera Mode: Aperture Priority
  • Exposure Bias: -0.7EV
  • Processing: Used the Dodge & Burn plugin in Aperture to lighten the bird a little to help it stand out from the background.