Well, it was Rhowan's birthday today, and she's one of the most photogenic children on the planet, but I failed to shoot anything even halfway decent to mark the occasion. Maybe it just wasn't meant to be today, or maybe she was just zipping about even faster than usual, but all I ended up with was a load of shots of her pulling silly faces, and when she did manage to look vaguely human they were mostly blurred. Oh well, it's Camilla's birthday on Tuesday so they're having a joint party tomorrow – perhaps I'll manage something a little more celebratory then.

As for this shot: it started out as an attempt to capture this scene, but just as I was about to press the shutter this lady and her son walked past so I decided to include them in the shot. I'm not entirely sure it's a great success, but I do like his expression and was quite pleased that I managed to frame them as they wandered past.

Update: I've reprocessed this one as the original, as matt pointed out, was a bit 'blah'. The original, if you're interested, is here:


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12.27pm on 18/8/05
Canon 20D
EF 70-200 f/4L USM
70mm (112mm equiv.)
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C1 Pro
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