I don't know what it is about Rhowan, but in many of her photographs she gives the distinct impression that she's considerably wiser than her years would suggest. This shot is no exception.
On a more technical note: I promised I'd keep you posted as to how I was getting on with my new lens, the 70-200 f/2.8 IS. Well, this was handheld at 1/50th, and I'm pretty sure it would have been almost impossible without the IS. I did take quite a few other shots at this shutter speed/focal length today and a good proportion were as sharp as this one. Some were softer, but in a number of those cases I think it was the kids jumping about rather than any deficit with the IS, so thusfar, I'm impressed and would hope that my hit rate with portraits of the kids improves a little.
Oh, and can someone explain to me why, when I said yesterday, that Libby and I had disagreed about the merit of yesterday's shot, that all of you assumed that I liked it and Libby didn't? On this occassion I wasn't happy with it (for many of the reasons you mentioned), but Libby quite liked it. Anyway, I'm normally wrong when Libby and I disagree, at least you normally think so, so it's nice to have been right for once ;-)
2.26pm on 16/9/06|
EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM
200mm (320mm equiv.)
580EX (-1/3 FEC)