Photo #15: Two beautiful birds

I took another one of those little breaks last week to visit the family in Durban. It was also nice to actually be around for Mother’s Day after many, many years.

While taking some shots of my niece [brother’s teenage daughter] and her new pet bird, I accidentally managed to capture this one below. There’s probably more than a few things WRONG with this photograph, but I’m quite chuffed with it, and you’ll see why.

First, I was using a speedlight [flash] for the shots indoors, and for some reason it did not go off when I captured this one – probably wasn’t charged up right. But I did manage to hold the camera relatively steady for all of three seconds while the shutter was open. I had also forgotten to change the white balance from my last photo shoot, and it was still set to CLOUDY.

But off course I’m really chuffed at what a beautiful bubbly little bird my niece is.

Shooting Data:

Camera: Nikon D40

Lens: Nikon VR 55-200mm F/4-5.6 G

Focal Length: 66mm

Exposure: 3 sec – F/4.5

White Balance: Cloudy