I am a member of a rather large forum, and every month a photography challenge is held (it's not a photography forum). The challenges are for anyone who has a camera, and while most have lovely digital SLRs that I can only dream about, I just have a little point and shoot number. So although I often feel like a very little fish swimming next to the big guns, I enjoy the challenges because they have helped improve my photos, by making me think about what I'm doing before I do it.
This months challenge is back to basics and concerns portraits. One of the most important ingredients in a good photo is light, and this afternoon I noticed that one half of the couch is quite light, while the other half is quite dark. So I propped up my most willing model on the couch for a few photos. Now, this one is a bit dark, but I have been playing with the very limited manual controls on my camera, just to get out of the comfort zone of 'auto'. I also refuse to use the flash (we have a very hate-hate relationship). Here is my little lounger (son of Budda, apparently).
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