Saturday, 12 July 2014

A Portrait of Nicholas. Personal Photo Challenge, July.

When I visited one of my very favourite blogs earlier today - Mary's "A Breath of Fresh Air" I was blown away once again by her amazing photography.
In this case a set of three portraits which she had linked to the monthly challenge hosted by Donna @  "A Personal Photo Challenge".
On clicking through to Donna's blog I noticed several other bloggers whose blog's I follow had also linked to the challenge and I was inspired to join in with this portrait of my youngest nephew, Nicholas, which I took during a visit to Normandy in August 2011.

I'm not a very accomplished photographer.
I use a Panasonic DMC-ZS3 which was handed down to me by my husband and I have it set to IA mode (Intelligent Auto) ready for me to simply point and shoot.
To crop, enhance, resize and generally modify my photographs for blogging and scrap booking I always use Ashampoo Photo Commander 11, and Picasa and Photoscape for collages and mosaics.


  1. You really can't go wrong when you have such a cute boy as your subject.

  2. Hi dear Maggie - was so please you stopped by this morning, and then decided to join in the 'challenge'. Hope you come back each month - Donna is smashing and gives us a lot of tips plus directs us to great photographic articles, really helpful.

    Nicolas is a cute boy and I love the pose you caught. No matter your camera equipment, anything we are able to catch in the lens can become special. I'm finding my small point and shoot (the only one I took along for the recent Baltic cruise) works really well for me - light and small to carry, no fiddling about changing to big lenses etc., and, if you've looked at the St. Petersburg pics I took, I think they are fine.

    Hope life is good - your new blog format looks really nice, love the pics in the header.

    Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you blogging often!
    Hugs - Mary

  3. You caught him, didn't you?! Relaxed, open, friendly...delightful!

  4. Maggie, this is a great shot! Nicolas is adorable, and I suspect this pose captures his personality.
    Glad to see you back on the blog. I've missed you! Love the new header.

  5. Aw! He's a cutie pie! I really should learn more about my camera.

  6. Lovely to see you at Donna's photo challenge Maggie!
    Nicholas is sweet and appears quite nonchalant about being the focus of your lens!!!

    I spoke to my daughter in France a day or so ago and she is tearing her hair out with the rainy days during school holidays - cabin fever is setting in!!!

  7. Awww, what a little Doll! You did Good!

  8. How cute he son is named Nicholas....and he cute too.(just Excellent shot and isn't it amazing what photo programs can do??? Thanks for sharing!

  9. Jeito Mineiro de Ser13 July 2014 at 08:53

    Nicolas é muito expressivo , você fez uma bela foto! Parabéns!
    Donna nos ensina muito, você vai gostar daqui!
    Um abraço!
    Nicolas is very expressive, you did a beautiful photo! Congratulations!
    Donna teaches us a lot, you'll like it here!

  10. Welcome to the Photo Challenge! This is a great portrait of your nephew. He looks so at ease - always a goal when taking portraits. Good job!

  11. Welcome to the Personal Photo Challenge Maggie and what a great entry to start off with. Thanks also for becoming a follower on my photography blog it is appreciated.

  12. I'm so glad you joined in, Maggie. This is a wonderful shot that captures your nephew relaxed and happy. The pose is so natural.

    Your new blog header is lovely, too.

  13. What a cute young man with a dazzling smile! I like his pose and you can tell that he is relaxed about having his portrait taken. Wonderful job!

    Thank you for joining in on the photo challenge this month, and I hope you will consider it every month! It doesn't matter whether you are an experienced or inexperienced photographer or what type of camera you use. The challenges are as easy or as difficult as you want to make them! The participants are so warm and supporting. And you can't help but learn some tips and tricks along the way!


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