Nothing tests an SLR's automatic exposure and focus better than a self-portrait. You can't see what you're getting until you look at the results on the teeny screen behind the camera, and even then, you don't truly know what you've got till it's on your computer. That's why I'm so pleased with this image--not only does it have near-perfect composition, it's also exposed and focused perfectly. Beyond that, I love the expressions on everyone's faces. Often, when there's a person behind the camera, people give you an odd, stilted expression that is presumably their interpretation of what they ought to look like in a picture. When it's just a camera, people sometimes give you a truer, more natural smile. (I find this to be true when a child is holding the camera, too.) This picture happens to be of Daniel and a friend of his with me at the "Parent and Me" weekend at Drift Creek Camp.
Self-portraits are kind of a common theme in my photography. A quick count shows more than a hundred in my photostream, and counting... Here's one of my favorites.