October's challenge theme at Self Portrait Challenge is: SOOC (Straight Out Of (the) Camera).
NO color correction.
NO contrast boost.
NO Photoshop actions or plugins.
NO texture layers.
NO watermarks, etc.
I don't think of myself as a photographer who thinks to himself, "it's close enough; I'll fix it in post," and yet, I found myself shooting a bit differently with this challenge theme in my mind than I might normally. I tried to pay attention to white balance from the beginning. I reshot this a few times to get the framing closer to what I wanted, etc. I'm hoping that the exercise will be as revealing to other participants as it already has been for me!