This first picture is of my friend Keri's son. This little guy is usually into everything but I was able to get him to hold still for this photo. The highlights on the right side accentuate the shadows on the left.
In this picture I used shadows to accentuate the Christmas lights. In my opinion the shadows in this picture are a little over powering and you don't see the other decorations, but I am an amateur photographer and am experimenting with my camera. By the way, my cat, Charlie, is in the picture. Can you find him?
UPDATE: I lightened the shadows on the picture above - it has a different effect doesn't it? Now you can not only see more of the Christmas decorations but you can see Charlie, the cat better. The lights on the tree aren't nearly as impressive this way though. Congrats to those of you who found Charlie before I lightened the photo.