Giving my DSLR a break—I took this one with a dinky Canon PowerShot that I found at the bottom of a cereal box or something.
I also set up this shot a little differently. Typically you don’t want your light source behind the subject (e.g. back to a window.) Either the background comes out too bright or the subject comes out too dark, and either way detail is lost.* But sometimes the effect is desirable. If you want a silhouette photo, you take a short exposure and sacrifice the subject’s details entirely. If you want something like this shot, you do the opposite: take a long exposure (here, 1/15—I had to turn on my camera’s Vibration Reduction and steady it against my desk) and sacrifice the background. I actually like how this one came out. The bloom, the reflection on my UV filter, the hint of rain texture on the part of the window that’s not washed out. Makes me feel like wearing a beret and sipping a triple espresso while quoting Kierkegaard.
* Of course you can use a fill flash, which is a topic for another post!