Thanks for the advice. I will remember that if I decide to try a real portrait. I'm really just getting the feel of the tripod and learning how to adjust it. Last night I took some twilight pics of my local ski hill after hiking up and down. I set up in the parking lot and got some pics looking up one of the liftlines. Nothing outstanding enough from that session to post here.
Hey, I'm surprised not one person offered any compliment on my girlfriend!