Happy Birthday to Me Today

by | May 21, 2020

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

In today’s history lesson: Cosmonaut Anatoly Semyonovich Levchenko was born on the exact same day as myself’ not just day and month but the same year as well. In December 1987, Levchenko occupied the third seat aboard the spacecraft Soyuz TM-4 that docked with space station Mir and returned to Earth about a week later on Soyuz TM-3. This is, I guess, my only connection to space exploration, a longtime interest of mine.

Today, as McCartney & Lennon once sang, is my birthday. It’s fitting that I was born during what used to be known as National Photo Month, although I don’t think it was celebrated back then and doesn’t seem to be celebrated much these days either. Some of you may know that I’m a car and motorsports fan and have a website and blog about cars (including a few vlogs) and where I am currently sponsoring/sponsored a National Photo Month contest.  If you have time and like cars, please stop by to read new posts there each Tuesday and Thursday.

And if you’re wondering about the camera that I’m holding at left. Thanks to Panasonic’s Mark Toal and Sigma USA’s Rick Booth, I’ll be testing and writing about full-frame mirrorless cameras, including the 45 MP Lumix S1R and 24-105mm lens that I’m holding as well as L-mount lenses from Sigma. Look for a series or reviews/posts real soon now.

Now officially straddling geezerdom and the wisdom that comes with old age, I like to use my car photography blog along with this one to share some of the photography tips, tools and techniques that have served me well over the past number of years.

By the way, that’s me at right in 1955 (or thereabouts) when I was climbing the 898 steps inside the Washington Monument in DC with a genuine vinyl camera bag slung over my shoulder. The photograph was made with my Kodak Brownie Hawkeye by my childhood friend Danny McKernan.

I’m still learning something new about photography and try to make, at least, one new picture every day, although I’ll admit it’s a challenge scheduling the latter these days. Learning something new every day is not as much of a problem because our wonderful profession and avocation of photography is constantly changing with new cameras, new lenses and new software designed, as I see it, to let us have more fun with photography.

And that’s my birthday wish for you—Have fun with your photography!


You can help me celebrate my birthday by treating me to to a cup of Earl Grey tea ($2.50.) You can click here. or…

You can learn all of my tips, tools and techniques on shooting available light glamour photography in my book surprisingly titled  Available Light Glamour Photography. New copies of the book are available from Amazon for $29.95 with used copies costing only $19.60, as I write this. The Kindle version is $16.99 for those preferring a digital format.