Happy Birthday to Me

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Happy Birthday also to cosmonaut Anatoli Semyonovich Levchenko who was born on the exact same day as myself, which I guess is my only connection to space exploration, a longtime interest.

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.

The photo above was made by Mary Farace using a Nikon Z 6 and Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S kit lens that she and I are testing for this blog. Program mode exposure was 1/320 sec at f/9 and ISO 400.

Some of you know that I’m a automotive fan and even have a website and blog about cars (including a few vlogs) and where I am sponsoring a National Photo Month contest for car photographs. If you have time and like cars, please stop by to read new posts each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Now straddling geezerdom and the wisdom that comes with old age, I like to use that blog and 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 sometime thereabouts) when I was climbing the 898 steps of the Washington Monument in DC with my genuine vinyl camera bag slung over my shoulder. It was made with my Kodak Brownie Hawkeye by my friend Danny McKernan using that very same camera.

I’m still learning something new about photography and try to make, at least, one new picture a 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!

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



by purchasing and reading one of my books. You can see a list here or pick upPosing for Portrait and Glamour Photographyfrom Amazon. If you’re looking for a bargain for yourself or give as a gift, my out-of-print Creative Digital Monochrome Effects  is available from Amazon with used copies selling for less than nine bucks as I write this.