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 passion of mine.

Today, as McCartney & Lennon once sang, is my birthday. It’s fitting that I was born during National Photo Month, although I don’t think it was celebrated back then.

The photo at left was made by Mary at last year’s birthday and was celebrated with an combined superhero/Peanuts theme. Some of you know I’m a Peanuts fan and a Snoopy collector with the star of my collection being a birthday card I received from Charles M. Schulz many years ago that Mary coordinated with the kind help of Mr. Schulz’s secretary.

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

By the way, that’s me at right in 1955 (or thereabouts) climbing the 898 steps of the Washington Monument in DC with my genuine vinyl camera bag stuffed with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye (I still have it) slung over my shoulder. Photo was made by my friend Dan McKernan.

I’m still learning something new about photography and try to make, at least, one new picture a day, although I’ll admit to having a little trouble scheduling the latter. Learning something new every day is not as much of a challenge 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 book




Help celebrate my birthday 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 four bucks as I write this.