Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to Mr. T, Al Franken, the late Raymond Burr…and me. And also to cosmonaut Anatoli Semyonovich Levchenko who was born on the exact same day as myself, which I guess is a minor 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 in National Photo Month, although I don’t think it was celebrated back then. The above photo was made on a past birthday morning and celebrated with an obvious Peanuts theme. If you didn’t already know it, I am a Peanuts fan, especially a Snoopy collector and my most prized collected is a 50th birthday card from Charles M. Schulz (that Mary coordinated with the help of the late Mr. Schulz’s secretary.)

Now straddling geezerdom and the wisdom that comes with old age, I like share some of the useful photography business tidbits and tips that have helped me over the past thirty plus years here every day. By the way, that’s me in 1955 (or thereabouts) on the right climbing the steps of the Washington Monument in DC with my camera bag stuffed with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye (I still have it) slung over my shoulder.

But I still feel like I am learning about photography and try to learn one new thing and take one new picture a day, although I am having a little trouble with the latter. Learning something new every day is not as much of a challenge because the wonderful profession and avocation of photography is constantly changing with new cameras, new lenses, and new software that are all designed (as I see it) to have more fun with photography. And that’s my birthday wish for you—Have Fun!

Author: Joe Farace

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