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Joe Farace May 01, 2007 1 comments

"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic."

While my quote of the month is from "anonymous," the subhead was a statement made by Ralph Waldo Emerson, who I think is of "Where's Waldo?" fame. In recent months, this column has featured some professional photographers who...

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Joe Farace Apr 01, 2007 0 comments

"If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?"

In another photo magazine's blog, the writer notes the passing of J. Frederick Smith at 88 and says, "I had heard his name but wasn't really aware of his work until recently." At first I was surprised by this sentence since it appeared in what was...

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Joe Farace Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.--Okakura Kakuzo

These days my influences are not other still photographers, but movie directors, especially Asian filmmakers who, unbridled by Hollywood's fiscal realties, feel free to create imagery that defies reality. Akira Kurosawa's 1990 film Dreams (a.k.a. Yume) is a collection of...

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Joe Farace Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."--Bob Dylan

Each month I surf the web, peruse reader e-mails, and read notes from photographers who want to see their sites in this department. You may be surprised to learn that a large percentage of people I ask to appear in Web Profiles don't respond or decline. Some...

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Joe Farace Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

"My mother loved children--she would have given anything if I had been one."--Groucho Marx

As hard as it may be for some of the young people in my neighborhood to believe, I was once a child myself. I have three grandchildren and a daughter and once upon a time wrote a story about her for ComputerUSER magazine. The story was optioned by an independent...

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Joe Farace Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

"Fun for all that children call their favorite time of the year."--Bill Melendez

During the holidays many people dust off their cameras and take lots of pictures. Besides cute kids opening their presents many shutterbugs' favorite photo subject is a house decorated with seasonal lights. If you've ever wondered how this custom was started, this...

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Joe Farace Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

"We are advertis'd by our loving friends."-- William Shakespeare

Contrary to popular opinion, friends who meet on the Internet do get together in person to share their love of photography. Members of SmugMug's (www.smugmug.com) online photo sharing service get together for an annual shootout and...

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Joe Farace Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

"Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement."--Snoopy (Charles M. Schulz)

On October 2, 1950, the first Peanuts comic strip appeared and introduced the world to "Good Ole Charlie Brown." Snoopy didn't appear until a few days later on October...

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Joe Farace Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

"You will not be able to plug in, turn on, and cop out."
--Gil Scott-Heron

Is the raw file format the solution or the problem? According to OpenRAW (www.openraw.org), "closed, proprietary, raw file formats present many immediate and future challenges for photographers." Some of their reasons...

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Joe Farace Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

"I can't believe your song is gone so soon."
--Paul Simon

Many readers e-mailed about my participation in Great Race 2006 (www.greatrace.com), asking if the event was going to pass through their town, but our 1953 Packard Clipper was withdrawn from the event. Without sponsorship, the event became...

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Joe Farace Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

"I'm going to memorize your name and throw my head away."
--Oscar Levant

I've always been a big fan of a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) that's descriptive of what or whom a website is about. That's why my latest homepage is called JoeFaraceTravels.com. Clive Talbutt (

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Joe Farace May 01, 2006 7 comments

Photographing a cake can be art.
--Irving Penn

Although I am probably better known for eating cakes than photographing them, my late brother Michael Farace not only photographed cakes that were delicious examples of edible art, he baked them as well. You can see some of these delightful examples of sugar art in his book Cakes by Design, co-authored with...

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Joe Farace Apr 01, 2006 0 comments

"The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf."
--Will Rogers

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki) is a popular, online, free encyclopedia whose authors are anonymous. John Seigenthaler Sr. was Robert Kennedy's administrative assistant during the early 1960s.

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Joe Farace Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

"You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda." --1962 TV commercial

By December, 1962, American Honda was selling more than 40,000 motorcycles a year and its number of dealers exceeded that of any competitor. When a US advertising agency proposed a campaign slogan called, "You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda," it became a sensation and people...

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Joe Farace Feb 01, 2006 0 comments

"The mystery isn't in the technique, it's in each of us."
--Harry Callahan

How much does color add to--or take away from--a photograph? Rarely do you get a chance to see a body of work that's identical in color and monochrome but Jorge Tutor (www.jorgetutor.com)...