It's a Beautiful Day

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© Joe Graziano
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Photo Info
UploadedSeptember 5, 2007
TakenAugust 29, 2007
Exposure1/5 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length10 mm
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Self portrait. It's not as manipulated as it looks. Mostly a lot of dodge & burn. The background is my garage...this is what it looks like when you're spinning in an office chair because you're too lazy to get off your ass and find a proper background. This photo is probably the result of growing up during the Cold War, an overactive imagination, and too many post apocalyptic movies...Road Warrior was always one of my favorites.

38 responses

  • Eric G

    Eric G said (20 Sep 2007):

    Beautiful background, and inventive technique. When I saw the theme, I immediately though goggles. Well done.

  • Joe Graziano

    Joe Graziano said (28 Sep 2007):

    Thanks :) I would have responded sooner, but I didn't even know I had a comment here.

  • Tonio Lombardi

    Tonio Lombardi said (1 Nov 2007):

    amazing! i love the background idea :)

  • Joe Graziano

    Joe Graziano said (11 Nov 2007):

    Thanks :) The background was inspired by the fact that I get off work at 3am and really have nowhere to go at that time of night to do this.

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (17 Nov 2007):

    Cool image!

  • Mark Vancleave

    Mark Vancleave (Deleted) gave props (26 Jan 2008):


  • Mandolin Davis

    Mandolin Davis gave props (27 Mar 2008):

    this is fascinating!

  • Donna Tine

    Donna Tine said (7 Apr 2008):

    great idea for an image, and they say necessity is the spark of invention (or something like that!) - this background is 100x better than anything else you could have put yourself in front of. Great execution - I'm thoroughly impressed and jealous as I never would have thought to do something like this!

  • Joe Graziano

    Joe Graziano said (9 Apr 2008):

    Ha! Thanks :) This is still one of my favorite self portraits....I hate self portraits, which is why I'm almost always wearing a mask in them.

  • Debra Livingston

    Debra Livingston said (29 Jun 2008):

    scary though..

  • Hannah Hess

    Hannah Hess gave props (17 Aug 2008):

    This is just plain awesome. No words could describe its awesomeness properly.

  • s trott

    s trott gave props (20 Nov 2008):

    i am freaked out and i love it!

  • Paul Nickerson

    Paul Nickerson said (18 Apr 2009):

    awsome. i have almost the same pic, i did mine in bw, amazing what backgrounds you can get with spinning around.

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    very clever

  • Joe Schaf

    Joe Schaf   gave props (5 Jun 2009):

    Fantastic Shot Joe! Gets My "Yeah!" Vote!

  • Romain Chassagne

    Romain Chassagne said (5 Jun 2009):

    nice shot, my vote

  • Gabriel Bonino

    Gabriel Bonino (Deleted) said (5 Jun 2009):

    Wow... I'm in love with this picture, EXCELLENT

  • Gabriel Bonino

    Gabriel Bonino (Deleted) said (5 Jun 2009):

    ... a mask like the Slipknot's DJ

  • Frederic Charpentier

    Frederic Charpentier gave props (6 Jun 2009):

    Wow. Well done. Impressif shot !!! Got my vote too !

  • Reggie Mateo

    Reggie Mateo said (10 Jun 2009):

    Got my vote!

  • sebastien querec

    sebastien querec (Deleted) said (12 Jun 2009):

    you got my vote . A post nuclear future vision.

  • Jordan Whyte

    Jordan Whyte gave props (13 Jun 2009):

    This is amazing work... scary as hell and yet makes us all think of the type of world we wish to live in. Excellent work.

  • Jay Getsinger

    Jay Getsinger gave props (24 Jun 2009):

    Cool shot!

  • Gary Rittermeyer

    Gary Rittermeyer (Deleted) gave props (25 Jun 2009):

    cool shot

  • Leonardo Regnier

    Leonardo Regnier gave props (26 Jun 2009):

    Great picture and title, voted!!

  • Sandy Tyler

    Sandy Tyler (Deleted) gave props (26 Jun 2009):

    Wonderfully creative image!!

  • Kimm

    Kimm (Deleted) gave props (28 Jun 2009):

    awesome! voted

  • Gilda Seisanu

    Gilda Seisanu gave props (6 Jul 2009):

    AWESOME, with capitals ! V+

  • Mirko Bianco

    Mirko Bianco said (11 Aug 2009):

    great picture... at first sight it reminded me of some tom waits' shot seen somewhere...

    I'm still laughting thinkin' of how you found the background... I'm a lazy italian and this would be a smart way to keep my ass on the chair!

    Well done!

  • Giles

    Giles said (31 Aug 2009):


  • Joe Graziano

    Joe Graziano said (3 Sep 2009):

    Thank you everyone for the comments, the favorites, and the votes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping this one gets in the magazine. This photo has probably got more attention than anything else I've posted publicly. I hope they do more themes like World of Tomorrow. This was by far my favorite theme on JPG. I kind of hate to see it close.


    Joe G :)

  • Sophia Germer

    Sophia Germer (Deleted) gave props (8 Sep 2009):

    gas masks are always fun to shoot! Love this one! Out of the ordinary!

  • Julien Maury

    Julien Maury gave props (9 Sep 2009):

    really good.!!

  • Delores Harshaw

    Delores Harshaw (Deleted) gave props (9 Sep 2009):

    this is so fantastic. def got my vote!

  • Kevin Kreighbaum

    Kevin Kreighbaum gave props (9 Sep 2009):

    H1N1, SARS, etc. Hopefully not the world of tomorrow, but it feels like it.

  • Joe Graziano

    Joe Graziano said (9 Sep 2009):

    HA! Yeah. Funny how it's changed from wondering when the bombs would fall to hoping you don't catch some horrific strain of the flu from the guy next to you on the bus.

  • Antonio Ruiz

    Antonio Ruiz (Deleted) gave props (1 Aug 2010):


  • rory adityawan

    rory adityawan gave props (10 Aug 2010):

    Beutifull Day..!!!! touch me.. take me to the other place...

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