It’s My Party……………………… And I’ll Photoshop If I Want To
Today’s my birthday.
The day I have to change my “About” page. Since I started my blog in July, it has read “I’m sixty” – but today it says “I’m sixty-one.”
I guess I need to change my blog photo too.
I’ve been proud of that photo. I took it exactly one year ago. I thought I looked pretty good for sixty. And I bragged that it wasn’t Photoshopped. Although I did admit to taking quite a few shots to get one I liked (less than two hundred, though).
So it’s only right that I change to a picture of me at sixty-one.
Again, I did not take more than two hundred shots to get a nice picture. As an math-minded accountant, that means I take one nice picture one-half-of-one-percent of the time. At 61, I think that’s acceptable. Photogenic, even.
You may discern that this photo is a little less focused than the earlier pic. And to that I say,
“YES IT IS!”
And what’s more, my photos will become increasingly unfocused with each passing year, until I am a vague blur of what might be a very attractive woman.
I swear though, it isn’t Photoshopped. No siree. No Photoshop for me. I used Picnik.com.
And all I did was very very slightly lighten the shadows under my eyes. Hardly at all. I can show you the original photo to prove how minutely I changed it.
But I won’t. It’s my birthday and it is impolite of you to even ask.
It’s still me. It looks just like me. Just softer.
I couldn’t help wondering, though, whether just a little Photoshop is acceptable at sixty-one. Just a little. I deserve it.
It’s my birthday.