Christmas Card 1999

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Border left Arc du Carousel statues and streetlight silhouette Border right
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My photograph for 1999 was a silhouette of the statues on top of the Arc du Carousel in Paris, France, and a streetlight. Taken on a business trip in 1999.

The street lamp was much smaller and closer than the statues. It was also on the wrong side as the statues face away from the street into the courtyard of the Louvre. To get them together I used the trick of making a silhouette by exposing for the bright sky rather than for the objects thereby hiding the fact that the photograph is actually of the backs of the statues (yes, that does mean that that is a picture of horses' bottoms!). I did not know what colour it was going to turn out, it being a film camera not a digital one, but it came out good. I am not sure what the correct colour is though as this photograph has been printed from the same negative by various processing companies with the sky in sepia and with it in grey. Before digital photography the machines in printing companies had to deduce each film's colour response, films varied greatly and there are not many clues for them to work on in a monochrome picture. I liked both colourations but I've put the sepia one on this page as it was how it was printed for the original Christmas cards.

The rounded corners are because I had the prints done as self adhesive labels to make fixing them to cards easy (and they were strangely cheaper than normal bulk reprints) and the labels had rounded corners so as to be less likely to leave an unstuck corner that could get snagged.

Camera = Pentax K1000.

The border was the same as last year's.


Card assembly instructions to duplicate the original:

  1. Get the full resolution photograph printed at 5.5"x3.7" on photographic paper. If it does not have rounded corners then round them by cutting off the white bits at the corners.
  2. Print the border using a laser printer (or print once and duplicate by photocopier) on A4 160 g/m2 white cardboard.
  3. Fold the printed cardboard into an A5 greetings card with one straight crease.
  4. Glue (or double sided selotape or similar) the photograph to the card in the correct orientation. Take care not to make the photograph too soggy.

Printing the border & photograph together on a colour printer does not give as good results (neither home laser nor inkjet printers have yet reached photographic printing quality). It also costs more (because of the ridiculous current price of printer ink) and gives a more mass-produced look.

More Christmas Cards

For the rest of my Christmas cards, go up to my Christmas card gallery page.