Christmas Card 2000

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My photograph for 2000 was of a star-shape lantern in the Christmas street illuminations in Heidelberg, Germany. Taken on a business trip in 1999.

The star (technically a rhombicuboctahedron with a long pyramidal spike on each face) was about 1 m across and one of many suspended above the centre line of a street with above a street by cables that ran across the street. The small round lights in the photograph are normal size light bulbs on the same cable. The photograph was taken vertically upwards so the sky formed the black background. I took it because I liked the elegant white (well, yellowish because of the incandescent lighting being photographed on daylight film) lights and unpainted carved wooden tree decorations in Germany compared to the tacky multicoloured & plastic stuff that had been used for decades in the UK.

Camera = Pentax K1000.

The border was the same as last year's. I could no longer find a local photograph printing shop that would print photographs as self-adhesive labels on photographic paper so I switched to normal prints. That not only meant I had to glue them onto the cards but the corners changed from rounded to squared and the size went up from 5.5"x3.7" to 6"x4" so I should have drawn a new border with more internal space to suit it but I had left it too late and the previous year's border fitted almost well enough.


Card assembly instructions to duplicate the original:

  1. Get the full resolution photograph printed at 6"x4" on photographic paper.
  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 seleotape 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.