Christmas Card 2002

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Border left River Orwell facing into sun Border right
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My photograph for 2002 was of the River Orwell, UK, taken from just south of the Orwell Bridge. Facing into sun gave it a deep blue to the sky and nicely silhouetted a person walking on the beach which gives a small detail that nevertheless becomes the focal point of the picture. Taken in 2001.

It was a bright clear sunny day. From near the same point at the same time but facing the other way I got one with all colours in high saturation but by taking the photograph into the dazzling sun, I got this interesting monochrome lighting effect. Fortunately there was already a lone walker in almost the ideal place to provide a silhouette at the focal point so I did not have to wait long. 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 in deep blue, light blue, pink & purple and pink & black! Before digital photography the machines in printing companies had to deduce each film's colour response, films varied greatly and there is not many clues for them to work on in a monochrome picture. I've put the blue one on this page as it my favourite version.

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 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 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.