Christmas Card 2008

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Border left Blue borage flower on clear blue & white background Border right
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My photograph for 2008 was of a blue borage flower on a clear blue & white curved geometric background.

It was not a planned studio shot but just an almost accidental arrangement at a picnic (borage flowers are edible & were in a salad, the blue is was a transparent plastic plate and the white was a table cloth) with friends in the grounds of Orwell Park at Nacton in Suffolk, UK in 2008. The 'almost' was because I spotted good colour combination with the plate on a drinks table with mixed salad on and spent a few seconds moving the plate to a table cloth on the ground and moving the flower to a clean part of the plate (hence there is a practical reason the flower is on the plate rim not just to show the tablecloth!). After quickly taking the shot vertically downwards, I resumed my picnic by eating the subject of the photograph.

Camera = Panasonic FZ20.

The border was a duplicate of last year's.


Card assembly instructions to duplicate the original:

  1. Get the full resolution photograph printed at 6"x4.5" 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.