Christmas Card 2014

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Border left 13-262 Sheep being walked for milking, seen from balcony of Dobursko Hotel Border right
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My photograph for 2014 was of sheep. Not British style sheep (bred for meat with wool as a by-product) but some Bulgarian sheep (bred for wool, milk & meat) which were bigger, longer legged & with large floppy ears. I photographed these from the balcony of a hotel I was staying in Dobursko, in a rural area between the Rila, Pirin & Rhodope mountain ranges.

I did not take many arty photographs in 2014 because I was busy with family matters connected with the hospitalisation and death of my mother so this photograph was from 2013. Like my 2013 one, it was chosen from my shortlist by the friends who volunteered to after the friend who chose &/or inspired them from 2006-2011 & who died in 2012.

Yet again, for the 3rd year post-mortem, there is a coincidental connection between this photograph and that friend. It was her who pointed out to me that sheep can look good in photographs; she was a patron of Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm. Without that I probably would not have thought of taking that photograph in the first place. One starts to think that maybe there is more than coincidence at work...

Camera = Panasonic TZ5.

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.