Got the production line going today, made 22 cards. Another batch tomorrow.....
Anyone else use their photography for gifts and cards?
Well done! I do a large print run every year as gifts for the theatre company I work with. I can imagine the challenge of doing a run of "identical" cyanotypes. I thought I would lose my mind the year that I chose to do 40+ caffenol prints.
Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada
Ansel Adams had the Zone System... I'm working on the points system. First I points it here, and then I points it there...
I have wanted to do something similar myself but I never seem to be able to get around to it in time. What I really need to do is start shooting 4x5 so I have some nice larger negs to play with. Maybe a goal for next year!
My favorite thing is to go where I've never been. D. Arbus
Toffle, I picked 4 snowy negs, so am printed batches of 4 at a time. Too bad they were shot different times, on different films, so the exposure time is quite a range.
Jason - I'm printing on Lanaquarelle hot press. (Had a terrible time when I tried to print on their cold press.)
Having seen some of Lillian's other wonderful Alternative Process work, including some cyanotypes (IIRC), I can confidently observe that there are 22 really fortunate people out there.
In my case this year I ran out of time.
We send photo Christmas cards. Some years, each one has a handmade darkroom print. This year though it is a snow scene in colour. Shot on Ektachrome, but commercil lab printed, using that evil intermediate process, and Kodak Endura paper.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
Four years I've created cards. 1st year I did cyanotypes from 8X10 negatives. That was alot of work.
Since then I've only scanned platinum prints, and had them printed on card stock. I select images of churches that family/friends are familiar with. For example, the stone Mendon Church in Michigan was a big hit since some of my wife's relatives involved in its construction/usage.
van Huyck Photo
"Progress is only a direction, and it's often the wrong direction"