cyanotype Christmas cards

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  1. sly

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    Got the production line going today, made 22 cards. Another batch tomorrow.....

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    Anyone else use their photography for gifts and cards?
     
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    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.
     
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    Great work Sly!

    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!
     
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    Nice! What paper do you use?
     
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    Brilliant! When one does Holiday cards nothing better than handmade ones that are made with an alternate process. You have beautiful winter scenes...very special.
     
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    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.)
     
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    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.
     
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    The recipients will be lucky to get them. I know they won't end up in the recycle bin. This reminds me of Elvis' "Blue Christmas". Good job!
     
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    I am always impressed when I see stuff like this. Something I have wanted to do, but time gets in the way. Those look real good.
     
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    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.
     
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    Well maybe not. Someone who saw my production line today, commented "I've seen pictures like that on Instagram."

    Sigh....
     
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    Did you smack them on the back of the head? People who do that deserve the smack.
     
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    No need to sigh

    Don't cast your pearls to the swine. Only connoisseurs will treasure them.
     
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    Well, no. She's a client for my keep-a-roof-over-our-heads job. A lovely person who will be a joy to work with. I'll just see if i can sneak a little photo education in around the corners.
     
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    Actually ...... (as my niece was want to say when she was 6)

    Until I discovered APUG and other internet resources, I had very little exposure to most of the historical processes. I have no problem with Instagram emulating cyanotypes - I just wish it gave credit for where the ideas for most of the "filters" originated.
     
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    Thats awesome :D I was thinking of doing some nice cyanotype prints and frame them for small gifts but Christmas cards are such a cool idea, it also works well due to blue being a 'cooler' colour which would work well with a winter photo.