Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Blind Snowdrops

Some weeks ago I received a message through my web site's contact page that took me aback. A lady wrote to tell me that her mother was so in love with one of my photographs that she was seeking permission to use it as the subject for a window blind in her newly decorated bathroom.

The photograph in question is my favourite of all the Snowdrop photographs I've ever taken. I am blessed with a garden that has more than it's fair share of Snowdrops and they come up in abundance every January. It is an annual ritual for me to get out there with my camera trying to find new ways of capturing the beauty of these wonderful little flowers.

Anyway, I was happy to grant permission for my photograph to be used in this way and promptly sent off a high resolution version. I also asked if I could be sent a photo of the finished blind, just out of interest. A couple of days ago I received an email telling me the blind had been made and fitted and attached to it was a photo. I post it here for you to see. I would never, in a million years, have expected that one of my photo's could be used in such a way, and I can't tell you how flattered I feel.

Talking of photography, I have finally treated myself to a new DSLR. I chose a Nikon D5100 but bought the camera body only and added to it a Tamron 18-270mm Zoom Lens. The lens cost as much as the camera. LOL. I know the Nikon lenses are a better quality but I want to do a lot more walking and I don't want to carry lenses and get involved with changing them often. A one-lens-for-all-purposes suits me better even though there is a slight compromise in image quality. Can't wait for the Snowdrops now.

Finally, I have decided what to do with my miniature pencil drawing. I've mounted it in a clear plastic Coaster.

I took an unused coaster that had some promotional material inside it and carefully prised it open. I then made a 'surround' in Paint Shop Pro, printed it out and then cut out a centre rectangle for the drawing. The finished Coaster now lays on my desk where I can place my hot cups on it. It's nice to have finally found something useful to do with my art. LOL.

I'll take this opportunity to wish all of my fellow bloggers the very best of the seasons greetings. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas. ;)


21 comments:

  1. The snow drops are beautiful! The blind brings the outdoors inside...lovely. Very resourceful and original to use a coaster in this fashion. Merry Christmas!

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  2. Wow John, how exciting to see your photo used like this! It looks really great! And the coaster is genius! I wish you a Merry Christmas!

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    1. Yes Judy, it is exciting ... I'd never have thought about it myself. Merry Christmas!

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  3. I can well understand why somebody wanted to use your photo, it is really stunning.

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    1. Thank you very much Ann. Merry Christmas!

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  4. Double Wow from me too. Fab blind and coaster. Love them both. Gosh I bet you are tickled pink on both counts and quite rightly too. Merry Christmas John, to you and your family. xx

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    1. Thank you very much Laura. I'm not sure about the colour scheme of the coaster but it's easily changed. Merry Christmas to you and yours. x

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  5. How flattering, John!! It looks "amazing".!!!
    and of course, Happy Holidays to you and your family!!!!

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    1. Thank you very much Hilda. Happy Holidays!

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  6. well it's a small world - I know this photo and have just realised who you are! I painted a version of this photo as part of the PMP loose watercolour group in January this year - it's a beautiful photo, congrats on it's success, it looks brill as does the coaster, a superb idea

    http://paintmyphoto.ning.com/group/loose-watercolor-painting/forum/topics/january-2012-snowdrop-image

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    1. Thank you Sharon. You were one of the first to comment on my photo when I joined PMP way back then. I'm not active there because it seems you can only post paintings and drawings you've done of other members photo's. That let's me out as I only ever paint/draw from my own. BTW, that link only takes me to a page telling me about the Loose Painting Group ... I was hoping it would show me your painting. Merry Christmas!

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    2. John you can post paintings/drawings you've done from your own photos as long as you upload the photo as well, I've done it loads of time and lots of other members do as well, the link to the actual painting I did of your photo is here - it's quite loose though so not a great likeness to your original photo!

      http://paintmyphoto.ning.com/photo/004?context=user

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  7. Well it looks fantastic John!!
    As does the coaster - What a great idea!
    Merry Christmas John :0)

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    1. Thank you very much Sandra. Merry Christmas!

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  8. The coaster is a fabulous solution. I bet it soon wanders off as it someone takes it home :)

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    1. LOL ... I can't imagine that for one minute but thank you for saying so. Merry Christmas Sue. ;)

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  9. The coaster is fantastic John, and congrats on your beautiful photo. It's wonderful when someone appreciates our art. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family John.

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    1. You're right about how wonderful it is when someone appreciates our art. That someone likes my photo enough to have it enlarged to that extent, and be so prominently on show, means more to me than winning first prize in an exhibition. Merry Christmas to you and yours Joan.

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  10. You've a right to feel chuffed about the blind John, seeing your work blown-up so large gives it tremendous impact.

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    1. It certainly does give it impact Frank. Thank you very much. Merry Christmas!

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