Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Card Fail


Note to Self: Next year remember to 1) check the backlighting and 2) review the shot immediately afterwards. (We have about seven of these outstanding pictures.)

Plan B: Collage card from assorted pictures from the past year.

58 comments:

Seams Inspired said...

Oh, dear! Perhaps you can send "Happy New Year!" cards instead? ;o)

Happy Wednesday!

PS...I Photoshop our Christmas picture every year. I've been known to erase double chins, wrinkles, and even swap out grumpy faces for smiling ones! LOL

faye said...

Nice silhouette ..
as if you are looking forward...

Guess I have become even lazier,
I stopped doing Christmas cards
a few years ago..

Mamma has spoken said...

I've always wanted to do a photo Christmas card but after 28 years, I just haven't got around to it :o/

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

that's the kind of stuff that happens to me :-) You could turn it into silhouettes...silhouettes are trendy right now.

citymouse said...

Kudos for trying! I can't recall just when my entire Christmas card list went by the wayside but it's been a few years. Funny thing is I love getting them!

Lin said...

Hahahaha! I only laugh because our card is pretty horrible this year as well. I didn't realize we had no family photo for the card until my son was already back at college. Ugh. I recycled a graduation photo, but it is sort of lame. Oh well, folks who know me will know it's us. Whatever.

Madi and Mom said...

LOL BB you could send it out as is w/o a return address. The person who correctly guesses who is in the mysterious picture could win a trip to BB B&B!!

Hugs Madi and Mom

BigSis said...

The card plans may be thwarted, but it's a really cool looking picture!

Joann Mannix said...

I did the collage card, Betty. Takes the stress out of getting that perfect shot. Also, to make it a little more fun, I did various pictures of my girls from the past and then one from this year so that people could get a glimpse of how they've grown. Now, if I could only manage to get them stamped and out the door.

Anne Gallagher said...

Of course I waited until the last minute and praying Monster Baby's Santa picture from school turns out okay.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Well, "A" for effort anyway...I would go with a collage, too. It is a neat looking shot though!

Nat said...

Still a great photo...an air of mystery :)

Out on the prairie said...

I kind of like the effect, it has a special charm.Play it as a guessing game, all participants are in the running for a prize.My wife and kids used to get matching shirts for the pic, it was a tradition when I was a kid going on vacation to the lake home to have matching sweatshirts.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I got nothing but grief over the cards I sent. I'm seriously considering doing the world a favor and skipping next year's Christmas cheer.

Back lighting is so annoying. I'm always running around to try and conquer it.

The tone of this comment: annoying. I've been annoyed this week.

Leah J. Utas said...

Tell 'em you went to silhouette for artistic reasons.

Liz said...

At least there's a Plan B, right? :)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Full marks for trying, hope plan B turns out ok.

Yvonne.

Baby Sister said...

You could view it as you just trying out a different artistic side...I guess? :)

Pearl said...

Frankly, I would laugh if I got this. :-)

What can I say? I love the little things.

Pearl

Cricket said...

Now that's funny - especially since I know you're an excellent photographer as a rule. Oops.

If that were mine, I'd photoshop in some oversize heads, but that's just me. Maybe I'd just draw on some smiley-faces in white out and scan.

Or maybe include something about the Witness Protection Program?

KleinsteMotte said...

I like the silouette. Do you send cards electronically? I use snail mail and commercial cards from sponsors like H&SF. But i only send out less than ten. I can't seem to find my lists from past years and my memory is very vague, probably because I make excuses! Seems others are doing less too.

Jen G-son said...

That's awesome! hahaha

Jimmy said...

It is a nice picture Betty, although maybe not one for the Christmas cards but a good one indeed.

KLZ said...

It IS an outstanding photo - and certainly memorable. You'll all stand out from the crowd for sure.

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

A collage card sounds great to me.
Still that photo is charming...great contrast!
Hope you're having a good day!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Well, I'd rather get one of these than those saccharine family photos. The skyline is beautiful. xo

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Oh no, that is so sad!

Tracy said...

Well, CRAP!!!

Noelle said...

I'm with Pearl...I would laugh and love it!

Leanne said...

Awe, that's a bummer. Might I say, your hair looks absolutely stunning in silhouette! I'd send them anyways!!! ;)

Hilary said...

Ha.. I'm glad I'm not the only one. I couldn't help but grab that image and play with it a bit. I'll send it to you. ;)

Jenny said...

At least it provided a humorous topic for a post . . . unfortunately for you. Good luck with the collage!

Jenny said...

Ah, didn't proofread.

Should have been:

At least it provided a humorous topic for a post . . . both fortunately and unfortunately for you!

Old Kitty said...

Awwww!! BB!!!! I like it!! It's different and unique and ok - maybe you'd need to draw on your faced but hey!! It's the thought and the effort that counts!!

:-) Take care
x

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Doh!
Guess that's why we never attempt a photo for our cards.

Powdered Toast Man said...

I like it, it's mysterious. It's a cool silhouette. When do I get mine in the mail?

Sorry I haven't been around in awhile.

Ann said...

Well it's unique and original. No one would get another card like it :)

Peggy K said...

I'd send 'em. Here's the sentiment:
Not sure what 2011 holds in store, but 2010 was stellar. It was as if we had sunshine out our backside!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Love, the Bossy Betty Bunch

Daisy said...

Oh dear. Good thing you have a plan B. :)

Sarah said...

It can be a great black-and-white picture!

Lydia K said...

At least it's mysterious.
:)

ds said...

Silhouettes are cool, however. And you'd definitely win the prize for originality ;)

Brian (not the cat) said...

Nice grouping.

My Big Secret Blog :) said...

Ahahahahahaha!!!!! I read SEVEN and now I'm rolling in laughter all over the place!! You just HAVE TO use that very picture!!! It's ABSOLUTELY priceless!!! :D :D :D

Jennifer Shirk said...

Oh,poo! I love the background too
I say send it anyway with a funny caption. I bet you'll get a great response! :)

Marlene said...

Oh, Miss Betty - you do make me laugh!!!!

tulpen said...

Maybe they're all just painfully ugly?

Zuzana said...

I am sure with a bit of play in one of the image software, like Photoshop, this can be fixed.;)) The sky is stunning though.;))
xoxo

slommler said...

Ha! Now that is priceless!!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Susan Fields said...

I like the collage cards better anyway! I've never done one, but one of these years...

Shan said...

Just use these photos in your letter to Santa explaining why that big girl camera is really important.

I read this last night while rocking Fynn. I wanted to commnt then, but it was enough to scroll down ever 2-3 trips foward.

Entre Nous said...

Use the flash, as in bright sunlight to eliminate shadows... but it is a really neat pic anyway, sort of surreal. And years from now recipients will look at the pic and say, "WHO WAS this card from anyway, and who ARE these people?" Priceless!

The Retired One said...

I LOVED It...you can always send it out as a New Year's card with the caption:
May the light shine on you in 2011.

heehehee

Talli Roland said...

Oh no! Well, the silhouette is nice!

Jen (emeraldsunshine.org) said...

Hahaha! It does make a beautiful silhouette! :D

MommaKiss said...

You could caption it "looking for a silent night" or some shit?

The Empress said...

I LOVE IT!!!

Pat Tillett said...

Or were you really going for a "special effect" and did it on purpose? wink...wink...