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Last year I came up with the idea of giving my father a calendar with my own photos for a Christmas present. He was really pleased with it, which is rare enough because usually it's impossible to find a gift for him, so everything was fine, everything was good, everything was almost frighteningly perfect. That is, until he asked me for another this year, and, gah. The problem is, I already used all the really good black and white photos last year, and there simply aren't enough left that fit a theme. I immediately warned him that I could try, but that it wouldn't be as good as the last one, but I didn't imagine it would be this hard. I've been shuffling around photos for days now, and it doesn't get any better.

I haven't taken all that many photos over the last couple of years to begin with. A lot are banal, or at least not good enough for a calendar. A lot are from the same location/motif. Or too dark and depressing. OTOH, most colour photos seem too superficially pretty for my father. And I can't use any of the gazillion cemetery pictures because my father is 77, and while he's not seriously ill or anything, it still doesn't seem quite suitable. I'm tearing out my hair here. I already cheated and turned a colour picture into a black and white one because I was so dissatisfied. I know he'll be disappointed, and my father isn't the kind of person who can mask that diplomatically. It's going to be a disaster.

In other irritating and slightly related news, dear people from unimall, if you already know that the photoshop course I did doesn't qualify me for the photoshop student edition after all, then don't accept my payment, for fuck's sake. Or wait to inform me about this until I finally prod you after something like three weeks. It's not that hard.

In further not-exactly-news, cold, snow, more cold, more snow, I sleep too much (but am still tired and distracted all the time) and eat too much chocolate, work is less annoying than expected (or maybe I'm more lethargic than I used to be), Tai Chi is more fun and less stressful than bellydancing and suits me better, physiotherapy is still depressingly early, most Christmas presents are bought (unenthusiastically & without inspiration), more Christmas baking tomorrow, and it all doesn't feel quite real...


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Dec. 19th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Hm, you could use colour-against-black-and-white, blending, distortion, etc. Or you could tell your father your computer crashed. ( 'Cause you can't say a dog ate it, can you? )
Dec. 21st, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
In the end I replaced two pictures, shuffled the order around some more, and sent the whole thing off to printing Sunday around midnight. I'm still not completely happy with it, but it already looked a lot prettier in the calendar preview, so I'm hoping for the best...
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