Monday, September 01, 2008

Calendar Photos

The submission deadline for calendar photos has come and gone, with a total of nearly 600 photos submitted! I actually started weeding through them last week and have now narrowed down the choices to 28 pictures. The more I narrow the photos down, the harder it gets. The first ones are easy--I don't even read anything about the photos. Date in the corner? Delete. Telephone wires running through the middle of the photo? Delete. Blurry photo? Delete. Strange photo of a person wearing a lobster hat? Delete. (Though that one did make me laugh.)

Now I find myself looking at four photos of beautiful waterfalls, and I think, "Okay, I can't use them all. But which one?" Then I start looking at where the photo was taken. If there are a lot of nice photos in a certain part of the country, I'll lean towards the photos taken somewhere else. Or if I've already picked a photo by one person, I'll try to pick another one by somewhere else. And one in a national park I ditched--beautiful photo--but all else being equal, I had to go with the waterfall not in a national park.

And I still have four waterfall photos left to choose from. Hmm.... At the very least, I still need to narrow it down to no more than two. It might boil down to which photos I can find the best quotes to go with them. I haven't even started looking for quotes as of it. Or maybe which months I need a photo to fill with. If I have an empty slot for January, I'd probably go with the waterfall in the snow. If I have an empty slot in October, I'd go with the waterfall surrounded by the fall leaves. Decisions, decisions.....

But I'm now down to 28 choices to choose from. There won't be a silly calendar this year--I actually lost money on those last year due to the lack of interest in that one. I'm kind of leaning towards not doing a "sunset edition" this year either. There are enough photos for that, but this year a large number of them seem surprisingly similiar.

But that still leaves me with 28 photos to choose from, and the choices just keep getting tougher....

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe post some of the similar ones with no author attached for AQ members to vote on.

Anonymous said...

[agree]

team new hampshire said...

you could always ask next year for a theme so that we not send you sunsets we think are locks for a calender.

pointing at me!
David (Team New Hampshire)
http://teamnewhampshire.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

The Lobster hats was meant to break you concentration and make you laugh... I would be mortified if they appreared!

Fluffy Cow said...

*cough cough- dartboard- cough*

Zorket said...

I love the photos in the past calendars - but I really (REALLY) use a calendar - I might actually buy one if there was enough room for all my scribble (phone #'s, notes, lists, etc...). The calendar I use right now (and buy the same one over and over for about six years running) has big boxes and more extra room at the top/bottom for the rest of my brain dumps... guess this is one of the few drawbacks of having a big family!! But you have done a great job in putting your calendars together - they are beautiful.
zorket

Deeb and the Beep said...

You could also do something some photo calendars do...one big image up where you'd expect it, but then some smaller "runners-up" in the calendar grid, in one or more of the unused blocks before the first of the month or following the last.

Anonymous said...

Let us vote!! This is a democracy ! (OK wel lrealluy a republic but let's not get technical) And I promise not to vote for my own submissions.. IF any of them made it into the top 28.

Anonymous said...

Would you be willing to include the phases of the moon - at least the full moon? Night 'boxing.....

Nitrocat said...

Awww. The funny one is the one I have in my office. The sunsets are in the kitchen and the other gets drug around from place to place.
You could at least post some of the "also rans" in a photo album on AQ.
S

Petrified Peep Eater said...

how about one special them a year? or alternating between sunsets and funny?
and i agree i like a calendar with lots of spaces. ( also like pocket calendars but find i use phone for that now.)