A New Garden Year
New Year 2015 is special for me, both because I moved into the new addition to my house on New Year’s Eve and woke up for the first time in my new bedroom this morning, and also because 2015 will be the year that I begin work on my new front garden.
As I have for the past several years, I’ve created Jean’s Garden gift calendars for family and friends to take them through the new year. This is the fourth year that I’ve had calendars produced by Lulu.com, a company with a well-deserved reputation for the high quality of their color reproduction. The one exception is that blues do not reproduce well, appearing a bit muddy and much more violet than blue. I’m making a note to myself for the future that I should always compensate for this in any photo images that feature blue or purple flowers by adjusting the color values to enhance the blue tones and subdue the red tones.
I have also developed solutions to two image issues in Lulu’s large premium calendar format. I find that if I use the Lulu option to include a caption for images, I end up with awkwardly shaped images (too wide for their height). My solution is to bypass Lulu’s caption by using Picasa’s collage application to create a white border around each image and then utilizing my Canon photo-editing program to add a caption to the white border beneath the image. The other issue is how to use a calendar image for the cover, which has a portrait orientation in contrast with the landscape orientation of the images inside the calendar. I’m particularly satisfied with this year’s solution (see above), which involved creating a collage of five landscape images from my calendar, one of which is featured in the center of the cover and the other four of which are inset above and below it.
Here are my images for this year’s calendar (click on any image to enlarge it):
Anyone wishing to purchase a copy of the 2015 Jean’s Garden calendar can do so at Lulu.com.
Wishing you all a happy 2015, both in and out of the garden!