Saturday, December 18, 2010

100 Christmas Cards

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This past week I’ve thought a lot about Christmas cards.

I won’t lie; I wanted something this year to outdo my last two: this one, and this one.

It was at this moment that I got a simply, wonderfully, marvelous idea for this year’s photo; however, I quickly decided that I’m far too lazy to make the magic happen right now…it’ll take a lot of work, time, and effort. And to be honest, right now I’m feeling somewhat lethargic about the whole idea.

Then, while showering this morning, I was struck with a brilliant idea about this year’s Christmas card…

You see, for each of the students in my class this year, instead of giving them something they'll simply throw away in a few weeks, I let them pick a free 5x7 photo from my photography site. And this little gift, my friends, is what spurred the brilliance which cascaded all around me like the hot water from the showerhead…Instead of making Christmas cards this year, I’ve decided to give away 100 Christmas photos.

Yep, you heard right.

I'm giving away 100 5x7 photographs from my website or blog (there are a lot of photos on my blog that I haven't uploaded to my photography site because - like I said - I'm apathetic…and I don't have all of them linked, but several shots may be found HERE, as well as HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. I won't lie though…there are hundreds of other shots on my blog that I don't have on my photography website (see previous comment).

But Teachinfourth, how do I get a ticket on the gravy train of love and get my hands on one of these 100 shots you’re offering up and sending out next week?

Well, it’s easy as getting run over by a reindeer – actually easier. There’s only three things to do...

1. Be one of the first 100 people leaving a comment letting me know what photo you would like for your ‘card’. If the photo is from my blog and doesn’t have a name, simply describe what it looks like in your comment and the date the post was run - or even better: copy the URL and post it in the comment so I can easily find it.

2. Run a post on your own blog either about Adventures & Misadventures of Daily Living or my photography site, Along the Backroads, and include a backlink to this post you've written in the email you're going to send to me in step #3. Your post doesn't have to be about this special, but can be about the Moments with Joey posts, a post you particularly like, or a link and shout-out about the photography site.

3. Shoot an email to teachinfourth@yahoo.com (or simply click on the Z-Mail link at the top right) and let me know your mailing address (reminding me again of the shot you selected, and including your backlink from step #2).

That's it.

I'll get your photograph printed and mail it out to you sometime next week. Don’t worry, I won’t send you pipe bombs, junk mail, or anything of the like…

Remember that the Alphabetography images - as well as shots of people - are not eligible for this free gift. Well, if it's a shot of yours truly - and I look amazing in the photo - I'd probably let you pick it. Also, I have taken most of the photos on this site, however, there are a few I used from other places in some of my posts but these are nearly all marked with a disclaimer that they're from somebody else - and I don't think you'll be picking any of these though…shots like THIS?

Also, just to let you know, these shots will not be matted, but instead sent to you in a plain, boring envelope. Only one Christmas 'shot' per blogger. Comments may not be submitted as 'Anonymous' for this, either…sorry, I'm going to have to be a stickler on this...

Did I forget anything else?

Oh yes, I'd love to have you send me your Christmas card from this year, too - that is, if you are willing. I'll provide my address to you when I respond to the email you send to me with your address. After all, I'd love to have a mailbox full of Christmas cheer rather than electric bills and Publisher’s Clearing House winner notifications (I'll send you my address once you've sent me that email, deal?…but only if you tell me you'd like to send one).

Did I forget anything else?

Oh yeah, Happy Christmas…

This special ends Wednesday morning at 7:00 or when the last 'card' is claimed - whichever comes first. You should get your 'card' probably a few days after Christmas…considering the busyness of the season.

22 comments:

FabuLeslie said...

Ooo. Ooo. I love them all, but if I could have one for my very own it would be hands of power under the "ancients" tab of your website. Gorgeous, as is all your work.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

I so agree w/FabuLeslie! too many photos to choose from!.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

That first shot would have been a super awesome Christmas card!

How to choose one shot out of so many cool ones?!

Just SO said...

What a fabulous idea! I love the "green" from your Urban selections.
Found on this page... http://www.alongthebackroads.com/webpages/printsurban.html

Miss Griffiths said...

I would like mine life size, please. Esp. because I found something for you that is going to rock your world. Still deciding on which print... :P

Joan said...

If there is a barn in it and if it is in BW then I am happy. I perused your photography blog and saw several that are wonderful and I cannot choose!

Off to blog on my www.prairiegyrl.com blog.

Cheeseboy said...

Is this the same thing you did a while back? Because I think I entered that one already? I'd love any of your prints and I'd be happy to take any of them off your hands.

But unfortunately, I do not send out Christmas cards.

tammy said...

It's so hard to choose....I think I'm liking the old boat with the keep out sign.

I'll be linking to you!

Tami said...

This one: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_1JXsL193h2w/TC1I8fToGbI/AAAAAAAAFk4/tvqmhMebZj4/s1600/1277872802_180.png
reminds me of my childhood days when my darling dad would push me on the swings every Saturday. He made me feel very special and loved. That's what that picture did for me. Perhaps I am still special and loved. Who knows??

mama-face said...

OH...let's see. I'm terrible at following instructions, but I will do my utmost to do things right.

Firstly. I adore architectural photography; especially the old barns, windows, weathered buildings. That narrows it down, right? :)

Secondly, I will devote a post to you, (for you?), on my lowly blog. I'd do it even if I weren't vying for a chance of receiving an original photo. There's just something about you...
(please don't be creeped out by that statement... I'm old enough to be your mother... or aunt... which is probably even creepier...)

Sarah said...

Choosing a photo took me a LOT longer than I would have guessed, but I ultimately went with what my boys LOVE: trucks.

Desert Truck
San Rafael Swell, Ut. 2004.

Yep, and I love all your work too, what an incredible talent!!

Pedaling said...

old boat, please.

I send out cards. Love them. I especially love the real kind of cards that open up- you can read a little message...those are my favorite.

Mikki said...

Aw, what an awesome idea. I would love any of your pics. Hold on, while I go browse through them....................................
Ancient Window-from your photo blog. Very cool.

So, I'll go see about linking up. Hopefully I don't get sidetracked.

leish said...

Absolutely LOVE your photography! (and your teaching reflections!)

I can't decide on a pix. I was raised in Hawaii, went to school in Colorado, and miss the seeing the seasons change. And, I'd like to see what pix you'd choose. =)

Lydia said...

Oh boy! I totally want a picture of NY architecture from your last trip. Surprise me. Ever since I got back from my trip I've been dreaming about returning because I love me some delicious architecture. Brooklyn definitely has my heart.

Funny story: As I was looking through your NY post I thought "remember that. miss that. next time i should see that. yancy?" Not that I know your bro personally, but I did take intro to film at BYU and ever since they introduced all the TAs for that semester I could not forget that name and associated face if I tried. It was just too uncommon to forget. Good times.

Farscaper said...

I searched.... and searched... and searched... FINALLY I came up with one that stands out a little bit more than the others (There are more than a dozen that I just LOVE).

You have e-mail!!!

Mamma has spoken said...

I still have the card from last year.....but if I had to pick one it would/could be any of them.....how about you pick any one for me that has nature in it especially if it has trees and/or flowers in it. I think you still have my address on hand?

Connie said...

How can I choose just one? Your photos are all gorgeous, even the ice-cream cone!
Since I HAVE to choose, I choose the one with the yellow and pink flowers located here:

http://teachinfourth.blogspot.com/2010/07/voyage-home-part-3.html

Thanks, Mr. Z for the great Christmas card!

Nicole Weber said...

I agree with Connie- too many amazing pictures to choose from! I got your info from her blog. But I would LOVE a copy of Big Springs from your photography page. I am a sucker for green and waterfalls (I am from the east).

Amy said...

I looked over the photos three times and it's very hard to decide. They are all very beautiful. I do like the look of the green door knob. I like green and I also like the idea of door knobs...opening the door to education/knowledge?? Maybe. I'd also be very happy to send you some money for shipping costs and of course, send you the Broeker holiday card.

Email me your address, please.
amybroeker@gmail.com

Shauna_Rae said...

Like everyone else - I LOVE your photography! My favorite is the moon one in your voyage home post.

Email me your address and I will get a card sent out before Christmas gets here!

mymixofsix@hotmail.com

M-Cat said...

I didnt count all the comments, but I am sure I am clearly past the 100 mark. Dang. You are prolly the most talented photographer I know!

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