Neil's calendars: Underwater California
I take lots of pictures underwater, a place most people never visit.
One of the advantages of that is that my pictures make perfect gifts for people -
they're unique gifts that are a part of me and people tend to like them.
Most of the greeting cards I've sent in the last 20 years have been underwater shots, for example.
Round about 2001 I started making calendars of underwater shots
and those were well received, so I continued.
To begin with, I got blank calendars from
and manually attached 13 prints - one for the cover and one for each month.
It was a lot of work but well worthwhile.
The calendars were quite small, enough for a 4"x6" print,
but that proved to be their strength - wallet or briefcase sized,
they were easy to tote around.
I still use blank card stock from them for once off greeting cards
- they're a good company.
Then one day I discovered the joys (and frustrations) of digital printing.
I use a company called
to publish my calendars.
I create them in Word, convert them to a PDF, upload them,
and receive a big box of calendars in 4-6 weeks.
It's quite economical, costing less than the blank calendars I used to get from
The calendars are 5.5" x 8.5" and come with a wire binder so they stay flat.
Since I'm just using Word, I type out the daily grid for each month by hand.
I also adjust the depth of each row depending on whether there are 4, 5, or 6 rows for a month
(I decided that each day of the month has its own square - no sharing).
I've included the last few years worth of calendars below as PDFs,
which will open in a separate window or tab.
Each calendar is in three parts: the front cover, the main calendar body,
and the rear cover.
All photographs © Neil Robertson, all right reserved.