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Club Meeting 29.03.12

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On Thursday we had the opportunity to see the 2011 winning entries of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, where MCC came 37th out of 400 large clubs that entered.There was a range of subject matter and in the first section there was quite a number of ‘composite’ images where there has been a great reliance on Photoshop. These are challenging and are basically artistic and if one has the time and inclination then there is some credit in them.

However the second section of images were more ‘straight’ photographic images which the majority of us prefer and in fact the top three winning clubs were nearly all of this type. Much can be learnt from seeing a good selection of work where we can get inspiration and help us to strive to continue to improve our output. But as always enjoy what you do and if you (and your granny) like your work then don’t worry about what the ‘judges say’!

We are still missing images from about ten members for the Library Exhibition, so if you have not yet brought an image in then please sort one out so that we can truly have a display that fully represent the MCC members.

Next Thursday we are again visiting Beeslack so either go straight there or meet up at the Fisherrow leaving there at 6.45pm.

The following week, Thursday 12th April will be the last meeting of this season, although we will be organisation monthly summer outside shoots, details in due course. We will be having our AGM followed by the Trophy presentations and then a social ‘get together’ afterwards. So please make a real effort to come along and hear about what we have been up to and what is in store for members starting in the next session in September.

Charlie and I visited Del yesterday and we were able to ‘waffle’ away which for the period we were there helped to take Del’s mind off of his pain and discomfort which he was most grateful. Del has done so much for the club and is such a talented and great person, so please try to make some time and go along and see him. Visiting times are 3-5pm and 7-8.30pm and he is in ward 18. Anita can be contacted on

For better communication to all members we wish to rely on the ‘Post’ on the web site, where if you sign up to it you will get an automatic e-mail notification from the web site as to a new post. If you have not yet ‘signed up’, and you are not sure how to do it e-mail Rob McCann on (as shown on the front page of the syllabus) and he will put you on.

Regards to all



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In the end, we didn’t quite manage to pull off the sensational Coverdale Cup victory we had hoped for – but only because our swimmers performed so well! The time-banded competition means that swimmers are penalised for going too slow – or too fast. Many of our young team performed better than their previous Personal Bests (PBs) had suggested, losing points on the night but showing just how much they have improved in the pool. The Coverdale team is picked … Continue reading →


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Welcome to parents Susan Pirie, Simon Broadhurst & Ian Courtney, who joined the swimming club committee at last week’s AGM. The main office-bearers were re-elected: Chairman – Jack Calder; vice-chair – David Lee; Secretary – Gaynor Allen; Treasurer – Eleanor Ritchie.

Winnie Stevenson Talk – Lantern Slide Enthusiast

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Sounds interesting…

Hello Musselburgh Camera Club,

Lantern slide enthusiast Winnie Stevenson will entertain us with a blast from the past using original Victorian equipment to present her Phantasmagoria – The Traditional Magic Lantern Show.

Winnie will be giving her presentation

at the Mid Calder Camera Club on   Wednesday March 28th 2012 at 7:30 PM. We meet at The Institute Hall, Market Street, Mid Calder EH53 OAL (opposite Tonino’s Takeaway and The Black Bull).

Admission is £2 and will include tea, coffee, and biscuits.

In case of a possible bad weather cancellation, check the website or contact me.

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely yours,

Debra Mills

Communications Secretary

Tel: 01506 204700 or 07905 519592

Club Meeting 08.03.12

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A big thank you to George Smith and John Napier who were kind enough to show us a selection of the photographs they enjoy taking. A good selection of landscape, wildlife and flowers, amongst other things, were displayed and John even put together a great AV of Musselburgh in snow.

The club has a copy of the AV software John recommended, Pro Show Gold, so please ask if you are interested in taking a look and having a go at making your own AV.

We plan to have more nights like this next session so if you would like the opportunity to share your shots with other members then please leave a comment below this post or speak to one of the committee members. It would be great to get everyone on board even if it’s just for a 10 minute talk.

There is another chance to receive constructive feedback from some of the more experienced members this Thursday so please bring along one image (mounted or unmounted).

Please also bring along a couple of prints you’d like to be considered for the summer library exhibition and hand them to John Knox or Charlie Briggs. We will then choose the most appropriate ones that hopefully will be varied and fit the space available. They can be A4 and mounted on black card with a title and your club number on the back.

See you all Thursday.


2012 Young Scot Awards - Do you know an unsung hero who deserves to be recognised?

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On Thursday 26th April 2012 over 500 guests will attend the glittering awards ceremony to recognise and celebrate the outstanding

  • Do you know an unsung hero who deserves to be recognised?
  • Do you know someone who works tirelessly to improve their community and/or country?
  • Or is there a young person in the public eye that inspires you?

There are 15 awards, from sports to entertainment, unsung hero and volunteering. Simply go to the Nominate Now page and make your nomination for the young person, aged 11 - 26, you think has really made a difference to people's lives this year. The final 3 people in each category will get a VIP invitation to attend the awards ceremony at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel on Thursday 26th April 2012.

MASC AGM, Wednesday, March 21, 7pm-8.30pm, Musselburgh Sports Centre.

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We are having our AGM soon, and would like to invite all swimmers’ parents and carers to attend. We are looking for new members to help to continue to drive the club. We have made the meeting during the session time to make it as easy as possible for parents to come along. If that isn’t enough to entice you, just look at this action-packed agenda. Only joking, just come along and see for yourself. AGENDA 1, Welcome and Apologies … Continue reading →

Club Meeting 01.03.12

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We had nearly fifty people attending our joint meeting with the Musselburgh Art Club last night which proved to be fascinating experience.
Dell with his tremendous knowledge of both photography and artistic skill discussed the thirty paintings and prints images.
Both seemed to have the same characteristics and elements that make up an image that ‘speaks’ to the viewer.
Positioning, colour combination, originality and avoiding elements in the image that distracts from the main subject were all relevant in creating a quality product.

Thanks to Malcolm Roberts who put in a good article and picture relating to MCC in this week’s East Lothian Courier, page 16.

Library Exhibition - From May to   September we will be holding our annual display which will tour seven libraries in East Lothian.
This year I would like to see that it contains a print image from each member of the club (subject to available space).
Thus showing the general public the full range of work and experience achieved by members, so that they can relate to them and hopefully be interested in coming along to the club next season.
We need up to two prints from every member mounted, if possible on black mounts as the lighter ones do tend to get a bit ‘grubby’ by the time they have done the rounds.We will then choose the most appropriate ones that hopefully will be varied and fit the space available.

You can use any prints that you have – if you want to improve on them based on comments and guidance made so much the better. If you are reprinting, try to keep to A4 size, suitable mounted, as they will take up less room and allow more prints being shown.

Please bring in your prints over the next few weeks and give them to John Knox or Charlie Briggs, but please aim to have them with us by 29th March, remembering that 22nd of March we are away at Beeslack. Please put a title on the back with your club number.
So please give us your full co operation  so that we can really make a good show of our efforts made during the year.

On the 22nd March we are visiting Beeslack Camera Club at Penicuik, so there will not be a meeting at Fisherrow – I have put a list on the notice board, please put your name on it if you are planning to go to Beeslack so that we can organise  transport ( car sharing)
Meet at Fisherrow car park 6.45pm

Next week – we have John Napier and George Smith who will give us a presentation on ‘Pictures that they enjoy taking’.

I shall be away for the next three meetings, so Joe Fowler will be ‘Master of Ceremonies’.

I will be back again for the meeting on the 29th March and am looking forward to seeing ‘a large pile of prints’.




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Congratulations to all the swimmers who were presented with trophies at the club presentation night. The winners were: CLUB CHAMPIONS (awarded to the swimmer who did best across all races at the club championship) AGE 7: CAITLIN HEANEY & ELLIOT MENZIES AGE 8: OLIVIA ALLEN & ISAAC JOHNSTON AGE 9: MORGAN BURT & CIARAN VASS AGE 10: ELISE MCFARLANE & ETHAN JOHNSTON AGE 11: IMOGEN ALLEN & GRANT SCOTT AGE 12: NICOLE WILKINSON & JONATHAN SHARPLES AGE 13: CAMERON DUNLOP … Continue reading →


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Thanks so much to all the parents and children who came along to the presentation night and made it such a fun evening. Everyone entered into the spirit of the night and it was great to see the kids all getting on so well, and having a good laugh. (thanks especially to the Johnston boys for getting the party started with some very energetic dance moves). It was brilliant to watch all the parents dancing, too, especially the dad dancing … Continue reading →

Club Meeting 23.02.12

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What an excellent evening we had last night with our inter-club competition against Haddington, who brought along a good number of members to see how Charlie Summers would judge the ten prints and ten projected images per club.

The standard of the entries were very high and the majority of the images were awarded 17 points, ending in only 6 points between the clubs in respect of the print images.
However Musselburgh edged ahead with the projected images and ‘won the evening’.

Owing to the high standard  it is now nice to hear about what a judge likes about the images rather than a multitude of obvious areas which need improving.
Charlie did manage to give pointers where some could be improved but I think that he found the task some what challenging.So our thanks go to him for all the work he put in and hope that he will agree to come again sometime in the future.

Next week we have ‘An evening with the Musselburgh Art Club’  this is not a competition but Del will comment on the art work and how our images reflect art.
Following my e mail of yesterday, please bring along one of your images that can be selected for this exercise. As this is not a competition it does not matter if
you have used it in other comps. or want to use it next year, the more ‘arty’ the image the better.

We are waiting to hear how many are coming from the Art Club, so we might use the room 32 next week, so if you find no lights on in our usual room keep going up the corridor.



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The presentation night is in less than two weeks – on Friday February 24th – so everyone should be getting their tickets now. Even if you think your child hasn’t won a trophy through the club championship, there will be special awards on the night, so let’s see most of our swimmers and their families come along. Thanks to those who have bought tickets already. If you haven’t just ask at the desk – it is only £5 for a … Continue reading →


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Thanks to all those swimmers who regularly come on Sundays. Numbers are up on a regular basis since we cut the session to one hour, from 8.45am-9.45am. However, there are still a lot of swimmers that we never see on Sunday. We understand that many children have other activities – football, rugby, gymnastics, etc – and that it is sometimes a challenge for parents to get motivated first thing on a Sunday morning! But if you can get your kids … Continue reading →


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What a night! The Musselburgh team produced a brilliant performance to win the third round of the Coverdale Cup in their home pool. Our young swimmers all did the club proud as they dived, swam and turned superbly to triumph over Haddington, Tranent and Portobello. Musselburgh scored 197 points, almost 20 points ahead of Haddington with Tranent very close behind. The fourth and final gala of the cup between the clubs will be held at Tranent at the end of … Continue reading →


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