A friend has draw my attention to a photography competition organised by the Ordnance Survey. The competition gives you the chance of winning a holiday and having your photographs on the front covers of the next set of OS maps. You can find the details on this link:
You can also browse the photographs that have already been submitted and vote for your favourites.
At this evening’s club meeting, folk were asking for information about the total eclipse of the Sun on 20th March this year. The eclipse is total if you are lucky enough to view it from the Faroe Islands or Svalbard. From Scotland, we should see a significant partial eclipse, with the Sun shrinking to a small crescent. The further North and West you can get, the better the eclipse will be.
Having said that, the eclipse happens around sunrise (from 08:30am until 10:44am when viewed from from Edinburgh), so it is going to be visible in the East. To photograph the eclipse you need a place with a good, unobstructed view East and East South East. The East coast would be a good place. The very best place (if the weather holds up) would be the Western side of a loch, or Eastern side of an island, up in the far North West of Scotland. Here are some links to more information about the eclipse:
Be aware that it is still dangerous to look at the Sun during a partial eclipse. You will need dark glasses to protect your eyes. A wide-angle shot with a short exposure should be ok, but if you use a telephoto lens your camera will need protection with solar film. (You might get away with a 10 stop ND filter and a short exposure, but don’t look through the viewfinder.) An alternative way to photograph the eclipse is to project the Sun’s image onto a white card through a pinhole. The obvious shot is one looking towards the Sun, but you might notice some weird effects happening away from the Sun. Look what happens to shadows. The eclipse will create some interesting light.
Let’s hope the weather holds up. The last time we had an event like this I ended up driving down the A68 chasing the nearest gap in the clouds. Best of luck.
I am still planning to visit Glen Coe. It may be mid week and when the weather looks good. There are tame deer in Glen Etive. I plan a day trip to the area. Let me know if you are interested.
i fancy a day at edinburgh zoo. Its likely this will be mid week and when the light is good.
let me know if you are interested
I have a Panasonic G3k micro 4/3 camera with a 14-42mm kit lens for sale on behalf of my neighbour. The camera was bought approximately two years ago for her husband just before his health failed. It is effectively unused apart from a few indoor test shots.
It comes with several other goodies bought at the same time and also in as new condition: A good quality bag; UV filter; a couple of 8gb SD cards; a Serif productivity software suite and an LED light attachment for indoor videos.
The Panasonic DMC G camera is an SLR alternative with a wide range of interchangeable lenses available. Utilizing a high resolution sensor in the eyepiece in place of the traditional SLR prism/mirror arrangement and a pivoting rear screen. It is very light and compact and extremely well made.
The whole kit cost approximately £500 new and I am looking for £250 for it.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Although I’ve gone digital, I have a load of 35mm film negatives which I still want to keep. I bought some Kenro folders and inserts to store these safely, but have some spare. I’ll pass them on FREE to anyone who wants to keep and file their old negatives (or perhaps you are still using a film camera).
I have one binder (see http://kenro.co.uk/products/kenro-storage-binders/) and 5 packets of storage pages (see http://kenro.co.uk/products/film-storage-pages-35mm-translucent/) – enough for the negatives from at least 125 rolls of 35mm film.
Contact me on email@example.com if you would like them.
Leith Academy has just published its Adult Education programme for next term.There is a weekend course on Digital Photography on costing £35 for 2 days. I went to the last course and found it very helpful for people with all levels of knowledge. Small class size allows one to one tuition with your own camera. There are only 10 places so you need to book early.
The website is ww.joininedinburgh.org and search for Leith Community High School
The entry deadline is approaching for the Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2014, the annual photographic competition celebrating nature, wildlife and landscape photography in Scotland. This is the 5th annual competition to seek the Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year. It is open to professional and amateur photographers from around the world, but images must be taken in Scotland.
**** Entries close at 24:00 hours GMT on Sunday 30th November 2014 ****
The categories are:
Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2014:
Scottish Wildlife Portrait
Scottish Wildlife Behaviour
Scottish Landscape – Sea & Coast
Scottish Landscape – The Land
Scottish Landscape – Urban Greenspace
Junior Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2014 (open to under-18s). Up to 5 images on any Scottish nature subject.
Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2014 (for full or part-time students over-18 undertaking a photography element in their course).
Portfolio of 3 images on the theme of “Natural Drama”.
Lorne Gill – Photographer, Scottish Natural Heritage
Niall Irvine – Digital Imaging Practitioner and Co-organiser of the Awards
Neil McIntyre – Wildlife & Landscape Photographer
Colin Prior – International Landscape Photographer
Winning images will be featured in a Touring Exhibition in 2015. Winning and shortlisted images will be featured in the Portfolio Yearbook.
Full details of the competition, prizes, rules and how to enter are on our website
where you can also subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for updates on the competition and Awards news
Printing information October 2104
Most Camera Club members print their images at home. Most of these have been doing this for many years. We have new members and others (me included ) have lots of images on file but just can’t get round to organising their home printer to produce top quality photographic images. We collected the information below at the Club meeting yesterday. If anyone spots any errors or has any extra information to share please add a comment.
Local printers process images saved in the form of .jpeg or .tiff files on some sort of file storage e.g.CD/DVD/memory stick, or a memory card from your camera. If you’re wanting to print direct from camera don’t forget to take connecting lead to USB port. Some equipment e.g. smartphones can transfer images by Bluetooth.
For competitions most Club members print their images in A4 or A3 size. See below for size tables. You can also make square, or letterbox prints but similar scale.International paper sizes Size mm × mm in × in A0 841 × 1189 33.1 × 46.8 A1 594 × 841 23.4 × 33.1 A2 420 × 594 16.5 × 23.4 A3 297 × 420 11.7 × 16.5 A4 210 × 297 8.27 × 11.7 A5 148 × 210 5.83 × 8.27
To help the printer, label your CD/DVD/flash drive with your name, make sure you clearly identify the images you want to print, how many copies of each you want and whether you want matt or gloss paper. You should ask to see samples of prints on different sorts of paper as it can make a huge difference to the final result.
If you’re not happy with the result of the printing e.g. red or green tinge to colour not apparent on the screen, discuss with the printer and ask their advice. If it’s a processing problem they should redo it for free. Over time you will find a source of prints that you like and trust and which best shows off your work.
Local printers listed in geographical areas :
Trumps Photolab, 29 South Clerk Street, EH8 9JD (07827 589 527) (within Newington Stationers) Near to University. Experts on site. Turnaround depends on workload but usually within I day.
A+M Imaging, Unit 3, Stewartfield, Newhaven Road EH6 5RQ (0131 553 3548) Bonnington area with free parking. Same service as Trumps. No personal experience of service but good prices on website and v helpful on phone.
Eastern Exhibition and Display, 108 Market Street, Musselburgh EH21 6QA (0131 653 5700) Next to LIDL, Fisherrow. Mostly do large scale commercial work.
Southfield Stationers, 25 Hardengreen Industrial Estate, Dalkeith EH22 3NX (0131 654 4300) Commercial printers. Will do small orders. Good price but can be variable quality depending on other workload.
Very near to IKEA
Upload images online and collect next day at Costco Edinburgh, Costkea Way, Loanhead EH20 9BY (0131 440 7075) Have to join Costco as individual member. Mike Clark club member recommends. Very helpful on phone.
Very good reviews from customers and recommended by Jennifer Davidson. Prints sent rolled by first class post 1 – 5 working days or can do special or courier delivery.
Don’t forget to give us feedback on your experiences !
For competitions most Club members print their images in A4 or A3 size.
See below for size tables. You can also make square or letterbox prints.
Make sure you can clearly identify the images you want to print and how many copies you want.
Decide whether you want matt or gloss paper.
Over time you will find a method/source of prints that you like and best shows off your work.
Trumps Photolab, 29 South Clerk Street, EH8 9JD (07827 589 527)
(within Newington Stationers) Near to University. Experts on site.
Turnaround depends on workload but usually within I day.
A+M Imaging, Unit 3, Stewartfield, Newhaven Road EH6 5RQ (0131 553 3548)
Bonnington area with free parking. Same service as Trumps.
No experience of service but good prices on website and v helpful on phone.
Eastern Exhibition and Display, 108 Market Street, Musselburgh EH21 6QA (0131 653 5700)
Next to LIDL, Fisherrow. Mostly do large scale commercial work.
Southfield Stationers, 25 Hardengreen Industrial Estate, Dalkeith EH22 3NX (0131 654 4300)
Commercial printers. Will do small orders. Good price but can be variable quality depending on other workload.
Next to IKEA
Upload images online and collect next day at
Costco Edinburgh, Costkea Way, Loanhead EH20 9BY (0131 440 7075)
Have to join Costco as individual member. Mike Clark club member recommends
Very good reviews from customers and recommended by Jennifer Davidson.
Prints sent rolled by first class post 1 – 5 working days or can do special or courier delivery.
As advertised by the National Trust for Scotland; the NTS Priority Code for the special offer is 103127. The Great Courses.co.uk (phone number 0800 298 9796) has a DVD (or download) of a series of twenty four 30 minute videos setting out the Fundamentals of Photography. This course normally costs £54.99 but is on special offer for £24.99 until 19/11/14. £2.99 p&p.
The lecturer is Joel Sartore who is a National Geographic Fellow in Photography. The Great Courses site describes the course in more detail.
If anyone is interested, the web site for the Arizona Highways magazine, which I displayed at the last club meeting, can be found at
Even if you don’t subscribe, they have some photography tips and a collection of photographs on their web site.
Hi Guy’s hope you all had a good night at butterfly world etc. please post some of your results on the MCC Flickr page accessible from the home page of this site. Its a great was to get positive comments and see what other folk got up to. Only around 3 folk have posted images so that leaves 20 or so who still need to do so. Give it a try. I have popped a few in to get us started.
Over twenty members had a special evening visit to the Butterfly & Insect Word where we had access to many of the exhibits, thanks to an itinerant black bird there were not so many butterflies, so we may need to have a follow up visit at sometime. However there were many photo opportunities’ and everyone said that they had a worthwhile and enjoyable time.
As promised I have set up three workshops:-
Portrait 1 – Thursday 24th April - there is one place left.
Photoshop Thursday 1st May – so far I have only heard from one member – please let me know if you want to come along – if I do not get six or more I will need to cancel.
Portrait 2 – Thursday 8th May - there are two places left.
Please let me know if you are interested in these workshops, the more interest the more I will try to set up.
I plan to have a ‘field’ visit to the Aberlady Reserve and Gosford Estate (local EL wildlife!), early June, depending on weather. Please let me know if this is of interest to you.
We had a good interactive AGM last night when a number of issues were discussed. The minutes will be out in due course and I detail some of the main areas:-
• Steven Bearded was elected as Vice Chairman
• Anita Nutter did not want to stand as a candidate for the committee
• The rest of the current committee was re elected along with Ian Keenan who will now join the committee.
• Club Competitions – it was agreed to change the entry rules for next session – we will be looking for members to submit up to three images (prints or projected) the two prints with the highest marks will be recorded.
• The two set subjects were voted on:-
1. Prints – ‘Emotions’ – to be judged by Stuart McMillan
2. Projected – ‘Wild Life in East Lothian – to be judged by Jim Todd
• Under any other business Clive asked:-
1. Had everyone set up files on their computers detailing next year’s comps. based on details in his last week’s communication?
2. Did members want the setting up extra meetings (visits and workshops) during ‘closed session’ – Separate e mails will be sent out about these.
The Trophy Presentations followed – congratulations to all who received medals and the trophies. – a full list will be posted on the notice board and the web site along with a photo line up.
Finally we were treated to delicious refreshments and many thanks to those who made these.
Have a good summer and make a real effort to get some great images and put the best into your ‘potential folders’.