Musselburgh Camera Club

Club Meeting 27.03.14

Our guest speaker last night was Alistair White who has spent many years specialising in ‘Nature Photography’. He has made many trips with specialist guides to many parts of the world and we were privileged to see many rare species of birds that he ‘captured’ with his camera.
He has also went on safari in Tanzania going to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Kilimanjaro where he has taken images of Lions, elephants, fighting giraffes and zebras. He witness the Wildebeest migration and dozens of other wild animals.
He also ‘took us’ to the US where he has photographed many of the canyons and National Parks. We also visited New Zealand and Costa Rica.
Members were very impressed with this illustrated talk and we look forward to perhaps seeing his latest adventures next season.

 
There are a number of photographic exhibitions that are worth visiting:
1. National Museum Scotland – Wildlife Photographer of the year – free – until 1st June.
2. National Portrait Gallery – The Taylor Photographic Portrait Prize – free – until 26th May
3. Queen Margaret University Camera Club – free – 31st March -7th April.
Mike Clark has arranged an evening visit to the Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World on Thursday 17th April 7.30pm – in order to have this special opportunity there has to be a minimum of 15 people – currently on the list there are 18 names – any member is welcome to come along, so if you are interest either put your name on the list on the notice board or send me an e mail.

It is next to:- Dobbies Garden World, Melville Nursery, Lasswade, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH18 1AZ

Next week we will see the results and images from our B & W comp. which had to be postponed owing to the illness of judge Libby Smith.
Also we will see the Digital Images in respect of our set subject comp. ‘Night Photography’. which will be judged on the night by Joe Fowler. So there is still time to e mail me with your entries.
Clive


Butterfly World trip

Trip is on-

date is 17/4/2014

time is 6-8pm.

All sounds good with 2 staff on hand to keep us supplied with butterflies, reptiles, spiders and quail to photograph.

Mike


Butterfly World trip

Trip is on-

date is 17/4/2014

time is 6-8pm.

All sounds good with 2 staff on hand to keep us supplied with butterflies, reptiles, spiders and quail to photograph.

Mike


club Meeting 20.03.14

Last night Jane & George gave us an insight into their progression in the art of photography. Jane has taken part in many photographic expeditions and took us around the world, ending up seeing images of her recent trip to Antarctica.

George took us through India and Sri Lanka, sights of many wild animals including a hungry tiger. He also homed in on Asian elephants and kingfishers plus recording the conditions that most people live in, although their poverty is very said it does give ‘great photo opportunities’.

So far I have only six members have given me their ‘Night Photography images.

Please make a real effort to e mail to me your entries during next week, if you do not have anything, then put on a warm coat and get out there!

It was unfortunate that Libby Smith was unable, owing to illness, to come along last week to give her comments on our B & W images. George will try to pick them up and we can then see them with her comments on Thursday 3rd April

Next Week – We have a talk by Alistair White detailed as ‘Nature up Close & Personal’ his talk will focus on some of the places he has visited around the world in search of the wonders of nature, illustrated by photographs of the landscape, fauna and flora of those places. He will also be commenting throughout on the many threats to the natural world, and the methods which can be used to protect it.

Joe Fowler is running a further workshop at Southfield on Saturday 29th March – 10am to noon.Contact him on fingalfowler@aol.com

Clive

 


club Meeting 20.03.14

Last night Jane & George gave us an insight into their progression in the art of photography. Jane has taken part in many photographic expeditions and took us around the world, ending up seeing images of her recent trip to Antarctica.

George took us through India and Sri Lanka, sights of many wild animals including a hungry tiger. He also homed in on Asian elephants and kingfishers plus recording the conditions that most people live in, although their poverty is very said it does give ‘great photo opportunities’.

So far I have only six members have given me their ‘Night Photography images.

Please make a real effort to e mail to me your entries during next week, if you do not have anything, then put on a warm coat and get out there!

It was unfortunate that Libby Smith was unable, owing to illness, to come along last week to give her comments on our B & W images. George will try to pick them up and we can then see them with her comments on Thursday 3rd April

Next Week – We have a talk by Alistair White detailed as ‘Nature up Close & Personal’ his talk will focus on some of the places he has visited around the world in search of the wonders of nature, illustrated by photographs of the landscape, fauna and flora of those places. He will also be commenting throughout on the many threats to the natural world, and the methods which can be used to protect it.

Joe Fowler is running a further workshop at Southfield on Saturday 29th March – 10am to noon.Contact him on fingalfowler@aol.com

Clive

 


For Sale Macro Lenses

Hi there,

i am considering selling 2 of my Macro lenses to fund another lens. i can supply images or bring lenses to club for you to inspect. just get in touch if you are interested.

Lens 1. Tamron 90mm di- 1 year old and in mint condition. it has only been used on around 6 occasions. Price £200

Lens 2. Nikkor 40mm Macro lens.- New. price £150

Both lenses would be ideal for butterfly world if you have a Nikon DSLR

Just get in touch if you are interested

 Mike 07722887278


SOLD LED RING FLASH SET NOW SOLD

LED ringflash set for sale £15. Comes boxed with instructions, ring size mounts for lenses and creative diffusers. Ideal for butterfly world.
contact Mike – 07722887278
1 year old like new, very little use.


FOR SALE LED RING FLASH SET NOW SOLD

LED ringflash set for sale £15. Comes boxed with instructions, ring size mounts for lenses and creative diffusers. Ideal for butterfly world.
contact Mike – 07722887278
1 year old like new, very little use.


Club Meeting 06.03.14

We welcomed the Musselburgh Art Club to our joint annual visit last night where Peter Gray describer each of the 20 paintings that were on show, he talked about the different mediums and subjects captured expertly by the Art Club members.

Joe Fowler spoke about the print images from members of the MCC. Everyone said that it was an interesting and enjoyable evening, which concluded by refreshments, many thanks to those members who provided the fair.

There are many similarities between painting and photography. A painting reflex’s the painters thought and attitude and a photographer’s image should reflex the same creating an image that is personal and showing the photographers skills often assisted with the use of Photoshop.

Next week we have our B & W Club Competition, to be judged by Libby Smith who has a three hour round trip to give us her words of wisdom -so please come along and give your support. Unfortunately I will not be there as I have to go south.

March 20th George Todd and Jane Renton will be giving a presentation on their interest in photography and their photographic ambitions.

By 20th March we need the submission for the digital ‘Set Subject’ ‘Night Photography’. Please bring in a CD or e mail me up to three images and ensure that you change the file name to your club member number and then the title.        i.e   00 – My image.

March 27th We have a talk by Alistair ‘Nature – Up Close & Personal’ (one not to be missed).

Clive


Club Meeting 06.03.14

We welcomed the Musselburgh Art Club to our joint annual visit last night where Peter Gray describer each of the 20 paintings that were on show, he talked about the different mediums and subjects captured expertly by the Art Club members.

Joe Fowler spoke about the print images from members of the MCC. Everyone said that it was an interesting and enjoyable evening, which concluded by refreshments, many thanks to those members who provided the fair.

There are many similarities between painting and photography. A painting reflex’s the painters thought and attitude and a photographer’s image should reflex the same creating an image that is personal and showing the photographers skills often assisted with the use of Photoshop.

Next week we have our B & W Club Competition, to be judged by Libby Smith who has a three hour round trip to give us her words of wisdom -so please come along and give your support. Unfortunately I will not be there as I have to go south.

March 20th George Todd and Jane Renton will be giving a presentation on their interest in photography and their photographic ambitions.

By 20th March we need the submission for the digital ‘Set Subject’ ‘Night Photography’. Please bring in a CD or e mail me up to three images and ensure that you change the file name to your club member number and then the title.        i.e   00 – My image.

March 27th We have a talk by Alistair ‘Nature – Up Close & Personal’ (one not to be missed).

Clive


Musselburgh Museum

I have received the following which someone might be interesting in:-

Dear Clive, I'm Paul Lambie, a Trustee of Musselburgh Museum and a volunteer with East Lothian Archives in the John Gray Centre. For years the Musselburgh Museum Committee had the ambition of obtaining the late John Knight's collection of remarkable photographs from his son Stuart. Late last year Stuart gave to me and Craig Statham of East Lothian Archives most of the photographic prints to be catalogued and made available to the public for inspection: Stuart kept most of the negatives. It's a large collection and Craig hadn't got the time to start cataloguing it. Unfortunately he has just left East Lothian and has taken up a position as map curator in the National Library in Causewayside. He suggested to me that I try to get a Musselburgh Museum volunteer to take on this task, with guidance from Archives staff. So far nobody has come forward in the Museum, and I had the idea that the Camera Club may be a better place to find somebody with photographic and historical interests to do this job: there is published guidance for the cataloguing. So that is why I'm writing this note. I no longer live and work in Musselburgh. My address is:- 18 The Green, Pencaitland EH34 5HE, and my telephone number is 01875 341376. Paul Lambie Call Send SMS Add to Skype You’ll need Skype CreditFree via Skype

Musselburgh Museum

I have received the following which someone might be interesting in:-

Dear Clive, I'm Paul Lambie, a Trustee of Musselburgh Museum and a volunteer with East Lothian Archives in the John Gray Centre. For years the Musselburgh Museum Committee had the ambition of obtaining the late John Knight's collection of remarkable photographs from his son Stuart. Late last year Stuart gave to me and Craig Statham of East Lothian Archives most of the photographic prints to be catalogued and made available to the public for inspection: Stuart kept most of the negatives. It's a large collection and Craig hadn't got the time to start cataloguing it. Unfortunately he has just left East Lothian and has taken up a position as map curator in the National Library in Causewayside. He suggested to me that I try to get a Musselburgh Museum volunteer to take on this task, with guidance from Archives staff. So far nobody has come forward in the Museum, and I had the idea that the Camera Club may be a better place to find somebody with photographic and historical interests to do this job: there is published guidance for the cataloguing. So that is why I'm writing this note. I no longer live and work in Musselburgh. My address is:- 18 The Green, Pencaitland EH34 5HE, and my telephone number is 01875 341376. Paul Lambie Call Send SMS Add to Skype You’ll need Skype CreditFree via Skype

BUTTERFLY WORLD VISIT

I contacted butterfly world today and and a private session is available. The minimum number is 15 ( or those who go pay for 15).

there is no discount unfortunately but we can be in on our own from 6-8pm

cost is £7.50 – £6.50 for concessions.

I will put a sheet up in our room when we are next back in 2 weeks time.

Expect to see butterflies, reptiles, Insects, Fish and Birds

Mike


BUTTERFLY WORLD VISIT

I contacted butterfly world today and and a private session is available. The minimum number is 15 ( or those who go pay for 15).

there is no discount unfortunately but we can be in on our own from 6-8pm

cost is £7.50 – £6.50 for concessions.

I will put a sheet up in our room when we are next back in 2 weeks time.

Expect to see butterflies, reptiles, Insects, Fish and Birds

Mike


Club Meeting 20.02.14

Please note that there will not be a meeting at Fisherrow next week as we are to visit Beeslack CC in Penicuik for an AV evening.

The following week, Thursday 6th March, we will be joined by the Musselburgh Art Club and will be in the large room (32). It will be an opportunity to see some Artistic Paintings and compare them with Photographic Photoshopping!

Please bring along some of your prints so that we can have a good representation of MCC’s efforts.

Following the Set Subject (Street Photography) recently judged, last night we had the opportunity to hear from members as to how they came to take their images and what they thought about when they were taken.

The next Set Subject (Night Photography) need to be submitted by 20th March. As these are for projection I hope that all members will select up to 3 images and either bring in a CD/memory stick or e mail them to me.

For the more advanced members (if you do not already do so) set your metering to manual – decide on your shutter speed (depending on your lens and movement of your subject) select the f stop(depending on required depth of field) and have your ISO at say 200.

By being on manual you should see in the viewfinder the metering scale which will tell if you are over exposed or under exposed – move one ( or more) of the parameters by the number of stops to get the correct exposure either in a matrix or spot setting. Remember three clicks or button pressing will change the setting by one stop. Take the image and look at your histogram and it should show that there is no clipping and you will have achieved a correct exposure (no loss of detail) with less work to do in Photoshop.

Then think about focusing – the best part of your lens is in the centre – so keep the focal point in the centre and get this on the point in the image which you want to be the sharpest and re compose. However to get better control, disable the auto focus on the shutter button (via the menu – look at manual if you can find it) and use the focus lock button – once you have auto focused it will lock that point until you refocus, so you can recompose your image as many times as you like and the original focus will be maintained.

Instead of using the Aperture Priority mode as I have normally used in the past I used the above procedure over the last few weeks (it does get a bit of getting used to) but I have found that I got a much better results in respect of exposure and focusing.

Clive

 


Pre Club meeting for 20.02.14

Having just returned from my trip last night I was delighted to find that we came first in the ’4- Way Inter Club Competition’ on the 11th Feb and that we achieved 3rd place at the ’12 Way Club Competition’ on 9th Feb. Especially that Anita Nutter’s ‘ Wood-nymph’ got the best Overall Print’.

Congratulations to those who entries were selected, we need to work hard over the rest of the year to build up another ‘quality’ selection in order to have material for next year.

On the contrary I was disappointed to find that we only had 18 entries from eight members for the ‘set subject’ comp. The subject was selected by members at last years’ AGM.

Submissions for competitions are not he ‘be and end all’ but unless members  make a real effort to join into this aspect of the club’s activities we cannot improve our skills and confidence .

I wish for the club to be ‘a members’ club and all to work as a team, for us all to benefit from ideas and skills of each other and this can only be achieved if all join in the activities. If anyone has any ideas how we can achieve this please let me know.

Members should not be put off if they think that their images are not winners, getting comments (good or bad) is what helps to build up one’s skills and confidence. So do your personal best and take part.

At this Thursdays’ meeting we will need the submission for up to two B & W mounted prints. Libby Smith who gave us a talk on B & W photography last October is our judge for this comp. she has a three hour round trip( in good weather) so it would be a disaster if we do not have sufficient  number of submissions. So please make a real effort.

Yes I am back and have started ‘moaning on’ again, but the principles and benefits of being a member of this club is important to me and I really want every member to also benefit from building up their skills and most of all enjoying this fascinating and ‘demanding’ hobby.

Clive


Club Meeting 23.01.14

Last night we had we were all overwhelmed by the outstanding quality of the AV presentations lead by Steven Beard. If you think that you would like to have a go at AV speak to Steven who can give advice on software etc.

Tip – The camera will record only in colour – but if you are looking to take B & W images – shoot in RAW and change camera setting to mono and your image on back of camera will be shown as B & W image which gives better guidance to the exposure and the suitability of the subject to this medium.

It will revert to colour when you load it into Photoshop, where you will need to convert it to B & W.

Remember that we are looking for two B & W prints to be submitted on 20th Feb.

Some members  put in their print entries for the Set Subject Comp (street photography) – if you have not included a digital copy on a CD please send me a copy via e mail – please do this so that we can maintain our club data base.

There is still an opportunity to still bring in your entries next week (up to 3 prints), so please make an effort to take part, after all we are a camera club and we need to show that we actually take pictures!!

Please make an effort to support the club at the 12 Way on Sunday 9th Feb and the 4 Way on Tuesday 11th Feb. full details are on my ‘post’ last week (see web site)

Next week ( 30th Jan) we have Anita & Kevin talking about their interest in Photography.

 

Clive


Club Meeting 16.01.14

Last night members brought  in three prints, two images at a time were shown and a brief ‘critique’ was done and then members voted for the one they preferred.- the highest vote went to the next round and so on until we found a winner. This ended up by Anita’s Tantallon Castle taking the title.

Thanks to all who submitted their images and I hope that the comments made will help to develop members skills.

Change in syllabus

Four way Inter-Club Comp. hosted at Haddington CC will now be held on

Tue 11th Feb Poldrake Haddington 7.30pm

Top floor of Poldrate Arts and Craft Centre (PACC), Haddington, EH41 4DA.

If you think you can support us, please put your name on the list on the notice board.

On Sunday 9th Feb. the 12 way inter-club comp will take place at the Scottish Mining Museum,  Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Midlothian, EH22 4QN

10am for 10.30am start with a break for lunch about 12 noon restarting about 1pm for the second half. A good chance to see the images from 11 other clubs and cheer on our entries.

Next week – 23rd Jan

  • AV group show their wares.
  • Please bring in your ‘Set Subject’ Street Photography’ – Print entries up to 3 images.

 

On 30th Jan – Kevin Johnson and Anita Nutter will let us into their secret world of photography.

Clive


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