Musselburgh Camera Club

Club Meeting 18.04.13

Last night brought our current weekly session to an end with our AGM taking place and the presentation of trophies to the members who achieved the highest marks in the club competitions.

We had a number of new officers and committee members voted onto the committee, so I am looking forward to working with them and developing new ideas etc to make further improvements to the club.

Congratulation to all the trophy winners, details will soon be on the web site, together with a group ‘mug shot’.

The syllabus has been set up for next session, with the first meeting starting on Thursday 5th of September, details are on the web site. We hope that you will find it of interest and for it to be an aid to develop your interest and skills in this fascinating hobby of photography.

Meantime we will continue with our workshops, with the next Photoshop Workshop on Tuesday 21st May. Please make an effort to attend this as impute is required to see how this workshop can be developed further, Jim Todd has some training videos that we would like to ‘lend’ to you. So please do not miss out on this opportunity. If you cannot make this date, please let me have your ideas as to the way forward, members impute is vital.

Other dates for your diary:-

            Joe Fowler is running further workshops on the last Saturday of each month at Southfields Stationers – the first on 27th April 10-Noon. If you are interest or want more details contact him on:- fingalfowler@aol.com.

            The Museum of Flight at East Fortune are holding another ‘Wartime Experience’

            on Sunday 12th May – a great photo opportunity. See their web site:-

            http://www.nms.ac.uk/our_museums/museum_of_flight.aspx

For those who are not on the library rota, please visit one of the libraries, details on the web site under ‘Coming Up’

The Set Subject competition subjects were voted on last night with:-

            Colour Print              Street photography.

            Digital Projection     Night photography

So with festival coming up there will be plenty of material to work at. Please also start to think about the other club competitions, details on the web. With a camera and a little imagination start to fill the ‘cards’ and with the help of the workshops start to craft some satisfying images, but best of all – enjoy what you are doing.

I will try to keep in touch as ideas and opportunities arise.

Clive


Club Meeting 11.04.13

I hope that some members picked up a few ideas and motivation to develop their skill in respect of macro photography. An interesting aspect which takes patience and an aim to get full and sharp detail of the subject, it just takes a bit of initative and experiment.

Next week will be the last meeting of this session, so if you have not yet done so, please bring in a couple of prints for consideration for  the library exhibition.

On next Tuesday 16th April will be a further Photoshop Workshop, well worth coming along to, no need to book, just turn up, with a laptop if you have one.

Our last meeting on Thursday 18th April will be in two parts, the first being the statutory AGM. We strive to make all members to be fully part of the club so please make an effort to attend. Also members will be asked to come up with two subjects for the ‘Set Subject’ competition, so please give this some though and make your suggestions at the meeting which will then be voted on.

The second part of the meeting will be the presentation to the club’s winning members of trophies and medals, followed by ‘some nibbles’.

So I look forward to seeing full support and turnout of members.

 

Clive

 


Club Meeting 04.04.13

We welcomed Kirkcaldy Camera Club last night for our annual inter-club competition. Neil Scott – who gave us such an interesting & enlightening talk in January on his topic ‘A silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear’, was the judge. Owing to the distance involved Neil agreed to judge the images ‘on the hoof’, so ‘first impressions’ was what was going to count.

There were ten prints and ten projected images from each club and although Neil said that they were all of high standard, he was going to judge them against each other and therefore the marks would be awarded on the basis of quality of the better images. This would result in some images getting a lower mark if they had been marked on their own merits.

The end result was that Musselburgh received five marks more for the projected images but fell behind in the prints, thus Kirkcaldy CC took first place with a total of 334 points to MCC’s of 322.

Liz and her team had provided a ‘winning’ layout of refreshments, so we were able to give a high quality of hospitality to the victors.

Next week I propose do a session on macro photography – a brief Power Point and then a workshop. Please bring along your camera and a tripod.

Also if you have any camera equipment you want to sell, bring it along and perhaps members may be interested – I suggest that you put a label on it with your name and club number, so items do not get mixed up. It will be up to you to do the ‘negotiation’ and ‘sales pitch’.

Joe has arranged the visit to the Deer Park this Sunday – if you want to go along please send an e mail to him – fingalfowler@aol.com – regarding arrangements.

The next Photoshop Workshop will be held on Tuesday 16th April, so please come along as we all need to raise our skills  so that we can produce more ‘winning images’.

Clive


Photo Opportunities re Street Photography

Simon Wilkinson has drawn up a list of events that could be interesting and some are a real challenge – take care with the rallies.

SOME UPCOMING EVENTS

STREET/NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY:

Beltane Fire Festival at Calton  Hill 21.00hrs Tuesday 30th April 2013

http://beltanefiresociety.wordpress.com/

STREET PHOTGRAPHY/DEMO:

99% AGAINST AUSTERITY – Protest against Government Austerity cuts, meeting at St Andrews Sq, Edin on 4th May 2013 at 12.00hrs for demo and March. 2500 invited, Police estimate approx. 300 attendees. Can be found on Facebook if you have an account

MISC:

British Scooter Assoc meet at Kelso, Scottish Borders25-27th May 2013 Large National meet with eclectic mix of characters and machines, might be worth a look if you’re in the area.

SPORTING/MISC/PEOPLE:

Edinburgh Marathon Festival, 26th May 2013 a world class event attracting 20,00 people and finishing at Musselburgh 2nd largest competitor  sport event outside the London Marathon, apparently!

http://www.edinburgh-marathon.com/

SPORTING EVENT:

Jim Clark Rally, Duns ,Scottish Borders 31st May-2nd June part of British Rally Championships several classes and locations around Berwickshire, worthwhile if you’re a petrol head!!

http://www.jimclarkrally.com/

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY/DEMO:

Scottish Defence League rally/march an unsavoury bunch with strong political feelings that attract counter demonstrators, who are just as opinionated  and can be just as unsavoury. Big Police commitment that can sometimes be a non-event. Venue and time T.B.C. scheduled for 1st June 2013 due to council stalling on granting permission, (Democracy in Action!) Again web access through Facebook. Link to BBC coverage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-18218128

ART/PEOPLE:

3 Harbours Festival at various venues in Prestonpans. Cockenzie & Port Seton from 1st-5th June 2013

http://www.3harbours.co.uk/events-day-by-day/

MISC/PEOPLE:

Royal Highland Show 20th-26th June 2013 at Ingleston lots of people and lots of cows, tractors to if that’s your thing!

http://royalhighlandshow.org/

SPORTING EVENT:

British Open Golf Championships at Muirfield, lots of people, lots of traffic, lots of men in strange outfits and costs lots of money. 14th-21st July 2013.

http://www.theopen.com/

 


Club Meeting 18.04.13

Last night brought our current weekly session to an end with our AGM taking place and the presentation of trophies to the members who achieved the highest marks in the club competitions.

We had a number of new officers and committee members voted onto the committee, so I am looking forward to working with them and developing new ideas etc to make further improvements to the club.

Congratulation to all the trophy winners, details will soon be on the web site, together with a group ‘mug shot’.

The syllabus has been set up for next session, with the first meeting starting on Thursday 5th of September, details are on the web site. We hope that you will find it of interest and for it to be an aid to develop your interest and skills in this fascinating hobby of photography.

Meantime we will continue with our workshops, with the next Photoshop Workshop on Tuesday 21st May. Please make an effort to attend this as impute is required to see how this workshop can be developed further, Jim Todd has some training videos that we would like to ‘lend’ to you. So please do not miss out on this opportunity. If you cannot make this date, please let me have your ideas as to the way forward, members impute is vital.

Other dates for your diary:-

            Joe Fowler is running further workshops on the last Saturday of each month at Southfields Stationers – the first on 27th April 10-Noon. If you are interest or want more details contact him on:- fingalfowler@aol.com.

            The Museum of Flight at East Fortune are holding another ‘Wartime Experience’

            on Sunday 12th May – a great photo opportunity. See their web site:-

            http://www.nms.ac.uk/our_museums/museum_of_flight.aspx

For those who are not on the library rota, please visit one of the libraries, details on the web site under ‘Coming Up’

The Set Subject competition subjects were voted on last night with:-

            Colour Print              Street photography.

            Digital Projection     Night photography

So with festival coming up there will be plenty of material to work at. Please also start to think about the other club competitions, details on the web. With a camera and a little imagination start to fill the ‘cards’ and with the help of the workshops start to craft some satisfying images, but best of all – enjoy what you are doing.

I will try to keep in touch as ideas and opportunities arise.

Clive


Club Meeting 11.04.13

I hope that some members picked up a few ideas and motivation to develop their skill in respect of macro photography. An interesting aspect which takes patience and an aim to get full and sharp detail of the subject, it just takes a bit of initative and experiment.

Next week will be the last meeting of this session, so if you have not yet done so, please bring in a couple of prints for consideration for  the library exhibition.

On next Tuesday 16th April will be a further Photoshop Workshop, well worth coming along to, no need to book, just turn up, with a laptop if you have one.

Our last meeting on Thursday 18th April will be in two parts, the first being the statutory AGM. We strive to make all members to be fully part of the club so please make an effort to attend. Also members will be asked to come up with two subjects for the ‘Set Subject’ competition, so please give this some though and make your suggestions at the meeting which will then be voted on.

The second part of the meeting will be the presentation to the club’s winning members of trophies and medals, followed by ‘some nibbles’.

So I look forward to seeing full support and turnout of members.

 

Clive

 


Club Meeting 04.04.13

We welcomed Kirkcaldy Camera Club last night for our annual inter-club competition. Neil Scott – who gave us such an interesting & enlightening talk in January on his topic ‘A silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear’, was the judge. Owing to the distance involved Neil agreed to judge the images ‘on the hoof’, so ‘first impressions’ was what was going to count.

There were ten prints and ten projected images from each club and although Neil said that they were all of high standard, he was going to judge them against each other and therefore the marks would be awarded on the basis of quality of the better images. This would result in some images getting a lower mark if they had been marked on their own merits.

The end result was that Musselburgh received five marks more for the projected images but fell behind in the prints, thus Kirkcaldy CC took first place with a total of 334 points to MCC’s of 322.

Liz and her team had provided a ‘winning’ layout of refreshments, so we were able to give a high quality of hospitality to the victors.

Next week I propose do a session on macro photography – a brief Power Point and then a workshop. Please bring along your camera and a tripod.

Also if you have any camera equipment you want to sell, bring it along and perhaps members may be interested – I suggest that you put a label on it with your name and club number, so items do not get mixed up. It will be up to you to do the ‘negotiation’ and ‘sales pitch’.

Joe has arranged the visit to the Deer Park this Sunday – if you want to go along please send an e mail to him – fingalfowler@aol.com – regarding arrangements.

The next Photoshop Workshop will be held on Tuesday 16th April, so please come along as we all need to raise our skills  so that we can produce more ‘winning images’.

Clive


Club Meeting 21.03.13

The last internal club competition was held last night. The set subject this year was ‘Abstract/quirky ‘ Our last year’s winner, Jennifer Davidson, took a lot of time in studying the 28 entries and gave her judicious views and opinion on each entry, all of which showed a high standard of initiative and imagination.

Following a difficult task Jenifer picked out the three winners, awarding first prize to Ken Sharp, with his inspiring image of a seat, second place to Anita Nutter, with an alternative view of the ‘Bass Rock’ and Rob Wilson in third place with  an intriguing pattern.

Next week Members look forward to hearing how the ‘Works of Art’ were thought up and creatted .

On Thursday the 4th April, we have the inter club competition with Kirkcaldy Camera Club, They will have at least a three hour round trip to visit us, so please make an effort to come along and support us and show them what a fantastic and vibrant club we have.

The ‘volunteer’ list is on the notice board for the six library exhibitions starting in May, so please choose a ‘spot’ and in addition will everyone look out a printed image that can be used in the exhibition, so that it shows a good cross section of the club’s work.

Clive


Otter opportunity

We are trying to raise awareness of the unique photographic opportunities for otters on the Island of Carna in Loch Sunart, Ardnamurchan on the West coast of Scotland. 
We have had successful groups of photographers visiting the island either independently or on guided trips and are trying to spread the word about this wonderful place.
I would be keen to come along give a presentation and talk to your club members about the island and it’s wildlife if you thought it might be of interest to your membership.
Would it be possible to forward this e mail to your members?
Please see our web site (address below) and facebook page for some excellent examples of otter pictures. 
Kind Regards
Andy Jackson
Ardnamurchan Charters Ltd.
www.west-scotland-marine.com
email: ardcharters@west-scotland-marine.com 
Tel 01972 500208
Fax 01972 500222
Mob 07799608199
post address

Andy Jackson
Ardnamurchan Charters Ltd.
Bruach Na Fearna
Laga Bay
Acharacle
Argyll
PH36 4JW


Club Meeting 14.03.13

The Annual Four Way  Competition took place last night, it was a close run event but Musselburgh triumphed with Haddington C C  coming second, Beeslack C C third and Midlothian C C in forth place.

There was good support from all clubs and Richard Bingham, the judge, gave a very fair and thorough assessment of each of the projected images and prints. Giving guidance that in his opinion would have improved the image and thus the score. Too tight cropping or cropping out areas that distracted, highlight areas that needed attention and some aspects where perhaps they had been ‘over Photoshopped’. Depth of field was also areas where perhaps paying attention to camera settings or angle of the shot would have made a substantial improvement to the final image.

It really proved how taking care at the outset and having a raw file to work on in Photoshop you can create a work of art that stands out from the general ‘happy snapper’.

Thus the reason for running the Photoshop Workshops, the next one will be on this coming Tuesday (19th March) – 7.30pm – Fisherrow  room 4. Please come along if you need help, if you have a laptop, please bring it along, if not bring along the ‘Club CD’ as they may be something worth taking advantage of.

Next week we will be having the submissions for the ‘Abstract/Quirky ‘ judged by our last year’s winner Jennifer. So not only do you get a cup for winning, you can become a judge for the night!

There is a report in this week’s East Lothian Courier, detailing our joint meeting with the Musselburgh Art Club.

Clive


Club Meeting 07.03.13

Our annual meeting with the Musselburgh Art Club, yet again proved to be an excellent and entertaining evening. With a high number of members from both clubs, which nearly filled the large room at Fisherrow

Peter Grey, who was an art teacher, discussed the medium and composition of the 35 paintings that had been brought along. Pointing out the different approach to the subjects and the techniques used to achieve a pleasing result.

Joe Fowler discussed a full range of photographic work by MCC members, describing how Photoshop skills helped to make a ‘straight snap’ into an interesting and agreeable image that can stand along with ‘painted art’.

There was a good range of subjects, which reflected the skills and dedication of both these mediums and proved that to obtain good results you need imagination and developing skills, but most of all to get satisfaction from one’s work and effort.

Abstract/Qwerty Competition , if you could not manage to bring in your entries last night, then please bring them along next week so that Jennifer can get them ready for comments on 21st March.

Next week we have the four way competition against Beeslack, Haddington and Midlothian. There will be ten prints and ten projected images from each club, so we will have eighty images for the judge Richard Bingham to judicate on. So please come along and support the club and meet members from the other clubs. We again will be in room 32.

Clive


Club Meeting 28.02.13

Last night Duncan Forbes, Senior Curator of Photography gave us an illustrated and interesting talk about the history of photography and the leading way that the Portrait Gallery is building up such a valuable and educational collection of this fascinating art.
Representing not only Scottish photographers, but other renowned photographers from around the world.
We must find time to visiting the new exhibition and the others which he spoke about that are to held later this year.

Next week (in room 32) we have the evening with the Musselburgh Art Club, seeing and talking about their work, we will also be showing some of our work. Please bring along a colour print so that Joe can talk about it. In addition to this please bring in your abstract prints for the last club competition this session.

The recent web post relating to the Scottish Deer Centre was followed up by Joe who contacted them and has negotiated that if we have a least 10 members they will give us a discount and access to areas not normally open to the public. There is a sheet on the notice board on which you can put your name and if there is sufficient interest a weekend visit can be organised.

Have a look at  http://www.creativelive.com – who are holding live Photoshop tutorials, each 1.5 hours long. The last day is this Saturday, look at the  content and see if they are of interest to you.

Clive


MCC members will recall an excellent

MCC members will recall an excellent talk by Neil Scott earlier in the season. Now he’s
advertising the annual Members’ Exhibition of Edinburgh Photographic Society.

“This year we have a bumper exhibition of 191 prints and 189 projected images which will be on display to the public for one day only Sunday March 23 between 11am and 5pm. This year’s exhibition is being judged by Hunter Kennedy, MPAGB ARPS EFIAP from Carluke.  Please come along and see what our members have been up to over the last year!  The prints will be on display in the Main Hall and there will be a loop presentation of the projected images upstairs.”

Neil Scott
Exhibition Secretary.

Entry £1 for catalogue


Photoshop Tutorials

If anyonoe has time to spare over the next week and want some hardcore Photoshop tutorials, then get yourself in front of an internet connected device and watch some of the worlds best photoshop experts who will be showing on http://www.creativelive.com/ from Monday 25th February.

There will be different experts (known as Photoshop Evangelists!) showing live every day and once the live show is done for the day they start showing re-runs and continue to do so until the next days filming begins.

This will continue for the week so more or less any time of the day you can click in and see some great tips and tutorials.

I don’t have a list of the line-up to hand but you can garuntee they will be top notch instructors. This is a free set of workshops while the airing is live or during the reruns, at the end of the week you can purchase any of that weeks offerings as an any time download if you wish.

There’s no registration required, just click on the link and go to the Watch Live tab. There’s also Q&A’s invited via Twitter or through the shows online forum (for the forum you need to put in a username) so you could have your question answered and a demonstration shown by one of the very people that make PHotoshop!

It’s an American creation so bear in mind that the advertised show times will be local to the US and you’ll need to adjust for UK

Creative Live is fab, it’s touted as an online classroom and the classes are mainly photography based, last week had a week of wedding shoots which are filmed as it happened using models and top photographers on location who explained pretty much the full camera to album process, how to get good light, how to pose the subjects and via the forum you could ask questions of the ‘togs as they were posing and shooting, invaluable tips being passed out for free. Tonight there’s a rerun of a course thats been going for the past three days titled fundamentals of photography and learning your way around DSLR’s. If you’d just taken a DSLR out of the box or wanted to knwo how your particular camera worked then an expert was demonstrating and answering questions

It’s a great free resource and if you particularly want a download of one of the courses thats when you pay.

 


Club Meeting 21.02.13

A very interesting AV evening last, Out of this World by Steven Beard and Around the World in 20 minutes by Malcolm Roberts. Steve took us to Chile to see the landscape getting there and much of it actually looked like the Moon. He was the IT part of a commissioning team that was setting up a massive radio telescope, which we saw being assembled and then had some amazing photos of nebulae and stars – Patrick Moore would certainly liked to have seen his AV.

With Malcolm we were able to see most of the American canyons, India, Sri Lanka, Brazil and even Prestonpans among many other places. The selection of music on both AV’s were appropriate and tied in with the images.

Well done to both of you, it will be a good start to the new set up AV group.

From last week it seemed to be confirmed that there are real benefits in having a comprehensive ‘Data Base’ of images that represent the work of club members.

I unfortunately  have a ‘hang up’ that when I have an idea that I think really works that I am like a dog with a bone – once my teeth are in it I don’t let go. The ‘Data Base’ is my current ‘bone’, so I would like all members to get involved in this scheme and let me have new images and updated images, when improvements are made so that the data can be updated and improved upon. Just put them on the ‘Club CD’ and I will do the rest.

However any member that does not wish to be involved, like all good web sites ‘can unsubscribe’ – just let me know and give back the CD and then I will not ‘hound’ them.

With the two workshops under way in respect of AV and Photoshop these should help and encourage members to make the most of their images and presentations.

If anyone else have any ‘bone’ ideas, let me know and we can investigate them.

Next week we have Duncan Forbes from the National Portrait Gallery, which holds Scotland’s Photographic Collection.

The following week, 7th March(note we will be in room 32) we have an evening with Musselburgh Art Club where we will be comparing the two arts. Please also bring in your ‘Set Subject’ prints (abstract or some thing quirky).

Worth Visiting – award-winning photographer Laurie Campbell’s exhibition at SOC Waterston House, Aberlady. Closes on 27th  April. http://www.the.soc.org.uk.

 

 


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