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Outdoor Photoshoot Round Up Tomorrow

Dear member,

A reminder that we will be having our outdoor photoshoot round up tomorrow (24th September) at 7:30pm by Zoom teleconference. Select some photos you took on a recent visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh. If you didn’t manage to visit the gardens this week, you can bring along some photographs from your own garden.

I won’t be sending a meeting invitation email this week. You should be able to reuse the same email I sent last week from now on (or use the meeting ID and password I showed on the screen during our first meeting).

See you all tomorrow evening.

17 September 2020 (Opening Night and Trophy Presentation)

We started the 2020-21 season with a very different kind of opening night. We normally meet up at the Fisherrow Centre for a social gathering, a look back at the previous year’s photographs and a look forward to the coming events on the syllabus. It is an opportunity for potential new members to come and meet our members, try out the club and see if it is the kind of club they would like to join. None of that happened this year. The Fisherrow Centre remains closed to clubs, and due to Covid-19 restrictions we can’t meet face to face as a group. But we have a new Zoom Pro account to try out, we can meet virtually from our own homes and find creative ways to make this season work.

I was pleased to be able to announce two new events on the syllabus. There will be a joint meeting with Mölnlycke Fotoclubb on 22nd October and a presentation of images from two photographers from The Netherlands on 3rd December. Being able to meet via Zoom gives us the opportunity to meet other photographers around the world.

Our first creative event of the season was a simulation of the trophy presentation that would have taken place at the end of the last season. Normally, we would have the trophies neatly arranged in order on a table, with the bronze, silver and gold medals lined up. The winners would be called up one by one to accept their prize. Instead of this face-to-face ceremony, George Todd (our competition secretary) put together a presentation to run us through the competition results. The winner of each trophy was announced by an impressive curtain-open transition, while members responded with cheers and Zoom reaction buttons; and some winners responded with surprise because they had forgotten they had won! Here are the full results. Congratulations to all the winners:

The next creative event will be a socially-distanced photoshoot at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh. Some members had already visited, and others were intending to visit this weekend. We will all visit separately but join up at the next club meeting (on 24th September) to discuss our visit and share our pictures. I look forward to seeing you all again next week.

Socially Distanced Photoshoot – Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh

This is to let you know I have booked a time slot to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh at 15:00-17:00 on Saturday, 19th September 2020. I am planning to enter by the West gate at Arboretum Place, as there is more parking there.

The current rules will not let us all meet up at the gardens, but I suggest members make their own arrangements to visit the gardens and take photos. You don’t have to choose the same time slot as me (especially if the weather forecast changes between now and when you book!). If you arrange to visit the gardens between now and 24th September we can meet by Zoom, share our experience and offer each other advice. After that there’s nothing to stop anyone going back to the gardens a second time to take that advice into account. I hope everyone will eventually get the same out of it as a normal photoshoot, even if it takes longer.

As a reminder, the “nature and wildlife” images are due on 3rd December 2020 and the “flowers and horticulture” images on 4th March 2021, so there’s still plenty of time.

See you at the virtual trophy presentation this Thursday.

Steven

 

Coming Soon: Set Subject Competition C (Old Faces)

In one week’s time we will be trying something completely new and having a club meeting by Zoom teleconference! George Todd will present the results of our final set subject competition of the 2019/2020 season. Click the following links for a reminder of what happened in the previous two competitions:

09 January 2020 (Set Subject Competition – Travel)

13 February 2020 (Set Subject Competition – Wildlife)

George Todd,  Joe Fowler,  Anne Yeomans and Malcolm Roberts are all in a strong position. Join the competition to find out who will be picking up the trophy, and who will be judging next year.

In a few days I will send a meeting invitation directly to all members (it won’t be posted on the web site). If you would like to join and have not heard anything by Wednesday please email StevenMBeard @ aol.com and I will send you the invitation. In the meantime, you can prepare for the meeting by downloading the Zoom client from

https://www.zoom.us/download#client_4meeting

You can install a client on a computer or mobile device (but a computer with a large screen will give you the best view of the images). You will need sound to hear George, but a camera is optional. You don’t need to sign up with Zoom to join the club meeting. You can test that your computer can connect to a meeting (and check your sound is working) by clicking on this link:

https://www.zoom.us/test

I look forward to seeing you all again and trying out this new “meeting from home” format. This time everybody will be responsible for making tea!

 

Date for the final set subject competition of 2019/2020

The votes are in, and it looks like Thursday, 25th June is the most popular date by just one vote (10 votes for that date and 9 for the others). So our final set subject competition (Old Faces) will take place by Zoom on Thursday, 25th June 2020 at 19:30.

I will send you all a meeting invitation nearer the time. In the meantime, I hope you are all continuing to stay safe.

 

Choosing a date for our final set subject competition.

George has agreed to present the results of our final set subject competition of 2019/2020 (“Old Faces”) by Zoom. We have 3 possible dates in June when George is able to present the competition (assuming we do it on a Thursday evening like any other MCC meeting).

Please use the following poll to vote for each of the date(s) you would prefer (multiple choices are allowed). If you can’t make any of the dates, please click the last option and suggest another date between 8th and 26th June (we can switch to another day of the week if nobody can make a Thursday). We’ll choose the earliest date with the most votes.

Result of the vote for the Set Subjects for 2020/21

The votes are in, and the final result of the online voting is:

  • Nature and Wildlife: 7 votes
  • Landscapes: 4 votes
  • Flowers and Horticulture: 3 votes
  • Abstract: 3 votes

Some recent votes for Landscapes have moved it into second place. There is a tie for third place between Flowers/Horticulture and Abstract. These two subjects were also suggested by 3 members each, so that doesn’t break the tie, so third place goes to the first suggestion I received. Looking back at the dates when I received the suggestions:

  • Flowers and Horticulture was first suggested on 3rd May 2020.
  • Abstract was first suggested on 4th May 2020.

Flowers and Horticulture was suggested first. So the set subjects for 2020/21 will be:

  • A: Nature and Wildlife, on 7th January 2021, judged by George Todd.
  • B: Landscapes, on 11th February 2021, judged by Jennifer Davidson
  • C: Flowers and Horticulture, on 25th March 2021, judged by the winner of the “Old Faces” competition (to be announced).

The 4th subject (Abstract) will be the theme of the Digital Knockout Competition on 25th March 2021.

Some members have asked for advance guidance on what the subjects include. While each judge has the final say in how closely each image matches the subject, here are some suggestions:

Nature and Wildlife: This is a wider category than the “Wildlife” subject we had this year. This category includes any image of the natural world. Like “Wildlife”, the image must not be altered from its natural state, but unlike “Wildlife” any natural scene is allowed, including farmyard scenes, wild plants, aquariums and zoo scenes. Click here to see the full SPF definition.

Landscapes: This category should be self-explanatory. Wikipedia says: “Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes“. So, unlike the nature photography, a landscape image can include an artificial element, such as the Forth Bridges.

Flowers and Horticulture: The covers all images of flowers and plants, either arranged in a vase or still life or growing in a garden. It also covers images of gardens. Wild flowers and plants are not allowed unless they have been cultivated as part of a garden display.

Abstract: Wikipedia describes abstract photography as “a means of depicting a visual image that does not have an immediate association with the object world and that has been created through the use of photographic equipment, processes or materials“. In other words, it is an image where the shapes, textures and colours in an image are the dominant factor, rather than any specific subject. A close-up of the texture on a wall or a rusted bucket, or an out of focus image of Christmas tree lights are examples of abstract images. This is a subject you can really experiment with.

I hope these subjects will inspire you to be creative over the summer. Best of luck!

 

Last chance to vote for next season’s set subjects

After 27 votes the set subjects for next season the top 4 subjects look like this:

  • Nature and Wildlife: 6 votes
  • Flowers and horticulture: 3 votes
  • Abstract: 3 votes
  • Landscapes: 2 votes

If you emailed me your vote or commented on the previous post I have already counted your vote. If you haven’t voted yet, this is your last chance. We are still experimenting with online polling, and I discovered the voting link didn’t appear in the previous message when viewed from my phone. If that happened to you, try this link instead (https://poll.fm/10550218):

 

The final result will be announced tomorrow (Sunday, 16th May).

Set Subject Ideas for 2020/21 – Please Vote

Here are the set subject ideas received for the 2020/21 set subject competition. Each subject will begin with one vote for each member who suggested it,  so the poll will begin with:

Flowers and Horticulture: 3 votes
Nature and Wildlife: 3 votes
Abstract: 2 votes
Landscape: 2 votes
All other subjects: 1 vote

At the moment those 4 popular subjects are leading the poll. You can vote for only one subject, so it’s up to you whether to support  one of your own suggestions or lend weight to one of the 4 favourites.

This is the first time we have tried an online poll. If you can’t vote for any reason, please email me your preference (StevenMBeard @ aol.com) and I will add your vote manually.