About musselburghcameraclub

We are a relatively small but thriving East Lothian camera club of around 50 members. For more club information and how to join please read our home page.

Appeal for photographs of Preston Tower

Prestonpans community council are looking for photographs of Preston Tower to help with its restoration. If you have any photographs of Preston Tower in your collection please email them to prestonpanscommunitycouncil@gmail.com, together with dates when they were taken. You can also click this sentence to add photos to their original Facebook post.

Volunteers needed for the 2022 MCC Library Exhibition

I am delighted to tell members that the Musselburgh Camera Club library exhibition will be starting again this year. The club is looking for volunteers on the following dates to help with the exhibition change-overs:

  • 7th May 2022:
    • Pick up from Fisherrow and set up at Port Seton library
  • 21st May 2022:
    • Transfer from Port Seton library to Prestonpans library
  • 4th June 2022:
    • Transfer from Prestonpans library to Gullane library
  • 18th June 2022:
    • Transfer from Gullane library to Longniddry library
  • 2nd July 2022:
    • Transfer from Longniddry library to Musselburgh library
  • 16th July 2022:
    • Take down from Musselburgh library and return to Fisherrow.

We need at least 2 volunteers to help with each transfer, and I would be happy to volunteer for the Port Seton setup and Prestonpans change-overs. I have a volunteer sheet which we can pass around at Fisherrow. If you are planning to come to Fisherrow this week please sign the sheet if you would like to volunteer. Otherwise, please email me at StevenMBeard@aol.com .

27 January 2022 (Human Portrait Print Competition)

27th January was another milestone for Musselburgh Camera Club. We had our first true print competition for 2 years! The last time we reviewed prints at the Fisherrow Centre was for an earlier human portrait print competition on 30th January 2020. This week’s competition was judged by Gordon Scott of Mid Calder camera club. You can see some of Gordon’s work at the link below:


This competition was more complex than previous print competitions because we were broadcasting the event to members who preferred to connect by Zoom. We set up a narrow-angle webcam which captured a view of our print stand, and Gordon wore a radio microphone. A wide-angle microphone was used to speak to the members on Zoom. The complexity of the situation lead to some technical issues, and we learned it is important to make a careful note of which microphone is which in the list that Zoom gives you. Gordon was very patient with us.

8 members had entered 24 images altogether. Gordon noted that some of the images (which showed groups of people interacting) stretched the definition of a portrait, which he expected to be of a single person.  There were photographs of people at work, people taking part in a battle re-enactment, people on the street, and images captured from a photoshoot.  John West had entered a selfie, which amused some of the audience.  Gordon commented on the location of the subject within the frame. Some images were cropped a little too tightly, for example cropping off the top of the subject’s hat. Other images seemed to have too much space on one side, or could have been angled differently to show more of an elaborate costume and less background.  Gordon pointed to distractions which could have been removed, darkened or cropped out. He also explained how the depth of field is important. In most portraits it is important to blur out the background to keep attention on the subject; with the exception of subjects who are doing a job, where it is important to be able to see what they are doing.  Some of the images were spoiled by an unfortunate pose, for example a hand which was too dominant. The final thing which separated the best images from the rest was the lighting.  Harsh lighting caused distracting shadows or bright streaks on some portraits. The very best images were captured in soft lighting. Gordon’s top 6 images (which can be seen on our Facebook page) were:

  • Kalia – Green Activist  (George Todd) – 20 points
  • Lean and Mean (Joe Fowler) – 19 points
  • MacAulay Clansman (George Todd) – 19 points
  • Fabrication Welder (Joe Fowler) – 18 points
  • Nguyet (George Todd) – 18 points
  • My Magnificent Beard (Carol Edmund) – 18 points

The top scorers were (in reverse order):

  • 4th place (47 points)
    • Jennifer Davidson
    • Mike Clark
  • 3rd place (49 points)
    • Charlie Briggs
    • Carol Edmund
  • 2nd place (52 points)
    • Joe Fowler
  • 1st place (57 points)
    • George Todd

Congratulations to George Todd, whose 3 images all made the top 6. Thank you to everyone who dusted off their printers and made the effort to enter this competition, and thank you very much to Gordon Scott for judging and putting up with our technical issues.

Next week we have the second of our set subject competitions: “Travel in Scotland”.
See you on Thursday,


Prints needed for display at the Fisherrow Centre

Joe Fowler has obtained some picture frames we can use to restore our display of photographs on the wall of room G3 at the Fisherrow Centre. We now need a selection of interesting recent photographs from members to show off the work of the club.

If you have any photographs you would like displayed, please bring a print to the next club meeting and give it to Joe Fowler. The frames can take up to A3-sized prints. You can either bring in an A3 print to fit the frame without a mount, or bring in an A4 print and Joe will cut a mount to suit the frame. We are looking for about 6-10 images from as many members as possible.

06 January 2022 (Set Subject Competition – Reflections)

Our first club meeting after Christmas was the first of our 3 set subject competitions: competition A on the subject of “Reflections”.  The competition was judged by Malcolm Roberts, who had won last year’s competition.

27 images had been entered by 9 members, with different techniques used to capture the reflection. There were images of reflections in lochs, harbours and rivers; and reflections in windows and shiny floors.  Jennifer Davidson had used a puddle to capture a unique reflected view of the Kelpies and Carol Edmond had captured flowers reflected in a mirror and glass table.  But perhaps the most intriguing image was John West’s photograph of a reflection in a spoon.  Malcolm awarded the highest points to the most atmospheric images taken in the best lighting and with the fewest distractions, and Mike Clark’s beautiful “Misty Morning Loch Ard” was admired by all.  Malcolm noted that some of the images had lost detail in the shadows or highlights. He also suggested cropping some images to home in on the detail, or using a different viewpoint to balance the composition (which isn’t always possible when standing on a balcony or next to water).

The top scorers were (in reverse order):

  • 5th place (47 points)
    • George Todd
  • 4th place (48 points)
    • John West
  • 3rd place (49 points)
    • Steven Beard
    • Carol Edmund
  • 2nd place (50 points)
    • Mike Clark
  • 1st place (52 points)
    • Joe Fowler

The top images were:

  • Misty Morning Loch Ard (Mike Clark) – 20 points
  • Island Reflection (Joe Fowler) – 19 points
  • Painterly Reflection (John West) – 18 points
  • Little Mandarin Duck (Joe Fowler) – 17 points
  • Disney Castle (Steven Beard) – 17 points
  • Granton Harbour (Steven Beard) – 17 points
  • Floral Reflection (Carol Edmund) – 17 points

Well done to Joe Fowler, who wins the right to judge next year’s competition.  This is the first of a 3-part competition, with the final result depending on the total score from the best 2 competitions. The observant will notice that only 1 point separates the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th places, so at this stage everybody is still in with a chance.

Please note that the image hand-in date for part 2 of this competition (on the theme of “Travel In Scotland”) is this coming Thursday, 13th January 2022. Please send your 3 JPEG images to George Todd.  Images for the final part of the competition (on the theme of “Street Photography”) are due on 3rd March 2022.

Happy New Year! Next meeting Thursday, 6th January 2022.

A Happy New Year to all Musselburgh Camera Club members!

Our first meeting of the new year takes place this coming Thursday, 6th January at the usual time of 7:30pm in the Fisherrow Centre (and by Zoom). Malcolm Roberts will be judging the first of our set subject competitions on the theme of “reflections”.

Don’t forget this Thursday is also the submission date for our human portrait print competition, which this time will be a proper print competition. If you are coming to Fisherrow this Thursday, please bring your mounted prints with you. If you are planning to join by Zoom, please contact George and arrange a mutually convenient hand-over. Please also send George JPEG copies of the images you are entering. The competition will be judged by Gordon Scott on 27th January 2022. It has been a long time since we had a full competition with mounted prints, so this will be a chance to get back into practice.

See you on Thursday.

Set Subject Competition A (Reflections) – Images Due This Thursday

A reminder that this Thursday, 9th December 2021, is the submission date for the first of our set subject competitions. Please send your 3 JPEG images on the theme of “reflections” to George Todd (georgetodd1957@me.com). Remember to resize your images to be no larger than 1600 x 1200 pixels.

The competition itself will be judged by Malcolm Roberts on 6th January 2022.

4 Way Inter-Club Competition this Monday

The 4-way inter-club competition between Musselburgh, KirkcaldyStirling & Edinburgh takes place this coming Monday, 29th November at 7:30pm.

The meeting is being hosted by Edinburgh Photographic Society via Zoom. Information on how to connect to the meeting has been circulated to members separately. Musselburgh Camera Club members can choose to connect to the Zoom meeting from home or join us at the Fisherrow Centre, where we will be showing the meeting on the screen.

Come along this Monday and support your club.

Change of date for 4-Way competition with Edinburgh, Kirkcaldy and Stirling

Please note that the 4-way competition is not due to take place this coming Monday, 15th November 2021, as originally advertised on your programme. It is taking place 2 weeks later on Monday, 29th November 2021.

The arrangements will be the same. The meeting will hosted by Edinburgh Photographic Society by Zoom. We will circulate the Zoom information a few days before the meeting. Members can choose to join the meeting from home or to watch the meeting from the Fisherrow Centre.