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Club Photoshoot and Easter Egg Hunt

I have discovered there is an Easter Egg Hunt taking place at Newhailes Estate this weekend. Click here for details. The event happens from Friday 19th April to Monday 22nd April from 10am until closing time. Our photoshoot on Thursday is sufficiently close to the event that it might be affected (I wonder exactly when they need to close the estate to hide the Easter eggs).

We’ll need to play it by ear. If the gates are locked at 7pm I suggest we go around the north side of the estate, park near the Shell Garage on Edinburgh Road and have a photoshoot along the beach. Fingers crossed…

 

 

Club Photoshoot on Thursday, 18th April 2019

This Thursday there will be no meeting at Fisherrow. We will be meeting at 7pm in the car park at Newhailes House & Gardens, just to the west of Musselburgh. The house, cafe and playpark will be closed at 7pm, so we will be restricted just to walking around the estate. There is a £3 charge if you take your car onto the estate. The Newhailes House web site says “Please note that our car park opening hours will vary in 2018/19 due to our ongoing restoration project“. If the car park is closed by the restoration work, we might need to park nearby and walk onto the estate. Mike Clark is our local expert on the area.

Click below for some maps.

https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/newhailes/getting-here

Newhailes Estate Google Map

 

 

Photographers Wanted for Blitz Dress Rehearsal

The club has received the following message from Jane Renton of Musselburgh Amateur Musical Association. about their new show “Blitz” at the Brunton Theatre.


Our show is rapidly approaching again, and as usual, if any club members would like to come along and take some photographs at our dress rehearsal that would be great. The dress rehearsal is at the Brunton Theatre as usual on Wednesday 10th April. We will probably be starting at about 7:00pm. As the show is set during the Blitz there will probably be some challenging lighting conditions for folks to contend with. In addition, please note that the aisles in the theatre will be being used for stage access so please keep these clear.
If anyone interested could email me at   so I have an idea of who is coming that would be great.
Many thanks,
Jane Renton

Borders Digital Challenge 2019

Apologies for the late notice, but the Borders Digital Challenge competition takes place this Sunday, 17th March 2018 from 2pm to 5pm at the Tower Mill Cinema, 2 Kirkstile, Hawick, TD9 0AE. The event is being hosted by Hawick Camera Club. The Tower Mill Cinema is part of the Heart of Hawick, and there is a cafe on site. Musselburgh Camera Club won this competition last year. Can we do it again?

Click here for information on the venue.

Click here for a map and directions.

 

 

Pecha Kucha Night this Thursday

A reminder that it is Pecha Kucha night this Thursday, 7th March 2019. Pecha Kucha is a presentation format where speakers present 20 slides on a topic, speaking for a maximum of 20 seconds on each slide, allowing lots of topics to be covered in one evening. We have a half-length Pecha Kucha, where speakers show 10 images for 20 seconds each, which allows more members to take part.

Please bring along 10 images of your choice (on a data stick) to show other members. These can be images of any subject, and by any author. You can show a collection of your own images, show images from a photographer you admire, present images from a favourite magazine or from a web site, etc… Digital images are preferred, but if you need to bring along prints (e.g. you only have a printed copy of a magazine) then bring them along and we can show them at the end.

If we don’t have enough images to fill the evening, there will be an opportunity for a “show and tell” at the end. If you don’t have any images to show members but, for example, you own a cool photographic gadget you’d like to tell us about then bring it along.

See you this Thursday for what I hope will be a fun and entertaining evening.

 

More info about the club trip to Harris & Lewis around October 2019

Back in January, Jim Tod circulated a suggestion for a possible club trip to the western isles later this year. Jim has been researching the possibilities and has sent us the following update. If you are interested in going please contact Jim ASAP so he can make the booking.


Harris & Lewis Trip Update

The proposed dates for the trip are Saturday 2nd November 2019 until Friday 8th November 2019, arriving on Harris from Skye on Saturday 2nd about 8pm and leaving from Harris on Friday 8th about 4pm. I am just firming up but these are the most likely dates currently.

The hotels will require a deposit of 50% of the accommodation cost 3 months prior to arrival (i.e. end of July 2019). Since this is well before the start of the new season in September, we will need a deposit before the end of the current season this April. The 50% deposit for hotel accommodation would be £180 per person. Jim will hold the deposit money (or we can ask Steve to hold the money in the club account) deposit has to be paid. If circumstances change, it is possible to cancel the accommodation any time before the deposit is paid by letting Jim know, and the deposit will be returned. Jim can arrange bank details with those interested.

If anyone is interested in these dates can they please email jim@todfamily.me.uk to confirm interest ASAP as Jim is looking to provisionally book the hotel this week.

Regards

Jim

Audio Visual Evening will be in G6

This Thursday our audio visual evening with Beeslack Penicuik Camera Club will be in room G6 at Fisherrow, the large room at the end of the corridor on the left, rather than our usual room.

This Thursday is also the closing date for the “Abstract” set subject competition. Please send your 3 JPEG images, scaled to 1600×1200, to George Todd at georgetodd1957@me.com.

 

Possible club trip to Harris & Lewis around October 2019

Here is the information from Jim Tod about the trip to the western isles he is suggesting for later this year and is happy to arrange on behalf of the club. If you are interested please email Jim at jim@todfamily.me.uk so he can keep you informed. Jim would like to meet with those interested early in February to talk about the arrangements and see if the trip would be feasible.


Club Visit to Lewis & Harris in Autumn 2019 – Jim Tod

The time-frame would be late October to early November 2019, but preferably late  October just before the clocks change: sunrise 8am, sunset 6pm-ish, dipping back to 7.30am to 5pm-ish when the clocks change.

For me it’s mainly a landscape trip but I’m not averse to a bit of wildlife photography. If there are clear skies (and perhaps aurora) then I’d be aiming for a bit of astrophotography also: dark skies galore if the weather’s good. There are lots of classic places: Luskentyre, Seilbost, Scarista, Hushinish, Northton salt marshes, Rodel Church, Gold Road, Mangersta, Callanish and anywhere else that works for us. There would be an opportunity to head over for a bit to North Uist.

I’d be planning to travel on the ferry from Uig in north Skye, not far from Quirang, Fairy Glen and Old Man of Storr. There would be an option for people to add some  time on Skye if they wished, as the journey is a good 5-6 hours’ drive and 2 hr ferry, and the hotel in Uig is a minute from the terminal. Another option would be to travel via the Ullapool to Stornoway ferry. Ullapool is a quicker drive by about 1-1.5 hours but the ferry trip is longer at 3.5 hours and there’s another hour’s drive from Stornoway to Tarbert.

For the accommodation plan I would aim for a B&B in Harris, or a hotel subject to availability. For meals, maybe packed lunches from the hotel and then it depends where we are at night for either dinner in the hotel or somewhere else. The planned duration would be 5 to 6 days. The duration really depends on ferry times which change on different days of the week.

Depending on numbers I’d be suggesting no more than 2 or 3 people in a car which is more about getting all the kit there (camera kit, wellies, wet weather gear) and allowing flexibility on the island for those who wish to do different things at different times.

Budget-wise I think £450-600 would be the order for a B&B for 5 to 6 nights plus a share of the ferry trip. Shared fuel, lunch, dinner and drinks would be on top of that.

Please email me at jim@todfamily.me.uk  if you are interested, and speak to me at a club meeting, and we can discuss the options in early February,

Jim Tod

Club Meetings Resume This Thursday

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a good Christmas break.

Our club meetings resume at 7:30pm this Thursday, 10th January in our usual room (G3) at Fisherrow. This Thursday we have a talk by photographer Neil Scott FRPS. Those of you who remember the “Keep It Simple Stupid” talk he gave us last year know we are in for a treat. Instead of the “A Silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear” talk listed in the syllabus, we are going to be one of the first clubs to hear a brand new talk from Neil:  “The Camera Never Lies”.

See you on Thursday.