The club has received the following message from Jane Renton, Musselburgh Amateur Musical Association president.
Happy New Year to members!
A reminder that our club evenings restart this week. On Thursday, 9th January 2020 at 7:30pm, Jim Tod will reveal the result of our first set subject competition on the theme of “Travel”.
This Thursday is also the hand-in date for prints submitted to the Human Portrait Print Competition. In this competition colour or black and white prints are accepted, as long as the main subject is a person or group of people. Please bring 3 mounted prints and send JPEG copies of your 3 images to George Todd at email@example.com.
Please ensure that competition prints are attached to mounts no larger that 40cm x 50cm in size, as larger mounts will not fit into the carrying folder. The club mount cutter will be available this Thursday if you need help cutting a mount to size.
Tomorrow we are having our Pecha Kucha evening. Here’s how it works for members who are unfamiliar with the evening:
- Choose 10 digital images you would like to show to other members. These can be images on any subject, and they don’t need to be your images. Examples can include holiday pictures, a new experimental technique you are trying, images from a photographer you admire or from a magazine you like, images seen on an “image of the day” web site, etc… New and interesting images which are completely different from what we normally see during competitions are encouraged!
- Save JPEG copies of your images onto a data stick and bring them along tomorrow evening. Make sure you name your files so they will display in the order you want (for example 1_first.jpg, 2_second.jpg, etc…). To make things easier on the night, it would help if you put all your images into a folder with your name.
- At the beginning of the night we will load all the images onto the club laptop and store them in separate folders. (Creating your own folder on the data stick will help.)
- When all the images are loaded and ready to go, we all take turns presenting our 10 images, spending no more than 20 seconds on each image so we can present as many as possible on the night. Images are shown in the order received.
I look forward to seeing what you bring along. Have fun choosing your images!
This Thursday, 7th November 2019, is the closing date for the black and white print competition. Please bring along 3 mounted prints. The prints can be of any subject, as long as they are made from shades of black, white and grey. If you enter the competition please also send digital versions of your images as 3 JPEG files to George Todd (firstname.lastname@example.org). This is important, as we will not be able to enter the black and white prints to the 4-way competition on the 21st November, but we will be able to use the digital copies.
I will set up the club mount cutter in the back room at 7pm for members wishing to tidy up their mounts before submitting their prints..
Members with a collection of nature photographs may be interested to know that the RSPB have a competition to find images they can feature in their “Inspiring Nature” calendar, with winners receiving a pair of binoculars. The closing date is 17th November 2019. Click the link below for details.
On 10th October 2019, Christine Murdie gave us a fascinating, illustrated story of her journey to the arctic to carry out a survey. Christine is a qualified conservationist who works for the marine charity Orca, which is committed to studying and protecting whales, dolphins and porpoises.
Christine described a cruise to the Barents Sea via Norway, where she was tasked with counting and photographing wildlife (especially cetaceans). She showed us the images taken en-route: some of the wildlife she was surveying and some of the spectacular scenery which distracted her from the wildlife. On the way she visited Stravanger, Lysefjord, Bergen, Andalsnes, Alesund, Rorvik (where she spotted a lion’s mane jellyfish), Torghaten (with views of the seven sisters mountain range), the Lofoten Islands, Trollfjord (place of trolls), Tromsø, Honningsvåg, and then arrived at the northern cape of Norway. After that, the ship travelled on to Bear Island and Svalbard. Amongst shots of the breathtaking scenery, Christine showed us some rarely-seen images of whales with babies and blue whales breaching.
The story, though spectacular, was tinged with some sadness. There was far less snow up above the arctic circle than there used to be just a few decades ago, and she has watched the glaciers are retreating over the years. The idyllic Norwegian fishing towns contrasted strongly with the ugly and polluting Russian mining operations in the Barents Sea. The wildlife count was smaller than it used to be, and some species (including the polar bear featured in the title of the talk) were not seen at all during the most recent trip. All in all, a fascinating talk with a conservation message for us all to take away.
This Thursday we will not be meeting in our usual room at Fisherrow. We will be travelling to North Berwick Photographic Society for an away match of the annual “Match An Image” competition. Thank you to everyone who sent in their weird and wonderful images.
The competition takes place at Abbey Church, High Street, North Berwick, EH39 4HE. You can find directions here on the North Berwick club web site. Karen Stout, the North Berwick club chair, has also provided the following map
and says: “If you are looking at the church straight on from the High Street, the entrance to use is in Church Road on the left hand side of the church. It’s a modern glass walled porch. Once inside you walk straight ahead across the corridor that goes off to your left and into the little vestibule. The hall where we hold our meetings is through the glass doors on your left and down some stairs.”
The competition starts around 8pm and should finish around 9:45-10pm, with a break for tea at half time. I will be there early to set up the MCC laptop. I would be grateful for some volunteers to keep score or help us manage our images. See you there. This time I hope we’ll give them a run for their money…
Joe Fowler has agreed to take late entries for the colour print competition. If you didn’t manage to bring your prints in this evening you can deliver them directly to Joe at 11 Durham Road, Edinburgh, EH15 1NU before next Thursday. Please telephone 0131 669 7646 to check Joe is in before delivering, or email email@example.com.
Don’t forget also to mail JPEG copies of your 3 images to George Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Tod has provided more information about this weekend’s club trip to Loch Ard in the Trossachs. Jim is proposing to go on Saturday morning, as the weather forecast looks better that day, and there is a chance of some morning mist. If you would like to go on the trip please sign the list on club noticeboard this evening. (I will be passing Jim’s contact details to those who signed up, in case you need to get in touch on the day.) Jim recommends bringing warm clothing and wellies. (Some photographic equipment would also help! 🙂 )
On the subject of car sharing, Jim is happy to pick up 2 members from Eskbank railway station car park at 5:50-6:00am on Saturday. Please call him if you would like a lift.
Jim has provided some maps showing the meet-up points. The first map shows an overview of Loch Ard. The 7:30am meeting point is on the right, on the road from Aberfoyle, and the 10:30am meeting point is on the left, near Kinlochard village hall.
Here are some more detailed maps of the two meeting points.
I hope you all have a fabulous trip, get some good weather and come back with some great sunrise images to share with the club.
A reminder that tonight is the entry date for the Musselburgh Camera Club colour print competition. Please bring your 3 mounted prints. Any subject is accepted. If you haven’t already done so, please also send 3 JPEG copies of your images to our competition secretary, George Todd (email@example.com). Having JPEG copies give us more flexibility in the inter-club competitions. (Hint: Some images that look good as prints may need to be darkened slightly to make good JPEGs for projection.)
See you at 7:30.