The club has learned that the 4-way competition we had scheduled on the syllabus for Wednesday, 18th November 2020 will actually take place on Wednesday, 25th November 2020. Apologies for the last minute change.
In the meantime, please send your black and white images to George Todd.
John says anyone can send their pictures to the BBC. The rules for entering are on their web page at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-10768282. The current theme is “open road”, which closes in 3 days. You can also see the archive of photos from previous themes back to January 2017. Photos for the latest theme appear at the bottom of the BBC News main page for a few days and later move to the archive on the “Your Pictures” themes page.
Elaine Gilroy would like club members to send her any photographs of geese you might have. Elaine’s community choir will be giving a virtual performance for Christmas, and one of the pieces they are singing is “Something Told The Wild Geese”. Elaine’s musical director would like to add a nature clip of some geese to accompany the choir’s virtual performance, so any images of geese would be useful. If you can find images which match the song’s lyrics as well, so much the better.
Something told the wild geese It was time to go, Though the fields lay golden Something whispered, “snow.”
Leaves were green and stirring, Berries, luster-glossed, But beneath warm feathers Something cautioned, “frost.”
All the sagging orchards Steamed with amber spice, But each wild breast stiffened At remembered ice.
Something told the wild geese It was time to fly, Summer sun was on their wings, Winter in their cry.
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).
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.
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.
A reminder that there is an extra club meeting scheduled tonight at 7:30pm by Zoom teleconference. Members should have received an email last weekend containing the meeting invitation and a clickable link. If you haven’t received that information please contact me at StevenMBeard@aol.com.
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:
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
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:
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.
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.