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.
Click here to see about some of Christine’s recent surveys for Orca.
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
Directions to North Berwick Photographic Society.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget also to mail JPEG copies of your 3 images to George Todd at email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
This Thursday is photo advice night. Please bring along 1, 2 or 3 prints of any subject. They don’t need to be competition quality. They don’t need to be mounted, but you can bring in a mounted print if you would like feedback on the mounting. We will sit around tables and discuss the prints in front of us. It’s a good opportunity to show your work or get some advice from fellow members.
Thanks to Jim Todd for organising a trip to North Berwick. It certainly was worth the 5 am start. Below are images of photographers I caught doing their thing.
A reminder that the club is accepting entries for the 2019/20 Digital projected Images (DPI) competition. Please send your 3 images to George Todd at email@example.com, or bring them along to the club night on 12th September, which is the closing date.
Images should be saved as JPEG files and scaled so the longest side is no more than 1600 pixels in size and the shortest length is no larger than 1200 pixels in size. This means 4:3 ratio images can be sized to 1600×1200 pixels but 1:1 ratio images should be sized to 1200×1200 pixels.
If you have only just joined the club and would like to enter the competition but don’t know how to resize your images, send them to George anyway. We’ll give new members the benefit of the doubt, as it’s better to enter your images and get the feedback. We can show you how to resize your images for future competitions.
The opening night for the 2019-2020 season takes place at the Fisherrow centre room G3 at 7:30pm this Thursday, 5th September. Come along to meet new members or try out the club, have some tea and chat and hear what the new season has to offer.
Click here to check out the latest syllabus on the web site.
NOTE: Submission for the Digital Projected Image competition is due on Thursday, 12th September 2019, only one week later. It’s time to select and prepare your three images. Please scale your images so they fit within a 1600 x 1200 rectangle and save them as JPEG files. I can show beginners how to do this on the opening night.
Events Coming Up
There are some events coming up which might be of interest to photographers: