George Robertson’s talk coming this Thursday

Our first face to face talk of the season takes place at 7:30pm this Thursday, 23rd September 2021 at the Fisherrow Centre. George Robertson will giving a talk entitled “Into the Throne room of the Mountain Gods”, describing his challenging mountain photography journey around the Baltoro Glacier in the Karakoram mountains of Northern Pakistan.

George won the ‘Urban Life’ category of ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ 2017 and 2020 awards. Check out the following links to see some of George’s work.

http://www.mountaintreks.co.uk/

https://www.mountaintreksphotos.co.uk/

Come along to the Fisherrow Centre room G3 on Thursday to meet with George, or alternately connect remotely by Zoom to see George’s talk from the comfort of your own home. If you have joined the club, or are thinking of joining, and have not yet received the Zoom link to our club meetings, please contact the club chair at StevenMBeard@aol.com

Welcome to the 2021-2022 season!

We started the 2021/2022 club season with a new meeting format. Our 2019/2020 club season was interrupted by the Covid pandemic and our 2020/2021 season was entirely virtual, with meetings hosted by Zoom. This year we moved to a hybrid format. 17 club members gathered at the Fisherrow Centre and another 6 joined us by Zoom. I was delighted to welcome 4 potential new members! There had been some changes at the Fisherrow Centre since we were last there, and our projection screen has been replaced by an entire section of the wall coated with screen paint. During the meeting we displayed the mounted prints that had been left at Fisherrow, and club members had a chance to retrieve their own prints.

The last meeting held at the Fisherrow Centre was on the 19th March 2020, when we viewed and commented on images provided in advance by Mölnlycke Fotoclubb, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Our last club meeting at the Fisherrow Centre in 2020.

Those were the last images projected at Fisherrow in 2020, and they were the first images projected at Fisherrow now we are back in 2021. During the lockdown we learned that Zoom can connect you with people who would be too far away to travel to a regular club meeting, and a year later we hosted our Swedish interclub live with with members of Mölnlycke Fotoclubb.

Zoom gives us the chance to reach out to other clubs who would otherwise be too far away.

I hope the new hybrid meeting format will give us the best of both worlds. We have a packed programme coming up, with a mixture of face to face meetings at Fisherrow plus virtual events hosted by Zoom and played at Fisherrow.

The club programme

Thank you to everyone who came to Fisherrow, and thank you to everyone who connected by Zoom. At our next meeting we will connect with Beeslack Penicuik Camera Club by Zoom, where speaker John Nathan will talk about travel photography. I will send the Zoom information to members before the meeting. The meeting will also be shown in room G3 at Fisherrow.

Welcome back everyone, and see you next Thursday.

Steven

Risk Assessment for Face-to-Face Club Meetings

If you are planning to come to our opening night at 7:30pm in rooms G3 and G2 of the Fisherrow Centre this Thursday (2nd September) you may be interested in the reopening statement and risk assessment which the Fisherrow Centre have published (click on the link below):

https://fisherrowcentre.org/re-opening-1

The Fisherrow Trust ask anyone visiting the centre to:

  • Use hand sanitizer when entering the building;
  • Check in to NHS test and trace using the QR codes posted at the centre;
  • Wear masks in the corridors and public areas, unless exempt.

The Fisherrow Trust will ensure all areas are cleaned and the rooms have extra ventilation (please do not close the windows). Social distancing within the centre is no longer mandatory. Mask wearing within club rooms is at the discretion of each club, and clubs can add their own procedures based on their own risk assessment.

  • Although social distancing is no longer mandatory at Fisherrow, please respect other members’ space and spread out within the room. Please wear a mask unless seated or drinking tea or coffee.
  • Please do not come to a face-to-face club meeting if you are feeling unwell or have been asked to self-isolate. The club recommends using the Scottish government’s home Covid testing service:
  • We will provide additional hand sanitizer and wipes within the club rooms near shared items (like the sign in sheet).
  • Shared equipment (such as the laptop keyboard, wireless microphone, laser pointer and mouse) will be wiped before and after use.
  • Shared mugs will no longer be available. If you would like tea or coffee please bring your own mug and take it away at the end of the night. (This is also dictated by the centre’s new storage policy.)
  • We will be restarting our programme gradually and offering hybrid sessions so members can choose between attending in person or by Zoom. We have booked two rooms for opening night so we can space ourselves out while welcoming new members. All competitions will be judged digitally until after Christmas.
  • We will aim to have more outdoor meetings, such as club photoshoots.

I look forward to welcoming you back to Musselburgh Camera Club, whichever way you choose to join us.

Less than a week to opening night

The Musselburgh Camera Club opening night will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday, 2nd September 2021 in rooms G2 and G3 of the Fisherrow Centre. This year we will be experimenting with a hybrid arrangement that will let members join our meetings either in person at Fisherrow or by Zoom using a computer. If you have been missing the face to face chat, come along to the Fisherrow Centre. If you prefer to connect by Zoom, that option will also be available.

Click this link if you would like to join with us by Zoom on opening night:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88980005418?pwd=RjNFYzlkUUNSL2UvM3RNeG1ScVR5Zz09

There will be an introduction to our new 2021/22 programme during the evening and an opportunity to look at and pick up prints that have been stored in our cupboards since 2020.

Please note that the tea and coffee arrangements at Fisherrow are different this year. If you would like tea or coffee, please bring along your own mug.

I look forward to seeing you all back at the club either in person or on the computer screen.
All the best,

Steven

Set Subjects for Next Season

A reminder that the subjects chosen at the club AGM for next season’s set subject competition are:

  • A: Reflections
  • B: Travel in Scotland
  • C: Street Photography

The subject chosen for the digital knockout competition is:

  • Three Colours

Anne Yeomans, who suggested the “Three Colours” subject, says the idea is to select three images each with a single, dominant colour. For example, you could choose a red pillar box image, a white snowman image and a blue sky image for a red/white/blue theme. Whether you choose to make your images monochrome, colour pop them or leave the non-dominant colours as they are is up to you. Your fellow members will be the judges in this competition.

Best of luck!

29 April 2021 (AGM and Presentation of Trophies)

The 2020/21 Musselburgh Camera Club season ended on 29th April 2021 with the AGM and the presentation of trophies.  It has been a very unusual club season, with all of the meetings taking place by Zoom.  A summary of the season can be found on the Chairman’s Comments page.  I would like to thank all members who have supported the club during this unusual year.  The lack of face to face meetings meant we missed some regulars, such as the “match an image” competition with North Berwick Photographic Society and our annual get together with Musselburgh Art Club. But the Zoom format has given us some new opportunities, such as being able to invite judges and speakers from further afield, and meet up with photographers from overseas clubs, such as

22 October 2020 (International Swedish Members Evening)

03 December 2020 (International Dutch Members Evening)

04 March 2021 (Three Weeks in Burma)

11 March 2021 (Swedish Interclub)

Next season I hope we will be able to have a mixture of face to face and Zoom meetings and gain the advantages of both.  Our AGM finished with a virtual presentation of trophies. A full list of winners can be found on the following page.

Trophy Winners – 2020/2021

I look forward to seeing you all at the next season, when I hope we can welcome some new members. Our first meeting will be on Thursday, 2nd September 2021. See you then.

Steven Beard

17 September 2020 (Opening Night and Trophy Presentation)

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.

10 September 2020 (Extra Club Meeting)

We are starting the 2020-21 season two weeks later than usual. There has been a lot of uncertainty over the summer about whether or not the Fisherrow Centre would reopen, and exactly how many of our meetings we would need to hold by Zoom videoconference. This extra club meeting was arranged by Zoom to inform members about the latest news. Here is a summary:

  • The club needs to follow guidance for keeping members safe during the covid-19 pandemic. The situation is changing constantly and members are advised to monitor the web site and watch out for club emails to be informed of last minute changes. You can find some guidance at the following links:
  • Existing members can join the club by emailing the treasurer, returning an application form and paying their membership fee by bank transfer or cheque. New members can contact the club secretary (as stated on the home page) and will be referred to the treasurer.
  • The Fisherrow Centre is closed until further notice, so all our meetings will be held by Zoom unless otherwise stated. I have created two sets of recurring meetings for members:
    • A meeting at 19:30 every Thursday for our regular club meetings.
    • A meeting at 19:30 every Tuesday for extra meetings such as training sessions.
    • When members join the club they will be given the information needed to join these two meetings. However, we can create as many meetings as we like, and the club is not limited just to these two occasions.
    • Haddington camera club have kindly provided a link to this article describing how to use Zoom:
      https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-use-zoom
  • There has been a change to the club rules for Digital Projected Images. All images must now be no wider than 1600 pixels and no taller than 1200 pixels. The matches the club rules to Scottish Photographic Federation (SPF) rules.
    • The deadline for submitting images to the DPI competition is Thursday 17th September. Please email them to georgetodd1957@me.com.
  • Print competitions will take place digitally until further notice. Judges will accept images digitally, but they must be sized to the same limits as DPIs.
    • Members can add a small border to indicate how they would have mounted their image, but this is entirely optional.
    • Because of the image size limit, use a thin border, not the thick border demonstrated in my previous club message.
  • We would like to arrange regular photoshoots so that members have an opportunity to meet face to face outdoors. The following venues were suggested:
  • The maximum limit of 6 people from 2 households meeting up will make photoshoots more difficult but not impossible. We can follow this procedure:
    • The club advertises a venue and a 2 hour time slot.
    • Members make their own arrangements and visit the venue during that time slot.
    • Up to 6 members from 2 households can arrange to meet up.
    • After the visit we meet together by Zoom, show our pictures and compare our experience.
  • The recent change in the rules on meeting people in Scotland means that next week’s opening night and trophy presentation cannot take place face to face. Instead, George will present the trophies virtually and will arrange to have them delivered to winners.

The real start of the club season begins next week with our opening night and long overdue presentation of the trophies from last year. I look forward to seeing you again (albeit through a computer screen).

Extra Club Meeting Tonight at 7:30pm

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.

I look forward to seeing you all later tonight.

Steven