21 November 2019 (4-Way Inter-Club Competition)

This week we had the pleasure of welcoming Kirkcaldy Photographic Society, Edinburgh Photographic Society and Stirling And District Camera Club to Musselburgh for the annual 4-way inter-club competition. Kirkcaldy had won the 2018 competition and were keen to retain their title. As usual, each club entered 15 digital projected images each, making a total of 60 images on the night. Images were judged by Stewart Dodd of Dundee Photographic Society. We are really grateful to Stewart for coming all the way to Musselburgh and judging in the midst of a cold.

This year was a particularly strong competition. We were entertained with awesome landscape images, extremely well-captured wildlife shots, stunning portraits and carefully crafted art shots. There were no fewer than eleven 20-point images and ten 19-point images scattered across all four clubs, meaning a significant proportion of the evening was spent clapping and admiring the achievement of the photographers gathered. There were some images included which had recently won SPF awards.

By the halfway point of the competition Musselburgh was leading Kirkcaldy by just one point, with Stirling and Edinburgh hot on their heals. We had a lovely interval with tea, home-made cakes and biscuits. Then in the second half came a festival of 20-point images with the final scores ending up

  • Musselburgh Camera Club – 278 points
  • Kirkcaldy Photographic Society – 275 points
  • Stirling and District Camera Club – 265 points
  • Edinburgh Photographic Society – 265 points

It is a huge achievement for the club to win against such strong competition. Well done to all the club members whose images helped us secure this result.

Normally at this point I would point out the top images entered by Musselburgh, but there were so many good images presented this year, I think all the clubs deserve credit. Here are all the top images entered:

  • Musselburgh Camera Club
    • Mating Orange Tip Butterflies – 20 points
    • Taransay – 20 points
    • Pelican Reflection – 20 points
    • Magnificent Hummingbird – 20 points
    • Razorbill – 19 points
    • Church Of The Santissimo Redentore – 19 points
    • Steep Ascent – 19 points
    • Loch Ard Boat – 19 points
    • Lava Heron Fishing – 19 points
  • Kirkcaldy Photographic Society
    • Painted Lady – 20 points
    • Rattray  Lighthouse – 20 points
    • The Potter’s Son – 20 points
    • Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe – 19 points
    • Little Owl – 19 points
    • On a Snowy Day – 19 points
  • Stirling and District Camera Club
    • Male Kingfisher With Catch – 20 points
    • None To Share – 20 points
    • Rum – 19 points
  • Edinburgh Photographic Society
    • Beak to Beak – 20 points
    • Parallel Lines – 20 points
    • Rail Street Offering Hanoi – 19 points

Thank you to all the club members who travelled from far and wide to attend. We’ll see you again next year.

07 November 2019 (Colour Print Competition)

Some members may recall the 2018 black and white print competition, where Sue Hill CPAGB and Doug Hamilton CPAGB  of Edinburgh Photographic Society judged our prints and gave us good advice. We enjoyed their double act so much we invited them back this week to judge our colour print competition.

There were 57 prints altogether. Several were landscapes taken in places around the world. Lots of shots from Scotland, but also some from Ireland, Yorkshire, Venice and New Zealand. There were several wildlife shots and some interesting still life and abstract compositions. Sue and Doug carefully described each print, explaining what they liked and giving feedback on what could be improved. There was a very high standard overall, leading to a record number of high marks. For the prints that didn’t achieve the high marks, unwanted distractions were a common theme: bright areas which drew attention away from the main subject, or tiny details (such as a polythene bag or intruding camera lens) which clashed with the main subject. Some images could have been improved by better lighting or a better depth of field. The black mounts used for some prints didn’t help the subject and Sue and Doug would have preferred to see a lighter mount. But kudos to Elaine Gilroy, for the entertainment brought by a print entitled “Your Left Luggage Is Secure”, featuring an armoured vehicle driving past a secure building looking like Fort Knox with a “left luggage” sign on it! Carol Edmund’s print “Feather Pillows” also raised a chuckle, since the feathers in question were still attached to the birds.

The top scorers were (in reverse order):

  • 5th place (50 points)
    • Malcolm Roberts
  • 4th place (53 points)
    • Jennifer Davidson
    • Mike Clark
  • 3rd place (56 points)
    • Joe Fowler
  • 2nd place (57 points)
    • Jim Tod
  • 1st place (59 points)
    • George Todd
    • Anne Yeomans

The top images were:

  • Platinum Point (Joe Fowler) – 20 points
  • Lesser Masked Weaver At Work (Jim Tod) – 20 points
  • San Giorgio Maggiore (Jim Tod) – 20 points
  • Lunar Landscape (George Todd) – 20 points
  • Pelican Reflection (George Todd) – 20 points
  • Magnificent Hummingbird (Anne Yeomans) – 20 points
  • Iguana With Tracker (Anne Yeomans) – 20 points
  • Cheetah Resting In The Shade (George Todd) – 19 points
  • Laua Heron Fishing (Anne Yeomans) – 19 points
  • Brown Hare At Sunset (Jennifer Davidson) – 18 points
  • Jay In The Rain (Jennifer Davidson) – 18 points
  • Bridge To Nowhere (Joe Fowler) – 18 points
  • The Old Mill (Joe Fowler) – 18 points
  • Loch Ard Jetty (Mike Clark) – 18 points

Well done everyone for achieving such a high standard of entries that we ended up with seven twenty point images! And a special congratulations to George Todd and newcomer Anne Yeomans for jointly winning the competition with an almost perfect 59 points.

 

Black and White Print Competition Closing Date

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 (georgetodd1957@me.com). 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.

RSPB Inspiring Nature Calendar Competition

 

31 October 2019 (Halloween Club Competition)

A club night on the 31st October was the perfect opportunity to have a Halloween knockout competition. Members brought along images vaguely associated with the theme of Halloween. 31 images were entered altogether. The mages were paired up and members voted for their favourite in each pair. There were several portraits, including a green witch, a vampire, a skeleton, three variations of a girl in costume, and several groups in scary gothic make-up. There were some composition shots of a skull or a Frankenstein in front of a graveyard, shots of pumpkins and spiders, a crow. Members wondered if the shot of a swan staring at the camera was quite scary enough for Halloween, and a landscape shot showing a calm sunset had the audience baffled.

There were an off number of images in the second round, so the audience voted on which of the rejected images to bring back. An image of the grim reaper was a clear winner, and it joined the other 7 images to battle for a place in the final. In the end, 4 images remained, and members voted for their favourite. The final result was:

  • In 4th place with 3 points, the grim reaper image which had won a place in the second round, by Joe Fowler.
  • In 3rd place with 5 points, an image of a group of glowing skeletons crossing the road (looking very like a still from a Ray Harryhausen film), by Anne Yeomans.
  • In 2nd place with 6 points, an image of a pumpkin carved into a skull in a window framed by 2 candles, by Steven Beard.
  • In 1st place, with 10 points, an image of a scary tree (below), also by Steven Beard.

Scary Tree in Dalkeith Country Park

So in the end I won the box of chocolates I had brought in to present to the winner! There were some “trick or treat” chocolates for the runners up. Thank you to everyone who entered the competition. There were some good images on show and hope everyone enjoyed taking part. You might well see that box of chocolates again in the near future… The evening finished with a review of the “Match an Image” competition from the previous week.

 

17 October 2019 (DPI Competition Review)

On 17th October 2019 we reviewed the results of the Digital Projected Images competition, which had taken place 2 weeks earlier.

03 October 2019 (Digital Projected Images Competition)

The judge, Simon Wooton, had left us a very comprehensive set of feedback on the images. This gave us the opportunity to review the competition images and discuss how they might be improved next time. Most members noticed the judge had spotted distractions or faults in their images they hadn’t noticed. This is a common problem. Showing your images to someone else before submitting them can often help. Another technique is to prepare your images weeks in advance, set them aside and forget them, and then look at them again before the competition. Giving yourself more time helps you spot things you might not have noticed.

We discussed some of the common problems reported in the images, and methods of correcting the problems. I have compiled all the advice into a handy PDF document which you can obtain by clicking on the link below.

ImageImprovementTable

NOTE: On 31st October there will be a Halloween digital knockout competition. Please bring along 1, 2 or 3 JPEG images on the theme of Halloween/Gothic/Horror/Trick-or-Treat/Costumes/Ghosts/Graveyards… or anything else vaguely related to the Halloween season. The best image on the night wins a prize.

Match An Image Competition – Thursday, 24th October

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…

 

 

Late Entries for the Colour Print Competition

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 fingalfowler@aol.com.

Don’t forget also to mail JPEG copies of your 3 images to George Todd at georgetodd1957@me.com.

 

Colour Print Competition

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 (georgetodd1957@me.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.

 

03 October 2019 (Digital Projected Images Competition)

This week we kicked off our club competition season with the Digital Projected Images competition. The competition was judged by Simon Wooton of Midlothian Camera Club. Click on the link below to see Simon’s gallery of landscape, sport and wildlife images.

Simon Wooton’s image gallery.

Simon had 72 images to judge and had gone to the trouble of providing a whole page of feedback on each image. We will print out Simon’s document so members can read the comments on their own images.There were several images of flowers, landscape and seascape images (some from as far away as New Zealand) , architectural shots from Edinburgh, sport and street photographs. Distractions in the background or around the edges of images were common comments, and some images were a little too dark or too bright. There were some beautiful sky images which didn’t quite work on their own. Two images stood out as discussion points because of their humour: “Beemer” by Edward Robertson and “What Does She Want?” by Carol Edmund. Both shots were funny and timed beautifully but had too many distractions to be successful competition images. Even so, thank you for entering them and cheering us up.

A mix-up with the score sheets meant we could only give a preliminary result on the night, but we can now announce the final results. The top scorers were (in reverse order):

  • 5th place (48 points)
    • Jennifer Davidson
    • Elaine Gilroy
    • John West
    • Howie Findlay
  • 4th place (50 points)
    • Steven Beard
    • Mike Clark
    • Anne Yeomans
  • 3rd place (52 points)
    • Joe Fowler
    • Malcolm Roberts
  • 2nd place (55 points)
    • George Todd
  • 1st place (57 points)
    • Jim Tod

The top images were:

  • Tarasay (Jim Tod) – 20 points
  • Growth Amongst Decay (Jim Tod) – 19 points
  • Two Ducks At The Waterhole (George Todd) – 19 points
  • Fabrication Welder (Joe Fowler) – 18 points
  • Move Over (Joe Fowler) – 18 points
  • Remarkable Rainbow (Malcolm Roberts) – 18 points
  • Church Of The Santissimo Redentore (Jim Tod) – 18 points
  • Circle Of Flowers (Steven Beard) – 18 points
  • Taking Jump Number Nine (George Todd) – 18 points
  • Brown Bear Confrontation (George Todd) – 18 points
  • Razorbill (Anne Yeomans) – 18 points

Well done to Jim Tod for winning the competition and achieving first and second place with two of his images.

Next week Christine Murdie will be giving us a fascinating-sounding presentation entitled “A Journey to 80 Degrees North: The Land of the Polar Bear”, and the week after that we will go through the competition images a second time, with more opportunity for feedback and questions.

 

Entries Needed for the 2019/20 Digital Projected Images Competition

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 georgetodd1957@me.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.