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.
Here are the set subject ideas received for the 2020/21 set subject competition. Each subject will begin with one vote for each member who suggested it, so the poll will begin with:
Flowers and Horticulture: 3 votes
Nature and Wildlife: 3 votes
Abstract: 2 votes
Landscape: 2 votes
All other subjects: 1 vote
At the moment those 4 popular subjects are leading the poll. You can vote for only one subject, so it’s up to you whether to support one of your own suggestions or lend weight to one of the 4 favourites.
This is the first time we have tried an online poll. If you can’t vote for any reason, please email me your preference (StevenMBeard @ aol.com) and I will add your vote manually.
Malcolm Roberts would like to draw members’ attention to this tweet showing a photograph of the recent “Pink Supermoon”. Malcolm asked how to create a “10 shot stack”. You can read a tutorial on the subject by clicking on the link below.
In other news, the closing date of the 2020 Landscape Photographer of the Year has been extended to 10th May 2020. Now could be a good time to look through your back catalogue of images from the last 5 years. Click on the link below for information.
I was asked if there are resources that will tell you what is coming up in the sky, so you can make plans for astrophotography. The answer is sufficiently useful that I thought I would post it to everyone. I think the very best web site for planning astrophotography is this one:
Click on the link and you have a large number of options. I have programmed the above link to select “Musselburgh” as the default location. Click on “location” in the top right corner to see what the sky is doing where you live. The site is used by amateur astronomers, satellite and space enthusiasts, but the pages I think would be most useful for astrophotography are:
Interactive Sky Chart: This tells you what the sky looks like on any date. The zenith (looking straight up) is in the middle of the graph and the horizon is around the edge. Change the date to see how the sky will change in the future. You can, for example, see where the Milky Way crosses the horizon on each date. You can follow the planets and see if there are dates when they clump together and make a show at sunset or sunrise.
The Moon: This page lets you follow what happens to the Moon on future dates. You can check its phase and check when it might pass close to a planet and make a good show. For example, dial up 28th January 2020 and press “update” and you’ll see the crescent Moon passes close to Venus. If the sky is clear this would be a good time to photograph the Moon as it sets.
The first thing you’ll need to do is click the “set home location” link under “Set time” and set your home location to Edinburgh, Scotland (it doesn’t know about Musselburgh). This site doesn’t have as many features as heavens-above, but it is is best site for predicting eclipses. Click here to bring up the eclipse planning page. The site is not as good at remembering your location, so make sure you type “Edinburgh, Scotland” in the “Place or country” box to get the correct information. You’ll find the next eclipse visible from here is a rather boring penumbral lunar eclipse on 5th June 2020. Keep tracking forwards and you’ll see there is a good solar eclipse on 10th June 2021. Put that date in your diary.
The site is dedicated to monitoring solar activity, so it is a good place to get sunspot and aurora predictions. The site doesn’t plan ahead but tells you what’s in the sky right now. It’s a good place to see alerts about aurorae or unusual clouds that could make interesting landscape images. Best of luck!
A reminder that it is Pecha Kucha night this Thursday, 7th March 2019. Pecha Kucha is a presentation format where speakers present 20 slides on a topic, speaking for a maximum of 20 seconds on each slide, allowing lots of topics to be covered in one evening. We have a half-length Pecha Kucha, where speakers show 10 images for 20 seconds each, which allows more members to take part.
Please bring along 10 images of your choice (on a data stick) to show other members. These can be images of any subject, and by any author. You can show a collection of your own images, show images from a photographer you admire, present images from a favourite magazine or from a web site, etc… Digital images are preferred, but if you need to bring along prints (e.g. you only have a printed copy of a magazine) then bring them along and we can show them at the end.
If we don’t have enough images to fill the evening, there will be an opportunity for a “show and tell” at the end. If you don’t have any images to show members but, for example, you own a cool photographic gadget you’d like to tell us about then bring it along.
See you this Thursday for what I hope will be a fun and entertaining evening.
Thank you to everybody who has volunteered to help transfer our library exhibition during the summer. Most of the slots are now covered, but we need two more volunteers:
Somebody to help Clive Davies with the move from Gullane to Port Seton on 16th June 2018.
Somebody to help Steven Beard with the move from Prestonpans to Craigmillar on 14th July 2018.
It doesn’t matter if you have never transferred the exhibition before. Clive and I will show you what needs to be done, and you’ll get a special preview of the exhibition. It takes about 2 hours on a Saturday morning. If you are able to help, please contact John Knox (firstname.lastname@example.org) who is finalizing the rota sheet.
A reminder that we have our last competition of the season tomorrow evening (Thursday, 12th April) at 7:30pm. Please bring along 1, 2 or 3 JPEG images on the theme of “The Colour Blue”, on a CD or data stick. If you are bringing images with you, please try and come early so we have time to load them before we start. If you have already emailed your images to George he will load them onto the laptop for you. The images will be judged by members on the night, and there will be a prize for the best image.
If the weather is kind to us, there will be an outdoor photoshoot next week (19th April). I will be asking for ideas on possible evening locations around the Musselburgh area.
There are still some empty slots on the library exhibition rota. If you can spare a couple of hours on a Saturday to help transfer the exhibition between libraries during the summer, please sign the sheet in room G3. We need two people per slot.