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
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.
1st April 2021 was the club’s annual quiz night, which this year took place by Zoom teleconference. Members answered 29 questions devised by Joe Fowler. We answered a variety of questions on photography, wildlife, world events and local history and landmarks. How many people know that a Joppa to Musselburgh tram service started in 1904 and terminated at Levenhall? Why is the Duke of Wellington statue at Princes Street and North Bridge facing south, and do you know the name of his horse? Can you name all of Edinburgh’s seven hills, or the three lochs surrounding Arthur’s Seat? Do you know the collective noun for a group of crows? How about puffins? The evening wasn’t without some controversy. Was the deadly epidemic of 1918 caused by “Spanish Flu” or by the “H1N1 influenza A virus”? Sandra Crowhurst earned herself a bonus point for knowing the full name. Which bird has the widest wing span? The correct answer was “albatross”, but some members couldn’t believe it wasn’t a condor or pelican. The definitive answer can be found on wikipedia: The wandering albatross does have the largest span, with the great white pelican coming second and Andean condor languishing in 8th place. There was also a debate about the number of monuments on Calton Hill, and the origin of its name. The final result was:
4th place (42 points)
3rd place (44 points)
Malcolm and Lorraine Roberts
2nd place (46 points)
1st place (49 points)
Well done to Sandra, whose local and historical knowledge surpassed the rest of us. Thank you to Joe for compiling the questions and giving us a very enjoyable and entertaining evening.
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 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.