Here are some recent BBC news stories, with some great images, you might like to catch up on while at home. Click on the links to read each story.
Wildlife photos: Squabbling mice top ‘people’s poll’ award
Doctor wins landscape photography top award
Antarctic seal photo wins top prize
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.
Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020
I hope you are all staying safe and well.
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.
Another very useful site is this one:
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.
Finally, another site I find useful is this one:
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!
I hope all this will be useful to some members.
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.
The club social evening takes place at the Ravelston House Hotel in Musselburgh. The hotel is on N. High Street, just up the road from the Fisherrow Centre, as shown below.
We will meet at the hotel bar from 7pm onwards, and the table is booked from 7:30pm.
A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Musselburgh Camera Club members!🎄
If anyone has any comments or issues with this policy please let me know.
Steven Beard (StevenMBeard @ aol.com)
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.
The club has received a message from Doug Berndt of Edinburgh Photographic Society:
Edinburgh Photographic Society has arranged A Day With Fotospeed – the Photographic Paper and Ink specialists. This will be held on Sunday April 15th 2018 at Edinburgh Photographic Society, 68 Great King St, Edinburgh. (Parking is free all day on a Sunday in the streets around EPS, including in the marked Permit Zones).
The day will include talks from Vince Cater and Mark Littlejohn. Vince’s talks include discussion of Colour management and printer/paper profiling.
Click here for a details and an outline of the day’s programme.
If any MCC members are interested in joining the event, please email Doug at email@example.com. Places are limited and will be allocated strictly in the order requested.
To cover costs there is a charge of £20 per person. You can pay this directly to Doug, to Doug via another EPS member, or by Paypal (please ask Doug for details).
Tea and Coffee will be provided on a self-help basis in the kitchen. You should bring a packed-lunch for the day.
Tomorrow evening we have our annual Pecha Kucha night. Please bring along 10 JPEG images on a data stick or CD (inside a folder with your name) and be prepared to talk about each image for no more than 20 seconds. You can bring along any images; they don’t need to be your own work. They could be holiday images, a special occasion, images by a photographer you admire, images from a magazine you like to read or a place you like to visit, a news story, etc… If you are bringing images please try and come early so there is time to load them onto the laptop before we begin.
Before we begin, Joe will give us a summary of last Sunday’s inter-club competition, for those who missed it. (We won’t hold Joe to the 20 second rule.)
We are starting the process of engraving the club trophies for the AGM, so if you are holding a trophy please bring it along and give it to George.
A reminder that we will not be meeting at Fisherrow this Thursday, 1st February 2018. Instead, Musselburgh Camera Club will be joining Beeslack Penicuik Camera Club at 7:30pm for an evening of Audio Visual entertainment, with shows contributed by both clubs.
Beeslack Camera Club meet at Beeslack High School in Penicuik. Click on the link below for a map and address: