This is to let you know I am planning to visit Granton Harbour in Edinburgh for a possible photoshoot around 3pm on Sunday afternoon. I hope there will be street parking available. Google tells me there is some parking at the Gypsy Brae recreation area nearby if I can’t find anything. You don’t have to go to the harbour at the same time as me, and members who live nearer than me might prefer to visit around sunrise or sunset and get some better lighting conditions. You also don’t need to go this weekend. If you are not working full time, a weekday visit may be less crowded.
There are other photoshoot options available for members who don’t want to travel into Edinburgh, or if Granton Harbour turns out to be too crowded (there were a lot of folk heading for the coast today):
- Craigmillar Castle: Still in Edinburgh but less likely to be crowded in warm sunny weather.
- Fisherrow Harbour, Port Seton Harbour and Dunbar Harbour: Some alternative harbours in East Lothian, with Dunbar easily accessible from the Borders.
- Hailes Castle: An alternative castle in East Lothian. I visited the castle last weekend. There are no staff at the site, but you can wander around the castle grounds. I found a good spot to take photos of the castle down by the river. There is only very limited parking available, so it’s best to arrive early.
Wherever and whenever we end up, we can meet this coming Thursday, 22nd April, to compare our experiences.
Best of luck!
Sandra Crowhurst has pointed out that the Royal Horticultural Society’s 2021 photography competition is now open for entries. Click below for details.
Entry is free, so if you have already collected photographs for our “flowers and horticulture” competition you could send them to this competition as well. You could also browse their galleries for ideas how to improve your images before submitting them. Best of luck!
Congratulations to John West, whose photograph of Edinburgh at night was featured at the top of the BBC News “In Pictures” page a few days ago.
John says anyone can send their pictures to the BBC. The rules for entering are on their web page at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-10768282. The current theme is “open road”, which closes in 3 days. You can also see the archive of photos from previous themes back to January 2017. Photos for the latest theme appear at the bottom of the BBC News main page for a few days and later move to the archive on the “Your Pictures” themes page.
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,
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.
Please email your images to email@example.com.
This is to let you know I have booked a time slot to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh at 15:00-17:00 on Saturday, 19th September 2020. I am planning to enter by the West gate at Arboretum Place, as there is more parking there.
The current rules will not let us all meet up at the gardens, but I suggest members make their own arrangements to visit the gardens and take photos. You don’t have to choose the same time slot as me (especially if the weather forecast changes between now and when you book!). If you arrange to visit the gardens between now and 24th September we can meet by Zoom, share our experience and offer each other advice. After that there’s nothing to stop anyone going back to the gardens a second time to take that advice into account. I hope everyone will eventually get the same out of it as a normal photoshoot, even if it takes longer.
As a reminder, the “nature and wildlife” images are due on 3rd December 2020 and the “flowers and horticulture” images on 4th March 2021, so there’s still plenty of time.
See you at the virtual trophy presentation this Thursday.
The club has been contacted by an S6 pupil from Preston Lodge High School in Prestonpans to find out if any club members would be willing to take some souvenir portraits of the class at their final year school prom at 7:30pm at the Strawberry Barn in Dunbar (near the Thistly Cross roundabout) on 5th June 2020. The pupils would like to be photographed on arrival. I think we will need more than one photographer to photograph them all in a short space of time while they are arriving (luckily it’s June so there should be daylight). The pupils are happy to reimburse expenses, although they can’t afford professional prices. To save time and costs they would be happy to accept digital copies of the photos and make and frame the prints themselves.
If you can help out on 5th June please let Joe or Steven know.
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.
The club has received the following message from Jane Renton, Musselburgh Amateur Musical Association president.
Happy New Year! I hope you are well.
The dress rehearsal for our upcoming Revue is next Wednesday (15th) in the Brunton theatre and once again I was wondering if any of the members of Musselburgh Camera Club would like to come along and take some photographs. The rehearsal will probably start about 7pm – 7:30 ish and we have to be out of the theatre by 10pm. If anyone is interested in coming along could they maybe drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
, just so I know how many people to expect and so I can let them know if there are any changes in timing.
Jim Tod has provided more information about this weekend’s club trip to Loch Ard in the Trossachs. Jim is proposing to go on Saturday morning, as the weather forecast looks better that day, and there is a chance of some morning mist. If you would like to go on the trip please sign the list on club noticeboard this evening. (I will be passing Jim’s contact details to those who signed up, in case you need to get in touch on the day.) Jim recommends bringing warm clothing and wellies. (Some photographic equipment would also help! 🙂 )
On the subject of car sharing, Jim is happy to pick up 2 members from Eskbank railway station car park at 5:50-6:00am on Saturday. Please call him if you would like a lift.
Jim has provided some maps showing the meet-up points. The first map shows an overview of Loch Ard. The 7:30am meeting point is on the right, on the road from Aberfoyle, and the 10:30am meeting point is on the left, near Kinlochard village hall.
Here are some more detailed maps of the two meeting points.
I hope you all have a fabulous trip, get some good weather and come back with some great sunrise images to share with the club.
On our second club night of the 2019/2020 season we watched a CD of images accepted into last year’s Dingwall National Projected Image Competition. We watch these images to give us some inspiration and also see what kind of images are popular at the moment. In the “Landscape” section there were many photographs of reflections and aurorae, but images of a lone tree against a snowy background seemed to do particularly well in the competition this time. The “nature” category included a wide variety of images, ranging from a dangling slug to a group of lions.
Next week (Thursday, 19th September) I will be giving my “Introduction To Photography” presentation. Bring along a camera to join in some practical demonstrations.
Some club announcements:
- Joe Fowler will be giving a photography and mounting class for new members and beginners. If you are interested please see Joe at the next club meeting.
- Musselburgh Camera Club will be taking part in the Musselburgh Communities Day at the Brunton Hall from 11am-3pm on Saturday, 21st September 2019. We need some volunteers to help look after the display. If you can help please contact Steven Beard at StevenMBeard@aol.com.
- Jim Tod is arranging two club outings in the near future.If you are interested in any of the four options below, contact Jim at email@example.com or sign your name on the sheet hanging up on the noticeboard. Ask Jim for detailed directions.
- The first outing is a masterclass in seascapes and long exposure photography on Saturday, 21st September. There are two options: (1) Meeting at 06:30am at the old outdoor pool in North Berwick to photograph the sunrise; and (2) Meeting at 09:30am at Seacliff Beach (off the A198 near North Berwick).
- The second outing is an autumn photoshoot in the Trossachs on Saturday 19th or Sunday 20th October (depending on Scotland’s rugby world cup fixtures). Again there are two options: (1) Meeting at 7.30 am at boathouses south end Loch Ard to capture the early morning light; and (2) Meeting at 10:00am at Kinlochard Village Hall.
Some photographic opportunities coming up: