Musselburgh Rugby Club Photoshoot

The club has received the following message:

Good afternoon. My name is Scott Johnston and I help run the Scottish Police Rugby Section and we are hosting our first game in over 2 years on Wednesday the 15th September at Musselburgh Rugby Club. It’s an evening kick off (7:30pm) and the game is being used as a trial match to pick our national team to take on the English police later this year.

I was wondering if any of your members would be interested in attending and taking some pictures of the match.

thanks
Scott

Please contact Elaine Gilroy (elainegilroy@hotmail.com) if you would like to get in touch with Scott.

The 2021 Tour of Britain – 11th September 2021

The Hawick to Edinburgh stage of the 2021 Tour of Britain cycle race takes place on 11th September 2021. The route takes the cyclists through the Scottish borders and offers the opportunity to photograph cyclists against a scenic backdrop. Full information can be found on the Tour of Britain web site (link below).

https://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-seven/

Battle of Prestonpans, 18-19 September 2021

The Battle of Prestonpans re-enactment takes place this year at Greenhills park in Prestonpans during the weekend of Saturday, 18th and Sunday, 19th September 2021. More information and tickets can be found at the following link:

http://www.scottishbattlefields.org/events-1/2021/9/18/battle-of-prestonpans-1745-re-enactment-weekend

There are also some online events taking place to commemorate the battle. See the following links for more information:

https://lothianloop.com/2020/09/08/prestonpans-275-online-festival-announced-to-mark-anniversary-of-battle-of-prestonpans/

https://prestonpans275.org/creative-project/

ROSL Photography Competition

The club has been contacted with information about the Royal Overseas League photography competition, which is free to enter and open to everyone over the age of 18. The competition is open until 6th September 2021 and is accepting digital images on the theme of “International Friendship”. Not many of us have travelled overseas recently, but perhaps you have some images which fit the subject?

Visit this link for more information: https://www.rosl.org.uk/photography

Prints of Musselburgh Needed for Fisherrow Centre

The Fisherrow Centre are looking for some nice prints of Musselburgh (such as the harbour or river Esk) to be displayed on a wall in a small upstairs room they have recently upgraded. They have funding for the upgrade, so they could pay for new prints if necessary.

If you have any nice shots of Musselburgh you would be happy to see displayed on a wall at the Fisherrow Centre, please let me know (StevenMBeard@aol.com) and I’ll pass on your details. It sounds like an opportunity to advertise your work and advertise the club.

All the best,

Steven

Socially Distanced Photoshoot – Granton Harbour Edinburgh

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!

Steven

RHS Photographic Competition 2021

Sandra Crowhurst has pointed out that the Royal Horticultural Society’s 2021 photography competition is now open for entries. Click below for details.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/promotions/rhs-photo-competition/

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!

 

BBC News “In Pictures”

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-54188930.

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.

A request for photographs of geese

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.

Please email your images to elainegilroy@hotmail.com.

Socially Distanced Photoshoot – Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh

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.

Steven