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/

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

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

 

Borders Digital Challenge 2020

The Borders Digital Challenge competition takes place on Sunday, 15th March 2020 from 2pm to 5pm at the Tower Mill Cinema, 2 Kirkstile, Hawick, TD9 0AE. The event is being hosted by Hawick Camera Club. Come and see our images projected onto a large screen. The Tower Mill Cinema is part of the Heart of Hawick, and there is a cafe on site. Can we win this competition a 3rd time in a row, and if we do will they let us come back next year?

Click here for information on the venue.

Click here for a map and directions.

Match An Image Competition – Thursday, 24th October

This Thursday we will not be meeting in our usual room at Fisherrow. We will be travelling to North Berwick Photographic Society for an away match of the annual “Match An Image” competition. Thank you to everyone who sent in their weird and wonderful images.

The competition takes place at Abbey Church, High Street, North Berwick, EH39 4HE. You can find directions here on the North Berwick club web site. Karen Stout, the North Berwick club chair, has also provided the following map

Directions to North Berwick Photographic Society.

and says: “If you are looking at the church straight on from the High Street, the entrance to use is in Church Road on the left hand side of the church. It’s a modern glass walled porch. Once inside you walk straight ahead across the corridor that goes off to your left and into the little vestibule. The hall where we hold our meetings is through the glass doors on your left and down some stairs.”

The competition starts around 8pm and should finish around 9:45-10pm, with a break for tea at half time. I will be there early to set up the MCC laptop. I would be grateful for some volunteers to keep score or help us manage our images. See you there. This time I hope we’ll give them a run for their money…

 

 

MCC Trip to the Trossachs – This Weekend

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.

 

Visit by Musselburgh Camera Club members to Mölnlycke Fotoklubb, Gothenburg 26-29th April 2019

Helen and Martin Lunden from Gothenburg joined Musselburgh Camera Club while working in Edinburgh. A link and competitions, with an exchange of digital images, had been established by Musselburgh Camera Club with their home club, Mölnlycke Fotoklubb in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city in the west of the country. The Swedish club invited a group of Musselburgh members to travel over for a visit and 8 members signed up to visit them for a weekend.

We were made extremely welcome by the Mölnlycke Fotoklubb members, in particular Helen and Martin went above and beyond the call of duty to show us the best of Sweden and entertain us.

The Friday evening was very warm and we walked through the cobbled old Haga district where we had a meal with a few Mölnlycke members and later strolled back to the hotel.

Saturday was Fika (a Swedish tradition of mid-morning coffee and a bun) followed by a day being driven around the west coast islands by the club members, followed by a meal in a cosy restaurant. Sadly it rained for most of the day, but didn’t stop us enjoying it. The scenery is stunning; lots of small islands with little coloured houses, beautiful rock forms and wild flowers.

Sunday morning was street photography with Agneta Delleforres Dryden. She is a well known photographer and until recently a member of Molnlycke Fotoklubb.
She was excellent and gave us lots of good ideas. I think everyone learned something. She has an interesting website “Agneta Dellefors, fotograf“.

Musselburgh Camera Club and Molnlycke Fotoklubb members enjoying their tour of Gothenburg. Back row: Martin Lunden, Jan Arell (“Reluctant Chairman” of Molnlycke), Liz Sowler, George Todd, Agneta Dellefors (our street photography guide), Jennifer Davidson. Middle row: Helen Lunden, Patricia and Ken Sharp, George Smith. At the front: Kevin Johnston. Photo credit: Joe Fowler.

An enjoyable morning was followed by lunch then a few hours free time to wander around Gothenburg. We were picked up by Fotoklubb members on Sunday evening and driven out to the beautiful old school in the country east of Gothenburg where they hold their meetings. Now we know where all the images of misty lakes and birch trees come from. A Swedish supper was followed by a relaxed fun competition and lots of laughter.

It was a very busy weekend and all went very well, apart from one or two hiccups. Everyone enjoyed meeting Mölnlycke members and they seemed to enjoy having us there. Joe is hoping to do a presentation of images taken by Musselburgh members during the visit later in the year, if we can find a slot in next season’s club programme.

18 April 2019 (Club Photoshoot at Newhailles)

On Thursday, 18th April the annual club photoshoot took place at Newhailes House & Gardens, just to the west of Musselburgh. Fortunately, the Easter egg hunt scheduled to start on the Friday had not altered our plans and the estate was open as usual. The estate contains some woodland paths where there were glades full of bluebells, anemones and flowering garlic. Some of the flowers were protected behind a fence, but still accessible with a long lens. There were views of Newhailes House through the trees (left) and architectural focal points along the paths. Towards the end of the evening we photographed the setting sun reflected in one of the windows (right).

If anyone captured some good images on the estate, please email them to Newhailes@nts.org.uk. The National Trust are always interested in new and interesting images taken at their properties.

The next event due to take place at Newhailes is a 1745 Battle Reenactment on 25-26th May 2019. This could be another good photographic opportunity.

The next meeting at Fisherrow will be our club AGM at 19:30 on Thursday, 25th April 2019. There will be some unexpected surprises! Please come along, have a say in how your club is run and join in the fun. Refreshments will be served and trophies will be presented to the competition winners.

 

 

Club Photoshoot and Easter Egg Hunt

I have discovered there is an Easter Egg Hunt taking place at Newhailes Estate this weekend. Click here for details. The event happens from Friday 19th April to Monday 22nd April from 10am until closing time. Our photoshoot on Thursday is sufficiently close to the event that it might be affected (I wonder exactly when they need to close the estate to hide the Easter eggs).

We’ll need to play it by ear. If the gates are locked at 7pm I suggest we go around the north side of the estate, park near the Shell Garage on Edinburgh Road and have a photoshoot along the beach. Fingers crossed…

 

 

Club Photoshoot on Thursday, 18th April 2019

This Thursday there will be no meeting at Fisherrow. We will be meeting at 7pm in the car park at Newhailes House & Gardens, just to the west of Musselburgh. The house, cafe and playpark will be closed at 7pm, so we will be restricted just to walking around the estate. There is a £3 charge if you take your car onto the estate. The Newhailes House web site says “Please note that our car park opening hours will vary in 2018/19 due to our ongoing restoration project“. If the car park is closed by the restoration work, we might need to park nearby and walk onto the estate. Mike Clark is our local expert on the area.

Click below for some maps.

https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/newhailes/getting-here

Newhailes Estate Google Map