On 16th January, Mike Clark introduced club members to trail cameras. These are small, weather-proof cameras which can be left out in the wild for weeks and be programmed to record a video or take a still photograph whenever something triggers the camera’s motion sensor. Mike was surprised at how cheaply you can buy these cameras, and had bought himself a TOGUARD trail camera. Trail cameras are very good at capturing moments you could have spent hours trying and failing to capture with a conventional camera. The camera lies in wait and, if something interesting happens at (say) 4am while you are asleep, the camera will capture it. Every image is time-stamped. Mike’s camera could record images at night using an infra-red light. Mike recommended buying a camera with a good battery life and decent-sized memory card, because the longer you can leave the camera running unattended the better the results.
Mike showed us a collection of images his camera had captured during 2019, from a fox which visited his garden at night, a deer and several birds, to a family of badgers frolicking around their set. The motion sensor was even sensitive enough to pick up a spider walking in front of it! Mike had learned not to be tempted to leave food for the wildlife because you get a lot of similar shots of chewing animals. His best and most natural shots were made by placing the camera in a thoroughfare and waiting for the animals to pass by.
We finished the evening by showing images from the latest Dingwall competition CD.
This Thursday is photo advice night. Please bring along 1, 2 or 3 prints of any subject. They don’t need to be competition quality. They don’t need to be mounted, but you can bring in a mounted print if you would like feedback on the mounting. We will sit around tables and discuss the prints in front of us. It’s a good opportunity to show your work or get some advice from fellow members.
Thanks to Jim Todd for organising a trip to North Berwick. It certainly was worth the 5 am start. Below are images of photographers I caught doing their thing.
I will be presenting an introduction to photography at Musselburgh Camera Club this Thursday, 19th September 2019. A reminder to bring along a camera if you would like to join the practical demonstrations. A close focusing or macro lens would help, but isn’t compulsory.
The club still needs volunteers to help with the stand at the Musselburgh Communities Day at the Brunton Hall from 11am-3pm on Saturday, 21st September 2019. If you are passing by the Brunton this Saturday, please drop in.
I should have noted that Jim Tod’s seascapes masterclass takes place on Saturday, 21st September 2019. The autumn trossachs shoot takes place on either Saturday, 19th or Sunday 20th October, depending on Scotland’s rugby fixtures.
The opening night for the 2019-2020 season takes place at the Fisherrow centre room G3 at 7:30pm this Thursday, 5th September. Come along to meet new members or try out the club, have some tea and chat and hear what the new season has to offer.
Click here to check out the latest syllabus on the web site.
NOTE: Submission for the Digital Projected Image competition is due on Thursday, 12th September 2019, only one week later. It’s time to select and prepare your three images. Please scale your images so they fit within a 1600 x 1200 rectangle and save them as JPEG files. I can show beginners how to do this on the opening night.
Events Coming Up
There are some events coming up which might be of interest to photographers:
Musselburgh Camera Club will have an exhibit at the 2019 Flower Show hosted by the Musselburgh Horticultural Society.
Click here for a full description.
Please come along to the Brunton Hall this coming Saturday, 24th August between 1pm and 4:30pm and support your club. Better still, bring your camera and photograph some of the exhibits on display.
Click here for a gallery of photos from previous shows.
Tamron SP 150-600mm f5/6.3 lens Nikon Fit Mint Condition.
Glass scratch free, body completely clean with no marks, No dust or mould in lens.
Full working order and pristine condition.
comes with lens hood, both lens caps and original box and paperwork. If you have a Nikon DSLR and want a long zoom lens at a good price this is the lens for you. Ideal for aircraft and wildlife photography
This lens has been well protected and has produced some great results (happy to show images)
Any questions just ask Mike Clark
Good price for club members
For the benefit of any members who couldn’t make it to last week’s AGM, here are the set subjects chosen for the 2019-2020 season:
- A – Travel
- B – Wildlife
- C – Old Faces
The first competition takes place on 9th January 2020, so there is plenty of time to gather some images on those subjects. The next season starts on Thursday, 5th September 2019.
There are no volunteers signed up on the tea list for 4th April or 11th April 2019. Please can someone bring in some milk tomorrow evening.