23 September 2021 (Into the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods)

On 23rd September, George Robertson visited the club to give us our first face to face talk for more than 18 months. Two thirds of club members came to the Fisherrow Centre to see George’s talk, with another third joining remotely by Zoom. George is a member of Milngavie and Bearsden Camera Club and runs a guided mountain walking company called “MountainTreks” (see below).

http://www.mountaintreks.co.uk/

He guides clients through mountaineering adventures, and his photography began from a need to give clients a visual record of their journey. George’s photographs have won him awards, the most recent being the ‘Urban Life’ category of ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ 2017 and 2020 awards. George’s work can be followed on his photography site:

https://www.mountaintreksphotos.co.uk/

The title of George’s talk comes from a book by Galen Rowell, containing a photographic record of his attempt to climb K2 in 1975. The book inspired George to travel to the Baltoro Glacier in the Karakoram mountains of Northern Pakistan. We had the privilege of leafing through the book and seeing the fantastic photographs contained within it.

George described to us the awe-inspiring journey he had made around this glacier a few years ago while escorting clients to the basecamp of K2. The group had to carry everything they needed for the trip, so there was little room for photographic equipment. George was limited to just a camera body, a single 18-200mm lens and 6 camera batteries. There was no point in attempting to fit a filter or change the lens because the environment was very hostile and dusty. The main purpose of the trip was to look after the clients, so there were only limited windows of opportunity for photography.

Despite the limited time and rigours of the trek, George still came away with a fantastic photographic record. We were treated us to a feast of staggeringly beautiful mountain images: bright snow; stark mountain peaks contrasting against a bright sky; threatening clouds wrapping around the peaks; the striated curves of flowing glaciers; and “mushroom” rocks balanced on stumps of ice. George’s photographs also described the story of the trip: the local towns and run-down buildings; the rough and broken roads; the river crossings; and the tiny tents clinging to a huge mountain landscape. There were also some great portraits of George’s group and of the local people he encountered on the way.

We ended the evening utterly gobsmacked by the quality and beauty of the mountain photographs. Very few people get to travel to these remote and inhospitable places. Thank you George for bringing us a flavour of this amazing scenery.

George Robertson’s talk coming this Thursday

Our first face to face talk of the season takes place at 7:30pm this Thursday, 23rd September 2021 at the Fisherrow Centre. George Robertson will giving a talk entitled “Into the Throne room of the Mountain Gods”, describing his challenging mountain photography journey around the Baltoro Glacier in the Karakoram mountains of Northern Pakistan.

George won the ‘Urban Life’ category of ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ 2017 and 2020 awards. Check out the following links to see some of George’s work.

http://www.mountaintreks.co.uk/

https://www.mountaintreksphotos.co.uk/

Come along to the Fisherrow Centre room G3 on Thursday to meet with George, or alternately connect remotely by Zoom to see George’s talk from the comfort of your own home. If you have joined the club, or are thinking of joining, and have not yet received the Zoom link to our club meetings, please contact the club chair at StevenMBeard@aol.com

16 September 2021 (Introduction to Photography)

This week I gave my introduction to photography presentation for beginners, this time as a combined face to face and Zoom presentation. This was the first use of the club’s new wireless microphone, which we found was good for picking up the speaker but not so good for picking up the chat from within the room. Next time we will switch to a different microphone for the questions and chat.

Here is a collection of downloadable notes, if anyone would like more details.

The following downloadable notes and give more information on club competitions.

After the presentation there was a technical hitch, where the club laptop struggled to manage a Zoom meeting and play a Dingwall DVD at the same time. After a few minutes delay we eventually showed some inspirational images from the Dingwall Camera Club National Projected Image Exhibition.

09 September 2021 (A Journey Round Spitzbergen)

On 9th September 2021, we joined Beeslack Penicuik Camera Club for a joint session with their guest speaker, John Nathan, from Tonbridge Camera Club in Kent, England. John joined us by Zoom and told us the story of his trip to Spitzbergen, which gave him the 15 photographs he needed to qualify as an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS). This was our first truly hybrid session with a guest speaker, with some members joining by Zoom and some members watching John’s presentation at the Fisherrow Centre.

John flew to Spitzbergen from Norway. He found it to be a place with very few roads, where most of the transport was by ski doo or small boat. It was a land where there was almost constant daylight during the summer, and where there was an ever-present danger from polar bears. All visitors needed to be escorted by guides who would scout out an area to be visited to make sure no polar bears were lurking there. There was also a danger from pack ice, which frequently scraped along the side of the ships used to tour around the islands, but the pilots were used to the environment and confidently navigated through it.

John showed us the photographs he took on his travels around the islands of Spitzbergen, from Longyearbyen, to Poolypynten, to Ny Alesund, alongside the Monaco Glacier, through the straits to Kiepertoya, and then down to Kapp Lee, Gashamma and Bourbonhamma. There were landscape photographs showing the beautiful lighting and reflections, the weird and wonderful colours and shapes of the icebergs and the ragged mountains contrasting with the smooth reflections on calm water. John had also captured some wildlife shots of walrus, seals, seabirds and, of course, polar bears from a safe distance.

John ended his presentation by showing us how he had put together the 15 A4 prints he had submitted to the RPS. The collection was carefully balanced to show both the beautiful scenery and the variety of wildlife living around Spizbergen. For more of John’s work, check out his web site:

https://j-nathanphotography.co.uk/

Thank you to Beeslack Penicuik Camera Club for hosting a fascination session.

Digital Projected Images Competition – Submission date coming up

A reminder that the submission date for the Digital Projected Images competition is this coming Thursday, 16th September 2021. This is an open competition, so you can send colour images of any subject. If you would like to enter, please send 3 JPEG images to George Todd (georgetodd1957@me.com) by this Thursday.

Please resize your images to no larger than 1600 pixels wide and 1200 pixels tall.

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.

Welcome to the 2021-2022 season!

We started the 2021/2022 club season with a new meeting format. Our 2019/2020 club season was interrupted by the Covid pandemic and our 2020/2021 season was entirely virtual, with meetings hosted by Zoom. This year we moved to a hybrid format. 17 club members gathered at the Fisherrow Centre and another 6 joined us by Zoom. I was delighted to welcome 4 potential new members! There had been some changes at the Fisherrow Centre since we were last there, and our projection screen has been replaced by an entire section of the wall coated with screen paint. During the meeting we displayed the mounted prints that had been left at Fisherrow, and club members had a chance to retrieve their own prints.

The last meeting held at the Fisherrow Centre was on the 19th March 2020, when we viewed and commented on images provided in advance by Mölnlycke Fotoclubb, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Our last club meeting at the Fisherrow Centre in 2020.

Those were the last images projected at Fisherrow in 2020, and they were the first images projected at Fisherrow now we are back in 2021. During the lockdown we learned that Zoom can connect you with people who would be too far away to travel to a regular club meeting, and a year later we hosted our Swedish interclub live with with members of Mölnlycke Fotoclubb.

Zoom gives us the chance to reach out to other clubs who would otherwise be too far away.

I hope the new hybrid meeting format will give us the best of both worlds. We have a packed programme coming up, with a mixture of face to face meetings at Fisherrow plus virtual events hosted by Zoom and played at Fisherrow.

The club programme

Thank you to everyone who came to Fisherrow, and thank you to everyone who connected by Zoom. At our next meeting we will connect with Beeslack Penicuik Camera Club by Zoom, where speaker John Nathan will talk about travel photography. I will send the Zoom information to members before the meeting. The meeting will also be shown in room G3 at Fisherrow.

Welcome back everyone, and see you next Thursday.

Steven

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/

Risk Assessment for Face-to-Face Club Meetings

If you are planning to come to our opening night at 7:30pm in rooms G3 and G2 of the Fisherrow Centre this Thursday (2nd September) you may be interested in the reopening statement and risk assessment which the Fisherrow Centre have published (click on the link below):

https://fisherrowcentre.org/re-opening-1

The Fisherrow Trust ask anyone visiting the centre to:

  • Use hand sanitizer when entering the building;
  • Check in to NHS test and trace using the QR codes posted at the centre;
  • Wear masks in the corridors and public areas, unless exempt.

The Fisherrow Trust will ensure all areas are cleaned and the rooms have extra ventilation (please do not close the windows). Social distancing within the centre is no longer mandatory. Mask wearing within club rooms is at the discretion of each club, and clubs can add their own procedures based on their own risk assessment.

  • Although social distancing is no longer mandatory at Fisherrow, please respect other members’ space and spread out within the room. Please wear a mask unless seated or drinking tea or coffee.
  • Please do not come to a face-to-face club meeting if you are feeling unwell or have been asked to self-isolate. The club recommends using the Scottish government’s home Covid testing service:
  • We will provide additional hand sanitizer and wipes within the club rooms near shared items (like the sign in sheet).
  • Shared equipment (such as the laptop keyboard, wireless microphone, laser pointer and mouse) will be wiped before and after use.
  • Shared mugs will no longer be available. If you would like tea or coffee please bring your own mug and take it away at the end of the night. (This is also dictated by the centre’s new storage policy.)
  • We will be restarting our programme gradually and offering hybrid sessions so members can choose between attending in person or by Zoom. We have booked two rooms for opening night so we can space ourselves out while welcoming new members. All competitions will be judged digitally until after Christmas.
  • We will aim to have more outdoor meetings, such as club photoshoots.

I look forward to welcoming you back to Musselburgh Camera Club, whichever way you choose to join us.