12 September 2019 (Recorded Lecture)

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 jim@todfamily.me.uk 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:

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Season

Welcome to the 2019-2020 season!

I would like to welcome everyone to another season with Musselburgh Camera Club. Thank you to all who came along to this week’s opening night, especially to the potential new members who I hope we can make feel at home. If you signed up with the club you will have been given a printed copy of the syllabus. You can also find a copy of the syllabus on the web site by clicking here.

New members will also have received a copy of the guide to club competitions. You can also download a digital copy of this document by clicking the link below.

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The competitions start early this season, and entries for the Digital Projected Images (DPI) competition close next week, 25th September 2019!

We begin the new season with a refurbished laptop, thanks to Jim Tod.

Congratulations to Malcolm Roberts for winning the Sunday Times weekly “big shot” photography competition on 9th June with his shot of Antelope Canyon!

The club now has a mount cutter which members can use to improve the appearance of their mounted prints. Joe Fowler has offered to arrange a mounting masterclass for those interested in learning how to use it. Watch this space…

A reminder of some events coming up:

Please click the link below to see the club’s privacy policy, which explains how we use the contact information you provided when you signed up. It should be fairly straightforward, since we don’t pass on your information to third parties or use your details for any other reason than running club activities.

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I look forward to seeing you next week, when we will share an inspiring CD of high quality images from the Dingwall competition.

 

Entries Needed for the 2019/20 Digital Projected Images Competition

A reminder that the club is accepting entries for the 2019/20 Digital projected Images (DPI) competition. Please send your 3 images to George Todd at georgetodd1957@me.com, or bring them along to the club night on 12th September, which is the closing date.

Images should be saved as JPEG files and scaled so the longest side is no more than 1600 pixels in size and the shortest length is no larger than 1200 pixels in size. This means 4:3 ratio images can be sized to 1600×1200 pixels but 1:1 ratio images should be sized to 1200×1200 pixels.

If you have only just joined the club and would like to enter the competition but don’t know how to resize your images, send them to George anyway. We’ll give new members the benefit of the doubt, as it’s better to enter your images and get the feedback. We can show you how to resize your images for future competitions.

 

Opening Night for the 2019-2020 Season

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:

Garden Photography

While we are on the subject of this weekend’s Musselburgh Flower Show and garden photography, the National Garden Gift Voucher scheme have announced a photographic competition where you could win a trip to next year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Click the link below for details.

https://nationalgardengiftvoucher.co.uk/photography-competition


On the same subject, the club has received the following notification :

I wanted to let your members know about an exciting weekend workshop for keen amateurs wanting to improve their garden and landscape photography skills, led by Garden Photographer of the Year 2018, Andrea Jones . September 20th-22nd.

Andrea will explore her creative process and share her trade secrets over a weekend in one of East Lothian’s most beautiful gardens, Fairnielaw. Expect an inspiring taste of practical photography, theory and image processing. Learn how to deal with the most common challenges a photographer can face; coping with harsh light, making the most of the elements and shooting in cramped spaces. group will be limited to 12 people to allow space and time with Andrea for everyone.

Click here, for details and booking. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/garden-photography-workshop-with-andrea-jones-tickets-63559735881

Any queries, please let me know.

Best wishes

Susan Begg (susan@semplebegg.com)

Musselburgh Camera Club at the Annual Musselburgh Flower Show

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.

 

 

Lens for Sale

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

2019 MCC Library Exhibition Has Started

Our 2019 summer library exhibition is now underway, beginning with a display at Longniddry library. Click the link below for a full timetable:

2019 Library Exhibitions

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to set up and move the exhibition.

This year we will be rounding off the summer with a display at the Musselburgh Horticultural Society flower show at the Brunton Hall on 24th August 2019.

 

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.