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Welcome to the web site of Mid Calder Camera Club

About the Club

Interested in photography? Why not come along to Mid Calder Camera Club on a Wednesday evening?

We are a friendly club with an interesting and varied syllabus. We cater for both film and digital workers, beginners, and experts. We meet every Wednesday from 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm, September to May in The Institute Hall, Market Street, Mid Calder (opposite the Tonino’s and The Black Bull Pub). More information about the club can be found here. You can also find out where we are located here.

Next meeting – Wednesday 11th December at 7:30pm at the Institute Hall

Xmas Social Night

Yes, Christmas is upon us already!
No guest speakers or presentations tonight. But this will be a social night with a difference. Bring along your best image from last weeks practical night for your chance to win a prize. Gordon is planning a quiz.
Please bring along some nibbles and/or drinks. A nice time to catch up with other members.

Join Mid Calder Camera Club

Membership places are now available! Any new member will be considered for membership to the club as soon as their application form is received. An application form can be downloaded from HERE
Please print the form, complete it, and bring it along to a meeting, or send it to:

MCCC Membership Secretary, 30 Cousland Terrace, Seafield, EH47 7AS

Membership costs Β£25 per year and Β£2 entry each night you attend

Recent events

Practical night – Studio Flash

A chance to reflect back on Barry Spence’s presentation from 2 weeks ago and learn to use the clubs equipment.
The Small Print challenge this month was “Food” and David Laing’s print was voted the winner!
(I’ll get the image uploaded asap)

Appraisal #2

Doug Bernt appraised the images submitted this time. Well done everyone and a special well done to those 19’s and 20’s. I’ve updated the appraisal results and the yearly standings.
All Appraisal images can only be viewed by our members in the MCCC Gallery – here (password required).

Practical Night with Barry Spence from Pavilion Studios

A warm welcome to Barry Spence who will be giving a presentation on studio lighting techniques using the club’s equipment.

Guest speaker – Dylan Nardini

Dylan is landscape photographer based in South Lanarkshire.
The link to Dylan’s website is so you can get an insight into the work he produces.

David Stout – Travel Photography My Way

A warm welcome back to David Stout from the North East of England who will entertain us with a presentation of his travel photography. David’s home on the web is here

Gordon Scott and Zoe Halkett

We are starting the season with a 50:50 night. Gordon will be providing tips on how to get the best out of the club’s printer. Zoe will be giving a presentation of her photography journey since joining the club.
This should be an entertaining evening πŸ™‚

Season 2019-20 Opening night

It was great to see familiar faces and some new ones on our opening night of the season. We presented trophies to our winners and introduced the syllabus for the coming year.

Image of the Year

Thank you to everyone who took part in this years Image of the Year night. You were the judge!
Well done to the winners!

Print Of The Year Winners

Group A – Gordon Scott – On the Fiddle

Group B – Joint 1st : Sheila Colthart – Reform Street & Richard MacKay – Kyles of Bute

Group C : Malcolm Fraser – Ailsa Craig

PDI Of The Year Winners

Group A : Sam Hanlon – Hard at work

Group B: Sheila Colthart – Cutty Sark

Group C : Neil Barton – Solar Flare 2

Portfolio/Equaliser Competition

These two competitions will be judged by Charles Summers.
The Portfolio competition is for FOUR images on a theme of the photographers choosing.
The Equaliser competition held in memory of former member, Alpin Ross-Smith is for ONE digital image using your “Nifty Fifty” lens.

Club outing

Cameras at the ready….. Port Edgar was the venue for the evenings outing. I believe it was a lovely evening with a terrific sunset.

Images from Cambodia and Myanmar

A great presentation from Ken Lindsay who is a member of the Eastwood Camera Club in Glasgow.
His presentation on travel photography was fascinating. From his advanced location planning to his wonderful eye for the image. By comparing his RAW images to the end product we all enjoyed his journey to the finished result. Beautiful images and Ken made it look so easy! A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

West Lothian Inter Club Competition

West Lothian Inter Club Champions 2019!
Well done to all the photographers who helped the club achieve this result. Judge was Kenny McMurray.
Things didn’t start too well for us in the colour pdi as we were 8 points adrift of Livingston and only just ahead of Linlithgow. Things improved greatly after the mono pdi when we outscored Livingston by 13 pts to lead the competition by 7 going into the prints. Things didn’t start too well for us as the first 3 Livi prints scored 20,19 and 18 before any of our came up but in the end we scored 87 against LCC ‘s 92 to win by 2 !

Appraisal No.4

Well that was interesting. I thought Fiona Brimms did a very good job this evening, good feedback, advice for improvement and a bit of humour thrown in πŸ™‚
A big “Thank You” to everyone who was involved in this years competition. I do think our new format will get more exciting as the leagues become more competitive. As this was the last appraisal the league champions were decided and those at the bottom were relegated.
The results deserve a post of there own πŸ™‚

Pecha Kucha Night

20 images for 20 seconds each. Sounds easy!!
Bring along a selection of 20 of your images and say everything that needs to be said in just 20 seconds per images.
Yes it’s the annual Pecha Kucha night. always a bit of fun.
*** The Small Print Challenge theme for this month is “Motion”

Street Photography

This was one of the best attended nights of the year so far.
A popular subject within the club with lots of participation from our members πŸ™‚

Stereoscopic 3D Photography

Denis Alyshev entertained with his latest presentation of “Stereoscopic 3D Photography”

Appraisal #3

Interesting night as always. I thought Ian Tully did a good judging the entries for the 3rd appraisal.

6th February

Our 5th 50:50 night of the year was lead off by Neil Barton who entertained us with his images from the Beltane Fire Society. Steve Collier’s take on “Tour de France” finished off the evening.
The small print challenge was won by Sam Hanlon who decided the theme for next month -“B&W”

30th January

Rich Dyson entertained us with photgraphs from two recent adventures in Namibia. The first trip he planned himself and travelled with his partner. The second where he was part of a photography tour. He had captured some beautiful images and and shared tips and techniques on how he captured them. A very enjoyable evening.
You can check out Rich’s website here

23rd January

Our fourth 50:50 night of the year kicked off with Sheila Colthart giving a presentation of her photographic work from before and after she joined the club a few years ago. Great to see how much Sheila has learned since joining.
After that I gave a presentation on using the clubs new screen calibration device. I also gave a rather rushed presentation on alternative software packages to the standard Adobe fair. Not really enough time to give it justice really.

21st January

Interclub competition – Livingston v Mid Calder
Congratulations to Livingston for a very strong competition this year. We pipped them on the prints but they romped away on the DPI’s to a convincing victory. Well deserved.
Roll on next year!

16th January

A welcome return to the club from Peter Paterson MPAGB. His presentation of images from around the world were fantastic and I really appreciated his willingness to share insight into his techniques.
A fantastic range of prints to view also.

28th November

Appraisal #2
The second appraisal of the year officiated tonight by Kenny McMurray.
It’s so pleasing to see the quality of images being entered for appraisal continues to get better.
Should be a good night πŸ™‚

31st October

Appraisal #1
The first appraisal of the year using our new approach kicked off under the stewardship of Guy Phillips.
A big thank you to everyone who took part as we had a great collection of images. Lets us know what you think of the open theme to our appraisals this year.

Tonights top three Projected images as scored by Guy were:

Sheila Colthart – Cutty Sark

Ian McIntosh – Burnett

Andy Moncrieff – Peek-A-Boo

Tonights top three Prints as scored by Guy were:

Sam Hanlon – Whitley Bay

Peter Baird – Small Tortoiseshell

Petra MacKay – Sunset on Nisabost

24th October

Our Second 50:50 evening
The first part of the evening will be in the hands of club member Richard MacKay with his presentation “It’s a Learning Curve”. The second half of the evening will be presented by Sam Hanlon who will be demonstrating the clubs latest purchase. A brace of Godox Ad200’s. Find out how these portable flash heads work.

We were also able to award the Equaliser trophy to Grant Collier (joint winner with Andy Moncrieff)

Congratulations Grant!

17th October

What’s in your bag
A evening where members share the equipment that’s in their camera bag. Find out what accessories you need for that perfect image.
A fun informal evening discussing equipment and gadgets.

10th October

Libby Smith
A warm welcome back to Libby Smith from Carluke. Libby is one of the leading lights in the world of camera clubs. A multi award winning photographer and is just as well known for her sterling work within the SPF organisation.

3rd October

Scavenger Hunt #1
Having set the themes for the Scavenger Hunt earlier in the summer, tonight is your chance to show how successful you have been in capturing them all.
Remember the first small print challenge of this season is “Edinburgh”. Prints must be A4 or smaller and the winner gets to choose the theme for next month.

26th September

Studio Flash
The club has a set of Bowens studio lights and accessories which are available for members use.
Tonight we take you through how to set-up the lights, backdrops and modifiers (and how to put them away!).
Learn how to balance your lighting to get the type of light you are looking for and how different lighting setups can be used for different creative effects.
Bring your camera so you can get involved.

19th September

The first first 50:50 night of the year!

A new approach to members nights with two members giving a talk or demonstartion on a subject of their choosing.
First we heard from Martin Clarke who gave a presentation of the bird photography he has taken with hints and tips on how he captured them.
Next up Gordon Scott gave a shorter presentation on what judges look for when marking images put in to our appraisals. The notes from Gordon’s talk are available if you were not there on the night.

12th September

The first night of the new season!

Good to see familiar faces and some new ones too!
We went through plans for this next year and celebrated success by presenting trophies to the winners of last season’s competitions.
Well done to our winners! You can catch up on the details in the appraisals section of the website.
From left to right – Yvonne, Gary, Sheila, Peter, Gordon and Jim

The Summer Scavenger Hunt
Take a photo using the following themes as a guide:
– Circles and Curves
– Hats
– Three
– What Lies Beneath
– The Blues
– Wood
– On 4 Legs
– Speed
– Local
– Long Exposure

Next Seasons Appraisal Themes
In a change to convention ALL of next seasons appraisals will be OPEN!
No excuses now πŸ˜‰

Join Mid Calder Camera Club

Membership places are now available! Any new member will be considered for membership to the club as soon as their application form is received. An application form can be downloaded from HERE
Please print the form, complete it, and bring it along to a meeting, or send it to:

MCCC Membership Secretary, 30 Cousland Terrace, Seafield, EH47 7AS

Appraisal and Competition Images

All Appraisal and Competition images can only be viewed by our members in the MCCC Gallery - here (password required).

Flickr Group

The club has set up a Flickr group for members. Click here to view and to get permission to join.