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Interested in photography? Why not com 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.
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, 239 Raeburn Rigg, Deans EH54 8PL
The floor is getting renewed in the institute hall tonight so we are going to have an outing to a location which has yet to be decided.
This competition involves Armadale, Linlithgow, Livingston and Mid Calder camera clubs. There are 3 sections: PDI colour, PDI mono and Prints. Each club enters 5 images in each section. Last year the result was very close with Livingston winning by one point!
This year the competition is being hosted by Livingston Camera Club.
The event starts at 7.00 pm at Crofthead Farm, Dedridge, Livingston
Many thanks to Nancy MacArthur who stepped in at short notice to appraise our members entries.
Our speaker tonight was Zul Bhatia who entertained us with his presentation “The Serengeti National Park, Tanzania”. Having been visiting twice a year for 40 years now, Zul knowledge and love for this wildlife haven was enthralling in its detail and images.
Pecha Kucha Night
The challenge tonight for members was to present 20 images and to speak to each one for only 20 seconds. It was also the next instalment of the Small Print Challenge.
Club outing – East Neuk of Fife
A very enjoyable day for those that got up early to catch the tide at St Monans on this Sunday morning. They were rewarded by a glorious weather throughout the day in which to explore the coastline.
Another great studio shoot with models from Miss West Lothian.
Many thanks to all involved. Good to see that most of us were still smiling at the end 😉
This week we had a presentation from Gordon on the latest changes in Photoshop CC. He had picked up these tips when he attended the recent photography exhibition in Birmingham.
Then we had refreshments and lots of chatting 🙂
We had a social evening tonight with guests from Livingston and Armadale camera clubs.
There were a number of AV presentations a live presentations and a chance to catch with enthusiasts from around West Lothian. The time just went too fast!
Night Photography Around Mid Calder
By all accounts this was a successful night for those who ventured out on the night. Thanks to Peter, Dougie and Gordon for some of their images from the night.
The Thoughts of Chairman Steve
The club’s chairman Steve Collier gave a presentation of his photography which reflects his love of France and his eye for still life.
Another members night in the Black Bull.
And the winner of the Small Print Challenge was Andy! Congrats to Andy for this fine take on the theme “Street”.
Andy has chosen the theme “Colours” for next months entry.
The rest of the night focused on using a consistent colour workflow, choosing the appropriate colour space and ICC paper & ink profiles with the aim of achieving consistent high quality print output. Wow! My kind of night. Well I did the presentation so that’s hardly surprising.
In a change to the syllabus we had another still life night and this proved popular. I think there was 8 different still life setups using a variety of lighting providing members with lots of opportunity to explore not only the technical aspects of still life but (what I find more difficult!) the creative aspect. This was a fun night.
Congratulations to Roy, Gordon and Richard for scoring highest in this appraisal.
I thought our appraiser on the night, Doug Berndt ARPS, did a good job in offering good feedback on the entries. However Doug did adhere to the SPF’s “Nature” guidance which caught a number of members out.
It is getting very close in both PDI and Prints in the Intermediate and Advanced sections. Only one appraisal left. I can hardly contain my excitement! Lol, isn’t this fun 😉
Remember you can check out the entries on the clubs gallery.
Many thanks for Dougie Cockburn for organising A night with lights.
Using the clubs equipment Dougie demonstrated how to set up the equipment, balance the lighting and take photographs. The demonstration also involved putting everything away!
This was an informal night with lots of opportunity to discuss the use of lights. I got the impression that those members attending enjoyed the evening and I hope we all got something out of it.
We had an informal image night tonight. Members brought along prints and digital images to share with others.
The monthly Small Print Challenge theme was “Seascapes”. The winning entry was from Richard.
He has chosen “Street” as the theme for next month.
Tonight there was a chance to look at the images that were successful in the PAGB Small Cup Competition last year which Mid Calder Camera Club entered. Waiting for feedback but I can imagine it may be along the lines of “when does a photograph become graphic art?”
Interclub Competition – Livingston CC v Mid Calder CC
I’m waiting for a report but I can say we won!
Many thanks to David Queenan for his informative presentation this evening. David showed just how beautiful the local area can be when you are prepared to invest the time. I’m sure we all learned something to encourage us to get out and take photographs. I’ll just have to set my alarm clock a bit earlier!
You can find his website here.
Digital Darkroom Night
Another Photoshop night.
Xmas Night Out
Scavenger Hunt II
Our guest speaker this week is Stephen Cosh
Stephen Cosh from Ayr was the guest speaker last week with a presentation on Street Photography. Steven gave a brief biographical introduction before showing the members examples of his work. He is the founder of “The Leica Meet” www.theleicameet.com/ an active club of Leica users worldwide
With images from many parts of the world Stephen gave members an insight into his working methods and passed on many hints and tips about capturing the decisive moment. Stephen also demonstrated his Leica cameras and invited members to handle them and even take some shots with them.
He is a committed film user and sparked a debate afterwards about the relative merits of film verses digital.
He also showed members examples of Street Portraiture and gave members more hints and tips about approaching people to take their portraits.
Stephen finished his talk with some information on a photography charity he supports and asked that his fee for the talk be given to them www.photovoice.org
It was a very inspirational talk which will encourage members to try their hand at the genre of street photography.
To have a look at some of Stephen’s work check his website HERE
Gather round for the second appraisal of the year. Tonight we have Charles Summers giving us feedback on the images entered. Again there are PRINT and a PROJECTED sections.
The themes for this appraisal are PRINTS = “Water” and PDI = “Open”
Good luck to all who have entered 🙂
Lightroom & Photoshop
Club member Martin Clarke had prepared a presentation on Lightroom and Photoshop.
Overcoming the initial technical issues Martin provided his insight into using these tools to manipulate photographs.
It was an interesting and informative evening indeed.
An example of a Before & After:
Thanks to those members who travelled to Lasswade to support Mid Calder in the competition against Midlothian Camera Club. Ron Bell was judging the images on the night.
I am please to announce that the result was:
Mid Calder 332 : Midlothian 314
I have to thank Midlothian for their hospitality. A tasty buffet was provided and it was good to have a chat about the images and the judging!
All the images that were entered are available to view in the gallery.
Venice in 7 days
Long time club member Gordon Scott gave a presentation from his week long trip to Venice in May 2016. Gordon gave us a guided tour of Venice through his photography. It was fascinating to see his eye for a photograph and how he processed his choice images to transform them from the original photograph. Gordon also brought along a large selection of prints on a variety of media for members to view.
Thanks again Gordon.
Thanks to all the members who came along for the first Scavenger Hunt of the year. An even bigger thank you to those members who actually completed it! Well done to all. It would have been a quick night if you hadn’t.
There was another terrific entry for the Small Print Challenge this month. The theme was “Still Life” and the quality and diversity of entries was very good. Very tricky to decide my top 3.
The winner was Margaret. Well done. Theme for next time to be decided.
Long Lens Time
There was a good turnout to hear various members talk of their experience using telephoto lenses longer than 300mm.
Our guest speaker was Lindsay Robertson. Lindsay gave an entertaining talk on his journey in photography and how he was able to came to organise an exhibition of Ansel Adams work along with his own! Not only did he show the background behind his latest work but he brought along numerous examples of his prints for us to enjoy.
All in all a great evening. Thanks Lindsay.
Lindsay’s website is HERE
Appraisal #1 : PRINT=”Open”, PDI=”Landscapes”
Our first appraisal of the year was judged by Ron Bell LRPS of the Galashiels Camera Club.
It was great to see the range of members images. Congratulations to those who got the perfect 20 and thanks to Ron for his appraisal.
It was great to see such a good turnout for tonights meeting in the Black Bull.
We started of with a presentation of trophies to the winners of last seasons appraisals and internal competitions. Congratulations to the winners. It should be noted that there are three winners missing from the is photo. Alasdair (Equaliser), Peter (Beginners Image of the Year) and Keith (Intermediate Image of the Year).
A number of members demonstrated tripods, cameras, a Lens Baby a Kessler camera slider and lots of discussion.
The theme for the first A4 Print Challenge of the year was “Numbers and Letters”. We had the biggest number of entries this month with 20 and those presented voted for the winning image.
And the winner was Sam. Next months challenge theme is “Still Life”.
Alistair Swan from Ayrshire entertained us with his presentation “Window on the World”.
Alistair uses an audio visual format to showcase his work both still and video. From landscape to portraiture he documented time spent in India and Myanmar.
Bits & Pieces
A night for beginners with a number of short presentations from a few of the clubs experienced members.
Scott Liddell from the Facebook page “Dark Edinburgh” was our guest showing us images from the “Dark Side” of Edinburgh. Scott gave an entertaining presentation going in to how he started and developed this project including the equipment and techniques he uses to capture his images.