Inaugural evening of the 2019 -2020 session.
The front door of the Poldrate Granary has a keypad entry system, which can sometimes be tricky. We are requested by the Poldrate management not to put the entry code on an open website, so for the first couple of nights we will have someone on door duty from about 7:15.
There is an intercom, in case the door watcher is called away. Just push the button for floor 3 and wait for a reply. The responder can remotely open the door from upstairs.
The venue is on the top floor. The stair is straight ahead of the entrance. There is a lift through the door to the left of the entrance.
The plan for tonight is to explain the plan for all the other nights.
Prospective members new and old can pay their annual membership. Anyone “just curious” can put it off for a couple of weeks, but keep in mind that only paid up members can enter competitions. Cash or cheques are fine, but I’m afraid we can’t take card payments.
We will introduce the committee members , discuss the new scoring system for competitions, look through the syllabus and probably even look at some pictures if we have a minute. This is the ideal time to ask questions, get to know some names and faces and decide if you want to sit on the left or the right of the room. (It’s a bit like whether you are in Gryffindor or Hufflepuff, the radiators on the right are warmer.)
Neil McDade’s very popular Facebook page “Spectacular Scotland” lives up to its name, featuring beautiful images of Scottish landscape and architecture.
Neil clearly gets around, hunting original angles and locations, but many of his images are of places familiar to most Scottish photographers- which begs the question- “Why don’t mine look as good?” Maybe we’ll find out this evening.
A “Photographic Safari” need not involve Lions, wildebeest or elephants and if this one does, then something went wrong.
The idea is that teams are formed , an assignment is..assigned and the team goes out and creates a photographic project. Months pass. Then each team presents it’s project to tumultuous applause or a chorus of raspberries.
Some details will be filled in this evening and teams will be selected. Don’t be absent, or you risk being voted team leader.
Also tonight, Our treasurer will ask the question “What is photography for?”
It’s likely that no two members share exactly the same reasons for being a photographer. Being a member of a camera club is not what you have a camera for. You have a camera because…well- why do you have a camera? We will hear one person’s take on this tonight. Maybe you would like to give us another?
Zaneska Blaszczyk ( pronounced “Blaschick” more or less) is a Wildlife photographer based in East Lothian , though originally from Poland. She has exhibited locally and some of her work can be seen on her Facebook page “Zan’s Lens”.
Scott Kelby’s annual Worldwide Photowalk. Rich Bryson leads the Edinburgh walk, this year avoiding the “Independence march” on the same day. Last year the two events got a bit tangled.
The walk is free. You will be asked to donate to the Kenyan charity it supports, but it’s up to you.
“The best camera is the one you carry with you”. Most cellphones these days have a camera . In fact it could be argued that phone cameras have been driving the development of all cameras for at least a decade. Features like USB charging, direct wireless transfer and software filters found in cellphones years ago are only now appearing in DSLRs.
Many of us rarely use our phone camera. Why not? What can they do?
“Why does the landscape photographer press the shutter?” asks our speaker , Neil McCoubrey.
A simple question, but I suspect his answer will be rather more complicated.
Some of Neil’s work may be seen here.
Tonight is also the deadline for handing in entries for the Season Starter Competition.
What is A/V? Doesn’t that involve multiple projectors, a sound system and six arms?
Well, that’s the pre-digital version. The secrets of how to put together an advanced slideshow with sound shall be revealed by Colin Legg, who only has two arms, but moves quickly.
The first competition of the season used to be known as “First Exposure”. The name has been changed , partly because the new one is more descriptive, partly to highlight the fact that there are changes this year.
First, the judge will not have seen the images before the night, unlike past years where he had them some weeks in advance.
Second, he will not simply give each image a score out of twenty. He will select a first, second third from each of several categories.
The scoring will require a supercomputer and lots of pencils. There will be unforeseen wrinkles, some of which will be ironed out after tonight.
Other clubs are adopting variations on this theme and more details will be given, starting on night one.