Summer 2016 Newsletter


I do hope you are all enjoying the summer and have been taking lots of stunning photographs – mostly, I suspect, this summer of rain, mist and thunderstorms! The purpose of this newsletter is to let you know what members of the club have been doing this summer and a taste of what is to come during the next session.
Visit to the Farne Islands                                                                                                                           A small group of members ventured to Seahouses on a windy but sunny day at the end of May. We took the boat out to the Farne Islands and they took us on a tour of the Islands before landing on the Inner Farne Island. As we approached the Islands the grey seals were playing in the water, close to the boat. They moved so fast that photography was challenging. The birds on the Inner Farne were fantastic. We saw eider ducks sitting on eggs in their eider down lined nests. The beautiful Arctic terns were all around us, dive bombing heads as we came too close to their nests! The puffins were just feet away from us at the entrance to their burrows. All along the cliffs were razor bills, guillemots, kittiwakes, shags and various gulls. It was a fabulous day and hopefully we have come home with some prize winning photographs!

Evening visit to Edinburgh Zoo
We did not enjoy such good weather at the zoo but it was dry. Some of the animals were fast asleep but there was enough to see to keep us well amused! The human animals were just as interesting as many (all adults) had weird face paintings! Once again it was a fun evening with good company. Below is one of my photographs, not the best as I want to save those for the competitions!!


Trip to Aberlady and the mini submarines
Harry Paton has kindly agreed to lead a party to see the mini submarines when the weather and tides are right if you would like to go please contact Harry directly on

Thanks to Alastair Macrae
Alastair has been informing those who gave him their e-mail addresses of various local venues which provide photography opportunities – many thanks to Alastair.

Competition against North Berwick – MOVEMENT!
The theme for this year’s competition against North Berwick is “movement” so please get your thinking caps on and interpret this subject via your cameras. One of the committee members did suggest a suitable interpretation would be bowel movements!! However this may be difficult to achieve!!!

Audio visual competition
This year the audio visual competition has been extended to include video presentations. The entries should be between two and six minutes long. So hopefully this should encourage more of you to enter this competition. Dr Colin Legg has very kindly agreed to help members to put their presentations together. The competition will be judged by all the members who will be given judging sheets to fill in during the evening.

On the first evening I will give a presentation on the programme for 2016 -17. I have been able to invite an excellent tutor to help us with our portrait photography – so it should be an exciting winter!
Cups and prints
The cups and last years’ prints are available for collection in the cupboard in the dark room – the key for the cupboard is the same one that opens the door to the dark room. If you would like to know the new code for the door please e-mail me and I will send it on to you.

Many congratulations to Jean Inglis for her success at the Highland show where she achieved a first prize and two seconds in the craft section. She then went on to win the funny photograph and caption class at the Haddington show. Tony Reeves was second in three classes at the Haddington show. Well done to both.

Small animal photography
If anyone would like to learn how to take good photographs of small animals, dogs, cats etc. please let me know and I will organise a session. I have the name of a lady who will be able to help (she does all the photography for the Edinburgh dog and cat home). But there is no point in organising subjects and tutor if there is no interest.

Edinburgh Photographic Society International photographic exhibition
This is part of the Fringe Festival and is held at venue 130, 68 Great King Street, Edinburgh between 10am and 5.00pm. Entrance is £5.00 or £4.00 concessions. Last year this exhibition was most thought provoking and very interesting. Worth a visit

I look forward to seeing everyone in the autumn.

Best wishes,
Dr Sue Kempson