Thursday, 29 November, 2018 - 13:12
Monday, 26 November, 2018 - 14:55
On Monday, 19th November 2018, half a dozen of us travelled to Kirkcaldy to see the second 4-way interclub competition of the season. The competition was host by Kirkcaldy Photographic Society and included Edinburgh Photographic Society and Stirling and District Camera Club. It was Kirkcaldy’s 120th anniversary. They entertained us with a spread of sandwiches, cakes and savouries, and had thoughtfully included some alcohol-free wine for those who needed to drive back across the Forth Bridge.
Clubs entered 15 digital projected images each, making a total of 60 images on the night. There was a mixture of wildlife images, landscapes, portraits and several images from kayaking events. The images were judged by Libby Smith of Carluke Camera Club. Libby commented on the fact that several of the images looked like they had been prepared for print: the contrast was too high, and some were too light. This is something to remember the next time we prepare digital versions of print images: the lightening and contrast enhancements added to make a good print need to be removed before saving the images as DPIs.
By the halfway stage of the competition, things were not looking good for Musselburgh. We were trailing in last place, with Edinburgh and Kirkcaldy leading the field. Then the competition finished with an astonishing turn of events. Our last 3 images received 19, 19 and 20 points, jumping us into second place. Those images were:
- Sunset over Newborough – 19 points
- Licking My Wounds – 19 points
- Hare Raiding Barley Field – 20 points
The final result was:
- Kirkcaldy Photographic Society – 242 points
- Musselburgh Camera Club – 238 points
- Edinburgh Photographic Society – 236 points
- Stirling and District Camera Club – 234 points
Congratulations to Kirkcaldy for winning on their 120th anniversary. In the end, it was the middle-ranking images that made the difference. Kirkcaldy had many more images scoring 17 and 16, whereas we had more images scoring 14 or 15.
Thank you to everyone who submitted images for the competition.
Monday, 26 November, 2018 - 15:26
On Thursday, 22nd November I gave club members an introduction to making audio-visual presentations. Audio-Visual presentations are another way to show your work, in addition to prints and digital projected images. Click on the following link to download the notes from my presentation.
You can create a slide show with captions, animation and basic sound effects using PowerPoint. Clive Davies showed us how PowerPoint can be used to present a large number of images within a surprisingly small file size. The image compression is sufficiently good that the image quality on screen looks just as good as the original.
To make a full audio-visual presentation you will need extra software. The club recommends Photodex ProShow for Windows PC users. You can download a trial copy from http://www.photodex.com/proshow. Mac users can try Boniten Photo Theatre Pro, which is a similar product.
The evening finished with some example audio-visual presentations. Gus Langlands showed us one of the first presentations he and John Knox had put together, taking the viewer on a tour of the sites around East Lothian. The images for that presentation were scanned from slides. Gus and John create their sound track using Magix Sound Forge audio editing software, which can edit a sound track in the same way that Photoshop can edit an image. Unwanted clicks and pops can be “healed” out.
This coming Thursday, 29th November we have a knockout competition on the theme of “transparency” (i.e. subjects which are transparent or evoke the theme of transparency, not slides). Please bring along 1, 2 or 3 JPEG images on the night. If you can’t be present please email your images to George Todd. Members will vote for their favourite images on the night, and the best image will win a prize!
Wednesday, 21 November, 2018 - 13:24
Here is some information for MCC members intending to visit the Big Picture Scotland Event at the Royal College of Physicians on Saturday 24th November 2018. For information of those attending I have added a link below to the Big Picture website and the RCPE website showing the layout of the venue which is at EH2 1JQ in Queen Street. It’s between Hanover Street and North St David’s Street.The lecture theatre is very steep but, if you’re late, access can be had to the top row by stairs outside the doors of the lecture theatre, as well as stairs inside. There are a few tickets left at £12 contact email@example.com See you Thursday Liz Sowler
Tuesday, 20 November, 2018 - 13:19
This week we had the pleasure of entertaining Dougie Allen from Beeslack Penicuik Camera Club, who judged our colour print competition. There were 56 prints altogether covering a wide variety of subjects, including photographs of wildlife, portraits of people, and landscapes. The general quality was high, and a lot of the images submitted scored 17-points or more, although none of the images received 20 points. The most frequent comment about an image was the need to crop out a distraction. Dougie commented on the bland-looking sky in some of the prints and recommended the use of a polarizing filter to enhance the contrast in the sky.
The top scorers were (in reverse order):
- 5th place (49 points)
- Malcolm Roberts
- Lorraine Roberts
- Simon Wilkinson
- Steven Beard
- George Davidson
- 4th place (51 points)
- Mike Clark
- Steve Barbour
- 3rd place (52 points)
- Charlie Briggs
- Joe Fowler
- George Todd
- 2nd place (50 points)
- Jennifer Davidson
- 1st place (54 points)
- Jim Tod
The top images were
- Jay (Charlie Briggs) – 19 points
- Low Tide (Joe Fowler) – 19 points
- Lubber Hopper (Jim Tod) – 19 points
- Hare Raiding Barley Field (Jennifer Davidson) – 18 points
- Osprey Carrying Catch (Jennifer Davidson) – 18 points
- Jacobite (Jim Tod) – 18 points.
- Rapid Teamwork (George Todd) – 18 points
- Licking My Wounds (Mike Clark) – 18 points
- Concentration (Steve Barbour)– 18 points
Congratulations to Jim Tod, winning with a great set of prints.
- This Thursday, 22nd November, I will give an introduction to audio visual presentations – a different way to present your work.
- Don’t forget to bring along your Black and White prints this Thursday.