Meeting – 02 March 2023

We were treated to a wonderful bonanza of Scottish wildlife photographs and video during an entertaining talk by professional photographer Gordon Rae.

Opening with a terrific intimate video of otters hunting and playing, he went on to show photographs taken during his early days mastering the craft, sharing how he was inspired by the wildlife in and around his own farm.

It was clear that his immersion in a natural environment through his farming career honed his field-craft and the results that we saw were truly wonderful.

From here, he drew on ventures across the length and breadth of Scotland in search of both iconic wildlife as well as lesser known mammals and birds, also offering great photographic opportunities.

It was a very interactive talk and Gordon kindly shared many useful tips for technique, as well as hot spots to find certain species at their most photogenic during the calendar year.

A big thanks to Gordon for his candour and humour and for sharing his magnificent collection of images with us.

Meeting – 16 February 2023

One of our own club committee members, Alastair White, gave us a talk entitled “Restoring the Past”.

Alastair drew on his transformation of a collection of historical photographs primarily from a major project he had undertaken to commemorate the supporters and participants in one of several US flying training camps established during WW2.

It was mesmerising to watch the whole transformative process, from using a lightbox to take a digital photograph of the original black and white image to deploying AI based tools available in Photoshop to “colourise” the digitised image, bringing it to life with incredible accuracy.

Moreover, we got a very interesting history lesson on how many famous Hollywood stars played a major role in financing the training of American WW2 aviators.

It was a superb demonstration and we all thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

As well as for his talk, a big thanks also goes to Alastair for kindly bringing along some used camera equipment for sale with all proceeds going to club funds.

Meeting – 02 February 2023

On Thursday, we held another inter-club “Match an Image” (MAI) competition, this time against Haddington CC.

Our fortunes improved considerably on this occasion – our third and final MAI of the season – with us winning the very friendly joust.

It was a cracking evening, full of lots of humorous banter and cheeky heckling as both teams tried to persuade the judge, John Fowler from Musselburgh CC, to call in favour of our sparring images.

The evening’s success was in no small part down to John’s imagination, keeping a very open mind to identify similarities between the two clubs’ competing images beyond core subject matter.

We also thank him for standing in at the last minute to judge for us.

A perfect MAI to finish on!

Meeting – 12 January 2023

We had a good turnout of members for our ‘away’ interclub Match-an-Image Competition with Musselburgh Camera Club on Thursday 12 January.

Thanks to all those who travelled on the night.

Both clubs had some great images to admire, but as with all Match-an-Image competitions it really was good fun too, with lots of judge heckling from both sides.

Musselburgh were triumphant in the end with the final score: Musselburgh 25, North Berwick 24.

There’s always next year to redeem ourselves!