And of course meeting people and seeing people’s actual physical photographic prints at the Botanics made for a great end to the month!
Our July meetings are as follows:
11th – Collodion Club
13th – 2nd Tuesday of the Month – Evening Meet from 6:30pm (BST)- Virtual, please email or DM for details.
25th – Last Sunday of the Month – Summer Photowalk from 11am (Meet at Cramond Brig) – Cammo Estate and Almond River. Please email to indicate if you would like a lunch reservation or for car pool (regulations on date permitting). LRT bus 43 stops nearby.
28th – Last Wednesday of the Month – Coffee Morning from 10:30am – Outside Cafe at Saughton Gardens. LRT buses – 1, 2, 22, 30, 38 – stop nearby. Bring along an exposed film – lets swap!
As the restrictions are loosened and the weather has improved we have some in person meetings planned.
Last Wednesdays of the Month
The next 3 Last Wednesday morning meeting will now take place outside –
Botanics. We will meet at the coffee cart by Inverleith House (Terrace Cafe) from 10:30am. To visit the gardens you need to book a free time slot ticket for the day/time via Eventbrite -> HERE
Saughton Park. We will meet by the cafe from 10:30am
Hopefully conditions will allow us to return to the Portrait Gallery cafe in September.
Summer Sunday Photowalks
Photowalks are planned for the following dates, meeting at 11:00am (last Sunday of each month.)
July 25th – Cammo Estate and Crammond Brig
August 29th – Loch Leven
September 26th – South Queensferry
In the unlikely event our numbers are greater than government guidelines we will split into 2 or more separate groups. Social distancing should be maintained at all times. Please bring masks, hand sanitiser and follow any other rules in force at the date of the meeting.
If you are running late please text or DM for the groups location. Limited carpooling in accordance with guidelines is available – email to see if a lift is available.
The 2nd Tuesday monthly evening meetings will remain ONLINE.
New content in the members area (feel free to email any other additions for site or blog) and discussion of adding a shop to the website and what the mechanics of that should be.
June’s meetings will be online from 6:30pm (BST) Tuesday the 8th and in person outdoors at the Botanical Gardens Edinburgh (restrictions permitting) on Wednesday the 30th from 10:30am (BST). Send us an email or DM on Social Media to get added to our virtual calls, more information on summer in person meetings and photowalks will be finalised soon.
Members Competition 2021. Entries by midnight 24th April. Anonymous independent judging, prize £50 photo materials voucher. Any pinhole process (sieve, zone plate, solargraph, camera obscura photo etc.) made between January 2021 and 24th April. Submit one entry per person by email. (Digital file 1800px max side preferred ). Winner announced on pinhole day. In the event that any of the organisers photos are selected – the prize will go to runner up.
On Sunday the 25th we will celebrate the simplicity of camera vision with a hybrid day of virtual chats and a socially distant photowalks. Join in online, outdoors or go your own way!
10am Coffee Chat – online.
11am Socially Safe Sakura Search – outdoor photowalk in the Meadows, Bruntsfield.
6pm Wrap Up – online. Competition winners will be announced.
Cyanotyping on maps and speed formulas for in camera cyanotype processes.
How minature can collodion plates go?
Our next online meetings are April 13th from 6:30pm, April 25th for pinhole day activities (10am virtual coffee, 11am socially distanced sakura photowalk and 6pm virtual wrap up and competition results) and April 28th from 10:30am. Send us an email or DM on Social Media to get added to our virtual world.
In the 1990s, Fuji and the Edinburgh tourist board set up phototrails of all the picturesque shots in Edinburgh. They produced a leaflet in 1993 guiding tourists round the most photogenic points in the city.
Nowadays, the trail is forgotten, but still exists as brass plaques embedded in the pavement.
In March 2010 a visit to Central Library led us to find the leaflet and to the creation of an online map to show the routes. This allowed us to make them available to all. Two days of photowalks were organised later that year. The Blue Trail walk round the old town in May was on a beautiful bright day but the Red Trail in July has to have been the most rainy photowalk of that year. (Remember Flickr…)
Here are the routes revived for a lockdown walking project.
Click a map point for more information.
These trails are from the 1993 booklet “The Fuji Phototrail of Edinburgh”:
The New Town Trail (Red)
The North Bridge from outside the Edinburgh and Scotland Information Centre
The view from Calton Hill
George Street, Frederick Street intersection looking North.
The East End of Princes Street and the New Town from the Mound steps.
Edinburgh Castle from St Cuthberts Churchyard.
Dean Village and the Water of Leith.
Dean Village from the waterside.
St Mary’s Cathedral from Grosvenor Crescent
The Old Town Trail (Blue)
The view of the Castle from outside the Edinburgh and Scotland Information Centre.