Summer Outings 2020

Summer Outings while we maintain social distance will be difficult but in the spirit of LoFi – pack up a cake and coffee and self-guide yourself safely round our suggested routes.

We will set off from the start at 11am, if you want distant company. Please stay 2m apart, bring a mask and hand sanitiser!

Sunday July 26th – Forthquarter Park and Shore

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Route

Start with a view of the Granton Gas Works off Waterfront Broadway.

Head south to the park entrance.

There is a large Morrisons supermarket if provisions are required.

Forthquarter Park is a newly developed previous industrial site .

Walking west through the park you will see part of the Granton Burn and wildlife at the quarry pond. Granton House stood on this site before it was destroyed by fire in 1954.

Leaving the Park at West Shore road travel north east through the redeveloped land to Caroline Park Avenue and Granton Castle Walled Garden.

North from the garden follow Charles Darwins path by the Firth coast along West Shore Road looking for photographic specimens to collect. The 3 bridges should be visible in the distance.

Continue to the grassy area of Gypsy Brae, the location of Granton Sea Quarry.

At this point you can choose to continue along the Shore to Silverknowes/Cramond or head inland through the tree-d area to West Shore Road and south Marine Drive and the Muirhouse Roundabout where buses to town are available.

Want to know more about the history of Granton and spend more time exploring? Try Curious Edinburgh’s Granton Tour.

Download the route as a PDF –

Please email in photographs from this walk to add to the Summer Sundays gallery.

Sunday August 30th – Suggestions Welcome

Sunday September 27th – Suggestions Welcome

Anthotypes Workshop

6:30pm, 11th June, 2020 (TBC)

An anthotype is an image created using photosensitive material from plants – In 1842 Mrs Mary Somerville created an emulsion from crushed flower petals, which when exposed to direct sunlight bleached the parts not covered by a mask and created an image. Sir John Hershel later presented her letters to the Royal Society sharing her findings with the world. Learn how to create your own at home with simple equipment, sunshine and plant juices in this months virtual photography workshop, run by Brittonie Fletcher.

Spinach example – B Fletcher

The workshop will comprise of an overview of the process/ how and what to set up / a demo. Brittonie will then be online a couple of days later to troubleshoot your process and answer questions.

Plant materials – B Fletcher

Basic materials:

  • paper which will withstand coating (watercolour for example)
  • brush to apply
  • plant grinder (pestle and mortar or improvised)
  • seive or cloth to filter fibers from liquid
  • apron/old clothes
  • newspaper/plastic sheet etc. to protect work surface
  • printing frame (clip frame)
  • plant materials (such as spinach, turmeric)
  • items to use as a mask – digital negatives, stencils, leaves etc.
Colour swatches – B Fletcher

Please email brittoniefletcher@edinburghlofi.com for full information on materials required, payment details and live workshop link.

Coronagrams – Online Photography Workshop

6pm, 29th April, 2020

From writing with light to writing with chemicals, the chemigram uses photosensitive material, chemical solutions and resist materials to form a unique print directly on the paper surface.

This fun workshop, run by Brittonie Fletcher, will add a lockdown twist to the process by using everyday long expired items found while cleaning out cupboards to show you how to produce your own “coronagrams”.


Basic materials:

  • light sensitive photo paper
  • developer and fix (DIY recipes or standard)
  • trays to holds chemicals
  • disposable gloves / tongs
  • apron/old clothes/safety glasses
  • newspaper/plastic sheet etc. to protect work surface
  • a selection of kitchen/bathroom/cleaning closet disposable things for resists

Please email brittoniefletcher@edinburghlofi.com for full information on materials required, payment details and live workshop link.

Chemigram image: Cthutlu flies through time and space by Brittonie Fletcher.

Dalkeith – Meet John Beaver

Photographer, inventor, and artist – John Beaver is currently teaching at Dalkeith Palace as part of the “Wisconsin in Scotland” initiative of the University of Wisconsin.

John Beaver and his work by B.Fletcher
John Beaver showing his work, by B.Fletcher

… sort-of inventions of what I call cyanonegative photography and ephemeral-process photography

John is the author of The Physics and Art of Photography – a three volume set of books detailing his photographic findings.

We have the opportunity to go out to Dalkeith to visit John on Monday the 22nd of July. The grounds of Dalkeith Palace are the perfect spot for a photowalk and picnic. Please email info@edinburghlofi.com to register interest. We will meet at 11am at Dalkeith Palace.

The LRT No.3 bus opporates on a roughly half hour schedule.

Summer Outings 2019

Cove

The Sunday Summer Outings this year will be :-

  • 28th July – Lauriston Castle area.
  • 25th August – St Abbs and Cove – meet Cove Harbour Carpark 11am.
  • 29th September – Culross – meet Culross Car Park 11am.

Each outing will meet at 11am in the main car park.

Lauriston Castle is reached by the LRT Davidson’s Mains Buses:  21, 41
and Silverknowes Terminus Buses:  16, 27, 29, 37

In August and September we will car pool so if you need a lift or a willing to give someone a lift please let us know.

Lunch venue recommendations for these areas are sought!

WPPD 2019

Pinhole day 2019 photowalk – links and images.

Thanks to everyone who made it out on Sunday, great weather and company for producing a wide variety of pinhole images.

Group shot whilst having lunch at Crolla’s. One hour exposure on Illford MGFB paper in a 5×4 DIY box 0.38mm pinhole camera. E.Robson

Add your image from the day to pinholeday.org. Work must be submitted to them by 31st May to be included in the 2019 on-line exhibition. (Select Edinburgh LoFi in the gallery group option.)

Images added can be found in the Edinburgh LoFi Gallery

Email images in for our website at any time, we all want to see the cameras made and how the images made turned out. DIY instructions, tips and tricks used welcome.

See Ali’s and Donald’s images and cameras on their blogs.

Pinhole Image - From Musselburgh
Pinhole Image – From Musselburgh. Illford MGRC paper in a 5×5 DIY box 0.29mm pinhole camera A. Millar
Pinhole Vortoscope, Musselburgh. Kentmere 400 film, Olympus OM1n. D. Tainsh.
Pinhole Vortoscope, Musselburgh. Kentmere 400 film, Olympus OM1n. D. Tainsh.

And from Graeme via Flickr –

Musselburgh, GALAXY HYPER SPEED Direct Positive Paper, Karlos No.10, G. Pow

Pinhole Day 28th April 2019

This years pinhole photo walk will take us around historic Musselburgh.

We will meet outside the Brunton auditorium (Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AA) at 10:30am and meander through the historic and modern parts, also taking in the river and shore. The LRT buses 26, 30 and 44 stop just outside the Brunton.

We will have a stop for coffee at 11:30am and then go on to lunch about 1:30pm.

Everyone is welcome and we will have plenty of spare cameras and advice for first time pinhole photographers. Please email if you have any questions.

Check out our other pinhole photography posts for inspiration and DIYs.

From pinhole day 2018