September 2021 and October Meetings

What we’ve been chatting about this month:

August Sander Mini Conferance

Pinstacamera

NGS The Worlds Edge – on until January 2022

Old Photographic Lenses

Gardener or Brady?

Celebrating 5 years of LoFi participating in Worldwide Cyanotype day! See the instagram gallery for images made by the group.

Brittonie Fletcher and S2 JGHS students Scotland Pandemic Wall Cyanotype
Brittonie Fletcher and S2 JGHS students Scotland Pandemic Wall – Cyanotype on recycled Amazon packaging

Cyanotype Toning book – Out on the 30th including work by Brittonie Fletcher .

solarised bridges
Solarised Forth Bridges – Silver Gelatin Print

Summer Sunday at South Queensferry – beautiful weather for our last summer photowalk of the year. Vintage cameras and ice cream!

Our upcoming October meetings :

  • 1st – 120 film is 120 years old – online.
  • 11th – Winter Exhibition – submission delivery deadline.
  • 12th – 2nd Tuesday – online from 6:30pm (BST)
  • 27th – Last Wednesday – Printmakers Cafe from 10:30am(BST)

June 2021 and July Meetings

This month we have been discussing :

Book – The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn

Favorite films featuring photography/photographers (leave yours in the comments?) and on the BBC Development of photography by Daguerre and Fox Talbot.

Exhibition – SSA Instant including work from LoFi members – Olive Dean, Judith Rowan, and Nettie Edwards.

Exhibition – Valerié Belin at the V&A (website -> Valerié Belin)

Exhibition – The Botanical Photography of Levon Biss ( website -> Levon Biss)

Exhibition – The Glasgow Girls and Boys at the Kirkcudbright Galleries

Custom cases and boxes for equipment and props.

Resources for alternative processes on Mike Ware’s Website.

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!

Hope to see you in July.

Summer Meetings

As the restrictions are loosened and the weather has improved we have some in person meetings planned.

IRIS GERMANICA cyanolumen by Olive Dean
IRIS GERMANICA cyanolumen by Olive Dean

Last Wednesdays of the Month

The next 4 Last Wednesday morning meeting will now take place outside –

  • June 30th

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

  • July 28th

Saughton Park. We will meet by the cafe from 10:30am

  • August 25th

Saughton Park. We will meet by the cafe from 10:30am

  • September 29th

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

For October and November we will meet at the Cafe at the Printmakers (Fountainbridge/Lemington) from 10:30am – they have both indoor and outdoor space.

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 if you need a lift.

The 2nd Tuesday monthly evening meetings will remain ONLINE.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2021

Our second pinhole day with Covid restrictions!

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.

Submit any pinhole photos taken on the 25th to the Edinburgh Lofi gallery group by June 30th 2021.

The Edinburgh Fuji Photo Trails

History

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…)

Fuji Photo Trail Back Page
Back page of the leaflet with some helpful film hints for your city visit!

Here are the routes revived for a lockdown walking project.


Map

Click a map point for more information.

These trails are from the 1993 booklet “The Fuji Phototrail of Edinburgh”:

The New Town Trail (Red)

  1. The North Bridge from outside the Edinburgh and Scotland Information Centre
  2. The view from Calton Hill
  3. George Street, Frederick Street intersection looking North.
  4. The East End of Princes Street and the New Town from the Mound steps.
  5. Edinburgh Castle from St Cuthberts Churchyard.
  6. Charlotte Square.
  7. Moray Place.
  8. Dean Village and the Water of Leith.
  9. Dean Village from the waterside.
  10. St Mary’s Cathedral from Grosvenor Crescent
Black and white contact sheet
From walking the Red Trail July 2010

The Old Town Trail (Blue)

  1. The view of the Castle from outside the Edinburgh and Scotland Information Centre.
  2. Views from the North Bridge.
  3. Lady Stair’s Close.
  4. Ramsey Garden from Ramsey Lane.
  5. Views from the Castle Esplanade.
  6. Edinburgh Castle from the Grassmarket.
  7. Victoria Street.
  8. View looking down the Royal Mile from St Giles.
  9. Advocates Close.
  10. White Horse Close.
  11. The Palace of Holyroodhouse with Arthur’s Seat
robot 3 camera photo of advocates close
From the Blue Trail in May 2010 – Advocates Close taken with a Lomography Robot 3 Camera

Out of Town (Green)

  • South Queensferry
  • Swanston Village
  • Blackford Hill
  • Cramond Village

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

Map


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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 – Ravelstone Woods

Meet at the Queensferry Road entrance at 11am.

Map

Information leaflet.

Route

We will circle through the woods back to the start point. Coffee will be available in Craigleith after.

Public transport – LRT buses 13, 38, 41, 42 and 43 stop nearby.

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

Sunday September 27th – Three Harbours and Porty

Meet at Port Seaton Harbour at 11am.

It is Cyanotype day this weekend so we will make some impromptu sea shore images.

Map

TBD

Route

We will continue along the coast to Cockenzie and Prestonpans. Cockenzie house cafe is open. For those wanting to make a day of it Art Walk Porty also has events on – including an outdoor screening at 7pm.

Public Transport – LRT 26, 111, 118, X26.

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

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