Newsletter #12 – Urban Exploration talk and Dean Village trip!
Good afternoon, soccers!
Thank you to everyone who turned up for the pub quiz last week. We had a lot of fun writing the questions, and with the exception of the technical difficulties, I had a lot of fun hosting!
Don’t forget that talks are free for photosoc members and $1.59 for non-members. If you’d like to join, simply come along to any of our meetings to get membership! It’s $9.55 for UoE/ECA students and $15.91 for everyone else.
1. Urban Exploration Talk – Friday 25th January
This week’s photosoc talk is going to be about my own experience tying photography in with my other favourite past time Breaking and Entering! Okay, so B&E is not actually my hobby, but checking out old, derelict buildings certainly is! I’m going to be talking about the rewards and literal pitfalls of urban exploration, including a couple of my own near-death experiences and how you can avoid them yourself!
Urban exploration can be remarkably rewarding, giving a good insight into parts of the world that very few individuals ever really see. (They also make for great backdrops for photoshoots!)
The talk will be taking place at 7:30pm at the OCHIL ROOM at the Pleasance. The Ochil room is in the same stairwell as our usual meeting place, just one floor down!
2. Saturday Trip – Dean Village in the Snow!
Snow. You’ve all seen it, but have you all photographed it? This Saturday we’re heading to nearby Dean Village to photograph snow in as many ways as possible – from striking abstract snowscapes to the most detailed snowflake image.
We’ll leave at 12pm from the Info Point on Princes Street, walking the 20-minute route to the village. Should you wish to take the bus, the 19, 37 and 47 routes run from the Scott Monument to Dean Bridge. After an explore around the local weir, woodlands and gallery gardens, we’ll retreat to a warm pub for a spot of tea.
Finally, snow is wonderful but it can only be enjoyed if you are properly prepared for it. Please wrap up warm, wear boots and ensure that your cameras are warm too. We will be giving advice on the day on how to best look after your cameras in these conditions, but in the meantime charge your spare batteries (as they drain faster in cold weather) and pack some plastic bags to water-proof your lenses!
Darkrooms are up and running in full, so those of you who have had tutorials, feel free to develop to your heart’s content! Please remember if you are using the enlargers (Pleasance or Kings) to switch them off at the plug after use. We had an issue with over heating recently that caused the Bulb to blow, so remembering to switch them off means everyone can use them without a hitch. If you are still looking to have a tutorial send us a new email with the subject “Darkroom Pleasance” or “Darkroom KB” and one of our tutors will get back to you and arrange a session to get your access card!
The society has a large range of equipment available to rent for free by our members, including a range of film/digital SLR cameras, lighting equipment and lenses.
To see what we have to offer have a look at: http://www.photosoc.com/
Send an e-mail with ‘Rentals’ in the subject and we’ll get back to you!
5. The PhotoShop
Our lovely photosoc shop has now been restocked, so we now have a nice fresh stock of film and paper for sale at great prices! Simply come along to one of our meetings, let us know what you’re after and either myself or our Treasurer Alex will sort you out!
6. Picture of the Week
This week’s PotW is a fantastic landscape from Adi Baer. I’m not sure if it’s my soft-spot for rolling hills, or my love of the Isle of Skye that makes this my favourite picture on our flickr page this week, but there’s just something about this photo that keeps me coming back for more! Well done Adrian!
That’s everything from me this week, hope to see a lot of you on Friday for the talk, and Saturday for the trip!
Posted by Editors on January 22, 2013