Mar 272014
 

Some of the award winners at the Members’ Night on 21 March.  Please click on images to zoom in.  (You can click a second time for an even greater zoom!!)

All images © Billy McGuire

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EPS President Edith Smith with Rikki O’Neill who judged the Members’ Exhibition

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 Posted by on March 27, 2014 at 10:08 am
Mar 242014
 

Although the Members’ Exhibition was open to the public for two days this year, the attendance was disappointingly low. Only 72 visitors came through the door, and more than a few of those were club members.

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At five o’clock on Sunday 23 March, a good crowd of volunteers helped dismantle the exhibition, and all records were broken in the time taken.  Believe it or not, we took just around 25 minutes to take down all the prints, labels, numbers, and sort the prints into two piles – one for Rikki to talk to on Wednesday, the other for return to members.  The 21 boards were dismantled and stored away and most of the chairs returned to the room.

Here is the “front end” of the room during the exhibition

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While this is a worthwhile achievement, it means that the results of many, many hours and days of work preparing the exhibition, by so many people, can disappear in such a short space of time.  Also the disappointing turnout, in spite of more aggressive publicity this year, makes one  wonder if it is all worth it.

Thanks again to everyone who helped.

Neil Scott, Members’ Exhibition Secretary

 IMPORTANT

Rikki will be talking to 52 prints on Wednesday night, and these will be available for collection by the authors at the end of the meeting.  This will allow members to pick them up in time to send them to the Scottish Salon.  Scottish Salon entries will be collected by Richard Bingham and Sandy Cleland at the Phoenix Group Meeting on Thursday March 27.  The remaining prints are now available for collection from the Library.  They are in two Nomad boxes, so please be careful looking for your own!

 

 

 

 Posted by on March 24, 2014 at 10:12 am
Mar 222014
 

Around 60 members braved a wet and windy night to attend the Members’ Night at the Annual Exhibition.

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The Exhibition seemed to be well received, both the prints in the Main Hall, and the projected images shown on a continuous loop in the Digital Room.

Unfortunately Rikki O’Neill who judged the exhibition was unable to be with us to present the awards, and the presentations were made by Senior Vice-President Stephen Meek.  Unusually almost all award winners were present to receive their trophies and certificates. Even more unusually, the choice of prints on the Popular Vote went to two images selected by Rikki!

Full details have been posted on the notice board at Great King Street.

Many thanks to all who were involved in this year’s exhibition – firstly to Terry Railley who handles the whole of the PI section, from collecting and collating all the images, sending them to Rikki, and then creating two slide shows – one with titles and authors’ names only, which was shown before the results were announced, and another with the awards listed, for display after the awards are announced. He set up the continuous loop slide show in the Digital Room.  Terry has also set up the digital display in the Lobby for public viewing.   Richard Bingham and Sandy Cleland put in a lot of effort on the print side of things, from collection, collating, and cataloguing, preparing spreadsheets etc, as well as being part of the expert team who assemble the exhibition.   Richard (Hawkeye) also casts his eagle eye (sorry to mix my ornithological metaphors) over the catalogue entries.  The exhibition itself involves setting up the 21 display boards, and mounting the 133 prints.  The team was Richard, Sandy, John Wells, Davd Wolfenden, Jim Moir and Ian McNaught and we managed to get the whole exhibition up before lunch.  Thanks also to June Scott for providing the refreshments – hot cups of tea, coffee and Jaffa Cakes being very welcome on such a cold night.

Thanks to Chick Calder for welcoming guests, and handing out catalogues and explaining the complex system for the Popular Vote – which involved writing two numbers on a voting slip!  And to Alex Melrose, the Returning Officer, for counting the votes and being around doing all sorts of other, necessary jobs.  And finally, my thanks to the volunteers who man the door on the two days when the Exhibition is open to the public, Jim Moir, Isobel Lindsay, Doug and Sue Hamilton, George Neilson, Sue Goode, and the crew who do the last stint, then remain to help take down the exhibition at 5pm on Sunday – you have all been mentioned already!

Now – come along to EPS on Wednesday 26 March to hear Rikki O’Neill explain his choices and discuss many of the other images too.  He is an excellent speaker as well as judge, so it promises to be a very entertaining evening.

Neil Scott, Members’ Exhibition Secretary

 Posted by on March 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm
Feb 232014
 

All the prints and PDIs are now with the judge – Rikki O’Neill – and the fate of the trophies is in his hands.

There was a surprising downturn in the entries this year, in both sections.  Prints are down from 191 to 136 and the PDIs from 198 to 156.  This is a considerable drop from last year, and bucks the trend, especially for prints, which has been rising for the last few years.   One or two regular contributors did not enter for various reasons this year, but even that does not account for the drop.  Rikki will be happy, however, as I had warned him that there would likely be around 400 images altogether, instead of the 292 which were entered.

Members’ Night, when the trophies will be announced and presented is Friday 21 March, so put that in your diary.  But the exhibition has to be set up first, and we have only two days to do this.  Ray Spence will have given his talk on Wednesday 19 March, and we ask members to take their chairs upstairs at the end of the night.  Then a team will set up the exhibition on the Thursday and Friday.  Although we have one or two diehards helping with this – please come along and give a hand.  The exhibition doesn’t set itself up!

Rikki is unable to be with us on Members’ Night night, but will come to EPS on Wednesday 26 to talk about his choices.  Also, for the first time, the exhibition will be open to the public for two days instead of one as previously.  On Saturday and Sunday, 22 and 23 March the Exhibition will be open from 11am until 5pm .  We need volunteers to man the door and take the gate money (£1).  We need members for three sessions on each day – 11am – 1pm, 1pm – 3pm and 3pm – 5pm.  So please get in touch and offer your services.

We also desperately need help at 5pm to dismantle the exhibition – taking down all the prints, dismantling the display boards, and clearing the Digital Room of chairs, and the projector set-up.  We also need to put chairs back in the Main Hall for the CD group’s meeting on Monday 24.  In previous years a small but dedicated and expert team has done this (apart from replacing the chairs – perhaps the CD Group could collect them on the Monday night – pleeease!) – our record stands at 55 minutes!  But we are always on the lookout for more volunteers to help out.  Again, get in touch.

And finally – if you won a trophy last year, we would like it back, well before the Members’ Night.  And please have it nicely polished before you return it.  Polishing 18 trophies just before handing them over is a task we shouldn’t have to do.

Neil Scott, Members’ Exhibition Secretary

Sunday February 23, 2014

 Posted by on February 23, 2014 at 8:20 pm
Jan 242014
 

Four members of EPS – Doug Berndt, Richard Bingham, Sandy Cleland and Neil Scott – went through to  Glasgow on Thursday 23 January to support the Society in its annual competition against Queen’s Park Camera Club.  The format is that each club puts up 15 prints and 15 projected images. The judge for the evening was Andrew Cameron from Livingston CC.

EPS won the print section by 260 points to 252, and although we were beaten 257 to 253 in the PI section,  the combined score was in our favour by 513 to 509 – a narrow squeak indeed!

This win was satisfying for EPS as a decision had been taken to allow our members only one image each – one print OR one PI.  So we were represented by no fewer than 30 members and it is further testimony that we have strength in depth.

A list of the individual scores will be posted on the noticeboard at Great King Street in due course.

 

Neil Scott

 

 Posted by on January 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm
Jan 192014
 

Just a reminder that the feedback and image presentation from our first photo safari is on 20th January. We drew lots for the running order last week and this is Yellow, Red, Pink, Green, Blue, Orange. The Photo Safari web page has been updated.

 Posted by on January 19, 2014 at 11:50 am
Jan 162014
 

Please note that Neil has updated the information on the Phoenix Group pages regarding the selection of prints for the forthcoming Print Championships.

 Posted by on January 16, 2014 at 10:46 am
Jan 062014
 

Members’ Exhibition

Incredibly the annual exhibition of members’ work is on the horizon.  The latest hand-in date is February 19th!

This annual showcase of the best of work by EPS members is open to the public for two days this year – 22 and 23 March, and the Members’ Night will be Friday 21 March, when the trophies are presented and we have the Popular Vote.

Each member may submit up to four prints and/or four projected images, and all submitted work is displayed at Great King Street – the prints in the Main Hall, and the PIs as a slide show in the Digital Suite.

Members may enter images which have been entered in this year’s monthly competitions.  Indeed some members make their selections based on the results they got from the monthlies.  However, please remember that judges have their own opinions as to what makes a good picture.  So just because you got a 19 or 20 for an image in one of the monthly competitions does not mean that this year’s judge would rate it the same!

There are eleven trophies to be awarded in the print section, and seven in the PI section, details of which are given on page 22 of the current Members’ Booklet.

This year’s judge is Rikki O’Neill, FRPS FIPF MPAGB from Dundee, who surely needs no introduction to members of EPS. His website is http://www.rikoart.com/

Members may wish their prints to be considered as a panel in which case the four images should form a cohesive unit or be on a theme of the author’s own choosing.  It must be stressed that even if prints are presented as a panel, all of the images may be considered for one or more of the individual awards.  If the prints are to be considered as a panel, then the layout (or hanging plan) should be clearly indicated, as well as a title for the panel as well as for the individual images.  IT WOULD HELP GREATLY IF THE PANELS WERE SET UP AS 2 x 2 – not four in a row or a 1 and a 3.  We have limited space and it is unlikely that we could accommodate any other layout format.

However, you do not need to submit your images in this way.  Four completely unrelated images may be submitted and each will be considered for one of the trophies, as indeed will each of the individual images in any panel submission.

Prints must be mounted on board, either window-mounted or flush-mounted, and the maximum (preferred) mount size is 40 x 50cm, although the actual print may be any size within these limits.  They may be colour or monochrome and the subject matter is open.  The back of the print should show

A – the title of the print

B – the author’s membership number

C – the author’s League status (1 or 2)

D – a title for the panel (if appropriate)

Prints should be placed, in suitable wrapping, on the shelves in the Library by 19th February.   The wrapper should show clearly your name and “For Members’ Exhibition” – but remember to put your membership number, not your name, on the actual prints.

 

Projected images must be presented as jpgs as for the regular monthly competitions, with the following maximum dimensions – 1400 pixels on the horizontal axis for landscape format images, and 1050 pixels on the vertical axis for portrait format images.  Titling should also be as for monthly competitions viz. XX_nnnn_Image Name.jpg where XX = L1 or L2 (League 1 or 2); nnnn is the four-digit membership number. Projected images may also be submitted as a set on the same lines as for prints, and two trophies are presented for these.

Images must be sent by email to the same address as for the monthly competitions – eps_competitionATyahoo.co.uk.  Of course replace “AT” with “@”

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Images which have been in a previous year’s Members’ Exhibition or which have been accepted in any previous Edinburgh International Exhibition are not eligible.  The same image may not be submitted to both print and projected image sections.

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Members are reminded that, as clearly stated on page 21 of the current Members’ Booklet,

“It is a condition of entry ………….. that, unless otherwise stated in writing, prints and projected images entered for monthly competitions, or the Members’ Exhibition, may be used for any interclub or national competition in which the Society takes part.

 Posted by on January 6, 2014 at 1:05 pm