Summer Strolls

Alan Stewart’s image taken on the Monday Meander to Glasgow riverside

With the main meeting season now finished, many members of Kilmaurs Photographic Club have already turned their attention to the schedule for this summer’s Monday evening mini-excursions. Dubbed the Monday Meanders, these are essentially social outings to various locations within a thirty mile radius of Kilmaurs, but with the intention of taking photos along the way. The informality of the event allow people to wander to whatever section of the venue as they want and take photos at leisure.

Susan Walker’s capture of the sun under the Glenlee’s yardarm

So far, locations have included the Glasgow riverside and Irvine’s very own Eglinton Country Park. On both occasions we were met with that rarity – warm evenings with practically no wind –  and some people had even braved tee-shirts and bare legs. At time of going to print we are heading to Inverclyde in the hope that we are rewarded with the Greenock Riviera and not the Greenock rain.

Whatever the part of the country, the locations seldom disappoint and have given rise to some fabulous images. Add to this that the relaxed atmosphere of the evenings lends itself nicely to being able to take your time and explore new camera angles, and you have a recipe for success.

 

The provisional schedule for Monday Meanders over the next few weeks is:

Monday May 6th Greenock waterfront
Monday May 13th Dunure
Monday May 20th Dumfries House
Monday June 3rd Glasgow Necropolis
Monday June 10th Alloway

Fiona Wallace’s image of Eglinton Castle reflected in a very convenient puddle

May 27th and June 17th and 24th are yet to be confirmed.  As for all these excursions, details will be posted on the club’s public facebook page as well as the weekly bulletin and the facebook group.  If you are considering joining our club, then why not use one of these evenings to “try before you buy”?   Please do feel free to come along – just contact the club secretary at the email address below  to let us know you will be there.

An eye for an image

And of course, high on the agenda for many members at these Monday outings is scouting out potential locations and shots for entry into the club’s competitive event. These include the 2019 Quig Quaich which is based on images taken over the summer recess.  The six topics for this year’s event are: the Golden Hour; Toys ; Flowers; Farm Animals; Something Weird; A Touch of Red. Each member can submit a maximum of two images from any three of these subjects, and these can be a combination of B&W prints, colour prints or digital images.  Images are to be handed in the first night back after the recess and the entrant with the highest aggregate score wins the coveted trophy.

Fiona Couser’s fabulous image taken at the Devil’s Pulpit which was a very worthy POTW recently

Additionally, members are on the lookout for possible images to enter into the Rose Urie rose bowl event, and the topic this year is Transport. Again entrants may submit up to three colour prints, mono prints and DPIs. The rosebowl is awarded to the member whose image is judged as the best in the competition. The top three scores for all entrants goes towards their annual league tally.

For those not wanting the stress of the major competitions, there is always scope for keeping an eye out for images for the informal Picture of the Week event which takes place on our facebook group. The beauty of these is it allows you to try out an image before you decide if it’s a possible for one of our other competitions.

But the bottom line is that these outings are a great way of simply getting out and relaxing with your camera in great company at the end of a no doubt busy day.

 

Nutty success

Donnie Brigg’s Nuthatch which was featured in the recent edition of the RSPB magazine

Talking of having an eye for an image, congratulations are due to stalwart member Donnie Briggs who has had one of his images published in the RSPB’s Summer 2019 magazine. Appearing in the Scotland News section, Donnie’s image – which was taken at Rozelle Park, Ayr – perfectly captured this often elusive bird. Well done, Donnie.