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SCDA 1-Act Festival Photography

I have been involved with SCDA Edinburgh District since 2010. I was invited to take photos of dress rehearsals.  Those days are now past, I know get invited to take shots during the actual performance.  Mind you it took some time for the actors to get used to this – they kept expecting to see flash and hear the camera shutter click.   I started off bu using a Canon 5DmkII fitted with the a Canon L 2.8 70 – 200 zoom along with a Nikon D700 fitted with a Sigma f.28 70-200 zoom.  After the Nikon went to the camera scrapyard I used a Pentax K5-Ii with Sigma f2.8 70-200 zoom.  I now use a Pentax K-1 with said Sigma lens.

This year’s Edinburgh District round had some challenging lighting in the plays – however before I start on that I better explain about the SCDA 1-Act Festival.

SCDA – Scottish Community Drama Association (also known as Scottish Community Drama) have been running this festival for 86 years (there was a break during the 2nd WW years) Scotland is divided into four division which are further divided into Districts.  Each District holds a 1-Act Festival and (usually) the First and Runners up progress to the Divisional Final and in turn two from Division progress to the Scottish Final.  The adventure does not stop there as SCDA is part of a UK Festival the winning team from Scotland compete with teams from England, Northern Ireland and Wales to win the British Final hosted in rotation by Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales.  Plays must run between a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 55 Minutes (Scotland).

Back to this years Festival.  Edinburgh open the season (so to speak ) with their round at Church Hill Theatre on the 15th February.  Nine plays from six clubs (Three clubs had two teams)  Three teams would progress to Eastern Division Round.

Thursday 15th February

2018 Edinburgh District - EGTG 2 - A Number

Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group Team 2 with Caryl Churchill’s “A Number”

2018 Edinburgh District - The Livingston Players (SCIO)

The Livingston Players (SCIO) with Tim Whitnall’s “The Sociable Plover”

2018 Edinburgh District - Twilighters

Twilighters with Peter Quilter’s “Blind Date”

Friday 16th February

2018 Edinburgh District - Leitheatre (Sunnyside)

Leitheatre (Sunnyside) with David Campton’s ” After Midnight Before Dawn”

2018 Edinburgh District - Edinburgh Makars B

Edinburgh Makars B with David Tristram’s ” The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish “

2018 Edinburgh District - Edinburgh People's Theatre

Edinburgh People’s Theatre with David Tristram’s ” Last Tango in Little Grimley”

Saturday 17th February 2018

2018 Edinburgh District - Leitheatre (Kirkgate)

Leitheatre (Kirkgate) with James Beagon’s “First Class”

2018 Edinburgh District - EGTG 1

Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group Team 1 with Glen Mhor’s “Ram in the Thicket”

2018 Edinburgh District - Edinburgh Makars A

Edinburgh Makars A withPaul Bovino’s ” Gino of the Lamp “


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20170120 – Road Trip Killin

Visit to Killin

We usually visit Killin at least twice a year January and May.  It is a historic village and the ancient burial ground of  Clan McNab  is accessed via the old Killin Bridge.  Wikipedia has this to say about the village “The west end of the village is magnificently sited around the scenic Falls of Dochart, the main street leading down towards the Loch at the confluence of the rivers Dochart and Lochay. The falls are crossed by a narrow, multi-arched stone bridge carrying the main A827 road into Killin.”  The charm of Killin is the villagers and their community spirit.  As I said we go at least twice a year, January to see their pantomime and May to support the Killin Komedy Festival.  This trip was also a proving trip for my recent acquisition a new Pentax K-1 full frame DSLR.

Loch Lubnaig

Our route takes us past Loch Lubnaig – a very picturesque loch.  The loch has a remarkable mirror reflection, provide the conditions are right.  It is one of our regular stops:

Technical details – Pentax K-1 fitted with Sigma 18-270mm Zoom Lens set at 43mm f10 ISO 100 shutter 1/13th second. Image processed from raw in Lightroom

Susan – My Partner

I like this picture as it shows Susan’s remarkable outlook at life.  Hard to believe she is recovering from a serious fight with cancer and at the time of this picture was still waiting the all clear. ( Which she got later in the year)

Technical details – Pentax K-1 fitted with Sigma 18-270mm Zoom Lens set at 80mm f10 ISO 3200 shutter 1/125th second. Image processed from raw in Lightroom

Falls of Dochart

I suspect one of the most photographed water falls. I have several pictures of the falls in various states this was a first as I managed to cross to teh centre without getting my shoes wet!  The main channel flow was that abated.

Technical details – Pentax K-1 fitted with Sigma 18-270mm Zoom Lens set at 29mm f9 ISO 3200 shutter 1/40th second. Image processed from raw in Lightroom



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Road Trip – Killin 6-7th May

20160506-_K504564-EditMy partner Susan is into Am-Drama in a big way. She is involved in committees, costuming, organising for the Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA). I am slowly getting sucked into supporting the SCDA, but not without a fight – rear guard action it may be but it is still a fight. As we were going away for two days  I turned off all my computers on Friday morning and we set off for Killin for the two day “Killin Komedy Festival”.  It was a greyish day as we set out – but brightened up as we headed north to the Highlands.  We did not stop at our usual break point at the first car park at Loch Lubnaig due to the legendary mirror stillness of the loch waters being disturbed by a wind shift.  Instead we stopped at the next rest spot which by happenstance had a take-away cafe.

We arrived at Killin at 2:45 just in time to book into our room and go for a stroll up to the old bridge which crosses the River Dochart and the Falls of Dochart. Usually the falls funnel a large surge of water through the two arches of the old bridge. At these times not only can you hear the roar of the water and feels the force of it as it thunders beneath the arches of the single track bridge.  We discovered that our visit coincided with one of these rare occasions when the river flow was abated and the underlying rocks, boulders which cause the river waters to froth, tumble and roar were uncovered and one could walk out to the main channel leading to the first arch.

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Even with this reduced water flow the river still roared its merry way to Loch Tay.






Video “Lubnaig, Dochart and Tay” by Susan Wales (C) May 2016. Pictures by Walter Hampson ((C) PicturesbyWalter May 2016)