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BSoUP Meeting - April 2001

by Andy Clark

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This month's PHOTO TECHNIQUE was not so much a presentation but a . performance', 'My favourite wide angle lenses' by Pat Morrissey . Pat waxed lyrical about 'wide angle' leaving members in no doubt where his passion lies in underwater photography. Pat's slides were more to illustrate his points than impress, (his words), but his blend of Irish blarney, nice pictures and 'off the cuff' comments made it a most enjoyable 'presentation'.


The theme for this month's FOCUS ON competition was 'Abstact'. There were a total of 31 entries. In fourth place with 23 points was SUE HEAPS. In third place with 39 points was LEN DEELEY. In second place with 43 points was KEN SULLIVAN. April's winner with 58 points was PETER LADELL. Peter's slide goes forward to the final in October.


The MAIN EVENT for April was a talk by CHARLES HOOD on the 'Do's and Don'ts of entering your slides into a competition'.

Charles talked in detail about the common mistakes made by photographers which spoil their chances, even before they are judged.

I. The picture too small in the frame

2. Confused backgrounds.

3. Distracting backgrounds

4. Un-sharp slides.

Charles continued by showing his entries in to the Dive Sites 2001 competition, UK portfolio, Wide-angle and Close-up shots with detailed explanations of what makes them work and detailed techniques on each shot.

A very interesting and informative presentation on what one can do to stand any chance when entering a major underwater photographic competition.

Reproduced from in focus 71 (June 2001)

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