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BSoUP Meeting - February 2006

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'Taking pictures of the cool fish we see while diving is what prompted many of us to pick up cameras in the first place' says Alex. 'However, great fish photos remain elusive and are always a challenge'. Alex will share his tips for finding and getting close to the subject. He will also discuss various options for framing, lighting and composing fish images. As ever, Alex's talk will be full of tips and ideas to try so don't forget your pen and paper.

Although Alex is BSoUP's digital officer, this talk will appeal to all photographers with an interest in natural history subjects. Alex's fish pics have won him multiple awards at both the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and Antibes Festival.

Alex is a well known and regular speaker at BSoUP who I have biographied many times, but here is some news - Alex's first book 'The Art of Diving' is being printed and is due for release at the end of the month. A collaboration with Nick Hanna, the book is a celebration and exploration of the world of scuba diving. David Doubilet says 'This is the best book about diving since Jacques Cousteau's 'The Silent World'... Alex has a unique eye, this is dynamic underwater imagery at its best'.


If you heard JP's talk at the Photoshop workshop last month now is the time to put it into practice. If not, have a go anyway if you have access to Photoshop or similar, any image can be monochromed' and the results can be

N. B. Slides are still very welcome for monthly 'focus on' competitions, portfolio competitions only will be projected exclusively digitally.

For all information and competition rules see Competitions - please send digital entries to or bring on the night.

'When we dive, we are often presented with circumstances and conditions that are...well...challenging' asserts Simon, 'accordingly, I would like to address this through the experiences of a working journalist'. Simon has had to cope with low light, unpredictable animals, psychotic captains, bad viz and worse divers all as part of his job. He will shed some light on these issues through his own recollections and photographs.

Simon is editor of DIVE magazine. He started diving in 1992 as a means of escape from his then job as a crime reporter. Joining DIVE in 1999 he became editor in 2002. Simon is also the diving correspondent for the Sunday Times travel supplement and writes freelance for various reputable (and disreputable) publications. He is currently writing a book on the Red Sea for Adventure Sports Publications. He has been taking photographs underwater since his very first dive, with a Minolta Weathermatic, some say
the Minolta years may represent his finest work...

This looks to be an excellent evening with masses of useful and interesting information from a couple of highly accomplished divers and photographers.

Do come along if you can.

Gill McDonald

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