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BSoUP Meeting - June 2007

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June BSoUP Meeting

Wednesday 20th June 2007 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in The Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7. Directions.

If you can make the meeting, please get your drinks at the bar in time to start promptly 8.00 p.m.

Technical - a pot-pourri of technical tips by Martha Tressler, Anthony Holley and JP Trenque

A mixed hors d'oeuvres of useful advice and bite-sized nuggets of Photoshop tips from some knowledgeable members of your committee.

Focus on competition: Creative

No holds barred on the creative front, aside from the usual rules. Rules and entry details on the website

Main event- Field notes: Trials with bew lenses, by Alex Mustard

We are very grateful to Alex for stepping into a vacated slot at the last minute. Alex will give an informal talk about his trials with four new lenses he has been using underwater during the last few months. First up is Tokina's new Fisheye zoom - the 10-17mm which seems to be a must-have lens designed specifically for underwater photography. Then, Alex will describe two new macro lenses. First, Nikon's new 105mm macro lens, which incorporates image stabilisation for the first time in a macro lens, making balanced light macro much more achievable. Next, Sigma's 150mm macro, a tough lens to use (being the equivalent of 225mm on a film camera), but a powerful one when the right subjects present themselves. And finally a detailed look at Alex's fisheye-teleconverter technique, which provides an unusual view of macro foreground and wide angle background. This lens is well suited to approachable critters both in the UK and abroad. Alex will discuss the strengths, weaknesses and techniques required for each.

Alex shoots with a Nikon D2X in a Subal housing. He is BSoUP's digital officer, as well a co-administrator of Wetpixel. He is a contributing editor of Dive Magazine, columnist and editorial consultant for FiNS Magazine, honorary editor of the new Ocean Geographic (launched this month) and senior contributor to Underwater Photography Magazine. Alex is a popular speaker on underwater and wildlife photography and regularly gives talks both in the UK and abroad. Alex's images have won him many awards, including at both the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the Antibes Festival for the last two years. Although his girlfriend has beaten him in the last two BSoUP 'focus on' competitions!

Check out Alex's excellent website at

Focus on - June 2007 - Creative

Congratulations to Graham Eaton who won the first and second places at this month's Focus on competition.

The first two images each month qualify for the final in October, at which the overall winner will receive the BSoUP 'Focus On' Trophy.


1. Graham Eaton (35 pts)
2. Graham Eaton (30 pts)
3=. Len Deeley (26 pts)
3=. JP Trenque (26 pts)
5. Pedro Vieyra 25 pts)
6. Trevor Rees (19 pts)


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