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BSoUP Meeting - January 2008

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BSoUP January Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday 16th January 2008 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in The Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7. Directions.

Photo techniques - Shooting at high ISO with Simon Rogerson

Two for the price of one - a technical talk on high ISO photography and at the same time a location talk on diving in Shetland. Shetland's waters have the best average visibility in Britain, but even they get dark because of the surface plankton (and birdshit). Simon will use images from his recent visit to Shetland to show how ISO freedom has opened up new possibilities for UK photography, and at the

same time offer a bit of advice for anyone who might want to go there. He will also reveal his tips for the five 'best viz' UK locations. In his own words: 'I am the editor of DIVE, and a regular contributor to the Sunday Times, BBC Wildlife and the Independent, among others. I took up underwater photography on my first dives in 1991, using my sister's Minolta Weathermatic [the film wind-on used to stick below 5m, so you had to swim up the the surface every time you wanted to wind onto the next frame 'deco-tastic]'

I flooded my first Nikonos by using it to bash a titan triggerfish at Sipadan. Currently use a D200 in an Aquatica housing with Subtronic strobes. I live in Berkshire and I recently published my first book, DIVE Red Sea The Ultimate Guide (see Sponsors, right), published by Ultimate Sports and co-written with John McIntyre.

Focus on Competition - Your best shots of 2007

Get your two best shots of 2007 in to the competition as soon as possible for your chance to win the BSoUP January 'Focus on'. Rules and Entry form.

Focus on winning shot 2007 by Shannon Conway Focus on runner-up 2007 by Tony Baskeyfield
Focus on winning shot 2007
by Shannon Conway
Focus on runner-up 2007 by Tony Baskeyfield
Tony White

Diving the Delta with Tony White

Tony will report on a recent adventure to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, famous for its winding channels filled with Nile crocodiles, hippos and tigerfish.

Veteran BSoUP member Tony White began his photographic career with the Royal Navy shooting anything from nuclear subs to harrier jump jets. He moved on to become production manager for a large photographic lab. and then to the print industry.

However, since 1995 when he first picked up an underwater camera, his success as a professional underwater photographer has grown rapidly and taken him around the world many times. It has also brought him alongside the very best in the field. Tony contributes to 18 major global nature and diving magazines and his collection of awards continues to grow. In 2002, while documenting the famous 'sardine run' off South Africa he was enveloped by a bait ball and bitten by a copper shark. The incident made the international news but Tony has always stressed the hit was an accident.

In 2003, Tony steeled himself to return to one of nature's most impressive wildlife events and while working once again on capturing the wild beauty of the 'sardine run' he was simultaneously the subject of a documentary by National Geographic to record his return to the scene of his close encounter.

Tony's website :

Gill McDonald

Focus On - January 2008 Competition - Best of 2007

There were a total of 43 images submitted in BSoUP's first Focus On Competition in 2008 in the category 'Best of 2007'.

Congratulations to the winner, Alex Mustard, who's seahorse image was voted by the audience present as the best in the category.

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1st Alex Mustard 29 3
2nd Paul Morgan 27 5
3rd Andy Cooper 24 5
4th Steve Jones 22 2
5th= Duncan Robins 16 4
5th= Jane Morgan 16 4
5th= Neil Rosewarn 16 4
8th Simon Brown 16 2

As you can see, this was a very closely fought competition with three images receiving 16 points, including four firsts for 5th= place.

This year your Committee has decided that there will not be a final as previously. The reasons for this are (1) that it is very difficult to judge images in often radically different categories, (2) the October meeting at which the final is normally held has in the past been too busy and (3) we are hoping to get sponsorship for a prize each month.

See also Gallery for top seven images.

BSoUP members only may view all the entries in projected order in the Competition slideshow.

Seahorse by Alex Mustard - Winner - Focus On - Best of 2007
Seahorse by Alex Mustard
Winner - Focus On - Best of 2007

Porcelain crab by Paul Morgan. Runner-up - Focus On - Best of 2007
Porcelain crab on an anemone by Paul Morgan
Runner-up - Focus On - Best of 2007

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