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BSoUP Meeting - January 2010

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Colin Doeg

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 20th January 2010 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, S. Kensington, London. Directions.

Photo techniques: Blasts from the past

Last year members learned of the impressive technical background provided by the Society's Wise Old Men. This year BSoUP co-founder Colin Doeg, who has always claimed his lack of a formal background in photography has been an asset, will speak of his own immersion into taking pictures underwater and the continued relevance of some of his experience to today's digital world. A former British Underwater Photographer of the Year, he took the first photograph in British waters ever to win an open underwater competition.

Focus on: 2009 Images

January's Focus on Competition is for any image taken in 2009 which has not previously won or been placed in a national or international competition.

Please read the Rules before entering your images via the online Competitions entry form.

Deadline: Tuesday 19th January at 10.00 p.m.

Main event: A Complete Guide to Wreck Photography by Charlie Hood

A different look at the way we take images of wrecks.

Rather than just bits of twisted metal, wrecks can be quite beautiful, and not only because of the marine life they can hold. Wrecks have spirit, they have history, moods and photographed in the right way are simply awe inspiring.

Forget using any other lens than a full frame fisheye, this talk is aimed at trying to show wrecks, 'as a child would imagine them' rather than close-ups of a scrap heap.

Charles Hood

BSoUP Member Charles Hood started taking pix in the mid 70s when he lived in the Middle East mainly using a Kodak Instamatic in a homemade housing. Then after learning to dive with University of London he hired Nikons IIs from Pelling and Cross for various dive trips. Finally he bought his first underwater system, the Nikonos III and Oceanic 2000 flash, when he worked at Ocean Optics in 1982.

'I spent the best part of 7 years returning from dives with maybe one or two good images per roll until the Nikon F801 arrived and Subal housing, which he imported into UK (pre-Optics dealership), became available. Life became a whole lot easier then and his hit rate dramatically improved seeing him dabble in selling articles to magazines and being taken on at Bruce Coleman stock library.'

After being made redundant in 2000, Charlie started to work for DIVE magazine and also as a freelance photojournalist and has now racked up nearly 100 front covers and over 900 published articles. Today he uses a Nikon D3 in an Aquatica housing with twin Sea and Sea YS110 strobes. To learn more about Charlie and see some of his hundreds of images please visit www.charleshood.com/


January's Focus On Results - 2009 Images

Congratulations to Alex Tattersall who won the January Focus On Competition with an image of a Lion fish and a school of small fish.

Congratulations also to Alan Larsen who came second with an image taken inside the Giannis D and Ross Gugeon who came third with an image of a jellyfish.

Alex Tattersall
First - Alex Tattersall

Alan Larsen
Second - Alan Larsen

How the top six scored:      
       
Photographer Position Points Firsts
Alex Tattersall 1 47 11
Alan Larsen 2 32 3
Ross Gudgeon 3 27 3
James Deveraux 4 21 5
Tony Baskeyfield 5 19 3
Andrew Cooper 6 15 5

There were a total of 55 images entered.

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

BSoUP Members only may view all of the entries at a larger size in projected order in the Competition slideshow. You will be asked to login if you haven't already done so this session.

If you entered and didn't make the top six, but would like to know how you did then please contact Brian Pitkin

Please note that the deadline for all future monthly competitions will be one week prior to the meeting.

The February Focus On Competition,'Two of Something', is now open and the deadline is 10 February 2010 at 10pm. BSoUP Members only AND only one image per photographer.

Ross Gudgeon
Third - Ross Gudgeon

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