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BSoUP Meeting - June 2011

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June BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 15th June 2011 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD. New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome

Photo techniques: Splash-In: Tips and Tricks by Brian Pitkin.

Brian is BSoUP's current President and Webmaster. He has organised and participated in the Splash-in competitions for over 20 years, even winning once. He has been a judge in many local, national and international underwater photographic competitions and has had numerous articles and images published in DIVER Magazine and elsewhere.

Focus On Competition: Soft and squidgy. The Competition is now closed. BSoUP Members only may view all of the entries in the Competition Slideshow, but you will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.

Main Event: The Cocos Gamble by Simon Rogerson.

Simon, is the editor of DIVE magazine, and has been working as a full-time professional diving journalist for 12 years. He is first and foremost a writer, but took up underwater photography because he found it a challenging way of recording his dives. Besides DIVE, hisd stories and photographs have been published in  magazines and newspapers, including the Sunday Times, Esquire, Food and Travel, BBC Wildlife, the Independent, the Telegraph and GQ. SImon was co-author, with John McIntyre, of a guidebook, 'Dive Red Sea'.


Sharks in Cocos by Simon Rogerson
Hammerhead Sharks in Cocos
by Simon Rogerson

Hammerhead Shark in Cocos by Simon Rogerson
Hammerhead Shark in Cocos
by Simon Rogerson
The title of Simon's presentation is a reference to the unpredictable nature of the place, and the challenge it poses for underwater photography. These days, many shooters favour high-yield destinations such as Indonesia, where they can be assured of a bounty of photo-opportunities and relatively predictable conditions. Cocos Island in the far Eastern Pacific is a different proposition, with its ever-changing conditions dictated by oceanic currents, localised weather systems and, of course, the sheer unpredictability of the pelagic creatures for which the island is famous.

Focus On - Soft and Squidgy June 2011 - Results

Congratulations to Ross Gudgeon from Australia who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Soft and Squidgy - with an image of a red jellyfish taken at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia.

Second place went to Georgette Douwma with an image of a Bubble tip anemone taken in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia; third to Pete Bullen with an image of a Flabellina nudibranch taken in Shatt l'Amhar (Wreck of the Karwela; fourth to Rick Ayrton with an image of a Sunset Coral taken in Lundy, Devon; fifth to Rob Cuss with a free swimming Flabellina nudibranch taken in Loch Creran, Scotland and sixth place to Trevor Rees with an image of a Plumose anemone taken in Loch Goil, Argyll, Scotland.

None of the top six photographers were present at the meeting.

There were a total of 31 portfolios entered.

Ross Gudgeon
Winner - Ross Gudgeon
Red Jellyfish, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Canon 50D, Tokina 10-17 @ 10mm, f9.5 @ 1/250 ISO 200

Georgette Douwma
2nd - Georgette Douwma
Bubble tip anemone, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.
Nikon, f/6.3 @1/160

How the top six scored:

Pos. Photographer Points Firsts
1 Ross Gudgeon 54 13
2 Georgette Douwma 43 10
3 Pete Bullen 17 0
4 Rick Ayrton 15 2
5 Rob Cuss 11 1
6 Trevor Rees 10 2

The top six portfolios may be viewed enlarged in the Gallery.

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries in the Competition Slideshow, but you will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.

If you entered and are not in the top six and would like to know how your fared please e-mail Brian Pitkin.

The July Focus On Competition - Natural light is now open to BSoUP members only. Images entered must not have come first, second or third in a national or international competition. Images must have benn taken without thye use of artificial light. Please read the Rules before entering online using the Entry Form.

Pete Bullen
3rd - Pete Bullen
Flabellina, Shatt l'Amhar (Wreck of the Karwela)
Olympus e-P1 , f22 @1/50th ISO 400

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