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BSoUP Meeting - March 2012

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Colin Doeg
Colin Doeg

March BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 21 March 2012at 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.

Colin Doeg: Useful Photographic Websites.  Colin will describe a number of websites which he finds interesting or useful, starting with our own website which he describes as a most amazing resource. Members may also wish to add their own sources of information to those mentioned by Colin.
Colin is co-founder of BSoUP, former BSoUP Chairman (twice!) and continues to serve on the BSoUP committee.

Theme Portfolio Competition for the BSoUP Theme Portfolio Trophy - a portfolio of 6 images. The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members only may preview the Competition slideshow. You will be asked to login if you have not done so this session.

Mark Webster: A Different View - new ways to approach familiar subjects, dives sites, habitats to create interesting images and maintain the passion. As underwater photographers we often dive the same sites and locations repetitively which is normally an advantage when seeking to perfect a shot. However, sometimes you may feel you have covered all the subjects and need a new location. Mark's talk will encourage us to take some alternate views of familiar subjects and think of a different approach to habitats and species which will help maintain the enthusiasm and passion between or even during the big trips to new or familiar locations.

Mark first used a camera when working as a commercial diver in the North Sea and was quickly bitten by the bug which is now a passion, if not an obsession! Mark is the author of or contributor to a number of books including The Art and Technique of Underwater Photography┬Ł, Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkelling and most recently Beneath Cornish Seas┬Ł. He has enjoyed some success on the competition circuit and has represented the UK at the CMAS World Championships on four occasions winning silver and bronze medals. Mark has also been leading underwater photography workshops since 1992 in the Red Sea, Caribbean and Far East.

Mark Webster
Mark Webste

Theme Portfolio Results

Congratulations to Keith Lyall who was the winner of this year's Theme Portfolio competition. On the theme 'Seals', Keith's images were taken at Lundy using a Nikon D300, Tokina FE lens and dual Inon strobes.

Congratulations also to Tony Baskeyfield who came second with his portfolio of dolphins. Although Tony scored fewer points overal,l he amassed 8 first places as opposed to Keith's 5.

Third place went to Trevor Rees for his portfolio of swans taken in Llandudno, North Wales with a Nikon D90 and Nikkor 10.5 lens. Fourth place went to Martyn Guess for his portfolio enitled 'Its a crabs world'. Fifth place went to Georgette Douwma for her Portfolio 'Mangrove' taken in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Sixth place went to Dougie Souness for his dolphin Portfolio taken in Curaçao.

There were a total of 23 entries.

Winner Keith Lyall
Winner © Keith Lyall

Tony Baskeyfield
2nd © Tony Baskeyfield

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Keith Lyall 34 3
2 Tony Baskeyfield 31 8
3 Trevor Rees 28 5
4 Martyn Guess 26 5
5 Georgette Douwma 20 4
6 Dougie Souness 19 5

The top six may be individually viewed larger in the Gallery by clicking on a photographer's name above.

BSoUP Members only may view all of the entries in the Competition slideshow, but you will be asked to login if you haven't already done so this session. You may choose to View either the Gallery or Sldieshow from the top left menu option View.

If you were not one of the top six and would like to know how your scored, please contact Brian Pitkin.

Next month's Focus On competition category is Two of something (any pair of underwater creatures), which is open to BSoUP Members only.

Each photographer may submit a single image The overall image must be no taller than 1050 pixels and no wider than 1400 pixels at 72 pixels/inch. Larger images will be rejected by the server.

Trevor Ress
3rd © Trevor Rees

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