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BSoUP Meeting - May 2012

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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan

BSoUP - Next Meeting

Wednesday 16th May 2012

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. atour 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.

Paul Morgan: Exploring Bali - An Underwater Photographer's light-hearted view of Bali.

If you have ever wondered what a visit to Bali would be like or want to find out what you have missed? Join Paul as he drops in on the inhabitants of Secret Bay, Menjangan, Puri Jati, Seraya Secrets, Tulamben, Blue lagoon and  Nusa Penida meeting the odd Ambon Scorpion Fish, a Mimic Octopus, and a distant Mola Mola to mention just a few. And between dives a look at the people, culture and fantastic scenery that await a land photographer! 

Paul is a BSoUP committee member, keen underwater photographer, silver jeweller, magician, camper van addict and also retired with four grandchildren.

Focus On - Crustaceans

The Competition is now closed. There were a total of 44 entries. BSoUP Members may view the pre-selected entries in the Competition Slideshow. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

The number of images has been reduced to 25 for projection at the meeting with the pre-selection carried out by two BSoUP Committee members. As previously explained this has become necessary as the number of entries had grown to the point that it was impossible for the audience on the night to review them all and make a sensible choice.  We are delighted with the growth in entries and regret they can't all be screened on the night.

Slideshows of all entries to each month's competition will be available in the archive section of the website from the night after the meeting. Images not selected for projection were those which had technical weaknesses e.g. key elements (eyes) out of focus, poorly exposed, or over manipulated, and those which were compositionally weakest.

Focus On Slideshow
Focus On - Crustaceans

Zac Macaulay
Zac Macaulay

Zac Macaulay: Tahiti, 4 dives to capture some of the best sights I have seen.

Diver Magazine sent Zac to Tahiti but only gave him a few days to get the story.  With very few dives, (only 4 usable) the quantity and quality of what he saw was stunning - including dancing Bottle Nose Dolphins, 300 stationary White Tip reef sharks, and among the most impressive Giant Mantas he has seen. All right in front of him.  Not forgetting the beautiful topside scenery, and Robinson Crusoe type lifestyle he witnessed!

Zac is a long standing BSoUP member and has a professional career spanning 20 years that has taken him all over the globe.  His work ranges from commercial advertising shoots in flooded studios, tanks and pools to work in the open sea.  His underwater work has won many international awards including in 2007 the prestigious Winner of the Palme d'Or, Advertising category for best stills image, Antibes Underwater Film and Photography Festival.

To see some of Zac's work please visit

We hope you can join us on Wednesday!

Trevor Rees
1st - Norwegian lobsters © Trevor Rees

Focus On - Crustaceans - Results

Congratulations to Trevor Rees who was the wniner of this month's Focus On Competition with an image of a pair of Norwegian lobsters taken in Sweden in a fjord at 30 metres in total darkness using a Nikon D90.

Congratulations also to Robert White who came second with a Red Swimming Crab (Portunus ?convexus) taken in Djibouti and to Arthur Kingdon with a long clawed lobster taken in St Abbs with surface reflection.

There were a total of 44 entries, of which 25 were selected for projection.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Trevor Rees 49 9
2 Robert White 37 9
3 Arthur Kingdon 30 5
4 Tom Forwood 17 3
5 Martyn Guess 15 2
6 Rico Besserdich 14 4

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

Robert White
2nd - Red Swimming Crab (with surface reflection)
© Robert White

Arthur Kingdon
3rd - Long-clawed lobster © Arthur Kingdon

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.

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, which is open to BSoUP Members only, is Anemonefish with a difference (find a different slant to this common but captivating subject). The competition is now open. Please read the Rules before entering Online.

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