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BSoUP Meeting - September 2012

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Keith Lyall
Keith Lyall

Wednesday 19th September, 2012

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 19 September 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.

Keith Lyall: Wide Angle techniques

Wide angle photography can provide dramatic images of the underwater world, however capturing effective wide angle images is often seen as complex and many underwater photographers favour macro instead. Keith will talk about wide angle techniques and will aim to simplify wide angle photography by introducing a simple step by step reproducible approach. The talk will include camera settings, lighting options (both natural and artificial), composition, use of models and other considerations resulting in the creation of effective wide angle images.

Keith has been diving since 2000 and taking a camera underwater since those early days, but even prior to learning to dive Keith was a keen land photographer with underwater photography becoming a natural extension of this interest. His first experience of underwater photography was with a disposable camera in a plastic housing but he has since progressed to a Nikon D300 in a Subal housing! He has numerous awards to his credit in competitions run by BSoUP, Photosub and the British Underwater Image Festival and regularly teaches underwater photography courses.

Competition: Underwater Excellence - A Portfolio of 3 images

The Competition is now closed. A total of 35 entries (105 images) have been received. BSoUP Members only may now view a slideshow of the 12 pre-selected portfolios at Competition Slideshow. You will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.

Keith Lyall
Keith Lyall

Linda Pitkin
Linda Pitkin

Linda Pitkin
Linda Pitkin

Linda Pitkin: 2020Vision Part II 

2020VISION is the most ambitious nature photography project ever staged in the UK. Using the power of visual imagery, it aims to enthuse the public at large about the value of restoring our most important habitats - not just for healthy wildlife, but for the well-being of us all. In November last year Linda told us about the first phase of her work on this amazing project.  This month she will bring us up to date on what she has done since and how the project has come to fruition

Linda Pitkin is the author of four books and has over a thousand published images to her credit. She is one of only two underwater photographers on the project (the other is Alex Mustard). She will talk about her assignments and show many of the images she has taken this year. The project has pushed those involved to new challenges. Linda has had a mixture of successes and failures, battling with near impossible missions and British weather!


Trevor Rees
Winner: Trevor Rees 1/3
Shoal of perch by a wooden jetty taken at Stockholm archipelago, Sweden using a Nikon D90 with a Tokina 10-17mm zoom lens

Underwater Excellence - Results

Congratulations to Trevor Rees who was the winner of this year's Underwater Excellence Competition. Trevor's portfolio included a shoal of perch by a wooden jetty taken at Stockholm archipelago, Sweden using a Nikon D90 with a Tokina 10-17mm zoom lens (left); an Alabaster/White lined Dirona nudibranch taken in British Columbia, in Browning pass, Vancouver, Canada with the same camera/lens combination; and an Angler fish taken in the Lofoten Islands, Norway with a D50 with a Nikkor 18-55mm lens.

Trevor wins a cheque for £250 courtesy of DiveQuest and an individual glass trophy.

A total of 35 portfolios were submitted and the best 12 were pre-selected for projection by a panel of 3 judges and judging at the September BSoUP Meeting by the audience present.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Trevor Rees 53 9
2 Steve Jones 34 7
3 Tom Pepper 32 5
4 Robert Bailey 31 5
5 Alex Tattersall 31 4
6 Martyn Guess 27 4

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery

Trevor Rees
Winner: Trevor Rees 2/3
An Alabaster/White lined Dirona nudibranch taken in British Columbia, in Browning pass, Vancouver, Canada
D90, Nikkor 60mm lens

Trevor Rees
Winner: Trevor Rees 3/3
An Angler fish taken in the Lofoten Islands, Norway with a D50 with a Nikkor 18-55mm lens.

BSoUP Members only may view all of the submitted entries in the Competition Slideshow Archive 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 you scored, please contact Brian Pitkin.

Next month's competition is the Best of British Portfolio Competition, sponsored by Sport Diver. The is open to BSoUP Members only. The Competition is now open. Please read the revised Rules. The deadline is Sunday 7th October.

Note: landscape format images must be 1400 pixels wide and portrait images must be 1050 high. Any smaller and images will look less sharp when projected.


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