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BSoUP Meeting - January 2013

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BSoUP - Next Meeting

Wednesday 16th January

New Venue!

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 16 January 2013at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our new venue, in Room G.01 in the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD (Directions).  New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome.

Alison Mayor and Martin Davies: 'Photography for Projects - images as a documentary record and a way of bringing the past and present together'. Alison and Martin are members (Alison is Secretary and Martin is DO) of the Southsea Sub-Aqua Club, which has a long history of wreck site investigation.

Martin Davies
Martin Davies

Alison Mayor
Alison Mayor

In recent years the Club has developed an association with a number of local wreck sites, including the LCT 427. This Landing Craft was sunk on its return to UK the day after D-Day.  The Club has researched and surveyed the wreck - broken into 2 parts - as part of Project Kedgehook; the project was awarded the BSAC Duke of Edinburgh's prize in 2012. Serious wreck research is about more than doing a few dives. It involves digging through historical archives, talking to many people, getting permission to dive sites that may be restricted and in this case being sensitive to the fact that the site is a war grave. Alison will give us the overall story and Martin will add a bit about the photographic challenges! Martin has been diving for 35 years and taking photos underwater for almost as long, primarily in UK waters.  He is a member of the Royal Photographic Society and currently uses a Nikon D7000 in a Sealux housing. Martin and Alison have been diving together for about 10 years. Initially new to diving Alison took on the role of diving model for Martin who enjoys shooting wide angle, particularly wreck photography.  More recently Alison has started to take photos of her own - starting out with a Fuji compact but in the last year moving up to use Martin's old D200.

Focus On - 2012 Images The Competition is now closed. There were a total of 39 entries. 28 of the 39 images submitted have been shortlisted for projection and judging at this month's meeting and the Focus On Competition Slideshow is now available for BSoUP Members to view. You will be prompted to log in if you have not already done so this session.

Paul Colley
Paul Colley

Paul Colley: 'Ascension Island: photography in extremely remote locations'. Paul will talk about the challenges of creating underwater images where logistical support for diving is outside the normal frame of reference. 

Paul Colley CB OBE MA FRAeS LRPS is Director of PCUW Photography Ltd, President of the RAF Sub Aqua Association, a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and (of course) a member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers. Both Martin Edge and Alex Mustard have coached him and he remains eternally grateful to them for passing on some of their considerable knowledge and skills. Paul's images are widely published and have won international recognition up to gold medal standard. He is a Master Scuba Diver and Assistant Instructor with PADI, and a BSAC Open Water Instructor trained in advanced mixed gas diving. His current projects include publishing 2 books about underwater photography.


Alex Tattersall
Alex Tattersall

Focus On - 2012 Images - Results

Congratulations to Alex Tattersall who's image of a juvenile Californian Sealion taken in La Paz, Mexico won the January Focus On Competition.

Congratulations also to Clive Allcorn and Theresa Cloake who came second and third with images of corals taken at the Alternatives, Egypt and a grey seal taken in the Farnes respectively.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Alex Tattersall 18 4
2 Clive Allcorn 16 2
3 Theresa Cloake 15 4
4 Richard Boutcher 15 1
5 Alex Mustard 14 2
6 Jane Morgan 13 3
Clive Allcorn
Clive Allcorn
Theresa Cloake
Theresa Cloake

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries (enlarged and with named photographer) in the Slideshow Archive. You will be asked to login if you have not 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 Focus On Competition is Post-production Bonanza - here is your chance to do your best to be creative with Photoshop (or whichever software you have). Anything goes! The competition will open shortly.


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