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BSoUP Meeting - April 2013

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BSoUP April Meeting

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 at 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.

Mike Brodbelt: Photo Basics II.

In the second of our series of technical talks Mike will cover three areas - 'Colour in digital imaging', 'Optical considerations of shooting underwater and how they affect equipment and image composition' and 'What's inside your digital camera'.

Mike has been has been taking pictures under water (currently with a Canon EOS 5D) for around 10 years. Trips and images have focused on blue water fish and reef shots, and he also has an interest in the technical side of digital cameras. He is a member of the BSoUP Committee.

Focus On - Macro & Close-up

The competition is now closed. 25 of the 37 images submitted have been shortlisted for projection and judging at this month's BSoUP meeting. The Focus On Competition Slideshow is now available for BSoUP Members to view on the BSoUP website. You will be prompted to log in if you have not already done so this session.

Focsu On : Macro & Close-up
Focus On - Macro & Close-up

Simon Brown
Simon Brown

Simon Brown: A Fresh Look at Scapa Flow.

Diving close to the end of the Scapa season presented some great opportunities for underwater photography. Simon intends to conduct a brutally honest review of his work in Scapa Flow, explaining what worked and why as well as picking apart the reasons for failed images. It's an open session and fellow BSOUPers can ask anything at any time and honest comments - from 'Why bother? Its rust." to 'How did you." or "Where is the nudibranch?" - are positively encouraged. For a taster of some that worked you can go to

Simon, a longstanding BSoUP member, is a professional photographer specialising in the underwater world. His work been published in dive magazines around the world and his clients also include include SCUBA, Unterwasser, Bike Magazine, Janes Defence, the Daily Telegraph, Fourth Element clothing, the National Archaeological Society and many others.

Focus on Results

Focus On - Macro & Close-up - Results

We invited all BSoUP Members to submit an image of something small for this month's Focus On Competition and suggested the subject could be very, very small, or a bit larger, as long as it was an exciting image!

Congratulations to Andrew McKelvie who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Macro & Close-up with an image of an Orange banded pipefish taken at Malapascua, Philippines with a 60mm macro lens, f13 @ 125th sec.

Andrew McKelvie
1st - Andrew McKelvie

Mark Pickford
2nd - Mark Pickford

Second place went to Mark Pickford with an image of a Hairy frogfish taken in Lembeh, Indonesia. Mark used a 60mm macro lens on his Nikon D600 and an Inon flash unit with a snoot.

There was a tie for third place between Joss Woolf and Pedro Vieyra. Joss' image of a shrimp on a whip coral was taken in Ambon, Indonesia. Pedro's image is of a Cardinal fish with eggs.

There were a total of 37 entries of which 25 were short listed for projection.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Andrew McKelvie 48 8
2 Mark Pickford 21 2
3= Joss Woolf 19 5
3= Pedro Vieyra 19 5
5 Mark Drayton 16 3
6 Martyn Guess 15 2

Joss Woolf
3= Joss Woolf

Pedro Vieyra
3= Pedro Vieyra

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries (enlarged image and with named photographers) 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 is the Focus On Competition theme is Abstract. The competition is open to BSoUP Members only. Please read the Rules and guidelines before entering via the Competition Entry Form. Deadline is Sunday 5th May at one minute to midnight.

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