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BSoUP Meeting - May 2014

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Next BSoUP Meeting - Tuesday 20 May

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 20 May at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in Meeting Room 3, Union Building, Beit Quadrangle, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7 [Entrance via Prince Consort Road] (Directions). New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome.

Neil Rosewarn: Symmetry and composition. Neil has enjoyed a passion for photography and art for over 20 years. He studied photography at Portsmouth University and during his time there had an overwhelming urge to take his camera underwater. Since then his camera has been underwater many times and he would like to share some of the images with you. Join him as he looks at the importance of composition underwater and how symmetry forms a fundamental part of striking underwater images.

Neil Rosewarn
Neil Rosewarn

Focus On - Silhouettes

Focus On - Silhouettes (Definition: an object represented as a solid shape of a single colour, usually black. The interior of a silhouette is featureless, and the whole is typically presented on a lighter background.  In the underwater situation likely to be an object taken against the sun or some other light source.) The Competition is now closed. There are a total of 27 entries.  BSoUP Members only may view the entries in the Competition Slide Show. You will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.

Mark Harris: Breath Taking Photography From Breath Hold Diving.  There are times when underwater photography is best carried out whilst snorkeling or breath hold diving, but not everyone has the same confidence executing a breath hold dive as they would a SCUBA dive. Even world renowned camera people can be seen taking the wrong approach. The world of freediving can appear a daunting domain, reserved for the young, athletic, or those descended from dolphins.

Mark Harris is none of these, yet his talk will be looking at the many small technique and equipment improvements that can be made to bring about a tangible difference to breath hold diving. The emphasis of the talk will be on practical enhancements, rather than an indoctrination into freediving.

Mark has been on a long apprenticeship with his underwater photography, and reached the point where one or two of his images are passable. One was selected by Brian Skerry in 2013 to be part of an exhibition at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. As a retired freediver he has competed, judged, and taught the subject with students as diverse as whale shark tagging vets, Hollywood actors and TV presenters. He has been four times UK freediving champion and holder of a number of UK freediving records.

Mark Harris
Mark Harris

Laura Storm
Laura Storm

Focus On - Silhouettes - Results

Congratulations to Laura Storm who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Silhouettes with an image of Mid-morning sunburst of a lemon shark cruising the ocean superhighway taken at Tiger Beach, The Bahamas with a 15mm fish-eye lens at 1/1000 sec @f/16 ISO 200.

Congratulations also to Mark Drayton and Arthur Kingdon who came second and third respectively.

Mark's image of Schooling Jacks in silhouette against sunburst was taken at Tubbataha Reef, Philippines with a Nikon D7100 with a Nikkor 10-24 UWA Zoom lens at 10mm at 1/320sec @ f9.0 ISO 320.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Laura Storm 35 5
2 Mark Drayton 26 4
3 Arthur Kingdon 24 5
4 Dougie Souness 24 4
5 Paul Colley 23 2
6 Theresa Cloake 20 5

Mark Drayton
Mark Drayton

Arthur Kingdon
Arthur Kingdon

Arthur's image of a Diver in Cenote was taken in Mexico at 1/80th sec @ f6.3 ISO 200

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries in the Competition Slideshow Archive. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

If you entered and were not in the top six but would like to know how your image fared please contact me.

Next month's Focus On competition is Red - anything alive under water that is red - fish, other marine animals or whatever you can find will open shortly. Deadline Sunday 8th June. Please read the Rules before entering.


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