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BSoUP Meeting - August 2014

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BSoUP August Meeting

Tuesday 19 August at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 19 August 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.

Linda Pitkin and Joss Woolf: Cave Women in the Red Sea. Joss Woolf and Linda Pitkin went off to the Southern Red Sea in June and found themselves with a dearth of the expected subjects.  So they moved out of their usual comfort zones (something we should all do more often!).  Joss did some playing in caves and Linda started playing with models (also in caves) and they were both pleased with the results! They will be showing us what a bit of lateral thinking can produce.

Joss Woolf
Joss Woolf

Linda Pitkin
Linda Pitkin

Focus On - Wrecks
Focus On - Wrecks

Linda, a long standing BSoUP member, the author of four books and with over a thousand published images to her credit, last talked to us in November 2011.  Joss, our long suffering Chair, last spoke in January 2012 (not to mention her running of the monthly meetings and a Show & Tell appearance recently!). Joss has been taking pictures for nearly ten years and has been a BSoUP member for almost as long. 

Focus On - Wrecks (Definition: underwater images of wrecks - not restricted to ships). Entry of two images was allowed if at least one of them was taken in UK waters. The Competition is now closed. There were a total of 53 entries of which 30 have been shortlisted for projection. Entrants whose images have not been shortlisted have been notified by e-mail.  BSoUP Members only may view the shortlisted entries in the Competition Slide Show. You will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.
Georgette Douwma: Digital Composites. Georgette will tell us about how she started with double exposures in camera and then in the darkroom. With the arrival of the computer and Photoshop huge possibilities opened up and that is how she got started on digital composites.  She will show us many of the beautiful composites she has created from her underwater images and will show some of the stages she used to get to the final image for some of them.   
Georgette originally graduated from art college in Amsterdam and painted pictures in her spare time (and she still paints). Later she became interested in photography, especially natural history photography. She started diving in 1980 and taking pictures underwater, initially with a Nikonos camera (she now uses a Nikon D2X). She joined BSoUP and then the Committee, of which Peter Scoones was Chairman, and a well known partnership was born!

Georgette Douwma
Georgette Douwma

Clive Allcorn
Winner © Clive Allcorn

Focus On - Wreck - Results

Congratulations to Clive Allcorn who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition with an image of a diver on the wreck of Salem Express, Red Sea, Eqypt taken with an Olympus XZ2 at 1/250 @ f4.

Congratulations also to Trevor Rees and Paul Colley who came second and third respectively.

Trevor's image features the wreck of the tugboat Rozi, taken at Cirkewwa, Malta with a Nikon D600 with Sigma 15mm lens 1/125sec @ f8 ISO 640.

Pauls' image is of a WWI U-Boat taken in Cornwall at 1/50 sec @ f7.1 ISO 2000 using natural light.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Clive Allcorn 32 5
2 Trevor Rees 18 4
3 Paul Colley 15 2
4 Super Jolly 11 2
5 Nick Robertson-Brown 10 3
6 Joss Woolf 9 2


Trevor Rees
2nd © Trevor Rees

Paul Colley
3rd © Paul Colley

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries enlarges 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 competition is 'Underwater Excllence'. Details will be announced shortly.

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