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BSoUP Meeting - February 2015

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February BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 17 February 2015 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.

Rob White: Monochrome – subject selection and how to create.  Rob will cover what he believes to be the important components of a good black and white image along with some examples.  He will then describe several ways to produce black and white images using Adobe Lightroom.  This is in anticipation of our June Focus On competition, the subject of which is Monochrome!

Robert White
Rob White
Focus On - Macro / Close-up
Focus On - Macro/Close Up
Rob learned to dive in dive in 1997, became a PADI Instructor in 2004 and started taking photos underwater the following year.  For many years he ran the Shark Dive Experience at the Brighton Sealife Centre.  There he had the good fortune to meet Alex Mustard who, in the space of about 10 minutes, persuaded him to buy a DSLR and a Nauticam housing for it. That was back in 2010 and since then, Rob’s Canon 550D has helped him win various competitions, get articles and photos published in the press and has even led to Rob being the featured “pro-photographer” in an issue of PhotoPlus magazine. He is now running photography courses as well as diving courses, all alongside his day job!
 
Focus On - Macro/Close Up

The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 32 entries in the Competition Slideshow.  You will be asked to log in if you have not done so this session. The competition has been judged by Paul Colley.  At the meeting all of the entries will be shown and Paul will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them.
Matt Doggett: South Coast to Shetland - The UK's Underwater World.  Matt will talk about some of his favourite UK dive sites and experiences, sharing the stories behind the shots and what he loves about UK diving.  This will include the story of his underwater images of northern gannets, one of which was the overall winner of the British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2012. The Scottish sea lochs are also a firm favourite and Matt will share some of his experiences from these diverse habitats.
 
Meerkats in the Kalahari got Matt hooked on wildlife photography at university. After gaining his PhD Matt progressed to underwater photography whilst working in the Philippines in 2006/7. He currently works as a marine biologist conducting field surveys and research all around the UK. Outside work Matt can be found on Seasearch dive trips or exploring his local dives sites in search of new images. He uses a Canon 5D mkII and Ikelite housing system and is looking to do more video work in the coming years.
Matt Doggett
Matt Doggett

Trevor Rees

Focus On - Macro / Close-up - Results

Congratulations to Trevor Rees who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Macro / Close-up. Trevor's image of a Long clawed squat lobster was taken at Loch Striven, Scotland with a Nikon D90, Nikkor 85mm micro lens f25 @ 1/250sec ISO 200.

Congratulations also to Alex Mustard and Joss Woolf who came second and third respectively. Alex's image of a Nudibranch feeding on hydroids was taken in Gulen, Norway with a Nikon D800 and 60mm lens. Joss' image of tiny crabs in a sea pen was taken in Komodo, Indonesia with a Nikon D300 and 60mm lens.

The competition was judged by Paul Colley, BSoUP's Competitions Secretary.

The top six:-

  Pos. Photographer Subject
  1 Trevor Rees Long clawed lobster
  2 Alex Mustard Nudibranch feeding
  3 Joss Woolf Tiny crabs in sea pen
  4 Rebecca Drayton Fish eye
  5 Mike Davidge Squat lobster
  6 Gill McDonald Tiger shrimp
Alex Mustard
Joss Woolf

The top six may be viewed on the Home Page and in the Gallery.

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries enlarged in the Competition Slideshow Archive. BSoUP Members may also read a summary of Paul Colley's feedback for more details. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

Next month's competition is the Theme Portfolio - Photo Story. The competition will be judged by Simon Rogerson, Editor of SCUBA Magazine. The competition will open shortly.


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