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BSoUP Meeting - March 2015

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Tuesday 17 March 2015

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 17 March 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.

Simon Rogerson: Photo Story – what the editor wants!  Every month, Simon makes decisions on about 30 articles of differing lengths and styles that will eventually fill the pages of SCUBA magazine, many of which are photo stories. All the time he is editing these stories, he is making commissions for future issues, assessing proposals and advising contributors. So what makes a good photo story and how does he choose them? What does he look for in a series of images to impress his readers and what common mistakes does he see when images are presented to him? Simon will explain how he makes his decisions, and will then go on to present the winning entries (and those which didn’t quite win) in the Photo Story competition and tell us why he chose them

Simon Rogerson
Simon Rogerson
Photo Story
Photo Story
Simon is the editor of SCUBA magazine, having previously edited DIVE and been named Editor of the Year in the 2005 PPA Awards. He is first and foremost a writer, but took up underwater photography because he found it a challenging way of recording his dives. Besides SCUBA, he writes regularly on diving and natural history for the Sunday Times, Esquire, Food & Travel, BBC Wildlife, the Independent, the Telegraph and GQ. Simon was co-author, with John McIntyre, of a guidebook, 'Dive Red Sea'. 
Theme Portfolio - Photo Story

The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 29 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 Simon Rogerson.  At the meeting all of the entries will be shown and Simon will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them.

Nick Blake: Working with Natural Light.  You only have to look at Nick’s website to see that he loves working with natural light – and has produced some stunning images using it.  In this talk he will remind us how light behaves under water, when shooting with natural light works, the techniques he uses and how he has made successful use of locations close to home – UK inland dive sites!  He will also take us down memory lane (well, a few of us!) with some recent experiments using film and the lessons learned from it.

Nick started diving as a teenager in 1980 but his longstanding interest in photography only moved underwater in 2004.  That was with an Olympus compact camera, after which he moved on to Nikon DSLRs and currently shoots with Nikon D3 and Nikon D800e full frame cameras.  He credits one to one tuition and encouragement from Martin Edge as being instrumental to his development and success.

Nick Blake
Nick Blake
His competition successes include the Grandmaster award in the 2012/13 international photo competition and winner of the Advanced British & Irish category in the BSoUP/Diver 2014 Print competition.  In January his (mostly natural light) images from Truk were used in a Mail Online feature. He combines underwater photography workshops in more tropical climes with UK diving as a member of Woking based BSAC Club Surrey Aquanauts.

pash Baker Pash Baker
Winner - Pash Baker

Theme Portfolio - Photo Story - Results

Congratulations to Pash Baker who was the winner of this year's Theme Portfolio Competition. Pash's portfolio entitled 'Lido Revival' was taken at Brightlingsea with a Nikon D300S. Pash was presented with a trophy and a voucher for £250 courtesy of Scuba Travel by Simon Rogerson.

Congratulations also to Laura Storm and Rick Ayrton who came second and third respectively. Laura's portfolio ' Trees of Life' was taken in Bonaire with a Canon 550D, 15mm fisheye lens ISO200. f/14 @ 1/125 Rick's portfolio ' Mr Toad's Wild Ride' was taken at Cromhall Quarry and other localities with Nikon D200 and D610 cameras

The competition was judged by Simon Rogerson, Editor of Scuba Magazine.

The top seven:-

Pos. Photographer Subject
1 Pash Baker Lido Revival
2 Laura Strom Trees of Life
3 Rick AYrton Mr Toad's Wild Ride
4 Dave Baker Tiger Beach
5 Brian Pitkin Dive the Yacht
6 Paul Colley Luxury Liveaboard: the freediver’s dream
7 Nick Robertson Brown SA Sardine Run
Laura StormLaura StormSecond - Laura Storm
Rick AyrtonRick Ayrton
Third - Rick Ayrton

The top seven may be viewed on the Home Page and the top six 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 Simon'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 Focus On - Two of Something - any pair of underwater creatures, flora or artifacts. The competition will open shortly.

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