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BSoUP Meeting - September 2015

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BSoUP - Tuesday 15 September 2015

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 15 September 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.

Paul Colley: Remote control underwater photography. 
Paul will describe the camera systems that he built to photograph shy freshwater river fish and explain how they worked in field trials on the River Test in Hampshire.  He will show some of the resulting images, which are already attracting interest from the photography community and the media.

Trout by Paul Colley
Trout captured by Paul Colley
using his remote system

Underwater Excellence
Underwater Excellence

Paul is BSoUP’s competition secretary and has just run BSoUP’s first British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship.  His book about photographic composition, ‘Winning Images with ANY underwater camera’, was published in 2014 to wide acclaim.  He has led photography trips to the Caribbean and Far East, but now concentrates mainly on the Northern and Southern Red Sea.

Focus On - Underwater Excellence (A portfolio of 3 images with at least one wide angle and one macro/close up image. Images can be from locations around the world or from one place, but they do not have to work together as a unified portfolio. What the judge will be looking for is a range of techniques with technical and artistic excellence in each individual image.) The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members only may view the 17 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 Trevor Rees.  At the meeting all of the entries will be shown and Trevor will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them. 

Terry Steeley: Preparing award-winning images for print competitions. A lover of the printed image, Terry has been successful in every print competition he has entered to date. He attributes much of his success to understanding how to print stunning images. Keen to share his thoughts, Terry will lead you through the stages of preparing an image to print; exploring colour set-up, camera RAW, image sharpening, soft-proofing and finally print.

A diver since 1997, it was not until the Spring 2012 that Terry first took a DSLR into the water. Immediately hooked, he describes himself as 'no longer a diver. I am now an observer, and the oceans, rivers and lakes are my studio.’  His love for underwater photography led him to take a sabbatical from his day job in 2013, travelling to numerous destinations from Alaska to French Polynesia in an attempt to fast-track his photography exploring as many different environments as possible, learning from many talented trip leaders.

Terry Steeley
Terry Steeley

His love for photography has flourished and Terry never returned full-time to the office. Terry continues to travel developing his knowledge of underwater photography leading big animal trips for Big Fish Expeditions.  

In 2014, Terry won the Grand Prize in the BSoUP/ Diver Print Competition; in the same year he was also runner-up in The Travel Photographer of the Year competition and National Geographic’s shot of the day. He has also placed in many other competitions including being runner-up in the BSoUP/ Diver Print Competition Overseas category in 2013.

Professionally, Terry is a digital expert. An Adobe Evangelist since 2002, he is also accredited as being an Apple Solutions Expert, a Hewlett Packard industry influencer and a demo artist for Wacom. Passionate about sharing his knowledge, Terry has worked with the RPS, AOP and SWPP and has been a regularly contributor at trade shows and seminars throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Underwater Excellence Results

Congratulations to Martyn Guess who was the winner of this year's Underwater Excellence Portfolio Competition. Martin's portfolio comprised wide-angle images of Dolphins and an Octopus and macro image of a Pygmy seahorse.

Congratulations also to Nicholas More and Paul Colley who came second and third respectively. Nick's portfolio comprised a wide-angle split image of a Red Sea sunset, a wide-angle image of a Sealion and a macro image of a nudibranch. Paul's portfolio comprised a macro image of a Damselfish guarding its eggs, and wide-angle images of a Trout and sunburst and a Cuban crocodile.

Martyn Guess
Winner - Martyn Guess
Martyn Guess
Winner - Martyn Guess

A total of 17 portfolio were received and these were judged by Trevor Rees, who presented his feedback at the meeting.

The top six:-

Position Photographer
1 Martyn Guess
2 Nicholas More
3 Paul Colley
4 Arthur Kingdon
5 Rebecca Drayton
6 Robert Bailey


The top two portfolios may be viewed on the Home Page and the top six portfolios 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 Trevor'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 Best of British Portfolio. The competition will open shortly. Please note this competition is open to BSoUP members only. Submit your three images as sRGB jpgs at a max. 1400 pixels wide, 1050 pixels high at 72 pixels/inch. Please read the Rules before entering.

Martyn Guess
Winner - Martyn Guess

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