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BSoUP Meeting - January 2016

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Mark Webster
Mark Webster


BSoUP January Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 19 January 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.

Mark Webster: Is UK Diving Really Worth the Effort?

Mark is a UK diving enthusiast who writes a regular column on South West diving for Underwater Photography Magazine. To begin the talk Mark will enthuse about UK diving in general and discuss some techniques for successful imaging. The second half of the talk will focus on three specific habitats which offer different challenges and an appealing selection of subjects. If you don't already dive in the UK then hopefully this talk will encourage you to dust off your drysuit.

Mark started taking pictures underwater when working as a commercial diver in the oil industry and soon caught the bug. He has enjoyed many competition successes and has represented the UK at the CMAS World Championships on four occasions. He has run underwater photography workshops for many years in the Red Sea and Far East and is also widely published, authoring several books, the most recent being Beneath Cornish Seas which reflects his enthusiasm for UK diving.

Focus On - Best of 2015 (best images of 2015 which did not win or get placed in a competition)
The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 38 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 Mark Webster.  At the meeting all of the entries will be shown and Mark will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them.

Focus On - Best of 2015
Focus On - Best of 2015

Mark Webster
Mark Webster's Website

Susanna Webster: Modelling for the Camera - Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs!

Susanna will introduce you to the glamorous, enviable and stress free life of an underwater model! From her first dives to perfecting the required techniques, chasing success on the underwater photo competition circuit, shooting images for books and magazines and finally the joy of taking your own pictures. World travel, tropical and temperate diving and seeing your image in print.....are the highs and lows worth it?!

Susanna began diving in the early 1990s and joined Mark on the underwater photo competition circuit appearing as the model in many successful shots. She has also worked with Mark on the production of several books and assisted in the smooth running of numerous photography workshops before finally taking up the camera herself.


Focus On - Best of 2015 - Results

Congratulations to Becky Drayton who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Best of 2015. Becky's image of an Oceanic white-tip shark was taken in the southern Red Sea with a Sony A600 with a 19-17 mm lens (@17 mm) in September 2015.

Congratulations also to Pedro Vierya and Gill McDonald who came second and third respectively. Pedro's image of a Mobula shoal was taken at Cabo Pulmo, Baja California, Mexico with a Nikon D800 @ f9.5 1/180sec in Spetember 2015. Gill's image of a Spanish dancer in full flamenco swirl in Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia with a Nikon D7200 in a Nauticam housing and a 105mm lens @ f18 @ 1/250th in September 2015.

Becky Drayton
Winner - Becky Drayton

Pedro Vierya
2nd - Pedro Vierya

A total of 38 images were received and these were judged by Mark Webster, who presented his feedback at the meeting.

The top six:-

Position Photographer
1 Becky Drayton
2 Pedro Vierya
3 Gill McDonald
4 Tony Baskeyfrield
5 Henley Spiers
6 John Parker

 

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 Mark'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 Competition - Photo Story. The competition will open shortly. Please note this competition is open to BSoUP members only. Submit your two images as sRGB jpgs at a max. 1400 pixels wide, 1050 pixels high at 300 pixels/inch. Please read the Rules before entering.

Gill McDonald
Gill McDonald

   

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