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BSoUP Meeting - March 2016

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Saeed Rashid
Saeed Rashid

BSoUP March Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 15th March 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.

Saeed Rashid  was awarded a HIGHLY COMMENDED in the Wide Angle category of the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition with his image: 'The Tank'. The Tank is in fact an anti-aircraft US-built M42 Duster, sunk in the 1980s by the now King of Jordan as an artificial reef in seven metres of water. Saeed will tell us about diving in Aqaba, where the shot was taken.

Saeed has been taking underwater pictures for the past 15 years, and started just to pass the time underwater.  He currently uses a Canon 7D in a Nauticam housing.  For the last few years, Saeed has been leading underwater photography trips for blue o two to the Red Sea and the Maldives. He also runs Adobe Lightroom courses aimed at underwater photographers to help them improve their post processing skills and he fits all that in between his day job at Bournemouth University where he teaches Print Design.

Focus-on competition – Natural Light
The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 31 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 Saeed Rashid.  At the meeting all entries will be shown and Saeed will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them. 
FOvcus )n - Natural Light

Dan Bolt
Dan Bolt

Dan Bolt has been awarded British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016 for his beautiful photograph of a juvenile shark in its egg-case 'Catshark Supernova'. In his talk, “Winning in your back-yard” he will explore how familiarity with sites and the life that can be found there throughout the seasons can help you take images that stand out from the crowd. (Note:  your ‘back-yard’ could be somewhere abroad that you visit regularly too!)

Dan first learned to dive with Torbay branch of BSAC back in 1987 when he was 13 years old and hasn’t looked back since. His interest in underwater photography started when the digital era made it relatively cheap for sport divers to take up the challenge. Since then he has used a stream of Canon, Olympus and Fuji cameras, including a dSLR, but currently uses an Olympus E-M1 micro 4/3rds camera in an Aquatica AE-M1 housing. For his style of diving/snorkeling, its small size, quick response and superb image quality make it the perfect tool. 
Much of his spare time is spent exploring new diving/snorkeling sights, from the shore and from his kayak. This has given him a new perspective on the UK coastline and inland sites and continues to provide new photographic opportunities. He has had articles and photos published in DIVE,  SCUBA, Sport Diver, DIVER and Underwater Photography Magazine and has contributed images to The Wildlife Trusts and Seasearch for their campaigns for protection of the UK’s coastal waters.

 “Underwater photography is, first and foremost, my hobby. I enjoy immensely the challenges and rewards it provides and it allows me to switch off from my day-job in I.T.”

In both 2011 and 2013 he won the BSoUP Splash-In. In 2014 he co-authored an electronic book about Nudibranchs of South West England with Terry Griffiths and Bernard Picton.

Focus On - Natural Light - Results

Congratulation to Alex Mustard who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Natural Light with an image of Stingrays over seagrass taken in Grand Cayman with a Nikon D4 and Nikonos RS 13 mm lens.

Congratulations also to David Alpert and Becky Drayton who came second and third respectively. David's image was of and Orca Whale taken 300 km inside the Arctic Circle. The closest outpost – was the village of Husøy – Fjordgard, Northern Norway taken witha Canon S120, 1/50th @ f1.8, ISO 1250. Beckys' image is of a Blacktip Reed Shark in Cave in the sourhern Red Sea taken with a Sony A6000 and Tokina 10-17 mm lens (at 10 mm), ISO 1250, 1/40th @ f10.

Alex Mustard
1st - Alex Mustard

David Alpert
2nd - David Alpert

A total of 31 entries were submitted and these were judged by Saeed Rashid.

The top six:-

Position Photographer
1 Alex Mustard
2 David Alpert
3 Becky Drayton
4 Laura Storm
5 Neil Rosewarn
6 Peter Tatton

 

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 Saeed'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 Focus ON - Crsutacean. 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 72 pixels/inch. Please read the Rules before entering.

Becky Drayton
3rd - Becky Drayton

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