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BSoUP Meeting - April 2016

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April BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 19th April 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.

Alex Mustard: “Underwater Lighting Masterclass”

Light is fundamental to photography. I think we’d all immediately agree on that. But often as underwater photographers we tend to take it granted, always shooting images with the same strobe positions and failing to get the optimum quality of light on the subject. The aim of these two talks is to encourage you to get your strobes moving. Not aimlessly moving them around, hoping by chance to land upon the perfect strobe position, but by introducing a philosophy of lighting which will give your pictures a stand out quality, and provide a logical and easy to follow framework of strobe positions to enable you to achieve it.

Alex Mustard
Alex Mustard
Focus On - Crustaceans
Focus On - Crustaceans

Alex's talk is designed to complement some of the content of his new book, Underwater Photography Masterclass, presenting the same ideas with different words and some alternative images. Alex’s book will be on sale at BSoUP for £20. He will arrive early for the meeting to leave more time for signing copies.

Focus-on competition – Crustaceans

The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 43 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 Alex Mustard.  At the meeting all entries will be shown and Alex will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them. 

Alex, who hardly needs any introduction, has been taking underwater photographs for 30 years and has worked as a full-time underwater photographer for the past 10 years, leading underwater photography workshops world-wide.  Previously, he worked as a marine biologist at the UK's National Oceanography Centre in Southampton.

Apart from pioneering many new techniques which he shares through magazine articles, talks and workshops, his images have won many awards worldwide including, on no fewer than five occasions, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year.  In 2013, Alex was named GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Underwater Masterclass
Underwater Masterclass

Focus On - Crustaceans - Results

Congratulations to Charles Hood whose image of a lobster on Dead Man's Fingers was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition. Charles image was taken in the Farme Islands with a Nikon F801 on Fuji Velvia (film, remember?) f11 @1/15s.

Conratulations also to Joe Daniels and Kirsty Andrews who came second and third respectively. Joe's image of a Coleman Shrimp was taken in Ambon, Indonesia with a Canon 7D, 100 mm macro lens, Sea&Sea YSD1 strobes at f 7.1 @ 1/125s, ISO 100. Kirsty's image was taken in Scotland with a Nikon D7200 with a 105mm lens at f22 @ 1/80s. ISO 320.

A total of 43 images were submitted and these were judged by Alex Mustard who provided feedback at the meeting.

Charles Hood
1st -Charles Hood

Joe Daniels
2nd - Joe Daniels

The top six:-

Pos. Photographer Subject
1 Charles Hood Lobster at night
2 Joe Daniels Coleman Shrimp
3 Kirsty Andrews Squat Lobster
4 Nick Robertson-Brown Spooky Lobster
5 Gabriel Jimenez Mantis Shrimp
6 Joss Woolf Hinge back shrimps


The top six may be viewed on the Home Page

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries enlarged in the Competition Slideshow Archive. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

Next month's competition is Focus On - Shoals - An image portraying the coordinated behavior of fish swimming in unison. The competition for BSoUP Members only will open shortly. Please read the Rules. Some entries are still being submitted at more than 72 pixels per inch.

Kirsty Andrews
Kirsty Andrews

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