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BSoUP Meeting - May 2016

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Mark Pickford
Hairy frogfish taken in Lembeh, Indonesia.
Mark used a 60mm macro lens on his Nikon D600
and an Inon flash unit with a snoot.

BSoUP Meeting - May

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 17th May 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 Pickford - Back-lighting

Mark's talk will cover some technical aspects as well as applications and effects such as silhouettes, macro back-lighting and remote strobes for wide angle photography.

Mark has used SLR cameras since his teens, took up diving in 1998 because he needed a new hobby and took up underwater photography around 2007 with a Nikon Coolpix. However he got rid of the Coolpix very quickly and has used a Nikon D300 in a Subal housing since 2009.  He says he is due for an upgrade!  He has been fortunate enough to dive in many great places but his favourite destinations are in Indonesia.

Focus-on competition  -  Fish schools

The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 30 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 Pickford.  At the meeting all entries will be shown and Mark will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them. 

Focus On - Fish Shoals
Focus-on competition  -  Fish schools

Martyn Guess
Martyn Guess

Martyn Guess  -  How I got the shot

Martyn will talk about the equipment and the techniques he uses to get his images. Opening up his portfolio, he will show the audience specifically how he took a range of wide angle and some macro photographs including scenic shots from Raja Ampat and the Red Sea, tiny subjects taken in the Philippines and Indonesia and large sharks in the Bahamas.

Martyn has been taking underwater photographs for twenty years and won the Underwater Excellence portfolio competition last year for the second time, having also come second in between.  Earlier this year he also won a major prize in the Raja Ampat Government's R4 Papua Underwater Photo Contest and has regularly featured in BSoUP and other major competitions as well as photo club events.

He has just learned that he will soon be leading some long haul photo trips for Scubatravel pitched at the intermediate to advanced market.

Focus On - Fish Schools - Results

Congratulations to Gabriel Jimenez who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Fish Schools. Gabriels' image was taken last September in Cabo Pumo, Mexico with a Canon 7D Mk II with a Tokina 10-17 mm lens in a Nauticam housing and Inon Z240 strobes. f8 @ 1/125 s.

Congratulations also to Robert Bailey and Susannah H. Snowden-Smith who were second and third respectively. Robert's image of schooling Jacks was taken in Bali, Indonesia with a Nikon D300 with a Tokina 10-17 mm lens. Susannah's image, taken in June, 2013, of a school of Needlefish 'Under the Dock' in Bonaire was taken with a Canon 40D with a 60 mm lens by panning in available light. ISO 100, f20 @ 1/10 s.

There were 30 entries and these were judged by Mark Pickford who provided feedback at the meeting.

Gabriel Jimenez
Robert Bailey

The top six:-

Pos. Photographer Subject
1 Gabriel Jimenez Fish School
2 Robert Bailey Schooling Jacks
3 Susannah H. Snowden-Smith Schooling Needlefish
4 Neil Rosewarn Fish School
5 Martyn Guess Baitfish Shoal
6 Pail Colley Grayling

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. and Mark's feedback on the top six. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

Next month's competition is Focus On - Silhouettes - Any outline or dark shape underwater that is clearly visible and recognizable against its lighter background. Please read the Rules. Some entries are still being submitted at more than 72 pixels per inch. The competition is now open.

Susannah H. Snowden-Smith
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