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News - July 2015

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Lightroom, six useful things
Website of the Week - Ken Sullivan
Focus On - Results
Festival mondial de l'image sous-marine
Website of the Week - Laura Storm
Out of the Blue - Call for entries
Glass and Water by Mark Harris
BSoUP - Next Meeting
The next Generation Sea & Sea YS-D2 StrobeWebsite of the Week - Terry Steeley
Advanced Composition by Paul Colley
British and Irish UwP Championship
San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

Website of the Week - Neil Rosewarn
Scuba - Latest issue
Diver - Latest issue
UwP - Latest issue
Europe and Mediterranean Marine Fish
Pacific Northwest Diver - latest issue
The Dark Water Gallery
Website of the Week - Duncan Robins
Immerse Yourself
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Lightroom, six useful things

Anthony Holley has kindly made a pdf of his July BSoUP talk 'Lightroom, six useful things you may not know how to do' available to BSoUP members.

The pdf includes 19 pages covering Smart previews, Import presets, Collections, Full screen viewing, PIck/Reject flags and Keyword sets.

To download your copy, click on the pdf title in the list of BSoUP talks available to members. You will be prompted to login if you haven't already done so this session

Lightroom. Holley

Ken Sullivan
Ken Sullivan

Website of the Week - Ken Sullivan

Ken has been diving for over forty five years after a friend encouraged him to join the Stevenage Sub-aqua Club in 1964.

When he made his first dive 'on the reef’ in the middle of Swanage Bay on the south coast of England in 1965, he could not have possibly imagined that diving would become a central theme throughout his life.

Early diving was a big adventure; home-made wet suits, weight belts and backpacks. Cylinders and life-jackets were ex-RAF and there were no contents gauges. It all seems a far cry from today’s diving, which is warmer and safer with easy access to worldwide travel.

His first dives were made for adventure and exploration so it wasn’t long before he was diving along the wreck strewn coasts of the UK. If there was a wreck between 10 and 100 ft deep, the club would dive it and enjoy a good rummage looking for small items lost by the unfortunate passengers and crew of the luckless vessel.

Ken has been diving for over forty five years after a friend encouraged him to join the Stevenage Sub-aqua Club in 1964.

When he made his first dive 'on the reef’ in the middle of Swanage Bay on the south coast of England in 1965, he could not have possibly imagined that diving would become a central theme throughout his life.

Early diving was a big adventure; home-made wet suits, weight belts and backpacks. Cylinders and life-jackets were ex-RAF and there were no contents gauges. It all seems a far cry from today’s diving, which is warmer and safer with easy access to worldwide travel.

His first dives were made for adventure and exploration so it wasn’t long before he was diving along the wreck strewn coasts of the UK. If there was a wreck between 10 and 100 ft deep, the club would dive it and enjoy a good rummage looking for small items lost by the unfortunate passengers and crew of the luckless vessel.


Focus On - Natural Light - Results

Congratulations to Alex Mustard who was the winner of this month's Focus competition - Natural Light - with an image of a tank taken at Aqaba, Jordan with a Nikon D4 and Sigma 15mm lens

Congratulations also to Alex Tattersall and Pash Baker who came second and third respectively.

Alex T's image was of a Whale shark and entourage taken in Mexio with a Nikon D 800, @ F11, 1/100 sec. in Decemeber 2013.

Pash's image was of Dolphins at play taken at Shaab Sataya, Egypt with a Nikon D 300S, 10-17mm Tokina FE lens, ISO 200, 1/250 sec @ f/8.0 last year.

Alex Mustard
Alex Mustard

Alex Tattersall
Alex Tattersall

There were a total of 35 entries and the competition was judged by Nick Blake.

The top six:-

Position Photographer Subject
1 Alex Mustard Tank
2 Alex Tattersall Whaleshark
3 Pash Baker Dolphins
4 Neil Rosewarn Diver in cenote
5 Cathy Lewis Carwash cenote
6 Dario Navaro Oeanic whitetip

The top six may be viewed on the Home Page and the top six 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 Nick'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 Focus On - Big animals - images that convey the scale of any BIG animal: sharks, rays, whales, etc. The competition will open shortly. Please note this competition is open to BSoUP members only. Submit your image as ONE sRGB jpg at a max. 1400 pixels wide, 1050 pixels high at 72 pixels/inch. Please read the Rules before entering.

Pash Baker
Pash Baker


Festival mondial de l'image sous-marine [competition@underwater-festival.com]
Festival mondial de l'image sous-marine

Festival mondial de l'image sous-marine

Deadline: 30th September 2015

The competitions categories have been modified this year in order to enhance the visibility and notoriety of the Prizes and awards.

New: The Blue Society Prize (1,500 euros), offered by Nausicaa, National Sea Center, will award a work presented in one of the categories of the Festival (Movie, Photo, Portfolio, Series thematic or book).

Prize list : Regulations : Registration


Website of the Week - Laura Storm

Laura Storm is an accomplished and passionate wildlife photographer – quietly ambitious but nevertheless in hot pursuit of that perfectly captured moment in time! Laura grew up in Kenya, a land of incredible contrasts, where her love for adventure, extremes and wildlife flourished. It was in Africa that she first learned to dive at the age of 12.

Now a Trimix diver, she led the Angels Technical Dive Team through seven years of challenges, supporting a number of major International and National Freediving events, before disbanding in 2010 to pursue other dreams. She was awarded Diver Magazine’s ‘Buddy of the Year’ in 2006 for her contribution as a support diver.

Laura Storm
Laura Storm

Her images have appeared in numerous publications and online including Diver Magazine, WAVEFORM (Silvertip), Sport Diver, Gazette (John Lewis), Port Macquarie News (Australia), the South London Press, Inside Sport Magazine (Australia), Deeperblue.net, Google Oceans, The Shark Trust and many more.

Laura remains passionate and committed about wildlife conservation and is an active campaigner in the on-going global battle to stop shark finning. More recently she has been invited to collaborate with the Sylvia Earle Alliance and their Mission Blue project supporting Google Earth's 'Ocean Layer', as an ‘Explorer of the Oceans Story Contributor’. She is regularly invited to present her images with talks about diving, conservation, underwater photography and her wildlife adventures to a variety of organisations, clubs and groups.

She lives in London with her husband - favourite aquanaut, former British champion freediver, Mark Harris. In the space between exploration, their adventures and a great deal of plankton, they collaborate on bigger projects. One of which has been Glass and Water. - the Essential Guide to Freediving for Underwater Photography.


Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue - Call for entries

Deadline: 6th September 2015

The Out of the Blue Marine Photography competition, run by The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and the Royal Commonwealth Society is calling for entries. The purpose of the contest is to showcase the importance of our marine environment, the value it brings and the threats it is facing. The contest is open for images taken in Commonwealth countries by Commonwealth citizens only. There are three categories: Nature’s Assets, People and the Oceans and Human Impacts.

The competition is open to all Commonwealth citizens (and all photographs must have been taken in a Commonwealth country). The winning photographs will be exhibited in Malta in November 2015 at the event of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

Entry is free for up to 5 images. Full details of entry procedures and rules are available. The contest is open for entries now and closes on Sunday 6 September.


Glass and Water: The Essential Guide to Freediving for Underwater Photography by Mark Harris

Glass and Water is the first book on underwater photography for freedivers. With contributions from expert underwater photographers this book teaches the skills, knowledge and equipment necessary to successfully pursue underwater photography without scuba gear. Rather than seeking to replace books on underwater photography, Glass and Water focuses on freediving techniques, equipment and photo opportunities. By carefully choosing or adapting freediving and photographic equipment some early hurdles can be avoided. Using appropriate freediving techniques can increase the length of time available for taking photographs underwater. And by being aware of the possibilities, frustrations can be avoided and good subjects sought out.

Mark has kindly agreed to make signed copies of his book available to BSoUP members at discount at the July meeting.

Harris, Mark. 2015. Glass and Water

Anthony Holley
Anthony Holley

BSoUP - Next Meeting

Tuesday 21 July 2015

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 21 July 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.

Anthony Holley: Lightroom - useful things you may not know. Most of us use Lightroom, but don't make full use of all its clever features. Anthony will show us how to use some handy things including import presets, smart previews, and various types of collections.

Anthony first picked up an underwater camera in 1984 on his 9th dive in Malta and hasn't dived without one since (well, rarely...).  From a basic Hanimex at the start, to a Nikon D7100 currently, he has worked with a wide range of cameras.  He started scanning slides and doing computer post production in the early days and has been using Lightroom since about 2008 (that was Lightroom 2).  HIs last appearance in front of a BSoUP audience was in March 2009 talking about Creating Photobooks. He has been a BSoUP committee member since 2001 and you will see him at most BSoUP meetings.

Focus On - Natural Light (An image lit only by natural light.) The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 35 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 Nick Blake.  At the meeting all of the entries will be shown and Nick will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them.
 

Focus On - Natural Light
Focus On - Natural Light


Jamie Watts
Jamie Watts

Jamie Watts & Malcolm Nobbs: From Crocs to Leopard Seals, publishing our favourite dives.  Jamie and Malcolm will talk about their favourite subjects and locations and the challenge of getting shots of dangerous marine life, whether they are highly venomous or simply have very nasty bites! Based upon a recent presentation they gave in Australia, this now updated presentation will show you exactly how, where and why they have sought out some of the worlds most dramatic underwater marine life. From Antarctic to Australia, Jamie and Malcolm will tell you about their successes and their mishaps.
 
Jamie is a marine ecologist, expedition leader and naturalist guide working in earth’s most spectacular marine ecosystems.  He writes for several magazines and presents on marine and polar wildlife, global-scale ecology, human ecological footprint and climate change.  Two years with the British Antarctic Survey on South Georgia, another nine southern summers shipboard in the Antarctic Peninsula area, and eight northern summers around the High Arctic and north Atlantic islands, including a transit of the Northwest Passage, have given him the opportunity to see and photograph things most of us can only dream about!  Recently more tropical trips have joined the mix.  He last spoke at BSoUP in May 2009 about his experiences with Leopard Seals in the Antarctic Peninsula.
Malcolm is now a regular contributor to an Australian dive magazine and occasional Australian Broadcasting Corporation underwater stills photographer. But some BSoUP members may recall that until 2009, no issue of our InFocus magazine was complete without Malcolm's summaries of the most recent Speakers talks. In 2009 Malcolm gave up this role, emigrated to Australia and now lives in Nelson Bay, NSW close to a Great White nursery.  With Bull and Tiger sharks and Blue Ringed Octopus as well, Malcolm's Australian shore dives certainly have more of an adrenaline hit than his "Tompot Blenny and Dogfish" UK shores used to. "Apparently up to 250 juvenile Great Whites live in the waters near my home. Encounters are supposed to be very rare but on a recent local solo shore dive I spotted a 3 metre Great White chasing Kingfish. I got a bit of a shock when it suddenly changed direction and inquisitively circled me before resuming its Kingfish hunt."  If that does not put you off diving Australian waters with him, Malcolm encourages BSoUP members to join him Downunder, diving his local Nelson Bay shore dives or boat dives at nearby Broughton Island. Information about both locations is on his website and you can contact Malcolm either via his website or at our July meeting.

Malcom Nobbs
Malcolm Nobbs


Sea & Sea YS-D2 Strobe
Sea & Sea YS-D2 Strobe

The next Generation Sea & Sea YS-D2 Strobe

Offers exclusive features like no other strobe

Building on the great performance specs of the YSD1, The YS-D2 has added 'audible confirmation' providing TTL confirmation and ready light confirmation, The YS-D2 now also features a rear illumination panel with easy to read controls and larger knobs for easy setting when wearing gloves.

The battery compartment has been redesigned and recycle time has been reduced to 1.5 seconds (using NiMh batteries). The EV range has been increased to +/-2 and DS-TTL II accuracy and stability have been further improved. The Modelling Light is more powerful, now has two power settings and comes with red filters.

SRP: £579.95. Available early August


Website of the Week - Terry Steeley

Since graduating from DeMontfort University in 1992 with an Upper Second BA(hons) Design degree, Terry Steeley has worked energetically within the design and photographic industries both in the UK and overseas.

In 1999, he established Iridius, a full-service design and training company based in Oxfordshire, UK, delivering award-winning creative solutions and bespoke customer focussed training.

Terry Steeley
Terry Steeley

A digital imaging expert, Terry has worked alongside Adobe, Apple, Wacom, X-Rite and Hewlett Packard as a presenter at seminars worldwide. He is also the creator of the highly-acclaimed seminars: Capture Edit Print, Creative Suite Essentials, Totally Colour Managed and Photoshop for Photographers.

An active and passionate diver since 1997, it was not until the Spring of 2012 that Terry first took a DSLR camera 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'.


Advanced Composition
Advanced Composition by Paul Colley

Advanced Composition by Paul Colley

It's not just cameras, lenses and housings that make better pictures. Technology has its place in the photography armory. But most of us can make better pictures with what we already own. And I mean much better. This article will explain how, developing some well-recognized ideas about basic composition. Just a little more thought about this could make you a better photographer.

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.

That said, there are a few tried and true composition rules that often make images more visually pleasing to audiences. Proper composition will emphasize the subject to the viewer.

More at www.divephotoguide.com/


British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship (BIUPC)

September 4th 2015

Plan now! Register by 10pm 28 August 2015

For the first time, photographers in Britain andIreland will compete against each other to produce the most eye-catching images from the waters around the shores and within the inland lakes, quarries, rivers and even caves of the two islands.

Entitled the British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship (BIUPC), the groundbreaking competition is open to images taken on any type of camera which is or can be waterproofed. These range from action cameras, smart phones, tablets and pole-cams to the most expensive professional digital models.

Only photographs taken from 10pm on September 4, 2015 and submitted by the same time the next
day are eligible.

Full details at http://biupc.org/

BIUPC
British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship


San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition
San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

Deadline: 10 August 2015

This is a call for entries for the 2015 San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition (SDUFEX), that will take place Friday and Saturday evenings, October 9th and 10th, 2015 at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall in San Diego, California. 

This is your opportunity to see your work projected in a High Definition format in a state of the art venue on a 30’ screen.  An independent panel of distinguished judges will select the approximately 30 films to be shown during the two night event.  There is no entry fee!   Filmmakers whose films are selected are encouraged to come to the show and introduce their film(s) in person on the night of the exhibition. 

Full details at www.sdufex.com/


Website of the Week - Neil Rosewarn

Neil Rosewarn has enjoyed a passion for photography and art for the past 20 years. He studied photography at Portsmouth University and during his time there had an overwhelming urge to take his camera underwater. His first project was to photograph swimmers during their daily training sessions at Portsmouth Northsea swimming club.

Being passionate about art, design and photography as well as nature, outdoor pursuits and travel; underwater photography provides Neil with a perfect medium in which to work. Travelling to Egypt, Malaysia, Seychelles, Cayman, Philippines, Micronesia and of course the Cornish coast provides a feast of visual opportunity.

Neil Rosewarn
Neil Rosewarn

Neil is an active member of the BSoUP and regularly enters competitions. His most recent and significant achievment to date is winning the Scuba Pro Young Photographer Award in the British Underwater Image Festival. He has also reached the semi final of the 2007 Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards as well as 2nd and 3rd in the best photo of 2006 BSoUP Focus On competition. He uses a Nikon SLR camera with a Sea and Sea housing.


SCUBA - July 2015
SCUBA - July 2015

Scuba - Latest issue

The July issue of SCUBA feature articles by BSoUP members Jane Morgan on the Phillipines and Matt Doggett, with Richard Shucksmith, on 'Wild diving on Atlantic isles'.

Also included in the issue is the regular Photo Quest by BSoUP members Trevor Rees and Charles Erb, which focuses on 'Model behaviour'.


Diver - Latest issue

The July issue of DIVER magazine features a cover shot by BSoUP member Alex Mustard to illustrate the feature on Liveaboards. Alex's regular feature 'Be The Champ' focuses on slightly lighter, brighter blues.

The issue also includes an article by BSoUP Chairman, Joss Woolf on her trip to take underwater photographs in Bonaire with four other BSoUP members called 'One-stop shop'.

Alex and Joss favourite liveabords are also included, along with favourites by BSoUP members John Liddiard, Nigel Wade and Gill McDonald.

Diver July 2015
DIVER - July 2015


Uwp 85
UwP 85. Cover shot by Dan Bolt

UwP - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Underwater Photography Magazine is now available to download.

Isssue 85 includes Editorial, News Travel & Events, New Products, Aquatica Olympus AE-M1 by Dan Bolt, Olympus EM5/11 & Ikelite by Phil Rudin, Canon G7X Fantasea FG7X by Phil Rudin, FIX Neo 3000 by Marco Montocchio, IkeliteFluoresence by Phil Rudin, South West Ramblings 14 by Mark Webster, Photographing turtles by Joseph Tepper, Crown of Thorns by Christophe Mason-Parker, Magnificant Pelagian by Karen Stearns, Book Review by Peter Rowlands and Parting Shot by Nigel Marsh.

To get your copy please visit www.uwpmag.com


Europe and Mediterranean Marine Fish Identification Guide by Patrick Loisy

Already considered as a reference in most of Europe, Europe and Mediterranean Marine Fish Identification Guide is now presented in a new, completely reviewed and updated English version including the most recent scientific findings. Comprehensiveness This identification guide includes all the marine fish species that may be encountered in coastal Western Europe and the Mediterranean up to 50 m depth. Richness of illustration It offers the vastest iconography ever gathered on marine fish of the area: not only a profuse collection of photographs, but also line drawings illustrating the key distinctive features of each species. A simple and yet rigorous approach Although scientifically rigorous, Europe and Mediterranean Marine Fish Identification Guide focuses on simple visual criteria to identify fish in their environment. Fishermen and amateur divers will enjoy it as much as students or scientists!

Loisy Marine Fish

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Pacific NorthWestDiver
Pacific Northwest Diver

Pacific Northwest Diver - latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Pacific Northwest DIver is now available to download.

The July/August issue of PNW Diver has been made available a wee bit earlier so that we can rest easy over the summer break and go on those much needed holidays. The July/August issue features an artist from Edmonds, d'Elaine Johnson. A former diver, she continues to gain inspiration from those underwater experiences.

'We also have Hal Everett from Washington, Michel Joseph from British Columbia and Reed Grossnicklaus from Oregon. Dale completes his two-part Archive series on Getting Divers Off the Bottom. Mike continues his video series talking about housings, lighting and accessories. Dan gives a review on Lightroom CC/6 and Kerry tries to take the mystique out of the exposure triangle. Finally, we are on the look out for Cup Corals for July and August.'


The Dark Water Gallery

The UK's first gallery dedicated to marine life art is set to open in Brighton this month.

The Dark Water Gallery, which will feature work by artist Nick Oneill as well as other guests, will open its doors for the first time on 3 July.

Among the pieces featured will be huge original artworks, prints, sculptures, T-shirts, jewellery and gifts. And let's not forget Nick's famous life-size shark paintings!

For more information, visit www.thedarkwatergallery.com/

Dark Water Gallery
The Dark Gallery


Duncan Robins
Duncan Robins

Website of the Week - Duncan Robins

Duncan Robins is a UK based photographer with a specific interest in wildlife and underwater photography.

Based in Newbury, Berkshire he travels when he can both home and abroad.

His website shows some examples of his photography. Any of the photos on his site are available as prints or electronically for media use.


Immerse Yourself - Gaynor Bennett and Jane Morgan

Wednesday 1st July - noon Sunday 5th July

The Institue of Photography Gallery, Penryn Campus, Falmouth University

Gaynor Bennett and BSoUP Member Jane Morgan invite you to their underwater photography exhibition celebrating UK marine biodiversity.

The exhibition takes place at The Institue of Photography Gallery, Penryn Campus, Falmouth University and is open for general view from Wednesday 1st July - noon Sunday 5th July.

They hope the event will act as a catalyst for closer dialogue with the many people and organisations involved in Marine conservation, Education and Industry in Cornwall

Immerse yourself
Immerse Yourself


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Domeport Underwater Times Underwater Photography Guide Wetpixel SCUBA


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