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News - March 2005

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Ocean Optics on the move
BSoUP Theme Portfolio Competition results
Waterproof Housing for Nikon D-70

Shark shootout 2005
The Magic of Mike Portelly
Alex is a happy chappy!

Ocean Optics on the move

Ocean Optics are delighted (and excited!) to announce that they are moving to new premises on London's Strand. This expansion for Ocean Optics is much overdue and will provide us with much more space for properly displaying and demonstrating our equipment ranges.

We are also branching into diving and freediving equipment sales with dive training and travel to follow. Mavericks Diving Limited will operate
alongside Ocean Optics offering, we hope, our clients a one stop dive centre in the heart of London.

Presentations by leading underwater photographers and photo journalists are also planned for the near futire.

We will be moving over the weekend and settling in next week, we aim to be up and trading after the easter break. Please feel welcome to pop in
when we're open and see what we're up to.

Ocean Optics and Mavericks are at 7 and 8 Bush House Arcade, Bush House, Aldwych. We are just three minutes walk from our closest underground station, which is Temple, and about ten minutes from Covent Garden, Charing Cross, Embankment and Holborn stations.

BSoUP Theme Portfolio Competition Results

1) Alex Mustard - Rush Hour At Stingray City
2) Alan James - British Portraits
3) Jane Morgan - The French Connection
4=) Heather Hammond - Nudibranchs
4=) J-P Trenque - Yellow Submarine
6) Peter Rowlands - Wreck Diving In A New Light

Alex was slightly concerned that all the entries to this competition were digital. He hopes that this is attributable to the fact that many members were
away on Easter Holidays at this meeting, or a reflection of how many members are now shooting digital. He hopes that it does not reflect a feeling that slide projection can no longer cut it against digital projection.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you again for supporting BSoUP's competitions.

Stingrays © Alex Mustard

Stingrays © Alex Mustard

BSoUP stand at LIDS
BSoUP stand at LIDS


Once again BSoUP had a stand at the London International Dive Show.

Martha Tressler has had reports that both days went very well with new members and lots of interest in the stand and the prints - in particular the prints from compact digitals which were one of the things we particularly wanted to promote.

The Society is grateful to Gill McDonald, Lesley Maw, Jan & Mike Maloney, Colin Doeg, Anthony Holley, Martin Davies, Mike Russell, John Langford and JP Trenque for their support.

Thanks also to Jane Morgan who managed to produce some excellent flyers from her sickbed although she was persuaded to give the show a miss so she didn't end up back in that sickbed!

Fantasea Line FD-70 Waterproof Housing for Nikon D-70

Fantasea Line, distributor of the world's most popular and affordable underwater photographic products, announces the release of the FD-70, an underwater camera housing, designed exclusively for the Digital SLR Nikon D-70. The Fantasea FD-70 is a compact, lightweight, injection molded polycarbonate housing with ergonomically designed handles, making it easy to hold and use. The FD-70's interchangeable port system accommodates a wide variety of SLR lenses, allowing photographers to capture the widest variety of superior underwater images. Further details

Fantasea Line FD-70 Waterproof Housing for Nikon D-70
Fantasea Line FD-70 Waterproof Housing for Nikon D-70

2005 Shark Shootout 2005 Shark Shootout

Join Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas and Scuba Diving magazine for the annual Great Bahamas Shark Shootout, hosted by Scuba Diving's Stephen Frink and Stuart Cove's resident photo pro Claudia Pellarini.

The Shark Shootout is a weeklong event scheduled for Nov. 5-12, 2005, that focuses on capturing a single photo subject—sharks. A Shark Shootout package includes seven nights' accommodations at the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Casino on Cable Beach, six days' diving on a boat reserved exclusively for event participants, Stuart Cove's Shark Awareness specialty certification, group transfers between the dive shop and hotel, a welcome breakfast, a farewell dinner at the Atlantis Marketplace restaurant, round-trip airport transfers and personal photo coaching. Packages start at $1,518 p.p., dbl. occ. To book your space and view images from last year's event, log on to or call (800) 879-9832 for more information.

The magic of Mike Portelly

At the London International Dive Show (LIDS) on Sunday, March 6, this brilliant and innovative underwater film maker shows The Ocean's Daughter, the unique film, shot 25 years ago, that made him internationally famous. Also featured will be his stunning underwater TV commercials, and he reveals the secrets of the making of both the film and the advertisements. Mike will conclude with a pilot film made to drive conservation, and discusses his vision for the future of the undersea world and the land. His presentation will be at 3.30 p.m. in Platinum Suite One. Not to be missed.

LIDS takes place at the Excel Exhibition Centre, London, over the weekend March 5/6, and is organised by DIVER Magazine. Tickets cost £9.50 but only £7 if booked in advance, 50p of which goes to the Tsunami Disasters Emergency Committee. The ticket hotline is 020 8977 9878, or book online at

While you are there why not visit the BSoUP stand (no. 346)

Oceans Daughter © Mike Portelly
Oceans Daughter © Mike Portelly

Nikon D2X and Subal housing
Nikon D2X and Subal housing

Alex is a happy chappy!

Alex Mustard writes: 'I am very happy today because I am once again a photographer with a camera!

And it is very nice. For those with more than a passing interest in the D2X there is a detailed review by Norwegian photographer Bjorn Rorslett


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