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News - August 2007

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Canon EOS IDs announced
Canon EOS 40D announced
Website of the Week - Malcolm Nobbs
Nikon D300 announced
Nikon D3 announced
Website of the Week - Alex Mustard
Sport Diver Underwater Photographer of the Year
International Focus On 2007
Zac shoots for National Lottery
Websiteof the Week - Maria Munn

BSoUP August meeting
Visions in the Sea
BSoUP web stats hit a new high
LAUPS 2007 50th anniversary party
Website of the Week - Jane Morgan
BSoUP's 40th Anniversary
Ocean's Twelve
Website of the Week - Neil Millington
Sharks in Focus' 2007 photo Competition


Canon IDs

Canon EOS IDs announced

The new 21.1-megapixel, full-frame Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR* camera brings the power of Canon U.S.A., Inc.'s professional imaging excellence and innovation into sharper focus than ever before. While Canon's EOS-1D series has dominated the 35mm-based professional Digital SLR market for the past six years, the new EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR takes Canon's pro-digital prowess into and the realm of high-fashion and commercial photo studios where bulkier, medium-format cameras previously reigned.

The camera's fast, five-frame-per-second (fps) shooting rate for bursts of up to 56 Large/Fine (21-megapixel) JPEGS or 12 RAW images is unmatched in its class, making it the ideal instrument for capturing the fluid motion and free-flowing lines of location-based fashion photography as well as a wide range of other professional photographic applications. Further details: www.usa.canon.com/


Canon EOS 40D announced

The Canon EOS 40D DIGITAL SLR Camera from Canon U.S.A., Inc. is scheduled to begin sailing into stores in early September. Building on the success of Canon's perennially popular "prosumer" EOS 20D and 30D models, the EOS 40D advances the state-of-the-art for mid-range Digital SLR cameras, making it a natural first choice for advanced amateur photographers and entry-level professionals, and an ideal second body for more established photo pros.

From the camera's newly enhanced, 10.1-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor (designed and manufactured by Canon) and its proprietary and super-efficient DIGIC III image processor, to its completely redesigned autofocus sensor and fast, 6.5 frame-per-second (fps) continuous shooting capability , the EOS 40D SLR puts the fun in functionality and makes serious photo business a positive pleasure.

Canon 40D

Further details: www.usa.canon.com/


Malcolm Nobbs Home Page
Malcolm Nobbs Home Page

Website of the Week - Malcolm Nobbs

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. Malcolm Nobbs' is this week's choice.

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary, Mike Russell

Subsequently your website will be added to the list. All we ask is that you provide a link on your website to http://www.bsoup.org


Nikon D300 announced

Nikon UK is pleased to announce the D300 digital single lens reflex (D-SLR), a camera that sets new standards of compact professional performance. The easy-to-use DX-format D300 offers outstanding image quality, multi-functional technologies and fast response. With class-leading 12.3 megapixel resolution, speedy 6 fps frame advance, self-cleaning sensor unit and high definition 3" VGA LCD display, combined with Nikon's legendary durability, the D300 is a breakthrough solution for photographers searching for an advanced compact SLR.

Further details: www.europe-nikon.com/

Nikon D300


Nikon D3

Nikon D3 announced

Nikon UK is pleased to announce the revolutionary Nikon D3 professional Digital SLR that defines a new benchmark in professional photography.

The D3, the result of years of development and feedback from professional photographers, combines many innovative Nikon technologies. These include an exclusive 12.1 effective megapixel FX format (36.0x23.9mm) image sensor with 12-channel read out, a blazing-fast 9 fps frame rate, expandable ISO settings from 200-6400, a completely new 51-Point autofocus system, a 3-inch VGA LCD screen with Live View and a cutting-edge image processing system.

Further details: www.europe-nikon.com/


Website of the Week - Alex Mustard

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. Alex Mustard 's is this week's choice.

Alex is a professional underwater photographer and marine biologist. His article on the evolution, speciation and reproductive behaviour of hamlets was recently published in the inaugural edition of the new high quality periodical Ocean Geographic and he has just been interviewed by fins magazine in their first ever Fins FotoFeature. Download Fins FotoFeature pdf

Alex Mustard's Home Page
Alex Mustard's Home Page

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary, Mike Russell

Subsequently your website will be added to the list. All we ask is that you provide a link on your website to http://www.bsoup.org


Sport Diver Underwater Photographer of the Year

Congratulations to BSoUP member Jeremy Cuff from Wiltshire who was the overall winner of the the Sport Diver Underwater Photographer of the Year competition with a wide-angle shot of a grouper with a diver (below). To see more of Jeremy's images visit his website www.ja-universe.com


Grouper and diver by Jeremy Cuff
Grouper and diver by Jeremy Cuff

Diver on the Unity by Mike Clark
Diver on the Unity by Mike Clark
Giannis-D by JP Trenque
Giannis-D by JP Trenque

BSoUP member Mike Clark from Midlothian won the Professional category with an image (above, centre) of a diver taken on the wreck of the Unity. Mike, who is a contributor to Sport Diver, won an Apeks XTX200 Status regulator and a Buddy Explorer BCD. To see more of Mikes' image visit his website www.underwater-photos.co.uk/Home.html

BSoUP member JP Trenque from Teddington came second in the Professional category with an image taken in the Red Sea of the much-photographed wreck of the Giannis-D (above, right). To see more of JP's images visit his website http://www.jptrenque.com/


Nudibranch by Francesco Visintin
Nudibranch by Francesco Visintin

International Focus On 2007

A total of 57 entries from 18 countries were received for this year's International Focus On competition.

Congratulations to Francesco Visintin from Italy whose striking image of a nudibranch was judged by the audience at last night's BSoUP meeting as the best image submitted.

John van Lent form the Netherlands came second with an image of a retreating Thresher Shark. There was a tie for third place which was shared by Ethan Daniels from the U.S.A. and BSoUP member Alex Mustard from the U.K.

Further details


Zac shoots for National Lottery

Zac Macaulay is a full time professional underwater photographer and BSoUP member. Zac shoots both in the open sea and in flooded studio tanks. He is just moving into film.

Said Zac 'The image of Kelly Brook (right) was taken for the National Lottery at the end of last July at Action Underwater Studios in Basildon. It was lit with Underwater Hydro Pars and topside 6k HMI film lights'. He added 'I feel I owe loads to BSOUP over the years. I would love to participate in BSoUP's 40th anniversary exhibition at the Dive show in Birmingham and would be more than happy to provide you with any image you want'

More of Zac's work can be seen on his website www.zacmacaulay.com.

 

Zac Macaulay
Zac Macaulay
Zac Macauley's National Lottery image
Zac Macauley's National Lottery image of Kelly Brook

Maria Munn's Home Page
Maria Munn's Home Page

Website of the Week - Maria Munn

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. Maria Munn's is this week's choice.

Maria runs courses aimed at compact camera users and Adobe Photoshop for underwater photographers.

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary, Mike Russell

Subsequently your website will be added to the list. All we ask is that you provide a link on your website to http://www.bsoup.org


BSoUP August meeting

Wednesday 15th August 2007 at7.30 for 8.00 p.m. inThe Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7. Directions. If you attending - please get your drinks at the bar in time to start promptly at 8.00 p.m.

Planning and preparing a winning portfolio - with Sam Bean LRPS

BSoUP member Sam Bean will outline how she selects, rejects and organises her images for winning slide, digital and print portfolios. Sam's talk will cover the importance of classic factors such as image

Sam Bean's Open Portoflio 2006
Sam Bean's Open Portoflio 2006
Sam Bean's British Portfolio 2005
Sam Bean's British Portfolio 2005

composition, subject choice, colour balance, harmony or contrast, and the combination of macro and wide-angle shots. Additionally Sam will cover how important it is to respond to the needs of the voting audience and deliver the 'wow' factor using fresh ideas, creative and unusual images and breaking with traditional rules.

Sam is highly qualified to provide tips on portfolios having a string of impressive achievements to her name. Like many successful photographers she first learnt and developed her photography with veteran BSoUP member and teacher Martin Edge.

Following her first workshop with Martin in 2002 Sam went on to win the BSoUP Beginners Portfolio 2003, came joint first with Alex Mustard in the BSoUP Best of British Portfolio 2005, and 2nd in the BSoUP International Open Portfolio in 2006. At the prestigious British Underwater Image Festival 2007 Sam was thrilled to achieve first place in the Sea and Sea portfolio category. As if this was not enough, Sam's most recent portfolio success has been the Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society for her portfolio panel of ten print images (see July News).

Sam Bean's Beginers Portfolio 2003
Sam Bean's Beginners Portfolio 2003

'Focus on' competition - International 'Focus on'

Try your hand at our 3rd international competition inviting underwater photographers from around the blue planet. Last year we had entries from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Egypt, France, Germany, Monaco, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Turks and Caicos and the UK. Uploadyour images here.View last year's winning images here.

Portfolio workshop

Following our past successful workshop sessions, this evening we will complement Sam's talk with an interactive portfolio workshop evening. Some accomplished photographers will be on hand to offer advice and suggestions in creating your own, perfect portfolio. Hopefully members received the planning email late July. The idea is for members to bring one of their own portfolios partially constructed with a number of alternate images so the experts can comment on what you have done and help you improve it. You may wish to bring 20 or 25 images to give a good selection (but not much more than that please or it will be too many to get through).

gill mcdonald


Visions in the Sea

Visions in the Sea, London

20 and 21 October , 2007

The 11th Visions in the Sea underwater festival organised by Ocean Optics will be taking place on 20th and 21st October 2007 at Kings College, London.

Speakers so far include Tom Peschak, Tony White, Constatinos Petrinos, James Wiseman and Frederic Buyle.

Further details: www.oceanoptics.co.uk/visionsintheseau.html


BSoUP web stats hit a new high

July saw the highest number of web accesses to the BSoUP site ever - 12209 (image right). Over the last two years, since 10 August 2005 when web visits were first monitored, there have been a total of 206329 accesses including 99122 unique. Over the past twelve months there has been a total of 113207 accesses.

Over the last few months accesses to the News has overtaken the Gallery.

Top 9 Visited Pages
     
Main page   62208  30.15%
News  13781 6.68%
Gallery  13589 6.59%
Photo Sites  7956 3.86%
Competitions  7931 3.84%
Basic techniques  6602 3.20%
Focus On  5390 2.61%
Contacts  5203 2.52%
Courses  4958 2.40%
Total  206329

Over the last year the site has earned US$436 from GoogleAds.

Web statistics July 2007

Top 10 Extensions
   
United Kingdom  28367 28.62%
United States  25700 25.93%
Commercial  16037 16.18%
Networks  4058 4.09%
Germany  2723 2.75%
Netherlands  1879 1.90%
Numeric  1760 1.78%
Canada  1724 1.74%
China  1667 1.68%
Australia  1137 1.15%
Total  99122

LAUPS

LAUPS 2007 50th anniversary party

August 25 2007

The Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society (LAUPS) is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium on August 25, from 6PM-10PM. Formed in 1957 with early membership by Zale Perry, Mel Fisher, Ron Church, and Stan Waterman, LAUPS is one of the oldest underwater photography clubs in the world.

Learn more about the event and attend to meet some of the past members.


Website of the Week - Jane Morgan

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. Jane Morgan 's is this week's choice.

Jane is the Online editor of DIVE Magazine and an award winning member of both BSoUP and Photosub.

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary, Mike Russell

Subsequently your website will be added to the list. All we ask is that you provide a link on your website to http://www.bsoup.org

Jane Morgan's Home Page
Jane Morgan's Home Page


BSoUP's 40th Anniversary

BSoUP's 40th Anniversary - Members portraits wanted please

BSoUP will be mounting an exhibition to celebrate its 40th anniversary at the Dive Show organised by DIVER Magazine in Birmingham on 13/14 October 2007. We'll be showing a lot of different things to illustrate what BSoUP is, who we are and some of the things that the Society and its members have done over the years. There a couple of things we would like to get from all BSoUP members in order to make this a display about all of BSoUP.

First, will all BSoUP members please send a passport type image of yourself - minimum size 45mm or 530 pixels high and 300 dpi . We are planning a display of as many current BSoUP faces as possible just to show how many of us there are! Preferably send your image as an e-mail attachment to Brian Pitkin or by post to Brian Pitkin, 12 Coningsby Road, South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6QP or bring it to the next BSoUP meeting.

Second, can all BSoUP members please tell us about any photographic successes you have had over the years. They don't have to be recent - in fact it's the ones in the early years between 1967 and 1992 we are particularly keen to know about. This can be competition wins, publications, or anything else that you think might be of interest. If you tell us about it by email first, then we can decide how we are going to use the information and whether we might want to get the related images from you.


Ocean's Twelve

Deadline: 10 August 2007

Bite-Back, the shark and marine conservation organisation invites all underwater photographers to submit a digital image for their unique fund raising 2008 calendar. Each month the high quality calendar will showcase a unique image chosen by an acclaimed photographer.

Award winning photographers Doug Perrine, David Fleetham, Chris Fallows, Michael Aw, Alex Mustard and Simon Rogerson have already pledged their support. Other underwater legends are expected to sign up in the coming weeks.

Sting Rays
Sting Rays



However, Bite-Back has held the June spot open for a wild card entry from an amateur photographer. Pride is the prize
All images must be landscape 5Mb jpg files.  All entries must be accompanied by 100-150 words of text to support the image. All images must be submitted to teambiteback@gmail.com before 10 August.


Neil Millington's Home Page
Neil Millington's Home Page

Website of the Week - Neil Millington

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. Neil Millington 's is this week's choice.

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary, Mike Russell

Subsequently your website will be added to the list. All we ask is that you provide a link on your website to http://www.bsoup.org

 


'Sharks In Focus' 2007 Photo Competition

Deadline: August 31, 2007

The Shark Trust, along with Diver Magazine, has opened the "Sharks In Focus" photo competition to submission of entries. Intended to "celebrate the beauty and highlight the vulnerability of sharks," the grand prize winner will receive a week-long diving holiday for two in the Maldives. Sponsors include Barefoot Traveller, Suunto, Mares, Ocean Optics, and Fujifilm. The August 31, 2007 deadline is fast approaching, and while there is no entry fee, there is a limit of two submissions per entran. The top photographs will be displayed at the Dive 2007 exhibit at NEC Birmingham in October and published in the 2008 Diver Magazine calendar.

Further details: www.sharktrust.org/

Shark Trust

 

 

 



BSoUP T-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts and jackets.

Jane Morgan, our Meetings Secretary, has a selection of BSoUP branded items of clothing for members to purchase. T-shirts will be available in navy blue or white with a white or blue BSoUP logo and the full name of the Society. Other items, sweatshirts and polo shirts, in navy blue with white BSoUP logo and name. Caps by special order!

Prices from £10 for T-shirts to £24.00 for jackets. You can buy yours at any of the monthly meetings of the Society or contact Jane Morgan

To order please contact

Jane Morgan

Tel: 0208 255 6939 (home)
07887 558832 (mobile)

email: jane@morganreefphotography.com

 


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