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News - February 2010

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

January 2010
March 2010
News Archive


Underwater Photography - Latest issue
Banda Sea Biodiversity Cruise
Sea and Sea MDX 300s Housing for Nikon D300s
New strobes for compact cameras
Website of the Week - Dan Exton
News of Ross Gudgeon
Digital Economy Bill - write to your MP
Focus On - Results
Beneath the Sea 2010 - Competition Results
BSoUP February Meeting
Website of the Week - Charles Erb
The Underwater Channel Beta Player
Underwater Visions - Nauticam UK Distributor

X-ray Magazine - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Martin Edge
Ocean Views Photography Contest
NUPG Splash-in
BUPG - Next meeting
African Diver - Latest issue
Trans Antarctic Expedition
Underwater Photography.com Winners
Website of the Week - Matt Doggett
EMUP - Next meeting
Golden Dolphin Underwater Festival
Our World Underwater Show
BSoUP / DIVER Annual Print Competition 2010


UwP 53
UwP 53. Cover: Don Silcock

Underwater Photography - Latest issue

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

Issue 53 (March/April 2010) includes Editorial, News and Travel, New Products, Canon 7D review, Fibre optics, Olympus E620, Memory Kick, Lightzone software, Shooting sharks, Aquarium diver, Do your pics suck?, Summer and winter, The Sunken Goose, DVD Review and Parting Shots.

To get your copy please visit www.uwpmag.com/


Banda Sea Biodiversity Cruise

May 3 - May 19, 2010

This 16-day expedition, led by award-winning underwater videographer Kris Wilk, aboard the Pindito covers an astonishing 1100 nautical miles across the Banda Sea from Sorong to Maumere. Few liveaboards dare to offer itineraries of this duration or distance, and none with as much experience as Pindito.

This trip is called a biodiversity cruise for good reason: it reaches almost a dozen distinct regions that could each be the focus of an entire expedition! There is muck diving at Banda Neira, mandarinfish at Maumere, and teeming sea snakes at Gunung Api. But that's just the tip of the iceberg! This expedition transits the absolute epicenter of marine biodiversity in Raja Ampat.

There are three places still available. For further details please visit http://reefnet.ca/

ReefNet.Inc Banda Sea Biodiveristy Cruise
ReefNet. Inc Banda Sea Biodiveristy Cruise

Sea & Sea MDX 300s housing
Sea and Sea MDX 300s Housing for the Nikon D300s
 

Sea and Sea MDX 300s Housing for Nikon D300s now shipping

All the usual SeaandSea refinements are standard such as a built-in leak detector, camera mounting tray, port lock and locking latches. The housing measures 339x185x122.6mm (WxHxD), weighs approx. 2,500g (housing only) and is depth rating to 60m.

Now features a tripod socket on the underside of the main body. Removal of the attached grips means that the optional quick-release Grip-Stay L can be used instead.

For further details please visit www.sea-sea.net/


New strobes for compact cameras from Sea and Sea

YS-01 Underwater Strobe

Due to be available March.

A compact DS-TTL and manual strobe with built-in target light.

With a circular beam angle up to 100anddeg; and a guide number of 20 the YS-01 is a new compact slave strobe that can be used for all underwater applications. You can switch between DS-TTL and the ten-step manual control function to enable fine adjustment of the light output level.

Sea & Sea YS1
Sea and Sea YS-01

Power comes from four AA batteries for a powerful and long-lasting strobe. The recycle time is 1.9 seconds when using nickel-metal hydride batteries (2700 mAh) for stress-free continuous shooting. The YS-01 has a high-luminance white LED target light (1W) which indicates the optical axis of the attached strobe and is effective for night diving.

You can fully exercise your creativity with the YS-01 which can be used as a primary or secondary strobe in a wide range of applications, from compact digital cameras to DSLR cameras.

Sea & Sea YS2
Sea and Sea YS-02


YS-02 Underwater Strobe

Due to be available Spring 2010.

With a circular beam angle up to 100anddeg; and a guide number of 20 the YS-02 is a new compact slave strobe that can be used for all underwater applications. The YS-02 as a manual slave strobe with guide number function, used to set the light output to any of 10 levels.

Power comes from four AA batteries for a powerful and long-lasting strobe. The recycle time is 1.9 seconds when using nickel-metal hydride batteries (2700 mAh) for stress-free continuous shooting.

 You can fully exercise your creativity with the YS-01 which can be used as a primary or secondary strobe in a wide range of applications, from compact digital cameras to DSLR cameras.

For further details please visit www.sea-sea.net/


Website of the Week - Dan Exton

BSoUP Member Dan Exton took his first underwater photos at the age of 17 in Tobago on a film camera waterproof to 5 metres. As this also happened to be his first ever attempt at Scuba diving, the images were of the poorest quality, but they at least kindled an affection for underwater photography which has grown over the years into the passion he feels today. With his father a professional photographer, and having spent many dives with close friend and underwater videographer Christos Kardana, Dan has had endless encouragement and constructive criticism which continues today. Since the debacle of Tobago, Dan has spent a number of years diving with compact digital equipment, before recently advancing to using a Canon 400D dSLR.

Liquid Film, the website of Dan Exton
Liquid Film, the website of Dan Exton

Sea snakes mating by Ross Gudgeon
Sea snakes mating © Ross Gudgeon

News of Ross Gudgeon

BSoUP member Ross Gudgeon received honarable mentions in the Our World Underwater competition. His image of mating sea snakes (left), which was also entered in BSoUP's January Focus on competition, got a honorable mention in the Macro Unrestricted section.

His image of a Jellyfish, which was also came third in BSoUP's January Focus on competition (see January's News), received an honarable mention in the Wide Angle Unrestricted section.

The same shot has also recently received a honourable mention in the Marine Life Section of Beneath the Sea 2010, second place in the Wide Angle - Marine Life section of the underwater photography.com annual competition and fourth place in the Wetpixel Photo of the Year. Ross commented his Jellyfish was officially his 'always the bride's maid but never the bride shot'

Digital Economy Bill - write to your MP

Would you care if one of your shark pictures was used to advertise shark fin soup? If the government gets its way with the Digital Economy Bill, anyone will be at liberty to find and use orphan images for whatever they want. All of this will happen without permission from the creator, as long as the finder pays a fee.....to the government. This Bill allows exploitation and misrepresentation on a truly massive scale. If you care about photography and your images, oppose this Bill now. Print a copy of the template letter and send it to your MP!

Template letter:-
http://copyrightaction.com/digital-economy-bill-mp-letter-template

How to find your MP:-
www.theyworkforyou.com

Digital Economy Bill
Click to view a pdf of the Powerpoint presentation
shown by Simon Brown at the BSoUP February meeting

Pike by Trevor Rees
Pike © Trevor Rees

Focus On - 'Two of Something'

Congratulations to Trevor Rees who was the winner of last night's Focus On competition 'Two of Something' Trevor's winning image features a pair of Pike in the shallows at Stoney Cove, Leicestershire.

Second place went to Tony Baskeyfield for his image of two dolphins. Third place went to Joss Woolf for her image of two blennies.

There were a total of 33 entries.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
       
1 Trevor Rees 76 18
2 Tony Baskeyfield 66 16
3 Joss Woolf 53 11
4 Isabella Nash 40 5
5 Martha Tressler 33 3
6 Anthony Holley 31 3

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

Dolphins by Tony Baskeyfield
Dolphins © Tony Baskeyfield
Blennies by Joss Woolf
Blennies © Joss Woolf

If you entered and didn't make the top six, but would like to know how you did then please contact Brian Pitkin

Please note that the deadline for all future monthly competitions will be one week prior to the meeting.


Beneath the Sea 2010 - Competition Results

Each year, Beneath the Sea is pleased to give amateur underwater photographers and videographers a chance to compete with their peers from across the World.

The Best in Show-Underwater Photography receives the David Doubilet award for excellence in underwater photography - Grand Prize is a week at the Manta Ray Bay Hotel and diving with Yap Divers. This year's winner is Yeang H Chng of West New York, New Jersey for "Salt Water Crocodile"

The Best in Show-Underwater Creative Photography receives the Jim Church award for excellence in underwater creative photography - Grand Prize is a live-aboard trip on the Manthiri in the Maldives. This year's winner is Bartosz Strozynski, of Poznan, Poland for "Cosmos"

Beneath the Sea 2010
Beneath the Sea 2010

The Best in Show-Videography receives the Stan Waterman award for excellence in underwater video - Grand Prize is a live-aboard trip on the Nai'a in Fiji. This year's winner is Sharon Wada of Snohomish, WA for the video titled: "Beauty in the Beast". To view all the winners, including video, please visit www.beneaththesea.org


Martin Edge
Martin Edge

BSoUP February Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 17th February 2010 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, S. Kensington, London. Directions.

Main event: An evening with Martin Edge: Edge-sperimentation. Martin is Britain's foremost underwater photography teacher and author of the best selling manual 'The Underwater Photographer' now in its fourth edition.

Martin is going to talk about 'moving out of the box', 'new and old tricks', 'refining old ideas' and 'trying to think of new ones'. In the pre lim he will talk a little about the new edition of 'The Underwater Photographer', copies of which will be on sale at the meeting.

Focus On competition: 'Two of something'.

The competition is now closed.

BSoUP members only can preview all the entries in the Competition Slideshow. You will be asked to login if you haven't already done so this session.

Judging will take place at the meeting

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition at LIDS

A reminder that the closing date for the BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition at LIDS is Monday 22nd February.

Please bring your entries to the BSoUP meeting if you can on Wednesday 17th.

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2010
BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2010

Charles Erb
Charles Erb's Home page

Website of the Week - Charles Erb

My diving has taken me to a variety of UK underwater locations, including Falmouth, Plymouth, Salcombe, Scapa Flow, West Scotland. My overseas opportunities have included: Fuerteventura, Menorca, Norway, the Red Sea and Sodwana Bay, South Africa. I live quite close to Stoney Cove and so I dive there quite often, trying out new equipment and techniques

My current system consists of Nikon D200 in a Sea and Sea DX-D200 housing with twin YS-110TTL strobes. I use the Nikon 60mm lens for macro work and 10.5mm Nikon, Sigma 15mm and Tokina 10-17mm zoom fisheye lenses for wide angle work.

For further information and to view some of Charles' images please visit www.undersea-images.com


The Underwater Channel Beta Player

As you probably know The Underwater Channel.tv is in the middle of busily restructuring and refinancing. As part of this they're developing a new rather cool (beta) player - they're really excited about it and working on bringing you all kinds of interesting new features!

Best news of all, the new UWC player has Adaptive, intelligent streaming which means: Minimal buffering, The best picture quality for your connection and HD quality

It's the first time many of their viewers with limited broadband connections have ever been able to view their videos.

Check it out at www.theunderwaterchannel.tv and have a play with some of the terrific new features.

Exposure with David Doubilet
The Underwater Channel - Exposure with David Doubilet

Underwater Visions
Underwater Visions

Underwater Visions - Nauticam Official UK Distributor

BSoUP Member Alex Tattersalll has just become the Nauticam Official UK Distributor.

Alex has created a fledgling website where you can view brief details of Nauticam's first underwater camera housing, the NA-D90, for the Nikon D90.

The housing combines innovative ideas and high precision engineering into a compact body. The Live view/OK lever of the NA-D90 housing is specially designed so that the HD video recording function of the camera can be most easily and conveniently utilised underwater.

External strobes can be triggered using two built in optical fiber connectors or with an optional 5 pin Nikonos bulkhead. Nauticam housings also benefit from four possible strobe ball mounting points, hot shoe attachment on port bases, and Nauticam innovative, hassle-free port locking system.

Underwater Visions can supply port adapters for most major housing manufacturers wherein you can keep your existing ports.

X-ray Magazine - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE web magazine is now available for download.

Issue 34 includes articles on Walindi and Loloata in Papua New Guinea by Scott Bennett, Andy Murch - Shark Diving for Dummies, Wreck Treasures of the Santa Margarita by Carol Tedesco, Mermaids of Jeju Korea by Bonnie McKenna, Life Amphibious by Lloyd Godson, U-Boat Wreck Myths vs Reality by Rob Rondeau, Diving Christmas Island by Wandy Hochgrebe, Coral Gardening by Austin Bowden-Kerby, Gifts for Sea Lovers by Catherine G S Lim, New Scuba Marketing by Nick Bostic:: Backlit photography by Kurt Amsler, Glass Sea Creatures by Joe Peters

To get your copy please visit http://www.xray-mag.com/index.php

X-Ray Magazine
X-ray Magazine : Cover image: Scott Bennett


Martin Edge
Martin Edge
 

Website of the Week - Martin Edge

Each week we are highlighing a BSoUP Member's website.

This week's choice is Martin Edge, Britain's foremost Underwater Photography teacher and author of the best selling manual 'The Underwater Photographer' which is now in its fourth edition, published this year.

To learn more about Martin and his courses and workshopsplease visit his website at www.edgeunderwaterphotography.co.uk/


Ocean Views Photography Contest

Deadline: 1st March 2010

Nature's Best Photography and Diver's Alert Network (DAN) host the 3rd annual Ocean Views photography competition. As one of the largest and most prestigious underwater photography competitions, you won't want to miss this one!

A selection of winning images will be published in Alert Diver and Nature's Best Photography magazines as well as several online galleries. Prizes include $2,010 cash and a 9-night trip to Papua New Guinea with Peter Hughes Diving.

Entries are accepted from now until March 1, 2010. Entry forms and more information are available at the Ocean Views Photo Contest website.

Ocean Views Photography Competition 2010
Ocean Views Photography Competition 2010

Northern Underwater Photography Group
Northern Underwater Photography Group

Northern Underwater Photography Group Splash-in

NUPG are holding their Annual Winter Splash-in on Sunday 7th February 2010.

Meet under Menai Bridge 7:15. In the water approximately 8:15.

Judging at April Meeting.

Unfortunately this competition is now digital only.

Rules for digital Splash-in entrants


Bristol Underwater Photography Group - Next meeting

The next BUPG meeting takes place on Tuesday 9th February at 2000.hrs at The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)

Monthly Competition - Wrecks
Annual Competition - Prints
Lightroom Introduction - Jim Drake
Foto Forum - Monochrome - Arthur Kingdon

For further information please visit www.bupg.co.uk/

Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

African Diver Issue #9
Cover by Paul Hunter

African Diver - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE African Diver magazine is now available for download.

Issue 9 includes articles on Tofo, the place of tranquility by Paul Hunter, The wreck of the Maori by Georgina Jones, Charm in Sharmby Christopher Bartlett, Shark liver oil by Dr Lynne Hepplestone, Turtle research in Tofo by Paul Hunter, Diving in Dar es Salaam by Logan Weavind, Moving Sushi in Japan by Moving Sushi Team, and The making of an MPA by Clare Keating.

To get your copy please visit www.africandiver.com/


100th anniversary of Shackleton's Trans Antarctic Expedition

On February 10, 2010, a 57-member team of explorers from 18 countries will meet in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world's southernmost city - to embark on a benchmark expedition to Antarctica.

Convened by celebrated BBC NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner and project director Michael Aw of the Ocean Geographic Society, the team is comprised of some of the world's most celebrated image-makers, historians, and scientists, including several UK residents. Their mission is to scout, record, and analyze this pristine land of ice and snow -and to create a visual library of the impact of climate change on this remote region.

Six UK residents, including Jonathan Shackleton and BSoUP Member Steve Jones, will participate in the expedition.

100th Anniversary of Shackleton's Trans Antartic Expedition
100th Anniversary of Shackleton's
Trans Antarctic Expedition

Jonathan, cousin to Sir Ernest Shackleton, will serve as the expedition Historian and Steve Jones from Oxford will be the expedition contributing photographer. Both are extremely excited for the opportunity to share in this historic expedition.

For more information about Steve Jones please visit www.millionfish.com/index.html

For more information about the Trans Antarctic Expedition please visit www.elysiumepic.org/


Debi Henshaw
Emperor shrimp © Debi Hemshaw

Underwater Photography.com Winners

Congratulations to BSoUP members David Henshaw, Debi Henshaw and Jim Garland who each won Gold medals in the underwater photography.com annual competition.

Debi Henshaw was up against 12,872 entries in the competition to win her Gold medal. Her image is of an emperor shrimp on a sea cucumber.

Debi currently uses a Nikon D200 with Sea and Sea DX200 housing and Inon Z240 strobes. She has been diving since 1998, but only shooting underwater since 2006.

'I just love Lembeh and a recent trip to Dumaguete ticked a few more boxes for me so plan on going back there sometime soon. My favourite shots are critters but this year I want to develop my wide angle' said Debi.

'I live in Menorca, so I am able to do a bit of diving here (in the summer - I only do warm water!), trouble is you really have to be creative as sadly the marine life in the med is not that abundant'.

David Henshaw was also up against 12,872 entries in the competition to win his Gold medal.

David's image (right), entitled Spiral, is an image of a free swimming Blue Ribbon Eel (Rhinomuraena quaesita) in Lembeh.

David has been taking underwater images more seriously in the past year or so. He, like Deb, uses a Nikon D200 in Sea and Sea housing and twin Inon Z240 strobes when needed.

Jim Garland was up against 12,872 entries in the competition to win his Gold medal.

Jim's image of a Jill Torpedo Bomber was taken in Truk.

Spiral by David Henshaw
Spiral © David Henshaw
Jill Torpedo Bomber, Truk by Jim Garland
Jill Torpedo Bomber, Truk © Jim Garland

Jim is a qualified Zoologist, now Science Teacher, by profession. He is also owner of the dedicated wreck photography website WRECKSHOT. COM. 'I am interested in natural history, wreck history and photography, my passion being WW2 Aircraft wrecks'.

Jim currently use a Canon EOS 5D, Aquatica Housing, Sigma 15mm FE, Sigma 50mm Macro, Canon 24mm wide, Inon z-240 strobes.

The judges comprise of industry professionals (and last year's World Champ). They are unpaid, non-affiliated, and (of course) cannot enter themselves.

For further details please visit www.underwaterphotography.com/


Digital Photo Guide Contest December Winner -Jim Garland

The winner of the contest and a new Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 waterproof camera (value $350) is Jim Garland for his image of a  P-47D Thunderbolt "Razorback" in Corsica.

Second place went to Tobias Friedrich, with another plane wreck. Dray H. Van Beeck won third place with his beautiful shipwreck image.

The competition was sponsored by Olympus

Wreck by Jim Garland
Wreck © Jim Garland

Matt Doggett
Matt Doggett

Website of the Week - Matt Doggett

'Earth in focus' is the website of Adam Seward, Richard Facey and BSoUP Member Matt Doggett.

Matt writes 'As a child I always had a strong interest in wildlife spending my days each summer collecting animals in jars to draw and write about them. My interest in photography began in 2000 whilst studying at the Silwood Park campus at Imperial College, which has over 250 acres of woodland and meadows with a fantastic diversity of wildlife'.

To learn more about Matt and see some of his images please visit http://www.earthinfocus.com


East Midlands Underwater Photographers - Next meeting

The next meeting of EMUP will take place at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 2nd February at their usual venue, Nemo's Bar, Stoney Cove.

Main event: Maria Munn "Award winning photos with a compact"

Competition: Abstract
January Competition results: Crustaceans


East Midlands Underwater Photographers
East Midlands Underwater Photographers

Golden Dolphin Moscow International Festival

Golden Dolphin, Moscow International Festival, Russia

February 18, 2010

The Golden Dolphin Moscow International Festival is a unique and a large-scale event, dedicated to gather professionals and amateurs of active recreation in the water.

Each February, in just four days the festival brings about 300 exponents a 23 000 visitors from all regions of Russia and abroad. The quality advantage of Golden Dolphin above all other similar expositions - is its prestigious expo space, in the marble hall of Gostiniy Dvor, just 150 meters away from the Red Square, where aside from professional expo and demonstration-sale of diving gear, travel tours, training programs, a whole festival of underwater photography and cinematography is also held.

For further details please visit www.goldendolphin.ru/en


40th Our World Underwater Show

19-21 February 2010

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.A.

Our World-Underwater is the oldest dive and travel show in North America. The show comes to Chicago every February.

The event is held just a few miles from O'Hare Airport in Rosemont Illinois. With hundreds of booths and thousands of divers it is an event you will not want to miss. The weekend is loaded with educational workshops and the nights full of films.

For further details please visit www.ourworldunderwater.com/

Our World Underwater

BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition at LIDS 2010

BSoUP / DIVER Annual Print Competition 2010

Organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers
in association with Diver Magazine

Win a Red Sea holiday courtesy of Oonasdivers and other great prizes

at the
London International Dive Show
27-28 March 2010

DEADLINE : 22 February 2010

Further details www.bsoup.org/prints.php

The event is sponsored by Diver Magazine, Oonasdivers, Calumet Photographic, Cameras Underwater, Mike's Dive Store, Chiswick, Focal Press, Wiley Nautical, UK Sealife Aquarium and The Wildlife Trusts


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