An informal talk to fellow members of the society -
with several digressions along the way.
For some time now the BSoUP Committee have been
discussing the viability of videoing presentations given at monthly
meetings. With Alex MUstard's agreement BSoUP Member Jo Horrocks of
Cuttlefish productions videoed his presentation at last month's
meeting. Jo has combined live footage and sound with Alex's original
images and posted the results to YouTube in four parts.
What to Shoot - Part 1 (above). Icelandic
Intermission. Before discusssing the subject of his presentation,
Alex treated us to some of his fantastic images he had taken during
the previous three weeks in Iceland. 13:17 mins.
What to Shoot - Part 2 (right). The second part of
Alex's presentation. 11:12 mins
What to Shoot - Part 3 (below, left) The third part
of Alex's presentation 12:27 mins
What to shoot - Part 4 (below, right) the final
part of Alex's presentation. 16:29 mins
BSoUP is extremely grateful to Alex for giving
the presentation and agreeing to make it available and to Jo Horrocks
for videoing it and spending many hours editing the videos and digital
British Underwater Photography
BSoUP are delighted to confirm
that the panel of judges for this year's British Underwater
Photography Championship (Splash-in) to be held on 9th July at Mount
Batten in Plymouth are Peter Rowlands, Alex
Mustard and Neil Hope (see below).
This year the panel will judge all of the
categories and choose the winner of the Grand Prize of a 7-day
live-aboard holiday for two in the Maldives (exclusive of flights and
taxes) courtesy of Maldives Scuba Tours.
Peter Rowlands is the editor of
the FREE online magazine UwP. He is a former Chairman of
BSoUP and a regular contributer to DIVE
Peter wrote the Underwater Photographers
Handbook which was published in 1983. He has also produced DVD's
of HMS Royal Oak, HMS Dasher and Magic Filters
for digital underwater photograhers among others.
Alex Mustard is one of the world's
foremost underwater photographers and a member of the
BSoUP Committee as well as Associate Editor of
Wetpixel. Alex is a regular contributer to DIVE magazine.
Alex is also the author of Reefs Revealed
and the DVD Shooting magic - A guide to shooting with filters
underwater. He also co-authored the Art of Diving - a
long term collaboration with writer Nick Hanna.
A former press agency photographer, Neil
Hope is Picture Editor of the Western Morning News, Plymouth, and a regular
contributer to diving publications. Since qualifying in 1989 in the
North-East of England, Neil has lived and dived extensively
throughout the UK eventually settling in Torpoint, Cornwall some
seven years ago.
Well aware of the challenging conditions which the underwater
photographer often faces along our shores he is looking forward to
joining the panel of judges once more.
Competition registration ends July
The international underwater
photography grand prix, World ShootOut, will take
place worldwide in August 2011. During the week of the shoot out, the
whole underwater world will be performing as one huge festival,
hosting professional and amateur photographers competing with each
other for some very worthy prizes.
Earlybird registration (no later than July 1st, 2011) entitles the
participant to submit a free additional set of images in each
category the participant has registered to.
The 8 day World ShootOut will take place in August
1-8, 2011, in any natural water resource found around the world,
including seas, oceans, lakes, rivers, under the ice and more.
Yes, you can take part in the competition by diving in your familiar
or favorite destination during the days of the shoot out. This can be
a wonderful opportunity for you to either take a few days off for the
sake of some diving in your local area, or to finally book the
holiday you've been dreaming of in an exotic dive destination, on a
live aboard or in a dive resort.
Participants' chosen images will be submitted to the competition
after the shoot out has concluded, throughout August
All World ShootOut
categories winners and nominees will be announced on the festive Epson
Red Sea winning ceremony in Eilat, Israel, November 19th, 2011.
Underwater photographers from all over the world, both professional and
amateurs, are invited to participate in any of the 6
World ShootOut categories.
The competition opened on 1 February 2011, with a
prize fund of up to £20,000. The British Wildlife
Photography Awards in 2011 is your chance to win a prestigious
photography award and cash prize of £5,000.
There are numerous categories including 'Coast and
Marine' whch includes marine and maritime species near the sea,
underwater, at the sea shore and coastal zone
If you haven't entered yet, then please do so by
Thursday 2nd June if you want to stand a chance of winning.
BSoUP Member Robert Bailey is captivated by all
things in nature.
He enjoys reportage style as well. He says, 'flirting with my
subjects without being intrusive', is something he likes to try to
He's worked professionally on commercial television
sets doing production photography, shot modern dance for the art
department at the University of Calgary, and worked in a freelance
capacity shooting a variety of subjects.
Rob also worked as a NAUI scuba instructor up to training director
level at the University of Calgary from 1993-1999, and is still an
avid diver. He never dives without his camera. From 2007-2009 he was
chairman of the Leamington and Warwick BSAC Branch 217. The
Telecommunications industry is his mainstay.
Photographer's work he enjoys include; David Doubilet, Michael
Nichols, Bettina Rhiems, Ansel Adams, Helmut Newton, Jim Brandenburg,
and Alex Mustard in no particular order. He's an active member of
BSOUP, BUPG and EMUP and enjoys all things photographic.
The latest issue of the Society's magazine 'in
focus' should be with UK members or on its way to overseas members -
assuming they renewed. If you have changed your contact details since
the last issue than please update them via the Members Forum.
Issue 95 includes an Edtorial by Joss
Woolf, Under the spotlight - Alex
Tattersall, Bolting to the top - Dan Bolt,
Fresh outlook for Splash-in by Martin Davies, Out of
Sight by Kathy White, Competition results, Pikin in
a Pond by Linda Pitkin, Diving the Kittiwake by
Kay Newman, Saving the Turkish Two by Gavin
Parsons, Hilary Lee, a sad loss by Rachel
Horsfield, Creative lighting using snoots by Keith
Lyall and BSoUP Officers, 2011.
This latest issue was edited by Joss
Woolf, with the assistance of Paul Morgan,
produced by Gavin Parsons and mailed by Mike
Russell. to whom BSoUP extends its sincere
Not a BSoUP Member? To get your
copy why not joinBSoUP.
After a break of nearly one year, our Chairman
JP Trenque tasted tropical water again in
March-April 2011 with a trip to North Sulawesi, Indonesia. He spent a
week in Lembeh, split between Divers Lodge and Lembeh Cottages, and
then headed to Kima Bajo to dive in the Bunaken National Park with
Images from the trip are available in
a new gallery.
Next month's Focus On
Competition is 'Soft and squidgy'. Images should be of soft-bodied
animals such as most jellyfish, comb jellies and anemones and some
see slugs and sponges. The competition is for BSoUP
Members only. The deadline for submission is Wednesday 8th
June. Please read the Rules
before entering via the online Entry form.
Alex Mustard in the Mail
The Mail Online, and many other newspapers,
includes an article featuring BSoUP Member Alex Mustard, 36, diving
80ft into the crevice between the North American and Eurasian plates
near Iceland to capture these spectacular photos.
Alex snapped away as he and his dive partners swam
through fresh water canyons Silfra, Nes and Nikulasargja, which are
up to 200ft deep.
He also took photos of the Arnarnes Strytur chimney,
which forms a cloudy plume as 80C water is ejected from Earth's crust
and hits the cool 4C seawater.
The next BSoUP meeting takes place on
Wednesday, 18th May 2011 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at
our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, South
Kensington, London, SW7 5BD. New and prospective new members will be
welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome
Photo techniques: Hasselblads for
Underwater Photography by David Grover.
David is a 'Global Information and Training Officer
for Hasselblad'. He has agreed to give presentation on 'Digital
Hasselblads for underwater photography'.
Alex will talk about how he goes about selecting
subjects and the thought process of what aspects of them he wants the
image to emphasize to maximise the success of his images.
Alex hopes the talk will remind us all why we love
underwater photography and will encourage members to get out there
and take memorable images. Alex will also discuss how he manages his
portfolio, deciding which trips to do and which to skip, to keep his
portfolio fresh and to maximise the coverage of his image collection
for the projects he is working on.
'Rolling in the deep'
Thursday 19th May at 7 p.m
Holy Cross School, George Road, Kingston
Hill, London, KT2 7NU
The Coombe Ridge Performing Arts Centre presents a
lyrical recital 'Rolling in the Deep' by soprano Monica
Luz and pianist Graham Rix with an
audio-visual entitled 'Images in the Blue' and exhibition of
lenticular prints by BSoUP Member Terry
Arpino. The recital will be in two parts with a break for a
buffet and refreshments.
Ticket reservations in advance for this spectacular
evening are Adults £10.00 and Children £7.00. Please contact Sara May
De Sarmiento, e-mail email@example.com or
tel. 07970 6050 5055.
Originally introduced at DEMA 2010, the Ultra
Series video lights have been further enhanced. In an ongoing effort
to push the envelope in light design EdgeDive Tech are proud to
announce the option of a second dimmer knob on the canister. This
will allow the user to control the brightness of each light head
The Ultra Series lights possess an advanced feature
set including: 18,000 total lumens, dimming capabilities, and a
sophisticated battery gauge, all in a sleek design.
Website of the Week - Terry
Each week we are highlighting a
BSoUP Members website.
This week's choice is Aquaphotos, the website of
Terry sells and hires photographic equipment, runs
photographic courses and sells prints of his work.
Big Scuba Trial Splash-In
Underwater Photography Competition
Big Scuba Trial Splash-In Underwater
May 14th-15th, 2011
Frogfish Photography, in association with the Big
Scuba Trial, have organised a Splash-In underwater photography
competition for Saturday 14th May in Anglesey.
Registration will take place in
Treaadur Bay on the Big Scuba Trial Apeks stand in the morning, or by
email, and each participant will be able to enter 2 images into the
competition which will have 2 categories: Compact (including bridge)
cameras and SLR cameras. Images must be taken on the day at any sea
based dive site in North Wales.
Prizes have kindly been donated by Apeks
(Egress Octopus), Fourth Element (Thermocline Vest and Shorts),
Frogfish Photography (training voucher), Light and Motion UK (500P
light) and Nauticam UK (product voucher), and judges will announce the
winners on Saturday evening with 1st and 2nd place from each category
receiving a prize. Entries must be submitted in person at the Apeks
stand before 4pm on Saturday. Image manipulation is allowed, but please
be aware that this is a photography competition and will be judged on
photographic merit and not photoshop skills! Copyright of the winning
images remains with the photographer, however the event organiser
reserve the right to publish the winning images in articles about the
event and on the facebook site (with photographers copyright details
If you would like to register for this event then you can email
and you will be sent a file to photograph on the morning before you
dive. Please ensure you have a blank memory card to start the day - the
winners will be asked to provide their memory cards as proof that the
image was taken on the day - so make sure you date and time are set
correctly on your camera. You can also register on the day at the Apeks
stand - but please register your interest by email so that we know how
many to expect, and can send out more details to you.
To find out more about the event then please also join the Big Scuba
Trial Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/. The competition is free to enter, and
there will be plenty of other events and stalls over the weekend for
X-ray Magazine - Latest issue
The latest issue of the FREE X-ray magazine is now
avaiolable for download.
Nuno Sanda on diving the awesome Azores; Kelly
LaClaire and Kate Clark team up to take us on a terrific dive trip to
Grenada; Rïmi Masson on freshwater diving in the River Rhandocirc;ne;
Scott Johnson on Humpback Whales in the Dominican Republic; Lawson
Wood on False Killer Whales in Dominica; Christian Skauge on space
diving in Germany; High-tech diving in the days of AquaCorps; Matt
Weiss and Joseph Tepper on composition in underwater photography;
Underwater hockey at the Coast Guard Academy; Bonnie McKenna on the
sea turtle hospital in the Florida Keys; American textile artist
Betty Busby shares her intriquite quilts of underwater scenes and
marine life; plus current news about recent discoveries in marine
ecology and shipwrecks, new equipment, industry and training events,
travel tips, sharks, whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and more...
Epson Red Sea Photographer of the Year
The results of the Epson Red Sea Photographer of
the Year April Competition have been announced.
The First place went to Luis Miguel Del Olmo from
Luis won the votes of 7.2% of the surfers and 14% of the judges
votes. Total votes 21.2%
The Second place went to Marcello Di Francesco from
Italy. Marcello won 2.4% votes of the surfers and 18.66% of the
judges votes. Total votes 21.06%
The Third place went to Esteban Tore from Spain Esteban
won 0.6% votes of the surfers and 14% of the judges votes. Total
To compete for the title "Photographer of
the Year" by entering the May to August monthly competitions
please visit www.eilatredsea.com/.
The overall winner of the title will get their
flights, accommodation (BandB) and diving costs covered to
participate at the Epson Red Sea 2011 Shoot-out in
Eilat, November 13-19, 2011
New UK photo friendly dive
UwP editor Peter Rowlands is now
offering uw photo friendly dive charters out of Plymouth in
MV Magic is an 8.2 metre Botnia Targa which has a
cruising speed of 20 knots and a very soft riding, planing hull. She
has a walkaround design so there's lots of working space both fore
and aft as well as comfortable seating.
Magic Charters limits the number of places
available to five so that everyone will have plenty of space and
there are tables available to work on equipment in between dives.
With work spaces both fore and aft, kitting up needn't be a
Magic Charters is hoping to appeal to small groups
of underwater photographers who appreciate being able to concentrate
on their hobby without a boatful of other divers. Being able to
cruise at 20 knots gives quick access to offshore sites such as the
Eddystone and Hand Deeps reefs as well as wrecks like the James Egan
Layne and the Scylla. The style of diving is obviously the choice of
the group but Peter has several shallow sites where it is possible to
anchor up and dive as much as you like. This gives you maximum time
underwater with the freedom to return to the boat whenever you want
to change lenses. The central cabin is heated and there is plenty of
solar gain through the 360anddeg; windows so you'll be able to get
out of the wind and warm up in between dives (once you've taken your
dry suit off outside!).
A 240 volt power supply is available in the cabin
for powering battery chargers and laptops so you can check the
results from your first dive before going in again or top up your
MV Magic is based at Dry Stack Marina on the east
side of Plymouth and there's plenty of free parking all day.
The latest issue of the FREE UwP Magazine is now
available to download.
Issue 60 includes Editorial, News and Events, New
Products, Fantasea FP 7000 by Peter Rowlands, Sigma 8 -16mm by Tim
Rock, Born Free by Tim Rock, Selective lighting by Daniel Stassenj,
Talking Teck by Damien Siviero, Alternate views by Mark Webster, Raja
Ampat by Carlos Virgili, Antarctica by Chris Steritt, Amazon by
Oliver Lucanus, Blue Heron Bridge by Mark Sagovac, Visaya Island by
Massimo Mazzitelli, Guga Hunters by George Stoyle and Richard
Shucksmith, Book Review and Parting Shot by Chris Sterrit.
A new series on British Diving starts on BBC Two
and BBC HD this Sunday 8th May.
Episode 1/4 is entitled Giants of the West where
the team uncover the world of the giants that reside in and on our
A few metres off the Cornish shore, the team study
Britain's largest fish, the basking shark. Despite the fact that they
grow up to ten metres long, little is known about them, which makes
effective conservation very difficult. In an exceptional encounter,
the team are surrounded by up to twelve sharks as they feed on
Their shark expedition then
takes them north to the Isle of Man. Working alongside local
scientists, they take shark DNA samples using a kitchen scourer in
order to assess the genetic health and long-term fitness of these
great leviathans. The team also run into a giant swarm of
In the waters of South Wales, Tooni
encounters an invading army of giant spiny spider crabs. These
creatures boast a leg span of over a metre across, and Tooni reveals
that they come into the shallow waters every year to find a mate.
On Lundy Island off the Devon coast,
Frank assesses whether the island's protected underwater No Take Zone
could be used as a template to establish a nationwide network of
marine nature reserves right around our island.
Frank also reveals how Great Britain
still relies on the sea to import goods. He boards one of the biggest
transatlantic container ships in the world, The Atlantic Companion,
as the vast ship brings its cargo into Liverpool Docks.
In treacherous waters off the Isles of
Scilly, Paul dives the largest shipwreck in British waters to assess
the legacy of the worst ecological disaster to affect our shores so
far; the ill-fated Torrey Canyon oil tanker.
Paul, an architectural engineer, started diving in
1998 with his wife Lisa, and in 2002 he bought his first digital
camera and housing. he has dived in several locations in the
Caribbean, Red Sea, Thailand, Maldives, Indonesia, and of course the
UK. He is currently training as a PADI Divemaster and BSAC Dive
Paul's prime camera is a Nikon
D90 with Aquatica housing and Inon Z240 strobes. He has also recently
acquired the new Nikon D7000 which will soon be his prime underwater
Bristol Underwater Photographers Group -
Tuesday May 10th
The Meeting (start time 2000hrs) will
be at the normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway,
BS34 5DQ (map).
Monthly Competition - Patterns
Presentation - Shutter Speeds - Trevor Rees
Photoshop Techniques for Beginners - Levels using Layers - Cathy
Presentation - Snoot Developments - TBC
One of our newest BSoUP members,
Josh Weller is exhibiting some of his latest work at
the Xposure Show at The Rag Factory, 16 Heneage Street, Nr
Shoreditch, E1 5LJ, London this May!
Josh is a student of the University of
Gloucestershire and will be exhibiting his Sharks and Dolphins
exhibition along with a portfolio of images taken throughout the
Bahamas. Along with Josh his colleagues will be exhibiting a
diverse range of photography from fashion to still life showing a
whole variety of exceptional talent.
The exhibition is set to impress with moving
images, prints and installations along with other creative
media. If you would be interested in attending the private view to meet Josh
personally then contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday, it was revealed that the UK government
might scrap vital laws which protect wildlife and the countryside and
help stop climate change. Hardliners have branded the rules 'red
tape' and say they could be scrapped within months.
We need to work together to make sure our wildlife, our countryside
and our planet are protected. In the past, David Cameron has made
headlines promising to run 'the greenest government ever'. We need to
convince him that scrapping these laws would be a disaster for his
reputation. A huge petition will prove to Cameron that he can't
afford to break his green promises.
Please take 30 seconds to speak up for legal protection for wildlife
and the environment:
The contents of Paul Lees' Pocket Guide: Dive
Thailand start with a series of introductory sections: 'Introduction
to Thailand', 'Travelling to and around Thailand', 'Diving and
snorkelling in and around Thailand', 'Health and safety for divers
and 'Learning to dive in Thailand'.
The book then covers the different diving regions,
each with its own introduction and map, plus descriptions of featured
dive sites. These are followed by detailed listings of featured dive
operators and a regional directory of local services and travelling
logistics. Each dive operator listing and directory has a uniform
layout to maintain the high standard and profile that are the
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Website of the Week - Dive into Life - Lisa
From my birth in Poole, a town on the south coast
of the UK; to regularly staying with relatives in Cannes, France; to
my brother's wedding in Dallas, Texas; to visiting my parents in
school holidays when they worked in Southern Africa; I've always been
a bit of a traveller.
New places, exotic places, capture the
moment. My brothers and I could not help but be influenced by the
different and beautiful locations that we were taken to by our
parents. My mum took pictures all through our childhoods. It is no
wonder that we all progressed to having some kind of affinity with
the lens. We all take photos, one brother becoming a film cameraman,
the other an antique camera dealer.
And me? After many years of taking
photos for myself, while working a regular office job, I have
re-found my passion. Leaving my old life behind, I have been
travelling the world, taking pictures. To learn more about Lisa
please visit www.diveintolife.com/