Issue 3 of ANIMA MUNDI - Adventures in Wildlife
Photography is now available for download from the official magazine
ANIMA MUNDI is the creation of Antonella and Andrea
Ferrari, the authors of numerous dive books, and is published in
cooperation with X-Ray Magazine. Issue 3 includes a look into Costa
Rica's Selva Verde National Park and the experience of diving in
Northern Sulawesi's Lembeh Strait.
The magazine is absolutely free just by signing up,
and more information can be found on the ANIMA MUNDI
Olympus Imaging Corporation is pleased to announce
the introduction of the "OLYMPUS PEN E-P3", the flagship of the PEN
series of new generation system cameras conforming to the Micro Four
Thirds System standard, scheduled for release on 22nd July, 2011.
World's fastest AF (autofocusing)* achieved through
the FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor) AF system and a lens
incorporating the MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) mechanism.
Higher-than-ever image quality and high ISO12800 sensitivity thanks
to the new 12.3-megapixel High Speed Live MOS Sensor with full HD
movie compatibility and new TruePic VI image processing engine.
Advanced graphical user interface featuring a
3.0-inch OLED display with touchscreen panel. High-quality design
with full-metal body and sophisticated detachable camera grip.
The OLYMPUS PEN E-P3 is an interchangeable lens
type digital camera that conforms to the Micro Four Thirds System
standard. Designed as the new flagship of the PEN series of new
generation system cameras, the E-P3 is aimed at camera buffs looking
for a camera that combines traditional style and functionality with
advanced digital capabilities and top-notch performance. Further
Wetpixel D7000 housing review
A hands-on comparative review of housings for the
Nikon D7000 by Adam Hanlon
When Nikon released the D7000 in September 2010, it
was immediately apparent that they had produced a camera that was
going to be significant for underwater use. By increasing the
megapixel count and adding high ISO performance, a new EXPEED 2 image
processing engine, new metering and AF systems, HD movies and 14 bit
RAW processing, Nikon has produced a camera that competes with the
First Global Underwater Photography
Scuba Diver AustralAsia, DivePhotoGuide and
Edition Fifty Fathoms join forces to launch the first international
underwater photography magazine Scuba Diver AustralAsia, the premier dive magazine
of the Asia-Pacific region, has teamed up with DivePhotoGuide.com, a world leader in
underwater photography media, and Edition
Fifty Fathoms, the prestigious fine art magazine, to create
Scuba Diver Through the Lens, the first
international magazine dedicated entirely to underwater photography
and videography. Scuba Diver Through the Lens will be published
quarterly in both a print and digital format by Asian Geographic
Magazines in Singapore and will be distributed globally through New
York and Germany. The Special Launch edition will be promoted at DEMA
on Oct 15, 2011
A childhood fascination with diving and the ocean,
inspired by the 70's TV series "The Undersea World of Jacques
Cousteau", led to Nick joining North West based Rammy Divers, age 14
Diving primarily around the UK, it is only in more recent years that
Nick's long standing interest in photography has extended into the
water. Having initially bought an Olympus underwater compact camera
in 2004 and subsequently a Nikon D300 DSLR, one to one tuition with
renowned Underwater Photographer Martin Edge has proved instrumental
in Nick's development. Now fuelled by dive trips to more tropical
climes as well as continued UK diving as a member of Woking based
BSAC branch Surrey Aquanauts, you can see a selection of Nick's more
recent underwater photographs together with images of personal
interest above the water.
The 20th edition of Dijon International Adventure
Film Festival, officially called 'Les Écrans de l'Aventure'
will take place from November 3 to 6, 2011 in Burgundy, France. The
Festival is a showcase for documentary films that relate to any kind
of adventure: polar expeditions, mountaineering, round the
world sailing races, ballooning, underwater exploration,
speleology, portraits of adventurers, scientific expeditions... We
try to select the finest recently-produced documentaries (2011, 2010
and 2009, running time: 20 to 60 minutes). Admittance is free of
The Dijon International
Adventure Film Festival attracts more and more visitors, 10.000 at
last November's edition with the public, professionals and
adventurers all mingling together.
The latest issue of the FREE X-Ray Magazine is now
available to download.
Issue 43 includes Daniel Brinckmann and Scott
Johnson on the wonders of Yap; Barb Roy and Wayne Grant on liveaboard
diving on the Nautilus Swell in Port Hardy, BC, Canada; Dive team,
Kelly LaClaire and Kate Clark, on diving Southern Belize; Elaine Kwee
on dive volunteerism; Brian Keegan on a new tech wreck park in
Sweden; Tyge Dahl Hermansen on mangroves; Aaron Gekoski on the
broadnose sevengill shark in South Africa; AquaCorps Bob Halstead
discusses the buddy system; Flash photography by Lawson Wood; Qian
Dao Lake in China with Don Silcock; plus news and discoveries,
equipment news, photo and video equipment, dive books, shark tales,
whale tales and much more...
The deadline for registering for the Buffet at this
year's Splash-In is Wednesday 29th June. The buffet
will be served in the Hotel Mount Batten on Saturday 9th July 2011 at
19.00 hrs. The cost is £10.00 per person.
If you do not register in advance we cannot
guarantee Buffet tickets.
The latest issue of the FREE web magazine is now
available to download.
Issue 21 includes Editor's page, Refresh your
skills by Dennis Pulley, Kingdom of Whales, Diving with Isla Mujeres
Whale Sharks, Gear Locker, Life in the 'Pass Lane', DAN Corner, Book
Review, and Parting Shot.
Sam Bean LRPS, freelance photographer and
journalist is the face behind Sam Bean Images. The website holds
galleries of images that have been captured whilst travelling and
scuba diving within the UK and abroad. Traditional film cameras and
modern digital SLR and compact cameras have been used to allow
flexibility and to customise photography for each situation.
Probably the most rewarding aspect of photography is being able to
share the vision with others. This website is a snapshot of the
photographs captured by Sam Bean.
Sea and Sea Ltd is pleased to announce the release
of new RDX-600D DSLR underwater camera housing.
The new RDX-600D housing boasts a compact,
lightweight and ergonomic design which features the usual SeaandSea
RDX refinements such as a camera quick-mounting tray, port lock and
large locking latches, all at a remarkable price! It is the heart of
a system that can be tailored to your underwater shooting needs. The
housing is depth rating to 60m (200ft).
Easy Camera Mounting
Mounting the camera becomes a breeze! The housing includes a Quick
Shoe for easy mounting and removal of the camera. You need only to
slide the camera quick shoe into the slot, up to the designated
position. There is almost no need for complicated position and gear
alignments. Simple, even beginners!
RDX-6999D Housing for the Canon EOS 600D camera -
RDX-6999D Housing for the Canon EOS 600D camera -
Two Fibre Optic Cable
Allow DS-TTL and Manual slave control of external strobes. Simply by
connecting the Fibre-Optic Cable (L-type) to the socket, the light
from the digital camera's built-in flash is directed to the external
strobe. This is considerably less complicated than setting up an
electrical connector and also eliminates any risk of leaking involved
when the connector is submerged.
Hardwired TTL Adjustment (available when
using the optional YS Converter/C)
The housing comes fitted with a bulkhead blank from the factory but
for those who require a hardwired bulkhead, two user changeable "Sync
Cord Connectors" are available; a 2pin Manual unit and a 6pin unit
which can be used in conjunction with the optional YS Converter/C for
hardwired TTL strobe control.
Congratulations to Ross Gudgeon
from Australia who was the winner of this month's Focus On
Competition - Soft and Squidgy - with an image of a red jellyfish
taken at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia.
Second place went to Georgette
Douwma with an image of a Bubble tip anemone taken in Raja
Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia; third to Pete Bullen
with an image of a Flabellina nudibranch taken in Shatt
l'Amhar (Wreck of the Karwela; fourth to Rick Ayrton
with an image of a Sunset Coral taken in Lundy, Devon; fifth to
Rob Cuss with a free swimming Flabellina
nudibranch taken in Loch Creran, Scotland and sixth place to
Trevor Rees with an image of a Plumose anemone taken
in Loch Goil, Argyll, Scotland.
None of the top six photographers were present at
The top six portfolios may be viewed enlarged in
BSoUP Members only may view all
the entries in the Competition Slideshow, but you will be asked to
login if you have not already done so this session.
If you entered and are not in the top six and would
like to know how your fared please e-mail Brian Pitkin.
The July Focus On Competition - Natural light is
now open to BSoUP members only. Images entered must
not have come first, second or third in a national or international
competition. Images must have benn taken without thye use of
artificial light. Please read the Rules before entering online using the Entry
Final deadline for competition registration is
July 31st, 2011
World ShootOut early bird registration is
open till Friday, July 1st, 2011.
Don't miss the opportunity for a free set of images
on each of the categories you register 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
7 creative categories
21 lucky winners
Incredible cash, holiday and equipment prizes
Complete freedom to choose your own diving destination
Recent BSoUP Website Changes
Forced to update to Windows 7, Dreamweaver CS 5,
Photoshop CS 5 and Bridge CS 4 when my old Windows 2000 computer
failed, the entire website has now been updated to W3C//DTD HTML 4.01
Transitional//EN and uses Cascading Style Sheets.
The Meetings pages have been updated to include
pre-announcements for most BSoUP meetings between February 2001 and
the present where a Meeting's report didn't already exist. See
Slideshows for every month from January 2010 to
June 2011, where they didn't exist, have been created using Adobe Web
Gallery in Bridge CS 4. BSoUP Members only may view
the slideshows, but you will be asked to login if you haven't done so
this session. See Slideshow
The BSoUP website now includes
3,394 pages and more than 14,000 images.
One of the Competition Slideshows
June BSoUP Meeting
The next BSoUP meeting takes place
on Wednesday, 15th June 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: Splash-In: Tips
and Tricks by Brian Pitkin.
Brian is BSoUP's current President and Webmaster.
He has organised and participated in the Splash-in competitions for
over 20 years, even winning once. He has been a judge in many local,
national and international underwater photographic competitions and
has had numerous articles and images published in DIVER Magazine and
Competition: Soft and squidgy. The Competition is now
closed. BSoUP Members only may view all of the
entries in the Competition
Slideshow, but you will be asked to login if you have not already
done so this session.
Main Event: The Cocos Gamble by
Simon, is the editor of DIVE magazine, and has been
working as a full-time professional diving journalist for 12 years.
He is first and foremost a writer, but took up underwater photography
because he found it a challenging way of recording his dives. Besides
DIVE, his stories and photographs have been published in
magazines and newspapers, including the Sunday Times, Esquire,
Food and Travel, BBC Wildlife, the Independent, the Telegraph and GQ.
Simon was co-author, with John McIntyre, of a guidebook, 'Dive Red
The title of Simon's presentation is a reference to the
unpredictable nature of the place, and the challenge it poses for
underwater photography. These days, many shooters favour high-yield
destinations such as Indonesia, where they can be assured of a bounty
of photo-opportunities and relatively predictable conditions. Cocos
Island in the far Eastern Pacific is a different proposition, with its
ever-changing conditions dictated by oceanic currents, localised
weather systems and, of course, the sheer unpredictability of the
pelagic creatures for which the island is famous.
Flash photography - impact on
In 2009, marine scientist Dave Harasti completed a
study in Australia that looked at the direct impact of flash
photography on seahorses."One of the reasons why I did the study was
that I was tired of hearing or reading that flashes kill seahorses,
when there was no scientific proof," says Dave, who is using the
study as part of a PhD thesis on seahorse conservation.
Dave has been studying threatened marine species
for the past 10 years. A keen underwater photographer, he has also
won several major competitions in Australia.
"Part of my research is the use of photo IDs," he explains. "I
photograph a seahorse, look for any distinctive marks and use them
for future individual identification. I have taken a lot of
photographs of individuals and, given that they are still currently
alive and in the same spot where I first found them, I consider it
very unlikely that flash photography is having an impact on them.
"A good example is my 'Grandpa' seahorse, which I
have been photographing for three and half years. He's still alive,
currently mating with a real hot (in seahorse eyes) gold female, and
is still found in the same spot. This says to me that flash
photography does not cause seahorses to die or migrate from their
"The work I have been doing is on the White's
seahorse (Hippocampus whitei) and to a lesser extent the pot-belly
seahorse (Hippocampus abdominalis), so I can't say that flash
photography doesn't impact on all seahorse species. However, some
work we did in PNG involved photo ID of the pygmy seahorse
(Hippocampus bargibanti), and there was no impact on this species
"I found that flash photography had no significant
impact on seahorses' behaviour, movements and longevity. In my humble
opinion, photography poses no harm to seahorses. However,
photographers touching and moving seahorses and their habitats is a
completely different story!"
John Bantin, DIVER Magazine, March
If you have NOT renewed your BSoUP
Membership subscription this year (it was due at the end of February)
then your name has now been removed from the Membership List and the
We are sorry to lose you, as you will no longer be
able to enter BSoUP Members Only Competitions, post items on the
Forum, qualify for discounts on BSoUP Events, nor receive BSoUP
global e-mails and the BSoUP magazine 'infocus'. And if you had a
link to your own website from BSoUP's, sorry its now been
If you wish, you may rejoin by completing the
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please let us know. You should be receiving at least one e-mail a
month. If you are not receiving these, then it may be because you
have changed your e-mail address without letting us know.
Website of the Week - Rico
Rico was born 1968 in Leonberg/Germany. At the age
of 10 he started to become interested in photography and joined
workshops at his school, especially those about black and white
photography. For this he used an old middle-format camera and started
to develop his own photos in a darkroom.
At the age of 18, he switched to a Minolta analog
SLR camera and became interested in still-life, nature and sports
photography. At that time, photography was just a hobby for him. His
first paid job as a photographer brought him just 25 EUR!
Rico has won awards in underwater photography
competitions but is still learning, exchanging news and knowledge
with other underwater photographers around the world, teaching and of
course his mind is always busy with new underwater photography
To learn more about Rico and to see some of his
images, please visit www.maviphoto.com
Runner-up in the Advanced British and Irish
Prints category of the BSoUP Splash-in 2008
Seahorse Licences Ban Flash
The two species of seahorses found in the UK are
protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, which means you
need a license to disturb them. This includes taking photos of
If you set off on a dive with the intention of
photographing seahorses, you require a license. However, if you come
across a seahorse during a dive and take a photograph, you are not
breaking any law.
Now, licenses issued by the MMO will not allow the
photographer to use a flash. It said this was a 'precautionary
measure' while it gathered more evidence on the potential impacts of
flash photography on seahorses.
'They're a very easily stressed animal,' said Neil
Garrick-Maidment of the Seahorse Trust. 'They naturally have diseases
in their body and these come to the fore when they are stressed and
can kill the individual.' Responsible aquariums and seahorse
researchers around the world ban flash photography, he says.
But photographers say the measures take attention
away from the real problems threatening the species. 'They've [the
MMO] yet to come up with any evidence that flash kills and harms
seahorses,' said Steve Trewhella, who has a license to photograph
seahorses in Studland Bay. 'It's a bit unnecessary when there are so
many obvious threats to the seahorses.'
'There is a problem and that's anchoring boats and
illegal mooring, not divers. I don't want to give objectors to
conservation measures the ammunition to say that divers are chasing
sea horses around - which this suggests.'
Jo Mattock, DIVE Magazine
CMAS World Underwater Photography
The thirteenth CMAS World Underwater Photography
Championship was held between the 26-31 May 2011 at Bodrum, Turkey,
hosted and organized by the Turkish Underwater Sports Federation
Twenty-three countries were represented with a
total of eighty-eight participants in the event.
Team winners were the Turkish National Team with
Orhan Aytur as the new CMAS World Champion, Kerim Sabuncuoglu
achieved a second place in "wide angle without model category" with
their diving assistants Asim Dumlu and Birkan Babakol. Bedri Sincar
who is the captain of the Turkish National Team.
The championship started with the welcome cocktail
on 26 May and continued with the practice dives on the following
days. All the diving programs were successfully completed with the
competition dives held on 28-29 May. The results of the competition
were evaluated by the international jury on 30 May and announced to
the public on the same evening with a carnival celebration at the
1500 seat amphitheater in the Bodrum Castle.
East Midlands Underwater Photographers
East Midlands Underwater Photographers -
Tuesday 7th June 2011
EMUP - East Midlands Underwater Photographers, meet
in the room underneath Nemo's Bar, Stoney Cove, on the
first Tuesday of the month from October to June.
Composition Night! AGM and BIG Competition
Bristol Underwater Photography Group - Next
Tuesday 7th June
The next meeting of BUPG takes place on Tuesday 7th
June at 20.00 hrs at the normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway
Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map).
The monthly competition theme is 'Soft and
Squidgy'. Send your digital files to our new Competitions Member,
Peter Plume, by midday on the Sunday before - this
will be the standard cut off time unless advised otherwise. Unsure
about entering? Even if you don't feel you have any winners, send
some in to benefit from the audience feedback - it's an ideal way to
Rob Bailey will give a short presentation on
sharpening techniques. This will be the first of three presentations
exploring the variety of options available for sharpening images.
Our Image of the Year for 2010 will be
revealed. All the winning images from our 2010 monthly competitions
were sent to Dr Alex Mustard and he has chosen his top five. There
will be a trophy presented to the winning photographer.
Arthur Kingdon will
give a presentation on 'Depth of Field' (subject to
Although I swore I never would turn to stills
photography, I was pleasantly surprised with the results from my
first attempt. That was with a Canon DSLR camera in an Ikelite
housing. During a trip to Indonesia with Martin Edge, I felt my
photography really coming alive and I acheived 3rd place in the BSoUP
beginners portfolio competition.
I now shoot with a Nikon D300s in a Subal housing.
I've not looked back since then and I'm really pleased with the
images I have. I hope you like them too!
Whilst exhibiting at the Birmingham NEC dive show, I was approached
by Coral Cay Conservation and asked to visit two of their sites - in
Cambodia and The Philippines. The intention was to capture some of
the fun, atmosphere and valuable work done by the charity in the
hopes it would encourage others to volunteer or contribute to the
You can see a very small selection of the 3000 odd
photographs that Pash took at www.pashbaker.co.uk/
What to Shoot
by Alex Mustard
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.