NCUPS 2012 - Video Results
Congratulations to BSoUP Member
Jo Horrocks who won first and second place in the
Video Snapshot category in the NCUPS 2011 competition with Moray
Ballet and Mischievous Seal respectively.
Video Snapshot: Jo Horrocks - Moray Ballet
from NCUPS on Vimeo.
Video Snapshot: Jo Horrocks - Mischievous Seal
from NCUPS on Vimeo
Creatures of the
Lembeh Strait from Howard Hall on Vimeo.
Creatures of the Lembeh Strait by Howard
Howard and Michelle Hall have just returned from a
stay at the Lembeh Resort, Lembeh, Indonesia. As is their wont, they
have posted a video of the "Creatures of the Lembeh Strait",
capturing some amazing behavior and critters. These include
flamboyant cuttlefish (hunting, eating, laying eggs and hatching), a
hairy frogfish feeding and a hairy octopus.
To watch the 5:15 minute video click on the image
or visit http://vimeo.com/39145639 (Adam Hanlon, wetpixel)
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta
Adobe has released a beta version of its Photoshop
Creative Suite (CS) 6 on Adobe Labs.
The new version features a redesigned user interface, a redesigned
crop tool, new Patch and Move tools with Content-Aware options,
Camera RAW version 7, a Blur Gallery (Tilt-Shift, Iris and Field
Blur) and video editing in CS 6 is no longer limited to the extended
Photoshop CS6 beta is a free download,
but a log in is required using an Adobe log in. There is a full list
and specifications of the beta available as a
pdf download too.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta
BBC cameraman Mike Pitts and producer Ingrid
Meet the Croc Crew
An exciting TV diving duo is a late addition to the
line-up of speakers at the London International Dive Show (LIDS
2012), at ExCeL this weekend
With Crocodiles', millions of BBC viewers recently discovered
that it's possible to dive even with mighty Nile crocodiles, if you
choose the right time, dive the plan and have nerves of steel.
Now LIDS provides the chance to meet the man who
went in close to get those amazing shots. BBC cameraman Mike
Pitts went along with producer Ingrid Kvale,
who co-ordinated this amazing operation. For Mike it all became a
little too amazing at one point to catch the full background
Mike and Ingrid are kindly filling a slot on the
LIDS speaker programme at 12.45 on Saturday 31 March vacated by
Fred Buyle, another image-maker who loves
challenging wildlife encounters.
A complete line of speaker presentations may be
viewed at http://www.diveshows.co.uk/speaker-presentations.phtml.
Directions to ExCel
Website of the Week - Josef
Josef Litt is a keen underwater
photographer. He took his first underwater photograph in 2007. His
portfolio includes photographs from many diving locations around the
Josef is proud member of the British Society of
Underwater Photographers (BSoUP)."I aim to create fantastic
underwater photographs. Stunning fine art, unique, pixel-perfect.
Simply Miracles Photographed!"Josef's project 'Help the Seas!'
enables local marine protection projects to reach funds from private
contributors. The sea conservation projects receive visibility and
on-line fundraising capability (see http://HelpTheSeas.org)Josef's underwater
photographs were used in the Coral Reef Alliance's Calendars (see
http://coral.org/calendar)Another three of his
photographs were taken were published by BSoUP in the book "BSoUP -
Images taken with compact cameras" (see http://www.photobox.co.uk/) N.
B. Internet Explorer 9 users please use Tools /
Compatibility view to preview the photobook.
© Sean Arrowsmith
NCUPS 2012 -Stills Results
The winners of the Northern California Underwater
Photographic Society's annual 2011 SEA International Underwater Photo
& Video Competition have been announced.
Congratulations to BSoUP member
Sean Arrowsmith who got an honourable mention in the
The overall winner was Eduardo Acevedo from the
Full details at http://sea.ncups.org/
Theme Portfolio Results
Congratulations to Keith Lyall who
was the winner of this year's Theme Portfolio competition. On the
theme 'Seals', Keith's images were taken at Lundy using a Nikon D300,
Tokina FE lens and dual Inon strobes.
Congratulations also to Tony
Baskeyfield who came second with his portfolio of dolphins.
Although Tony scored fewer points overall, he amassed 8 first places
as opposed to Keith's 5.
Third place went to Trevor Rees
for his portfolio of swans taken in Llandudno, North Wales with a
Nikon D90 and Nikkor 10.5 lens. Fourth place went to Martyn
Guess for his portfolio enitled 'Its a crabs world'. Fifth
place went to Georgette Douwma for her Portfolio
'Mangrove' taken in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Sixth place
went to Dougie Souness for his dolphin portofolio
taken in Curaçao.
There were a total of 23 entries.
Winner © Keith Lyall
2nd © Tony Baskeyfield
How the top six scored:-
The top six may be individually viewed larger in the Gallery by
clicking on a photographer's name above.
BSoUP Members only may view all of
the entries in the Competition slideshow, but you will be asked to
login if you haven't already done so this session. You may choose to
View either the Gallery or Sldieshow from the top left menu option
If you were not one of the top six and would like
to know how your scored, please contact Brian Pitkin.
Next month's Focus On competition category is Two
of something (any pair of underwater creatures), which is open to
BSoUP Members only.
Each photographer may submit a single image The
overall image must be no taller than 1050 pixels and no wider than
1400 pixels at 72 pixels/inch. Larger images will be rejected by the
3rd © Trevor Rees
Anima Mundi - issue 6
Anima Mundi - Latest issue
The latest issue of the FREE magazine Anima Mundi
by Andrea and Antonella Ferrari is now available to
Issue 6 includes Colorful hummingbirds of Mindo,
Ecuador; Stunning snakes of Costa Rica; Etosha elephants portfolio by
Christopher Rimmer; Secret life of the amazing Frogfish.
To download you copy please visit www.animamundimag.com/
2020 Vision - Image of the Day
The Wow Factor
View a stunning new image from the 2020VISION image
libary each and every day. Images are available as wallpaper
2020VISION is the most ambitious nature photography
project ever staged in the UK. It aims to engage and enthuse a
massive audience by using innovative visual media to convey the value
of restoring our most important but often fragmented habitats - to
show that healthy ecosystems are not just for wildlife, but are
something fundamental to us all.
To view and download the image of the day please
2020VISION - Image of the Day
Website of the Week - John
John is a freelance diving photographer and
journalist. His work appears regularly in Diver Magazine
and has appeared in all the other UK diving magazines and many more
general magazines. He has also worked for many European diving
magazines and a selection of diving magazines worldwide.
John lives in Bristol and learned to dive in 1978
with the University of Bristol BSAC branch whilst studying for a degree in
An interest in underwater photography developed to
the point where he was effectively semi-professional. Encouraged by
this, in 1998 he decided to pursue diving full time, concentrating on
photography and writing, supported by instruction, creating diving
web sites and anything else that put his diving experience to good
In March of 1999 John became an Associate of the
Royal Photographic Society (ARPS). His photography and web site have
won a few awards, including highly commended in the Wildlife
Photographer of the Year competition for his picture of a spawning
British Underwater Photography Championship
The annual British Underwater Photography
Championship (Splash-In) takes place on Saturday 14th July,
2012 at Mount Batten, Plymouth.
The competition will run on similar lines to last
year's (see Results 2011 and Rules 2011),
although a few changes will be made. The Grand Prize for the overall
winner is a 7-day live-aboard holiday for two in the Maldives
(exclusive of flights and taxes) courtesy of Maldives Scuba
Tours. Other prizes and awards will be announced as they are
Those attending who have not booked accommodation
or a space on a boat should contact Martha Tressler who has some spaces
Dan Bolt - Overall Winner 2011
Next BSoUP Meeting
The next BSoUP meeting takes place
on Wednesday, 21 March 2012at 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.
Colin Doeg: Useful
Photographic Websites. Colin will describe a
number of websites which he finds interesting or useful, starting
with our own website which he describes as a most amazing resource.
Members may also wish to add their own sources of information to
those mentioned by Colin. Colin is co-founder of BSoUP, former BSoUP
Chairman (twice!) and continues to serve on the BSoUP committee.
Theme Portfolio Competition for the BSoUP Theme
Portfolio Trophy - a portfolio of 6 images. The competition
is now closed. BSoUP Members only may preview the
slideshow. You will be asked to login if you have not done so
Mark Webster: A
Different View - new ways to approach familiar subjects,
dives sites, habitats to create interesting images and maintain the
passion. As underwater photographers we often dive the same
sites and locations repetitively which is normally an advantage when
seeking to perfect a shot. However, sometimes you may feel you have
covered all the subjects and need a new location. Marks talk will
encourage us to take some alternate views of familiar subjects and
think of a different approach to habitats and species which will help
maintain the enthusiasm and passion between or even during the big
trips to new or familiar locations.
Mark first used a camera when working as a
commercial diver in the North Sea and was quickly bitten by the bug
which is now a passion, if not an obsession! Mark is the author of or
contributor to a number of books including The Art and Technique of
Underwater Photography, Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkelling and most
recently Beneath Cornish Seas. He has enjoyed some success on the
competition circuit and has represented the UK at the CMAS World
Championships on four occasions winning silver and bronze medals.
Mark has also been leading underwater photography workshops since
1992 in the Red Sea, Caribbean and Far East.
LIDS 2012 Speaker Presentations
Alex Mustard speaking at LIDS
Saturday 31st March & Sunday 1st April,
2012 at 11.15 a.m. ExCel, London Docklands
Become the Champ - How to Win Underwater
BSoUP Member Alex
Mustard, a well-known name in underwater photography, has
developed his own distinctive and creative style. At the last NEC
Dive Show he won the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition, adding to a long
record of contest successes, including the BBC Wildlife Photographer
of the Year and World Festival of Underwater Photography
competitions. These days he judges more competitions than he enters,
so has a unique insight into the images that win acclaim - a code all
photographers long to crack.
A complete line of speaker presentations may be
viewed at http://www.diveshows.co.uk/speaker-presentations.phtml.
Directions to ExCel
Dive the World magazine
The publishers of the Dyk magazines in Scandinavia
have announced the publication of a magazine called "Dive the
World". The aim is for it to be image rich and story focused.
Issue one was released in January, and issue two, due in April will
feature a portfolio from Ethan Daniels and the
second in a series of Nature Notes articles by Alex
Mustard. Also featured in the publication are friends of
Wetpixel Stephen Wong and Takako
Uno as well as photographers Magnus
Lundgren and Marcus Roth.
Dive the World is available quarterly by subscription.
Dive the World magazine
Adam Hanlon, wetpixel
April cover shots
April cover shots
Cover shots by BSoUP members
Trevor Rees (in SCUBA's April issue - far left) and
by Martin Davies (in Sport Diver's April issue -
left) have been posted to the Covers page on this website. Trevor has
also published an article on Scottish sea lochs in April's SCUBA
The two April covers join Trevor
Rees' March cover in SCUBA and Arun 'Izzy'
Madisetti's cover earlier in the year in Experience
Dominica. See Cover shots
If you are a BSoUP Member, please
remember we welcome your cover shots and underwater photography news
- mail to Brian
Fifty Fathoms - New UW-Photo
The first magazine that actually is two magazines:
in the portrait mode (vertical format like a print magazine) the new
mag introduces the photographer and his work - this will be of
interest for all editors and art directors.
In the landscape mode (horizontal like a computer
screen) the magazine explains techniques and equipment and is of
interest for all other photographers to improve their own abilities.
Needless to say that all important data are hot wired to the internet
so you`ll have an endless source of information in your hands.
Best of all. The magazine will use full resolution
on the new iPad3 - ready for Retina :)
Get your copy for the iPad, see how it works and
submit your work to be published worldwide! A new generation of
magazines available as of now!
See http://www.facebook.com/ for further details.
Fifty Fathoms - New UW-Photo
Linda Pitkin's 2020VISION Charr
Linda Pitkin's 2020VISION Charr
BSoUP Member Linda Pitkin's latest
blog, on Arctic Charr, has been posted on the 2020VISION website at
Linda is one of the 20 photographers involved in
the 2020VISION project which seeks to engage and enthuse a massive
audience by using innovative visual media to convey the value of
restoring our most important but often fragmented habitats - to show
that healthy ecosystems are not just for wildlife, but are something
fundamental to us all. Linda is the only female photographer in the
team. She and Alex Mustard are the only underwater photographers.
To find out more about 2020VISION please visit
BSoUP Photobook - Images taken in British
The latest BSoUP photobook -
Images taken in British waters is now available online at www.photobox.co.uk/.
We invited BSoUP members to submit images taken in
British waters for a photobook to promote the society, particularly
at events like dive shows. We are delighted that quite a few members
responded (see below). The book, compiled by Alison Mayor, is now
available to order online and you may preview the contents (password
Comprising 58 pages the book retails at £56.99 plus
postage. However until 18th March there is a buy one get one free
offer for hard cover books over 40 pages (code HCBOOKS241), so we
suggest you split the cost of two copies with another underwater
Images taken in British waters
BSoUP extends its sincere thanks
to Trevor Rees, Arthur Kingdon, Caroline Bateman, Dave Peake, Len
Deeley, Neil Hollingworth, Martin Davies, Clive Allcorn, Alex
Mustard, Dougie Souness, Mark Webster, Nick Blake, Dan Bolt, Joss
Woolf, Ken Sullivan, Cathy De Lara, Gerry Casey, Nick Watson, Keith
Lyal, Heather Morris, Steve Jones, Tony Neal, Robert Bailey, Mark
Thomas, Tony Baskeyfield, Kevin Cullimore, Brian Pitkin, Peter
Tatton, Alison Mayor and Maragaret Ashton who submitted images and to
Alison Mayor for compiling the book.
N. B. Unfortunately the preview doesn't show if you
use Internet Explorer 9. If you have this version, once you have
clicked on the URL (http://www.photobox.co.uk/) use the IE 9 Tools /
Compatability View to enable you to log in to the photobook [or use
Internet Explorer 8 or earlier or another browser like Safari
(http://www.apple.com/safari/download/) or Google Chrome
(http://www.google.co.uk/chrome)]. Log in with the
password LIDS2012. The discount code to purchase two copies for the
price of one is HCBOOKS241. A box for this code is located on the
PhotoZone Presentations at LIDS
PhotoZone Presentations at LIDS
The following underwater photography talks will
take place in the PhotoZone area of the main hall at the London
International Dive Show (LIDS) at ExCel, London Docklands on both
Saturday, 31st March and Sunday 1st April.
10.00 - 10.45 a.m. Which Underwater Camera? - Mark
Koekemoer, Ocean Optics
11.00 - 11.45 a.m. Top ten underwater photyography
tips -Martin Davies, BSoUP
12.00 - 12.45 p.m. But that's not real! - Saeed
1.00 - 1.45 p.m. Hot new toys - Alex Tattersall,
2.00 - 2.45 p.m. Video cameras are dead, long live
video... Paul 'Duxy' Duxfield, Ocean Leisure Cameras
3.00 - 3.45 p.m. Diving skills for underwater
photographers - Black Rock Diving
For further details please
Website of the Week - Cathy
Cathy was introduced to diving in 1984 by her
adventure-loving friend Tina, who took her to Wast Water in the Lake
District on a freezing cold November day. The hail was horizontal,
her wetsuit didn't fit, and there was nothing to see. Cathy thought
she was mad. Luckily a beginnerï's course in Port Douglas, Australia
during a yearï's travelling, changed her mind. She joined Clifton Sub
Aqua Club when she returned and have never looked back.
"Photography seemed a natural progression, to
add another element to my diving". Cathy loved seeing the images
other photographers had taken and wanted to show non-diving friends
some of the spectacular life and scenery beneath the sea. Having no
photography experience Cathy had to master the unforgiving Nikonos 5
camera from scratch - a challenge for a non-techy
It took some help from experts Alan James, Gordon
James and Martin Edge to achieve anything Cathy was relatively happy
with. She progressed on to an SLR Nikon F90X film camera and now uses
a Nikon D200 digital SLR in a Sea and Sea housing. For lighting,
Cathy uses twin YS110 Sea and Sea strobes. Favourite lenses include
the Nikon 60mm macro and 10.5mm fisheye, and occasionally the 20mm
Cathy is a member of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group
(BUPG) and the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP).
She enjoys learning from other members expertise and sharing her
photographic experiences with them. For Cathy, taking a camera
underwater is like treasure hunting, looking for a scene or subject
to get that perfect shot. She's still looking - and enjoying every
minute of it.
Pacific Northwest Diver
Pacific Northwest Diver - Latest
The latest issue of the FREE Pacific Northwest
Diver is now available for download.
This issues featured photographer is Mary Bess
Johnson. Mary Bess is a Mukilteo based photographer who not only
takes stunning marine images, she also uses a modified Nikon D200 to
take under water infrared photos, like this months tunicate cover
shot (below) she calls Nova Blossom.
Anacortes based Lu-Jacs Quest is Marchs featured
operator, with photos by Marc Chamberlain, Phil Jensen, and Janna
Nichols. We highlight the work of Lee Newman in Vancouver, BC, Mary
Springhorn and Tracy Petersen with Anacortes Diving, and Berni Landau
in the Portland area.
The Technical Corner discusses the Saga fiber optic
strobe ring for photographers/videographers use in macro and
To downlaod your copy please visit http://pnwups.com/
X-Ray Magazine - Latest issue
The latest issue of the FREE x-Ray Magazine is now
available to download.
Issue 47 includes special coverage of the Red Sea
including Brothers Islands with Christopher Bartlett, a journey from
Cairo to El Quseir with Barb Roy, and Elphinstone with JP Bresser;
Interview with Archim Schlïffel; Communing with cuttlefish with
Seanna Cronin; Kimbe Bayïs Zero Wreck with Don Silcock; Bell Island
wrecks with Robert Osborne; Peter Symes and David Hall on hooded
nudibranchs; Giant manta rays of Ecuador with Mark Harding; Diving
Timor Leste with Don Silcock; How to photograph sharks with Andy
Murch; Michael Menduno interviews the late PADI co-founder, John
Cronin; Muck diving photography with Lawson Wood; Michel Braunstein
takes us to a unique dive site in the Dead Sea. Plus news and
discoveries, equipment and training news, books and media, underwater
photo and video equipment, turtle news, shark tales, whale tales and
Download your copy from www.xray-mag.com/
Deep Indonesia 2012
Results of DEEP Indonesia 2012
The results of the second part of the "super bowl"
of underwater photography, DEEP Indonesia 2012, have been announced.
The contest had over 1200 entries competing in 7 categories for over
$40,000 worth of prizes. Best of Show, went to Dale
Sanders for his wide-angle scenic shot of anemones under the
sea ice at Baffin Island, in Arctic Canada, as did the diver
category. Other category winners were BSoUP Member
Alex Tattersall in the animal behavior category,
Stefano Proakis in the animal portrait,
Marcus Commodore for the compact category,
Carlos Villoch in the environment and conservation
and Maria Rivarola won the category for Indonesian
Full contest results are available on the UnderwaterCompetition.com website.
Adobe Lightroom 4 now
Adobe has announced the release and availability of
the latest version of its photo editing software, Lightroom 4. The
beta version has been around since the end of January, and it would
seem that the release version is very similar. Included in the new
version is native video support, with the ability to trim and extract
frames from footage. Perhaps more critically, the develop module has
been substantially revised, with new processing technology, superior
shadow and highlight processing and integrated soft proofing for
Lightroom 4 is available for Mac and Windows now at
($103.88) for the full version or $59.09 for an upgrade.
Free shipping until 31st March.
Further details at http://success.adobe.com/
Adobe Lightroom 4
Epson Red Sea Online Competition -
Epson Red Sea Photographer of the Year
Between the months of January and May, the
Epson Red Sea 2012 Online Competition will take place. Each month
during the competition, amateur and professional photographers from
all over the world are invited to submit a portfolio of 3 digital
photos. By the end of each month, 3 photographers will be announced
as the winners of that particular month, chosen both by the public
and by an international panel of 5 judges.
The top three photographers for February were:
First: Dennis Vandermeersch from Belgium with 38.62% of
Second: Boaz Meiri from USA Boaz with 12.91% of the
Third: Henrik Gram Rasmussen from Denmark with 9.62% of
The March competition is now open. Further details
Website of the Week - Arthur
My interest in photography began many
years ago when I was around fourteen. My father was an accomplished
amateur photographer with his own darkroom and I remember being
fascinated as the monochrome images would slowly appear in the
I soon purchased a secondhand Nikonos
11, for what was about two week's wages at the time, and set off to
capture fantastic images of the underwater world. Well, it did not
work out quite as I expected; the 35mm lens was not very wide, it was
tricky to focus, and those expensive flashbulbs! Six rolls of fairly
mediocre images later, I was diving Kimmeridge Bay (UK south coast)
when a member of our shore party managed to accidentally damage my
camera beyond repair. Unable to afford a replacement and being
somewhat unimpressed with my results, my underwater photography
career came to an end - or so I thought.
I continued diving with my 'wreckie' buddies for the next thirty
years but was becoming increasingly bored and doing less diving. I
started organising expeditions to Newfoundland in the Ninetees and
that inspired me to take up underwater photography again. I purchased
another Nikonos in 1999, a strobe and a 20mm lens followed and my
results were sufficiently encouraging. A Nikon F4 in an Aquatica
housing replaced the Nikonos and the results improved again. However,
the bug really bit in 2004 with the move to digital (a Nikon D100)
and I have not looked back. I am keen to dive anywhere, anytime and
now do far more diving than I used to do. Currently, I use a Nikon
D200 in an Aquatica housing with twin Inon Z240 strobes. I use a
variety of lenses, mainly Nikon but I have just added a Tokina
10-17mm fisheye. I also enjoy using a housed Canon A540 compact on
My work has been published in a variety of
magazines and I have enjoyed a fair amount of success in photographic
competitions. I currently organise the programme and act as webmaster
for the Bristol Underwater
Photography Group as well as being a member of the British
Society of Underwater Photographers I am always keen to help any of
the less experienced underwater photographers and I enjoy receiving
emails on any aspects of what has become my passion - feel free to
get in touch via my website www.aakup.com/index.htm.
UwP 65 - no cover image
UwP - Latest issue
The latest issue of the FREE Underwater Photography
magazine is now available for download.
Issue 65 (March/April 2012) includes Editorial,
News, Travel & Events, New Products, Olympus 12-15mm by
Dan Bolt, Mirrorless macro by Phil
Rudin, Fish Faces by Angela Cegarra,
Freshwater by Jack Perks, Barbados sea turtles by
Phil Rudin, Isla del Coco by Alex
Tyrell, North Sulawesi by Marco Walter,
Lembeh luxury by Mark Webster, Bikini atoll by
Joseph C. Dovala, Red Sea Tourism by Howard
Rosenstein, DVD review by Paul Colley, and
parting shot by Kaido Haagen.
To get you copy plese visit http://www.uwpmag.com/
Canon release EOS 5D Mark III
On the 25th anniversary of its world-renowned EOS
System, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is
proud to announce its latest model, the new EOS 5D Mark III Digital
SLR Camera. Positioned between the extremely popular EOS 5D Mark II
and Canon's top-of-the-line professional EOS-1D X model, the EOS 5D
Mark III delivers superb image quality, thanks to a new
22.3-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, a high-performance DIGIC
5+ Imaging Processor, a 61-point High Density Reticular Autofocus
(AF) System and six frames-per-second (fps) continuous shooting
Building upon the trailblazing success of the EOS
5D Mark II, the EOS 5D Mark III also incorporates enhanced video
features for professionals in the fields of cinematography,
television production and documentary filmmaking, including better
noise reduction, longer recording times and a built-in headphone jack
for audio monitoring.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
The EOS 5D Mark III is Canon's answer to hundreds
of thousands of advanced amateurs and emerging professionals looking
for a compact, high-quality camera system to help them achieve their
artistic vision, whether it be through still or video imagery. The
EOS 5D Mark III introduction coincides with Canon's 25th anniversary
celebration of the EOS camera system. Canon's award-winning EOS
system first debuted in March of 1987 with the introduction of the
EOS 650 SLR camera and three EF lenses. See also review by DPR
Super macro image of a tiny Blenny
taken using a reversed lens combo
© Alex Mustard
Time for a major philosophy
Wetpixel Associate Editor and BSoUP Committee
Member Alex Mustard has
provoked a fascinating and lively debate in the wetpixel forums by
The issue: with changes in camera technology,
should we still strive for the finished image in camera, or
He relates it to the advent of the Lytro camera
(see below) which allows for focus adjustments post-capture, and the
imminent arrival of the Nikon D800 and Canon 5DMk III, both of which
have massive resolution and will promote the use of extensive
cropping. Does the concept of getting the image right at the moment
of capture still have merit or not? Please join the discussion
and add your thoughts.
Lytro now shipping the worlds first light
Last year, Lytro launched planned to build an
amazing new kind of camera. Since then, the Lytro team has worked
hard to bring this technology to life and manufacture the worldï's
first light field camera for consumers. Lytro has now started
shipping the Lytro camera to its first customers and are putting the
future of light field photography in your hands.
Whilst housings and underwater equipment for the
camera are not yet commercially available, it is apparent that the
technology is going to change the way pictures are taken.
This is just the beginning. It starts today with
living pictures that you can interactively refocus
post-capture to explore the picture and make your own visual
discoveries. In addition, later this year we'll introduce software
updates that unlock additional features, including 3D viewing, of
your existing light field shots.
Further details: http://blog.lytro.com/. See also DPR
Neil Lucas to speak in Ripon
Saturday 10th March at 2pm
Neil Lucas will be giving a talk and show at Ripon
Leisure Centre, Harrogate on Saturday 10th March at 2pm.
Neil was a producer with the BBC's Natural History
Unit for over 20 years. In that time he worked on many of Sir David
Attenborough's series plus the BBC series Life. If you saw the
speeded-up film of plants growing, you saw Neil's work, and so to was
the Life program on the Huboldt squid.
Neil is now a freelance film director and
photographer specialising in the most demanding and difficult work.
He has fascinating stories to tell of the films and series he worked
on, the animals and events, and how he got some of the most amazing
film and pictures (see Neil's
Tickets are £10 each and are selling quickly. To
get yours please email email@example.com,
call 0843 523 5530 or 07815 815116.
Ripon Leisure Centre may be found at http://g.co/maps/z93ze
Masters of Underwater
Call to Artists - Deadline: March 4,
Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) invites underwater
photography artists to submit their work for review for the upcoming
exhibition Liquid Capture: Masters of Underwater Photography on view
at OMA April 28 through June 17, 2012 with an Exhibition Reception
and Panel Discussion on May 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Organized by
renowned photographer Lee Peterson, this exhibition will present the
best underwater photographic art from around the world. There will be
five categories for the photography contest: Ocean
Environment Underwater, Macro, Diver, Ocean Environment Above Water
and Marine Mammals. An optional category is Submersion, a creative
look at diving. Prizes are being continually added. All selected
photographs will be published in the exhibition catalogue being
created by Digital
One and artists will receive an exhibition certificate from
Oceanside Museum of Art.
To submit your work visit the Enter page here.
Masters of Underwater Photography
East Midlands Underwater Photographers
EMUP - Next Meeting
Tuesday 6th March 2012
The next meeting of the East Midlands Underwater
Photographers (EMUP) takes place on Tuesday 6th March downstairs in
Nemo's Bar, at Stoney Cove (map) at 7:30 sharp. All pub facilities
will be open so refreshments will be on hand
An evening with Maria Munn
Multi award-winning underwater photographer and award-winning author,
Munn is the first person in the world to design tailor-made,
underwater photography courses for all makes of compact cameras.
Competition: Underwater Excellence (3 shots)
Submit three images to demonstrate excellence (up
to you how to interpret that). There doesn't need to be a theme, but
looking at the BSoUP competition variety tends to
Visit http://www.emup.org.uk/ for further details.
9th Annual San Francisco Ocean Festival
7-11 March , 2012
The 9th Annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival is
soliciiting films to be screeened over a five day period to thousands
of ocean and film lovers who will be headed to San Francisco for this
annual event. Filmmakers from around the world have come to know
SFOFF as the premier ocean film festival.
Featuring over 50 critically acclaimed independent
films, chosen from over 150 submissions, the films offer a rare and
unique opportunity to learn about the vital importance of the world's
ocean and participate in panel discussions, filmmaker Q & A
sessions and special screenings unique to our film festival.
For full details please visit www.oceanfilmfest.org/
San Francisco Ocean Festival
Northern Underwater Photography
NUPG - Next Meeting
Monday 12th March
The next meeting of the Northern Underwater
Photography Group (NUPG) is on Monday 12th March at the Gurkha Grill
in West Didsbury (map).
The talk will be by Nick and Caroline on their
recent road trip in Florida, the competition theme is "animal
behaviour" and there will be a new feature: Ken's photoshop
Please send in an image you would like to improve
and Ken will talk through the photoshop technique. It should be a
good one - we hope to see you there.
March is hotting up (well maybe not in the weather
sense) - The NUPG Winter Splash-in will be on the 17th March in North
Wales. Find a buddy and get in and take some photos on this one day
and you can enter the competition.
Further details at www.nupg.org.uk/
Saturday 31st March 2012 and Sunday 1st
Get your spring diving season off to the very best
start with a visit to the London International Dive Show (LIDS 2012)
at ExCeL in London. With more than 200 exhibiting companies, a top
line-up of diving speakers, free seminars, two diving pools and a
host of in-show features, you're guaranteed a great day out.
In addition to new-look in-hall features, LIDS 2012
will have expanded dive-travel and underwater photo areas and more
comprehensive support than ever before from PADI and BSAC. Both
agencies will be running dedicated dive presentations throughout the
weekend, and BSAC will be featuring the Branch Pods and special
university dive-club area that proved so popular at the recent NEC
Birmingham Dive Show.
For further details please visit LIDS 2012.
London International Dive Show - LIDS 2012
LIDS 2012 - Photozone
UNDERWATER photographers should make sure not to
miss the programme of talks by leading experts in the PhotoZone at
the forthcoming London International Dive Show (LIDS 2012).
Taking place within the section of the show
dedicated to their needs, the LIDS 2012 PhotoZone talks will focus on giving advice on the
latest equipment and techniques. They are being pulled together by
post-production guru Saeed Rashid, who will be giving a talk entitled
"But That's Not Real! Why Use Composite Images?"
Other presenters will include Alex Tattersall ("Hot
New Toys!"), Paul 'Duxy' Duxfield ("Compact Video") and the British
Society of Underwater Photographers ("10 Top Underwater Photography
Tips"). There will also be two presentations by Ocean Optics, one of
them in association with Black Rock Diving of Dahab, on "Diving
Skills For Underwater Photographers".
All this - plus the chance to discuss equipment,
techniques and concerns one to one with the experts, to enjoy
examples of fine photography from BSoUP's Print Competition in the
Photo Gallery, and to check out the many cameras, housings and
accessories for sale.
Taking place over the weekend of 31 March/1 April
at London's ExCeL, LIDS 2012 will feature a huge range of diving
equipment and accessories, as well as dive-travel opportunities in
the UK and overseas.
Dive training advice will also be plentiful at the
show, particularly in the PADI Village and in the expanded British
Sub Aqua Club area, where the club will be supported by special
'pods' dedicated to a range of its branches in London and the
And there will be top diving speakers including Monty Halls, Paul Rose,
deep-wreck diver Mark Dixon and Titanic expert Rory Golden,
plus attractions like the 3D Free-Dive Simulator, the Try Dive Pool
and the Technical Pool.
Tickets for LIDS 2012 booked in advance cost just £8.50 a head instead of £11.50 on the door. And there are
group-booking offers for six or more people that work out even
cheaper at just £7.50 a head - a 35% saving. Children under 14 go
For more information please visit www.diveshows.co.uk/visitors.phtml
Website of the Week - Tristan
Tristan is a PADI Dive Master and has had a life
long passion for all things underwater. Being a photographer, there
was a natural progression to underwater photography.
Apart from wrecks, reefscapes and fish, Tristan has
also undertaken work for clients wanting to showcase their underwater
Tristan is working on building a comprehsnisve
photographic database of British Marine life, although this side
project will take many years to complete.
To see some of Tristan's images please visit
British Wildlife Photography
Deadline: May 12th, 2012
BWPA is delighted to announce the 2012 competition
is now open for entries. With twelve separate categories, the subject
matter covers everything from marine life and animal behaviour to
creepy crawlies and urban wildlife.
With a prize fund of up to £20,000
and the overall winner receiving a cash prize of
£5,000, the images receiving judges' commendations will form
part of a series of nationwide exhibitions and be included in a
For full details please visit www.bwpawards.org/
British Wildlife Photography Awards
Image: Seahorse by Alex Tattersall
BSoUP - Martin Edge Award
If you have never attended a course on underwater
photography with Martin Edge, he is offering one lucky BSoUP
Member a single FREE place on a one day course near
Bournemouth. BSoUP will pay £60 for the use of the hotel and pool and
Martin will provide his services at no cost to you. You will be
expected to pay your travel expenses and accommodation.
To qualify please send a brief statement about your
current camera system (camera, housing, lenses, flashes), tell us
about your underwater photography background and experience, send us
six of your best images and tell us why you think you would benefit
from this one-off special offer.
The lucky BSoUP Member who makes the best
case will be notified in due course.
Please e-mail your statement and images to firstname.lastname@example.org by 27 March, 2012
Although Martin specialises in courses for dSLR
cameras he is willing to offer the course to four thirds and compact
camera users as well.
Blue Ocean Film Festival
Deadlines: 16th March to 16th April, 2012 -
The 2012 Blue Ocean Film Festival is calling for
entries. The event will be held from 24-30 September in Monterey,
California and consists of, firstly, an international film
competition which honors all genres of ocean related films. Films
from around the globe are selected to be screened and celebrated
during the festival and recognized at the BLUE Carpet Awards
Ceremony. Secondly, an industry conference is to be held during the
festival, and lastly, a conservation summit during which leaders in
ocean issues, solutions and policy will head up a series of lectures
and panels in conjunction with community educational outreach
Full entry details are available on the Blue
Ocean website or via Withoutabox.
Blue Ocean Film Festival 2012