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News - July 2012

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

June 2012
Coming Soon
News Archive


Website of the Week - Graham Smith
Alex Mustard's self portrait with a harbour seal
Kipon EVIL Lens Adaptors
Canon EOS M EVIL Camera
Environmental Photographer of the Year
Focus On - Reef scenes - Results
British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition
Nikon D7000 Housing Reviews
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 EVIL camera
Camera Image Sensor
Amphibico unveils Rouge housing
Cairns U/W Film and Photo Competition 2012
San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

BSoUP - Next Meeting
Website of the Week - Phil Sargeant
British Underwater Photography Championship
2020VISION Roadshow launched
Steve Jones - Ocean Artists Society
X-ray Magazine - Latest issue
2020VISION - Big ideas to rebuild our natural home
2020VISION - The bookMORE


GrahamSmith
Graham Smith

Website of the Week - Graham Smith

'My galleries contain photographs I've taken in the warm, crystal clear waters of the Cayman Islands in the British West Indies. Scuba diving brought me and my wife Patricia here some 9 years ago and we now spend several months each year in our home just off the famous Seven Mile Beach.''My first instruction was from Martin Edge on one of his Bournemouth, England, weekend courses. At his encouragement I joined the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) and can recommend their website (find it on 'Links'). Sessions with the world famous Cathy Church in Grand Cayman followed. Equipment-wise I started with the Nikonos V system and in 2004 moved on to the Nikon D100 in a Subal housing to produce digital images.''If you can't join me on a dive, I hope you enjoy my photography. If you want to contact me, please do; I'll be pleased to hear from you.'


Alex Mustard's self portrait with a harbour seal

BSoUP member, Alex Mustard's self portrait with a harbour seal (Phoca vitulina), taken at the Farne Islands, Northumberland, has been published in newspapers and on websites around the world. Here in the UK it appeared in The Times (right) on Tuesday and also The Telegraph's photo of the day and in The Mail online

Alex commented on its success: "It is strange what pictures catch the imagination. I did nothing more than post it on Facebook and it was liked over 1000 times in less than 24 hours just on my page and shared more than 500 times on other pages. This led directly to agency interest and they circulated it to the press. It is a great advert for British Seas and diving in the UK."

"For me it was just a snapshot, I thought my seal portraits from later in the dive were far stronger. But I guess it shows we're not always the best judges of our own photos. I took it with the Nikon D4, Sigma 15mm fisheye, Nauticam housing and Ken Sullivan dome port and Inon Z240 strobes."

Alex Mustard and seal
© Alex Mustard's self portrait of a harbour seal


Kipon EVIL CAmera lens adaptors
Kipon EVIL Lens Adaptors

Kipon EVIL Lens Adaptors

Chinese manufacturer Kipon has announced two new adaptors that will allow the use of Canon EF lenses with Sony NEX and Panasonic micro 4/3s cameras. Although adaptors are not a new idea, these both feature full electronic aperture and autofocus (AF) controls, making them potentially suitable for using in an underwater housing. Until the EVIL camera manufacturers come up with a viable macro lens offering, this may be the best idea yet. Prices and availability are still to be confirmed, and it is possible that they will affect AF speed.

Further details at http://www.dl-kipon.com/


Canon EOS M EVIL Camera

Canon UK has announced the release of the EOS M camera. This is the company's first offering of a mirrorless/EVIL camera. It features a 18 megapixel APS-C sensor, a hybrid phase detection AF system, native ISO from 100-12,800 and 1920 x 1080 HD video output in a mov format.

Also announced today are two new lenses for the EOS M, the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom, and the camera will ship with the Speedlite 90EX flash. There is also an EOS-EFM adaptor available which will allow the use of all Canon EF lenses.

The EOS M will ship in September at a UK retail price of £769.99 with the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens.

Adam Hanlon, wetpixel

Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M


EPOTY 2012
Environmental Photographer of the Year

Environmental Photographer of the Year

Deadline: 31st December, 2012

The Environmental Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and video.  It provides an opportunity for all photographers to share images of environmental and social issues with international audiences, and to enhance our understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to climate change and social inequality.

Selected from an open submission process, the competition will culminate with an exhibition in London in Spring 2013, followed by a UK and international tour.

Further details at http://www.parkerharris.co.uk/


Focus On - Reef scenes - Results

Congratulations to Rob White whose reef scene was the winner of this month's competition.

Congratulations also to Mark Pickford and Joss Woolf who came second and third respectively.

A total of 10 images images submitted and judged by the audience present.

Rob White
1st © Robert White

Mark Pickford
2nd © Mark Pickford

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Rob White 70 17
2 Mark Pickford 34 5
3 Joss Woolf 28 4
4 Pash Baker 17 3
5 Rick Ayrton 5 2
6 Robert Kemp 5 1

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery

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.

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, which is open to BSoUP Members only, is Conservation (an underwater image that highlights a marine conservation issue or tells a story about what mankind is doing to the underwater world). Please read the revised Rules before entering online. Deadline: Sunday, 8th August.

Note: landscape format images must be 1400 pixels wide and portrait images must be 1050 high. Any smaller and images will look less sharp when projected.

Joss Woolf
3rd © Joss Woolf


British Wildlife Photographer Awards
British Wildlife Photographer Awards

Image: Mystical Mist by Mark Smith. Fallow Deer. Winner of Portraits category in 2011

British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition

Mall Galleries

Monday 17 - Saturday 22 September 2012

10am - 5pm

Established in 2009 these Awards celebrate the talents of both amateur and professional photographers, while simultaneously highlighting the great wealth and diversity of British natural history.

The competition has captured the imagination of photographers from all over the UK, who collectively, have created an incredible series of images which showcase British wildlife at its best.

Further details: http://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/


Nikon D7000 Housing Reviews

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 Canon equivalents.

What follows are the housings that have been supplied for review at wetpixel thus far, in the chronological order in which they were supplied. As new housings become available, they will be added to the review, so please check back frequently for updates.

Reviewed thus far: Nauticam NA-D7000, Ikelite SLR-DC for Nikon D7000, Aquatica AD7000, Sea & Sea MDX-D7000, Subal ND7000, Nauticam NA-D7000V and Hugyfot D7000

Adam Hanlon, wetpixel

Nikon D7000
Nikon D7000


Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 EVIL camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 EVIL camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 EVIL camera

Panasonic has announced the release of its LUMIX DMC-G5 EVIL camera. The successor to the popular G3, it features a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor and a new Venus Engine VII FHD image processor. Native ISO extends to 12800, and the camera boasts a new "Lite Speed" contrast AF system. Lastly, the G5 will record video in 1,920 x 1,080 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format.

The Lumix G5 will be available from mid-August for $600 (body only).

Adam Hanlon, wetpixel


Camera Image Sensor

A site called Camera Image Sensor offers a graphical comparison between the sensors of most cameras. and lists full specifications for the sensors being compared to. Up to ten sensors may be compared at one time, either side by side or stacked. The site's creator Idan Shechter launched the site as he found that:

"Sensor sensor sizes like 1/2.33 or 1 didnt really give me a good idea how small the sensor of the camera really is, so Ive decided to create a new web app that will allow me and others to really understand how large / small a specific sensor is in relative to other sensors.

Adam Hanlon, wetpixel

Camera Image Sensor
Camera Image Sensor


Rouge housing from RED Scarlet X and Epic digital cinema cameras

Amphibico unveils Rouge housing

Amphibico has announced the release and produced renderings of its Rouge housing from RED Scarlet X and Epic digital cinema cameras. Uniquely, access to all controls is via the grips, rather than via REDMOTE. The manual focus, zoom and Iris controls are all servo driven, and the RED TOUCH display can be viewed via top and rear windows. The housing has 4 bulkheads for I/O and is compatible with most popular lenses including most from Nikon, Canon E and PL mount.

Amphibico Rouge will be available from mid-September at a retail price of $12,999.

Adam Hanlon, wetpixel


Cairns U/W Film and Photo Competition 2012

Deadline: 25th July, 2012

The 2012 Cairns Underwater Film and Photo Competition is now calling for entries. The competition, part of the Cairns Underwater Festival, features entry categories including: Wide-angle nature, macro, diver in harmony with the reef, creative, young photographer, compact wide-angle and compact macro. In addition, there is an entry category for short films. The festival is volunteer-run and donates the proceeds of the vent to local environmental charities.

For full details please see the Cairns Underwater Film Festival site and the deadline for entries is 25th July 2012.

Cairns Underwater Film and Photo Competition 2012
Cairns Underwater Film and Photo Competition 2012


San Diego Undersea Film Festival
San Diego Undersea Film Festival

San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

The 2012 San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition, will be held at Qualcomm Hall on Friday and Saturday evenings, October 5th and 6th.

Utilizing a state of the art digital projection system, this event will showcase short videos by some of the best underwater shooters around the world. A different program will be presented each evening beginning at 7:00 pm.

Each evening will feature up to sixteen videos, limited to a fast-paced five minutes. This exhibition is unique in that there are no entry fees and no prizes except for the prestige of having a film shown. An independent panel of judges will select the films to be shown.

UFEX is incorporated as a nonprofit organization. A portion of the proceeds will go to Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

The deadline for entries is 27 July.


BSoUP - Next Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 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.

Annual Event: Splash-in Review. Brian Pitkin will recap the events of the weekend in Plymouth and show the winning images.

Focus On - Wide-angle reef scene. The Competition is now closed. There were a total of 10 entries, so no pre-selection has been carried out. The Competition slideshow is now available. You will be asked to log in if you have not done so this session.

Summer Party: Come eat, drink, chat and bring images with questions for some coaching. We will have some nibbles to keep you going (just a few not a meal like the Christmas party!).

Cameras Underwater, Ocean Leisure Cameras, Ocean Optics and Underwater Visions will all be there to answer your questions and show some new toys.

And if you would like some coaching or advice bring a few images on a stick (no more than 3 or 4 please) and we will have some experts lined up to give you their thoughts. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity please let Martha Tressler know by email so we have an idea of numbers.

British Underwater Photography Championship
 
Cameras Underwater
Ocean Leisure Cameras
Ocean Optics
Underwater Visions

Phil Sargeant
Phil Sargeant

Website of the Week - Phil Sargeant

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members website. This weeK's choice is Phil Sargeant.

Phil writes "I aim to focus on a few simple precepts in my life. Vitality / Adventure / Exploration. If given this one single opportunity to enjoy the world as we know it, then I would like to leave a footprint, write a message to the future inhabitants or just remind people that to me, this is what living is all about."


British Underwater Photography Championship

Congratulations to Tim Priest who was the Overall winner at the British Underwater Photography Championship (Splash-In) held on Saturday 14 July at Mount Batten, Plymouth.

A couple of weeks before the event Tim lost his own camera when it was accidentally dropped during transfer from one boat to another into several hundred metres of water. Undaunted Tim bought a new camera and housing for the competition and took the winning image of a spider crab lighting his subject with a Solar torch.

More..

Spider Crab by Tim Priest
Spider Crab © Tim Priest


Alex Mustard and Linda Pitkin at the launch of the 2020VISION Roadshow
BSoUP Members Alex Mustard and Linda Pitkin,
two of the 20 photographers, involved in 2020VISION
at the launch at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

2020VISION Roadshow launched2020VISION have launched their Roadshow, comprising a high quality large-format Street Gallery with accessible and thought-provoking caption texts and quotes and of course, the very best images from the 2020VISION collection, an Outdoor Multi-screen AV Show and THE VISION! Theatre Show. Designed for pedestrianised city centre squares, cultural quarters, promenades etc. the ...roadshow will be on tour over a period of at least 3 years (2012-2015) across Scotland, England and Wales. The exhibition was lauched at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh on Thursday 5th July, it is free to the public at the RBG until 30 September after which it will feature at locations throughout the UK between 2012 and 2015Further details http://www.2020v.org/roadshow.asp


Steve Jones - Ocean Artists Society

BSoUP Member Steve Jones is delighted to now be in the acclaimed company of the Ocean Artists Society, a group that uses art to inspire people around the world to a greater awareness of our natural world. He thanks everyone for the ongoing support, particularly Michael Aw

Steve is an underwater photographer and journalist based in the UK. He has over 25 years diving experience and spent most of the 90s working as a professional dive guide and instructor in the Indian Ocean. It was there that his passion for photography led to him working as guide to a number of the worlds premier underwater photographers and subsequently in 1996, respected German magazine Unterwasser published his own work.

Visit Steve's website at http://www.millionfish.com/

Steve Jones - Ocean Artists Society
Steve Jones - Ocean Artists Society


x-ray magazine
x-ray magazine

X-ray Magazine - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE X-ray magazine is now available to download.

Issue 49 includes Malpelo Island: Columbia's Pacific coast, with Wolfgang Põlzer; Israel: Journey beyond the three seas, with Andrey Bizyukin and Yakov Samovarov; Hornby Island: British Columbia getaway, with Barb Roy and Wayne Grant; Hubert Chretien: Freedom At Depth, interview by Robert Osborne; No need to get narked, by Mark Powell; Squid orgy in Southern California with Matthew Meier; Falkland's South Georgia Island with Bartosz Strózynski; Point-and-shoot underwater photography with Larry Cohen; Resande Man wreck with Millis Keegan; SS Dago wreck with Jorge Russo; and much more...

To download your copy please visit http://www.xray-mag.com/


2020VISION - Big ideas to rebuild our natural home2020VISION 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 natural habitats - to show that healthy ecosystems are not just for wildlife, but are something fundamental to us all.Watch a short introductory video at http://www.2020v.org/index.asp

2020VISION Video
2020VISION


2020VISION - The Book
2020VISION - The book

2020VISION - The book

Available from 1st August 2012

Hardback, 272 pages
Delivery normally within 7 working days.
£25 Includes free standard P&P.

Includes stunning images by all 2020VISION photographers, including BSoUP Members Alex Mustard and Linda Pitkin.

Available from the AA Shop from 1st August

2020VISION is an all-media enterprise about why wild nature really matters to everyone. Itï's also the biggest photography-based project ever staged in Britain. Itï's never been done before: over a period of 20 months, 20 of the UKï's top outdoor photographers are photographing and recording 20 different biodiversity projects telling the story of Britainï's ecosystems and the life-support services they provide.


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