Deep Sea ID for iPhone or iPAD
By Natural History Museum
Deep Sea ID is a field guide interface to the World
Register of Deep-Sea Species (WoRDSS) that currently stores on your device
(for offline access) the taxonomic information for over 20,000 deep-sea
species, over 350 high-resolution photographs of deep-sea specimens as well
as links to online taxonomic tools, sources and important references. The
app is designed for the scientific community but also offers a visual tour
of the remarkable biodiversity of deep sea life that is of interest to
educators and the general public.
Download FREE from iTunes for iPhone or IPad at https://itunes.apple.com/
World Register of Deep-Sea Species
2020 VISION Street Gallery Exhibition
2020 VISION Street Gallery Exhibition at More
On Wednesday 1 May, the 2020VISION outdoor street gallery
opens at More London, situated between London Bridge and Tower Bridge on
the south bank of the Thames. The free exhibition, in partnership with
Friends of the Earth and their new inspirational project Picture
the Earth, will remain in place until the end of the month. Go
on, grab one of those over-priced cappuccinos and enjoy some if the most
inspiring photography of the UK's wildlife and natural landscapes!
Further details about 2020VISION
Latest Good Beach Guide results
Last year's relentless rain and flooding led to an
increase in the amount of sewage ending up in the sea. That's why we're
urging swimmers to beware - as our latest Good Beach Guide recommends fewer
beaches. Only 403 of the 754 UK bathing beaches tested in 2012 have
excellent water quality. That's just over half, and 113 fewer beaches than
were recommended last year. Even more concerning is that 42 beaches failed
to meet even a minimum European standard for bathing water quality - 17
more than in last year's Guide. Read
more.Vote with your feet - check www.goodbeachguide.co.uk before heading to the beach.
MCS Good Beach Guide
Nik Collection from Google
Nik Software plugins from Google
Google has announced its plans for the distribution of
Nik Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture plug-ins. The company acquired Nik
software in September 2012, and was widely criticized for removing the
Snapseed desktop app. Perhaps in response to this, Google has announced
today that it will sell the Nik Collection by Google which includes HDR
Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 4, Silver Efex Pro 2, Viveza 2, Sharpener Pro 3
and Dfine 2 for an international price of $149.
There is also a free 15 day trial of the suite available
and if a user has purchased one or more Nik plugins in the past five years,
he or she will be upgraded to the full suite free of charge.
Full details at www.niksoftware.com/
BSoUP at LIDS
BSoUP were as ususal present at the London International
Dive Show at Excel, London Docklands.
In addition to the BSoUP Stand, the Prints from last
year's BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition were on display.
BSoUP thanks Pete Ladell, Pete Tatton, JP Trenque, Pash
Baker, Rob White, Paul Morgan, Martin Davies, Alison Major, Mike Brodbelt
and Katherine, Jo Horrocks, Keith Lyall, Mike Russell, Mike & Jan
Maloney, Martha Tressler, Anthony Holley, Dave Smith, Mark Feldman and
Brian and Linda Pitkin for manning the BSoUP Stand over the weekend and
DIVER for sponsorship.
BSoUP Stand at LIDS
Nikon D600 versus D800
Nikon D600 versus D800
presents a side-by-side review of the underwater performance of Nikons D600
and D800 full frame cameras. The review was carried out during the annual
Nudibranch Safari which is held at Gulen Dive Resort, near Bergen, Norway.
During the event, Alex was able to swap between the cameras on consecutive
dives, which he says, made the differences and similarities easy to
Full article at wetpixel
Backscatter's Best Underwater Compact Cameras
As they do every year, Backscatter exhaustively
searched and tested dozens of compact cameras to find the best match
between portability, price, and the goals of an aspiring underwater
photographer. From their own waters of Monterey, to the Caribbean, to the
Coral Triangle, and Micronesia, they have spent hundreds of hours shooting
compact cameras underwater.
Best Entry Level Camera - The GoPro Hero
3 with the Backscatter Flip3 Color Correction Filter. Camera & Housing
starting at $199
Best Waterproof Camera - The Olympus
Tough TG-2. Camera & Housing starting at $690
Best Point & Shoot Camera - The Sony
DSC-RX100. Camera & Housing starting at $1050
Best Entry Level Mirrorless Camera - The
Olympus PEN Series. Camera & Housing starting at $1447
Best Advanced Mirrorless Camera - The
Olympus E-M5. Camera, Housing & Port starting at $2505
Read the full in depth review at https://www.backscatter.com/
1st © Martyn Guess
Theme Portfolio Results
Congratulations to Martyn Guess who is
this year's winner of the Theme Portfolio Competition with six split
Congratulations also to Rob White and
Michael Davidge who came second and third with their
images of anemonefish and wrecks respectively.
A total of 20 portfolios were projected and displayed for
judging by the over 100 members present at the March meeting.
How the top six scored:-
2nd © Rob White
3rd © Michael Davidge
The top six may be viewed in the Gallery, click on an
image or the photographers name.
BSoUP Members only may view all the
entries (enlarged and with named photographer) in the
Slideshow Archive. You will be asked to login if you have not already
done so this session.
If you were not one of the top six and would like to know
how you scored, please contact Brian Pitkin.
Next month is the Focus On Competition
theme is Macro and Close-up. The competition is open to
BSoUP Members only. Please read the Rules and guidelines before entering
via the Competition Entry Form. Deadline is Sunday 7th April at one minute
Demand protection for English seas - before it's
A public consultation on Marine Conservation Zones opened
late last year. Scientists say 127 Marine Conservation
Zones are needed to help protect English seas for years to come. Ignoring
that advice, the Government is only consulting on 31. Read
more about the campaign
Quahog's future is out of her hands. You can help BUT time is running
out! The consultation closes at the end of March.
Before it's too late, please take part in the public
consultation and tell the Government why 127 Marine Conservation Zones is
the only answer.
Marine Conservation Society
Marine Conservation Zones
in focus 100th edition. Cover: Peter Scoones
BSoUP Magazine 'in focus' - 100th
The 100th edition of BSoUP's magazine 'in focus'
was mailed to all members yesterday.
This special bumper issue, comprising 100 pages, was
compiled by Joss Woolf assisted by Mike Russell,
Paul Morgan and Chris McTernan to celebrate the
100th edition. With images on nearly every page, the magazine includes an
Editorial by Joss and articles by BSoUP members - A brief history of time -
Peter Scoones and Colin Doeg, Moments and
memories by Martin Edge, Beneath the surface by
Paul Colley CB OBE, Rays of the spectrum by Colin
Doeg, Sun, sealions and burritos by Alex
Tattersall, My day with Martin Edge by Heather
Morris, Liquid Sculptures by Rob White, Northern
Underwater Photography Group by Tony Gilbert, Getting the
most out of BSoUP by Clive Allcorn, Shooting common
subjects in a different way by Rico Besserdich, Bristol
Underwater Photography Group by Arthur Kingdon, The great
nudibranch hunt by Martha Tressler and Anthony
Holley. BSoUP extends its thanks to all
advertisers whose support offset some of the cost of production.
BSoUP Members may also download this
special edition and some earlier issues of 'in focus' as pdfs. See Downloads for details. You will
be asked to login if you have not already donw so this session.
Website of the Week - Paul Colley
Paul Colley CB OBE MA FRAeS LRPS is the director of pcuw
photography ltd, President of the RAF Sub Aqua Association, a Licentiate of
the Royal Photographic Society and a member of the British Society of
Underwater Photographers. Top UK photographers Martin Edge and Alex Mustard
have both coached him and he remains eternally grateful to them for passing
on some of their considerable knowledge and skills. Paul's images are
widely published and have won international recognition up to gold medal
Paul is a Master Scuba Diver and Assistant Instructor
with PADI, and a BSAC Open Water Instructor trained in advanced mixed gas
diving. Current projects include: publishing two books about underwater
photography (a diving and snorkelling guide for Ascension Island and a book
about advanced underwater photography techniques); and working with other
companies to teach underwater photography.
To learn more about Paul and to see some of his work
please visit www.mpcolley.com/
Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, Prince Consort
South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD
Next BSoUP Meeting
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 20 March
2013 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our new venue, in Room G.01 in the Royal
School of Mines, Imperial College, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington,
London, SW7 5BD (Directions). New and prospective new members will be welcomed
from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome.
Alex Mustard: Equation Free
Domes. Domes are essential for wide angle underwater photography, but
not the most exciting subject for a talk. So Alex has promised to put this
important talk first so that you're still awake, and he won't be including
any equations to send you to sleep! This is a talk filled with practical
advice and real world examples to show you the strengths and limitations of
different domes and how these vary with different wide angle lenses and
different formats of camera.
The talk will focus on mini-domes and their use for close
focus work, while contrasting the positives and negatives associated with
larger domes and why they can be necessary to get the best out of full
Alex is an award winning underwater photographer known
for pushing the boundaries to find new ways of capturing images. He
is also the inventor of Magic Filter, associate editor of Wetpixel.com,
contributing editor DIVE Magazine, honorary editor Ocean Geographic
Magazine, senior contributor Underwater Photography Magazine, author of The
Art of Diving and Reefs Revealed and leader of trips and workshops.
Finally he is on the committee of the British Society of Underwater
© Keith Lyalls' winning Theme Portfolio
Competition for the BSoUP Theme Portfolio Trophy - a portfolio
of 6 images. The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members only may preview
slideshow. You will be asked to login if you have not done so this
Alex Mustard: Two Legs Good, Three
Legs Better. Tripods are a mainstay of photography on land, but rarely
used underwater except for long exposures of wrecks or shooting video. Alex
will give an overview of suitable tripods for underwater use and then run
through some of the more innovative types of images we can produce with
them. Techniques covered will include creative long exposures, painting
with light, HDR, backlighting and timelapse. The talk will cover using
tripods both for cameras and lighting.
HP Red Sea Online Competition 2013
Your FREE RIDE to the Eilat Red Sea
Shoot-Out in Eilat!
General InformationPhotographer of the
Between the months of January and May, the Eilat Red
Sea 2013 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 a panel of five international judges.Photographer of the
An online competition among all the monthly winners (15
photographers) will then begin on June 1st, 2013. Online voters and a panel
of 5 internatioal judges will eventually select one of the competitors as
the Photographer of the Year.
HP Red Sea Online Competition
Flights, accommodation and
diving expenses will all be covered for the Photographer of the Year, in
order to enable this winner to participate at the Eilat Red Sea 2013
shoot-out in Eilat. The 9th annual Eilat Red Sea competition will be held
on October 20-26, 2013, in Eilat. Innovative categories and some very
worthy prizes are planned for this year, making it very much worthwhile to
be elected as the Photographer of the Year.
For further information please visit www.eilatredsea.com/
Website of the Week - Jackie
"I was born and raised in Ireland and childhood holidays
were spent with my family in the West of Ireland or with my Grandparents
enjoying the outdoors. My parents instilled in me an enormous appreciation
for the beauty of the countryside and for the wildlife that we encountered.
I learnt to swim when I was very young and don't remember a time when I
wasn't enchanted with the ocean and the creatures that live there. In 1996,
I went to Australia on a working holiday and booked myself on a PADI open
water scuba diving course the day after I landed - well before
accommodation or a job were organised !
Unsurprisingly, I was instantly hooked and spent most
weekends diving around Sydney. I didn't get involved in underwater
photography until relatively recently. I've never taken a photography
course, preferring instead to learn by trial and error - at times more of
the latter! Much has been learnt from fellow divers and photographers,
willing to pass on and exchange various pieces of tips and advice.
Underwater, I enjoy the flexibility of using a compact camera. My current
choice is the Canon Powershot S90. This camera has manual mode to give
users more control over the image. Having a compact camera system
underwater allows me to change lenses during the dive, thereby giving me
the option of switching between wide angle and macro on the same dive. On
land, I have very recently entered the world of the DSLR and am still on a
very steep learning curve, enjoying the creative potential that a DSLR
Pacific Northwest Diver - Latest
The latest issue of the FREE Pacific Northwest Diver is
now available for download.
The March 2013 issue includes:- Featured photographers
and videographers areJohanna Raupe from Granite Falls, Washington, Trisha
Stovel from Vancouver, BC and Bruce Kerwin from Bainbridge Island. Bandito
Charters, Tacoma, Washington, is featured operator,Overcoming Film's 36
Shot Limit, The 2013 Northwest Dive & Travel Expo photo contest, Edith
Widder's February, 2013 amazing TED talk on videoing giant squid, Making a
Pole Cam, Part 2, Monterey Bay & Pt Lobos, Third Annual Six Gill Shark
Week at Barkley Sound, Adams River Sockeye Salmon, La Paz Whale Sharks, Sea
Lion, & Critters, Grey Whale Moms & Babies: Bahia Magdalena.
Pacific Northwest Dive
BSoUP Membership Subscriptions 2013
BSoUP Membership Subscriptions 2013
The annual BSoUP Membership subscriptions fell due on 1
February 2013. Quite a large number of members have paid already. Our
thanks for doing so.
Please would those who haven't yet done so make life a
little easier for our new Treasurer and new Membership Secretary and pay
your subscription now. There are lots of benefits in being a
BSoUP Member. Subscription rates remain unchanged from last year. Please
see Join.php on
how much and methods of payment.
BSoUP Members don't forget you can login to check
and if necessary change your e-mail address, postal address and password.
Select 'Edit my details' from the Members menu. If you have never logged in
before you will initially be treated as a 'Guest' until an Administrator
upgrades you to 'Member'. If we don't have your correct details we won't be
able to post you copies of the magazine or send you information via
LIDS 2013 Speakers
23-24 March 2013, ExCel, London
This year's speakers on the DIVER STAGE include
Steve Warren, John Liddiard, Paul Rose, Andy Torbet and
Speakers on the LONDON STAGE (near the Photozone) over
the weekend include Simon Rogerson, John Bantin,
Saeed Rashid, Mark Powell, Alex Mustard, Ben Burville, Bryan Stanislas,
Alex Tattersall, Paul (Duxy) Duxfield, Paul Colley, Maria Munn, Simon
Gardener and Gavin Parsons.
N. B. Not all are speaking both on both
Saturday and Sunday so check out the programme at www.diveshows.co.uk/
LIDS 2013 Speakers
Courses, workshops and expeditions
Underwater Photography Courses
Thinking of going on an underwater photography course or
workshop? Did you know that there is a list of these on this website and
that this has been recently updated?
Courses listed are lead by underwater photographers who
are mostly BSoUP Members and include events in 2013 and early 2014.
Please visit www.bsoup.org/Courses.php to see the full list of
Courses, Workshops and Expeditions.
Using Photoshop Elements in Lightroom -
Paul 'Duxy' Duxfield gave a talk at
BSOUP last month and has committed the salient points to video on YouTube
for you to watch again, or if you didn't make it along, you can see what
Duxy was talking about on the night.
Duxy said 'Its an early attempt with the screencasting
software so sorry if I have made any glaring presenting errors, but I only
had the dog as an audience this time, and it feels a bit weird to be
talking to myself!!'
Watch the video on YouTube at http://youtu.be/nzn2ZXxDc6Q
Using Photoshop Elements in Lightroom and
creating a mask to help remove backscatter
2020VISION Roadshow at the RGS
Royal Geographical Society, London
Friday 17th May, 2013
Some of the UK's top nature photographers, Andy
Rouse, Alex Mustard, Mark Hamblin and Peter
Cairns, will gather in London on 17 May to present an evening of
spell-binding imagery and personal anecdotes from 2020VISION, the most
ambitious nature photography project ever staged in the UK. Taking place at
the stunning Royal Geographical Society in Kensington, THE VISION theatre
show, part of the 2020VISION Roadshow, will provide a fascinating insight
into the ethos behind the project, reveal inspiring stories from throughout
the country where our natural ecosystems are being repaired and
re-connected, and showcase some of the very best wildlife and landscapes
the UK has to offer.
Tickets ï¿½12.00. Further details at http://www.2020v.org/
DEEP Indonesia Results
The results of the DEEP Indonesia competition have been
Congratulations to Hamid Rad who won
Best of Show for his 1st place image from the Reefscape category. Winners
can be seen online, and will be published by our media partners worldwide
and exhibited during the DEEP Indonesia Exposition Jakarta, Indonesia.
Congratulations also to BSoUP Members
David Henshaw, Alex Tattersall and Lena
Roy who won Silver in the Reefscapes category, Bronze in the Animal Portrait category and Silver in the Surf category respectively.
prestigious DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition is part
of a unique series hosted by DivePhotoGuide & Wetpixel, in association
with DEEP Indonesia, Indonesia's first and premier diving, adventure travel
and extreme sports expo. Photographers competed in seven themed categories to
win over $40,000 in prizes, including underwater photo equipment and premium
dive travel packages to some of the top photo destinations in Indonesia and
Papua New Guinea. More at www.underwatercompetition.com/
Changes at Ocean Optics
In order that he can concentrate on fully supporting a
new venture, INON UK, Steve Warren has stepped away from
retailing Subal equipment.
Existing clients of Subal housings from Ocean Optics can
be assured that Mark Koekemoer, former manager of Ocean
Optics and co - developer of INON UK underwater photography courses will
continue to support your underwater photography with the Subal system
personally and, for new Subal owners, you'll soon discover that Mark's
advice and encouragement long after you've bought your Subal will be
opened his own underwater camera company specialising in Subal underwater
camera equipment for Compact Systems Cameras and DSLR's. Mark has a well
earned reputation for integrity and will ensure you purchase the equipment
that is exactly what is required to take the pictures you want. His
reputation as an underwater photography educator is founded on developing
INON UK underwater photography courses (the only underwater photography
courses approved by a major underwater photographic equipment manufacturer),
his presentations at the dive shows and diving conferences and his authorship
of articles for numerous publications. He is a contributing author to Martin
Edge's "The Underwater Photographer", simply the bible of how to take
X-Ray Magazine - Latest issue
The latest issue of the FREE X-Ray Magazine is now
available to download.
Issue #53 includes Diving the Maldives; Croatia's Murter
Island; Wreck diving in Chuuk and Guam; Cave diving under Budapest; The new
sport of hockey under ice; Mako magic; Making the shot in a Mayan cenote;
Getting in shape for spring; Learning cave diving with Pascal Bernabï¿½;
Housings for mirrorless cameras; Brilliant fish on silk by Daniel
Jean-Baptiste of St. Lucia; Plus news and discoveries, equipment and
training news, books and media, underwater photo and video equipment,
turtle news, shark tales, whale tales and much more...
To download your copy please visit http://www.xray-mag.com/
Website of the Week - Pete Bullen
Each week we highlight a BSoUP Member's
Award winning photographer, Pete Bullen,
lives and works in Gozo the sister island to Malta. Pete offers underwater
guiding for photographers tired of being hurried around a guided circuit,
coaching in all aspects of underwater photography and spends hours in the
water every year capturing the memory for divers learning to dive and
setting out on their new adventure.
To learn more about Pete and his courses and see
some of his images please visit http://oceanfoto.co.uk/
The British Wildlife Photography
Deadline 4th May, 2012
The British Wildlife Photography Awards recognise the
talents of photographers practising in Britain, whilst at the same time
highlight the great wealth and diversity of Britain's natural history.
Now in its fifth year, this highly acclaimed and
prestigious competition has captivated the nation with outstanding and
beautiful imagery. It is a celebration of British wildlife as well as a
showcase for photographers.
The competition is open to professional photographers,
amateurs, young and old, and any nationality. Everyone is eligible. All
images must have been taken in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.
British Wildlife Photography Awards
In addition to still photography there is a great
opportunity to capture wildlife in action and win an amazing prize.
Wildlife in HD Video sponsored by Sky+HD.
Young photographers aged 18 and under may enter the
Young People's Awards - up to 4 images FREE.
With a prize fund of £20,000, and ï¿½5,000 cash for the overall
winner, winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a
national touring exhibition and stunning
African Diver 26 : Cover Joe Daniels
African Diver - Latest issue
The latest issue of the FREE African Diver is now
available for download.
Features in issue 26 include an article on South Africa's
exciting but extreme diving shark hotspot, Protea Banks, and one on some of
the more interesting wrecks of the Red Sea. We also have an article on
turtle conservation efforts in Mozambique where poaching is reaching an
unprecedented scale. Free-spirited free diver and yogi Helen Garner Weaver
graces our Women and Diving section and Joe Daniels' photography is an
underwater photographer's delight to look at. Finally, we feature Deep
Trekker's exciting affordable ROV which we think has many applications for
scientific and recreational divers.
To download your copy please visit http://africandiver.com/
UwP - Latest issue
The latest issue of the FREE UwP is now available to
Issue 71 includes News, Travel & Events, New
Products, Product Reviews, Techniques, Locations, Competition results and
To download you copy please visit www.uwpmag.com.
UwP 71 : Cover Alex Tattersall
Photo Basic 1 - A talk by Martha
Photo Basics 1 - Martha Tressler
If you are a BSoUP member and missed
Martha Tressler's talk 'Photo Basics 1' at the January
meeting you can now download a pdf version.
Martha covered Exposure, Aperture, Shutter Speed Depth of
field and ISO. And offered some tips on using memory cards.
To download the pdf, login if you haven't already done so this
session and select 'Meeting Presentations' from the Members Menu. Then
select 'Photo Basics 1'.
You can also download Keith Lyall's
talks on 'Wide-angle' and 'Histograms' from the 'Meeting Presentations'
page. Future talks will be listed on that page as they become
British Underwater Underwater
Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth, Saturday 6th
Win a one-week liveaboard holiday to the Maldives
(excl. flights) for two people courtesy of Maldives Scuba Tours
The 2013 British Underwater Photography Championships,
organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP), will
take place on Saturday 6th July at Mount Batten, Plymouth, Devon. All
underwater photographers are invited to participate, whether they are
members of BSoUP or not.
BSoUP are delighted to announce that the judges for the
best overall image are Underwater Photojournalists Charles Hood and
Further details at Splash/2013/intro.php
British Underwater Photography Championship
Image: Charles Erb Runner-up in the
in the Sea Category, 2012
Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society
SUPS - Next Meeting
Tuesday 12th March, 2013
The next meeting of the Stevenage Underwater Photographic
Society will be held on Tuesday 12th March at the Stevenage Community Arts
Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage SG1 1XN. 8:00 pm start.
Focus-On 'Invertebrates''The Phillipines' - a selection
of shots by Jude and Ruaraidh Forest. Ray Allen will show his selection
of 5 images.
For further details about SUPS please visit http://www.sups-online.com/about.php
NUPG - Next Meeting
Monday March 11th
The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photographers
takes place on Monday 11th March at the Gurkha Grill, West Didsbury,
Steve Warren (Ocean Optics/ INON) will talk about and
show off INON kit.
Lisa Collins (Diver Magazine) will be talking about
some of her assignments.
For further details about NUPG please visit www.nupg.org.uk
Northern Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Undrewater Photography
BUPG - Next Meeting
Tuesday 12th March,
The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater
Photography Group will be on Tuesday 12th February, 2013 at their usual
venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)
The March competition theme is
There will be two presentations:
1. The Story of HMS Stock Force by Rick Ayrton and
2. Remote Strobes by Trevor Rees
For further details about BUPG please visit