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News - April 2013

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

March 2013
Coming Soon
News Archive


Beneath the Waves Film Festival
Nauticam housing for Nikon D7100
Nikon D7100 camera in Nauticam housing
UK Copyright Change
ADEX 2013 Show Report
Fantasea housing for Canon PowerShot FG15
Panasonic Lumix Mirrorless G6 DMC-G6 Camera
ScubaFest - Splash-in
CornSoup - Next Meeting
Focus On - Macro & Close-up - Results
Website of the Week - Jeremy & Amanda Cuff
BSoUP April Meeting

HP Red Sea Online Competition 2013
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Mangrove housings for Sony camcorders
Website of the Week - Andrew Cooper
Ikelite Housing for Nikon D7100
2020 VISION Street Gallery Exhibition
HP Red Sea Online Competition 2013
BSoUP Membership Subscriptions 2013
2020VISION Roadshow
The British Wildlife Photography Awards
SUPS - Next Meeting
NUPG - Next Meeting
BUPG - Next Meeting


Beneath the Waves Festival
Beneath the Waves Festival

Beneath the Waves Film Festival

The Poly, Falmouth

Thursday, 6th June 2013

The Festival – Beneath the Waves Film Festival is a US-based international film festival in its’ fourth consecutive year, showcasing the talent of marine film-makers worldwide, highlighting conservation issues across the globe. Selected films will shown at mini-festivals all over the world, and for the first time in the UK The Poly, Falmouth is hosting it’s own mini-festival.

The competition – we invite submissions of both short films and still images which highlight local conservation issues. Underwater footage is not required but imagery must focus on ocean/marine/aquatic themes or issues, and must be your own original work. A research and/or conservation angle is encouraged but not essential. We welcome films and stills with all types of messages and subject matter, but we also want to highlight ocean success stories!

The winning film will be shown alongside international films, presented by Canon photographer Fergus Kennedy. Winning images will be exhibited in The Poly Gallery for one week prior to the festival. If you are a diver, photographer, scientist, conservationist, or just passionate about the ocean then this is for you – if you have a good story which needs to be told, we want to hear from you! Deadline: 14th May.

PRIZES – £200 for the winning documentary / £50 for the winning photograph

Further information: beneaththewavesfalmouth@gmail.com


Nauticam housing for Nikon D7100

Nauticam has announced the latest release in its acclaimed line of precision crafted camera housings, the NA-D7100. The NA-D7100 is designed specifically for the new Nikon D7100, and represents the latest level of development, engineering and ergonomics in underwater camera housings. The NA-D7100 builds on the heritage and success of Nauticam housings for Nikon D7000, D600 and D800. The very capable D7100 is Nikon’s best DX format camera ever, and is an ideal camera for the serious enthusiast to the seasoned professional. Lens support is the widest in the industry, and Nauticam offers a huge range of supporting accessories.

More at wetpixel.

Nauticam NA-D7100
Nauticam NA-D7100


Nikon D7100
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100 camera in Nauticam housing

BSoUP Member Alex Tattersall of Underwater Visions has just returned from Sogod Bay, Philippines. He took a Nikon D7100 camera in an early Nauticam housing with him, and has been kind enough to share both his images and thoughts on the camera’s performance at wetpixel. Alex set out to compare the D7100 with the D7000 and found that the camera gave improved detail as well as superior AF performance. He also found that the camera’s LCD was clearer for reviewing images. However, he also found that the camera still lacks some performance in key areas, particularly when compared with the performance of pro level bodies. In continuous mode, the buffer filled very rapidly, and both the card write time and on-screen review generation in RAW mode was slow.

More, including images, at wetpixel.


UK Copyright Change

Photography groups have reacted angrily to new legislation passed in Parliament over the use of copyrighted material when the owner cannot be contacted.

Photographs or other creative works can be used without the owners' explicit permission as long as a "diligent search" has taken place. Campaigners said the new act paved the way for the exploitation of images posted on the internet. But the government said the act made "copyright licensing more efficient".

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act was passed by Parliament last week. The government said it would support "the UK's enterprise culture and help make it one of the best places to do business".

But campaign group Stop43, which represents a wide range of photographers and agencies, said the act was "premature, ill thought-out and constitutionally improper".

UK COpyright Royally F*cked
Stop43.org.uk


ADEX 2013
ADEX 2013

ADEX 2013 Show Report

This year’s Asian Dive Expo was held from 19 to 22 April at the Sands Convention Center, Singapore.

Besides the Scubcam/Wetpixel party. Drew Wong was there to cover the latest in underwater imaging, and the show did not disappoint. There were quite a lot of new housings, including some for point and shoots like the G15 and GX1, some for the EVF big sensor cameras like the NEX6 but it was largely a show for the big cameras.

More at wetpixel.


Fantasea housing for Canon PowerShot FG15

The FG15 Housing, specially designed for the Canon G15, meets the same high and professional standards of function, style and durability as previously found in popular and successful Fantasea F series Housings (FP7000 and FP7100). It is ergonomically designed, fully functional and features easy-to-use, clearly labeled controls. This shock resistant housing protects your G15 camera from damaging elements including water, sand, dust, snow, ice and pollutants. The FG15 has been successfully depth tested to 80 meters (240 ft.) and is certified to a maximum depth of 60 meters (200 ft.), which is well beyond the 40 meter (130 ft.) dive limit of most compact housings.

More at wetpixel

Fantasea FG15 housing
Fantasea FG15 housing


Panasonic Lumix G6
Panasonic Lumix G6

Panasonic Lumix Mirrorless G6 DMC-G6 Camera

Panasonic is proud to announce a new addition of Digital Single Lens Mirrorless DMC-G6 that realizes real-to-life photo and video recording even in higher quality. The Digital Live MOS Sensor achieves high-resolution, high sensitivity image recording. The new Venus Engine is attains high-performance signal processing with the advanced noise reduction system. Combined with the high sensor performance, DMC-G6 minimizes noise and even achieves shooting at max. ISO25600 (Extended) high sensitivity image recording. The DMC-G6 boasts quick response featuring high-speed burst shooting at 7 fps in full resolution. Getting ready to shoot in only 0.5 sec * after start-up, the DMC-G6 never misses fleeting shooting opportunities together with its high-speed, high precision Light Speed AF. Newly integrated Low Light AF enables accurate focusing on the target subject even in low-lit situations.

More at wetpixel


ScubaFest - Splash-in

Saturday 4th May, 2013

The popular Splash-in underwater photography competition will take place on Saturday 4th May at this year's ScubaFest. Entry is free and open to all

There will be some great prizes on offer with sponsorship from Suunto, BSAC and Oonas Divers.

The registration desk will be open between 6pm and 10pm on the Friday evening in the Pentewan Sands Holiday Park clubhouse. Please bring your camera and memory card with you as you will need to take a photograph at registration.

Please bring your images for the competition back to the registration desk on Saturday between 15.30 and 17.30. The prize giving presentation will be held at 19.00 in the clubhouse and will be compered by our competition judge, Charles Hood.

ScubaFest 2013
ScubaFest 2013


Jeff Goodman
Jeff Goodman on location

CornSoup - Next Meeting

Monday, 29th April 2013

The Boat Park, Grove Place, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4AU

The next meeting of CornSoup takes place on Monday, 29th April 2013 at the Watersports Centre Falmouth. Two fantastic speakers Jeff Goodman and Jane Morgan will entertain and inform you. Please come along to support us and enjoy a drink or two from the bar. Meet at 7 for 7.30pm start

Jeff is an award winning highly experienced cameraman and director  with over 30 years experience in the business, working globally filming and directing in varying habitats and conditions from Underwater to Aerials, from Commercial Studios to Rain Forests and from Arctic Ice Flows to Deserts. Credits include BBC, HTV, YTV, Central, CBS, Sino Films, Partridge Films, ABC Kane, Silverback Productions, WNET, Goldhawk Films,Tigress Films, Screenhouse Productions, Bio Vision, Ch4, Discovery USA, Discovery Europe, Canal +, Zebra Films & National Geographic, to name but a few! Jeff  will be tallking about shooting underwater video both abroad and in the UK.

Jeff Goodman
Jeff Goodman filming dolphin

Jane Morgan
Jane Morgan

Jane is a prolific freelance underwater photo journalist and a regular contributor of SCUBA magazine in the UK. She is also a regular contributor to Ocean Geographic magazine as part of the Photography Masterclass, and her photos can often be seen in the national press. She has also contributed to several books including DIVE Red Sea and DIVE The Ultimate Guide. Not surprisingly her talk will be all about how to get your work published!


Focus On - Macro & Close-up - Results

We invited all BSoUP Members to submit an image of something small for this month's Focus On Competition and suggested the subject could be very, very small, or a bit larger, as long as it was an exciting image!

Congratulations to Andrew McKelvie who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Macro & Close-up with an image of an Orange banded pipefish taken at Malapascua, Philippines with a 60mm macro lens, f13 @ 125th sec.

Andrew McKelvie
1st © Andrew McKelvie

Mark Pickford
2nd © Mark Pickford

Second place went to Mark Pickford with an image of a Hairy frogfish taken in Lembeh, Indonesia. Mark used a 60mm macro lens on his Nikon D600 and an Inon flash unit with a snoot.

There was a tie for third place between Joss Woolf and Pedro Vieyra. Joss' image of a shrimp on a whip coral was taken in Ambon, Indonesia. Pedro's image is of a Cardinal fish with eggs.

There were a total of 37 entries of which 25 were short listed for projection.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Andrew McKelvie 48 8
2 Mark Pickford 21 2
3= Joss Woolf 19 5
3= Pedro Vieyra 19 5
5 Mark Drayton 16 3
6 Martyn Guess 15 2

Joss Woolf
3= © Joss Woolf

Pedro Vieyra
3= © Pedro Vieyra

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries (enlarged image and with named photographers) 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 Abstract. The competition is open to BSoUP Members only. Please read the Rules and guidelines before entering via the Competition Entry Form. Deadline is Sunday 5th May at one minute to midnight.


Website of the Week - Jeremy & Amanda Cuff

The JA-Universe website is a photography, photojournalism, feature writing and marketing showcase by Jeremy and Amanda Cuff.

'Since 1999, we have developed considerable skills in both photography and writing through practical "in the field" experimentation and by attending various courses culminating in A-Level Photography Grade "A"s.

As underwater photographers we have studied with the UK's foremost teacher Martin Edge here in the UK and also in the Caribbean, Hawaii, the Egyptian Red Sea. We've also taken tuition with Kurt Amsler, a world renowned underwater photographer based in the south of France.

Jeremy & Amanda Cuff
Jeremy & Amanda Cuff

As land photographers, we have developed substantial skills in the areas travel, landscape, sport and abstracts, with plans to expand into macro, wildlife and more set piece studio based work. We're also developing a gathering knowledge in digital imaging since our conversion to digital in 2006.'

For further details and to see some of their images please visit http://www.ja-universe.com/index.htm


Adobe RGB vs sRGB diagram
Adobe RGB vs sRGB diagram

BSoUP April Meeting

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 17 April 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, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD (Directions). New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome. Mike Brodbelt: Photo Basics II.

In the second of our series of technical talks Mike will cover three areas - 'Colour in digital imaging', 'Optical considerations of shooting underwater and how they affect equipment and image composition' and 'What's inside your digital camera'.

Mike has been has been taking pictures under water (currently with a Canon EOS 5D) for around 10 years. Trips and images have focused on blue water fish and reef shots, and he also has an interest in the technical side of digital cameras. He is a member of the BSoUP Committee.

Focus On - Macro & Close-upThe competition is now closed. 25 of the 37 images submitted have been shortlisted for projection and judging at this month's BSoUP meeting. The Focus On Competition Slideshow is now available for BSoUP Members to view on the BSoUP website. You will be prompted to log in if you have not already done so this session.

Focsu On : Macro & Close-up
Focus On - Macro & Close-up

Simon Brown
Simon Brown

Simon Brown: A Fresh Look at Scapa Flow.

Diving close to the end of the Scapa season presented some great opportunities for underwater photography. Simon intends to conduct a brutally honest review of his work in Scapa Flow, explaining what worked and why as well as picking apart the reasons for failed images. It's an open session and fellow BSOUPers can ask anything at any time and honest comments - from 'Why bother? Its rust." to 'How did you." or "Where is the nudibranch?" - are positively encouraged. For a taster of some that worked you can go to www.simonbrownimages.com/Simon, a longstanding BSoUP member, is a professional photographer specialising in the underwater world. His work been published in dive magazines around the world and his clients also include include SCUBA, Unterwasser, Bike Magazine, Janes Defence, the Daily Telegraph, Fourth Element clothing, the National Archaeological Society and many others.


HP Red Sea Online Competition 2013

The 3 winning photographers for March:

First place went to Scott Portelli from Australia who won 21.74% of the votes

The Second place went to Richard Carey  from UK won 16.56% of the votesThe Third place went to Vanessa Mignon from Australia who won 13.61% of the votes

The deadline for this month's competition is 18th April.

HP Red Sea Online Competition 2013
HP Red Sea Online Competition 2013


Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design has announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, a beautifully designed, pocket-sized digital cinema camera that includes powerful features such as Super 16mm sized 1080HD sensor, super wide 13 stops of dynamic range, built-in SD card recorder for Apple ProRes, lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW capture and active Micro Four Thirds lens mount, all in an attractive compact design for only US$995. Since the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera was launched at NAB 2012, it has been celebrated by industry professionals for its amazing film look and accurate and cinematic color. The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has most of the features of its bigger brother, including its feature film look, but has been redesigned with a dramatically smaller size that is less than an inch thick and can be held easily in your hand.


Mangrove MVHS-L and MVHS-XL housings for Sony camcorders

Aditech has released a new version of their Mangrove MVHS-L and MVHS-XL housings. This provides support for Sony camcorders that are equipped with the new Sony Multi connector. As with previous models, the rear of the housing is made of Delrin, and it features a control system using LANC control that gives access to all camcorder functions via 12 electromagnetic pushbuttons. The redesigned housing adds compatibility with the following Sony camcorders: HDR-PJ780VE/PJ790V, HDR-PJ650VE/650V, HDR-PJ420VE/PJ410VE and HDR-PJ320VE/PJ380B. The housings are available now, with the MVHS-L retailing at €1,511.57 and the MVHS-XL at €1,552.89. Both prices exclude local sales taxes.

Mangrove MVHS-L and MVHS-XL housings for Sony camcorders
Mangrove MVHS-L and MVHS-XL housings
for Sony camcorders


Andrew Cooper
Andrew Cooper

Website of the Week - Andrew Cooper

Andrew started scuba diving in 1999, when he joined Enfield BSAC 1105: www.enfieldbsac1105.co.uk

He is currently a BSAC Dive Leader www.bsac.com
Initially, all his diving was in the United Kingdom. However, scuba diving has taken him to many places around the world including Bali, Bermuda, Borneo (Sipidan, Kapalai, Mabul and also Maratua), Burma/Myanmar, Cayman Islands, Cocos Island, Cuba, Egypt (North & South Red Sea), Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Palau, Phi Phi Island, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Thailand.

On his 18th Birthday, he got his first SLR camera which went everywhere with him. Once the bug for scuba diving had taken hold, he had to take underwater pictures too. This has been his biggest passion ever since and always gets excited about his next trip.

To read ore about Andrew and see some of his images please visit www.acimages.co.uk/index.html


Ikelite Housing for Nikon D7100

Ikelite has announced the imminent release of its housing for the Nikon D7100 camera. The polycarbonate housing gives access to all important camera functions, has an optically corrected glass viewfinder and built-in TTL exposure when used with Ikelite strobes. Ports are available for most popular lenses. The Ikelite D7100 housing is shipping in April at a U. S. retail price of $1,500.00. Further details at http://www.ikelite.com/web_two/nik_d7100.html

Ikelite Housing for Nikon D7100
Ikelite Housing for Nikon D7100

2020VISION Street Gallery
2020 VISION Street Gallery Exhibition

2020 VISION Street Gallery Exhibition

Throughout May

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


HP Red Sea Online Competition 2013

Your FREE RIDE to the Eilat Red Sea Shoot-Out in Eilat!

General InformationPhotographer of the Month
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 Year
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
HP Red Sea Online Competition

Prize
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/


Subscriptions
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 e-mail.


2020VISION Roadshow

Royal Geographical Society, London SW7

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 £12.00. Further details at http://www.2020v.org/

2020VISION Roadshow at the RGS
2020VISION Roadshow at the RGS

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2013
British Wildlife Photography Awards 201
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The British Wildlife Photography Awards

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.

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 £5,000 cash for the overall winner, winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a national touring exhibition and stunning book.


British Underwater Underwater Championship

Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth, Saturday 6th July

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 Jane Morgan.

Further details at Splash/2013/intro.php

British Underwater Photography Championship 2013
British Underwater Photography Championship 2013

Image: Charles Erb Runner-up in the
Mankind in the Sea Category, 2012

Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society
Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society

SUPS - Next Meeting

Tuesday 9th April, 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 'Light and Dark', upload your best above and below water images. Dr Alex Tattersall will be with us to talk about his photographic equipment. Dave Collins 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, 8 April, 2013

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photographers takes place on Monday 8th April at the Gurkha Grill, West Didsbury, Manchester (map).

The Maldives Ken Byrne

Florida Nick Robertson-Brown

Competition: Eyes

For further details about NUPG please visit www.nupg.org.uk

Northern Underwater Photography Group
Northern Underwater Photography Group

Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Undrewater Photography Group

BUPG - Next Meeting

Tuesday 9th April, 2013

The Meeting (start time 2000hrs) will be at our normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)  

The April competition theme is 'Macro/Close Up'.

We will have two presentations:

1. The Story of HMS Stock Force by Rick Ayrton and Steve Mortimer. (held over from March).

2. Abstract by Arthur Kingdon

For further details about BUPG please visit www.bupg.co.uk/


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