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BSoUP's Open Portfolio Competition 2001

Winner - Tony White

My winning Open Portfolio 2001

by Tony White

My winning entry for BSoUP's Open Portfolio Competition is the result of a visit to Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia in December 2001. I had gone on my own with the sole intention of testing new equipment and trying out some new techniques (not new to underwater photography but new to me that is). It was whilst at Antibes in November, being a long time admirer of a New Zealand Photographer called Daryl Torckler, I saw his portfolio entered in the festival and was inspired to run off to Indonesia to do this testing. All the shots were taken within the Bunaken Marine Reserve and for the sake of not constantly repeating myself the camera housing is a Sea andSea NX90Z, the film I use for macro is Fuji Velvia for wide-angle work it is Fuji Provia. The slides were numbered one to six and were shown in the order number one in the top left across to three, the bottom row consisted of shots four to six again left to right. So let 's get on with the explanations

Shot one - Two boxing crabs, no more that 2cm in size, they are only found in 2/3 metres of water, off one island in the reserve and three hours were spent looking for them. You can just see the eggs being carried by the one on the left as you look through the lens. You can also see why they have this name as they are constantly carrying out a boxing motion with the anemones they carry around on their claws. This was chosen as the top left shot as it leads you into the portfolio. Taken with an F90X camera with a Nikon 105 mm lens with a x4 Nikon close up attachment, f22 1/100th second exposure special macro port and Inon quad flash on TTL.

Shot two - A coral goby on divaricate tree coral. Again these gobies are very small and move around at tremendous speed, so it was a matter of patience until he settled down in this position. In my opinion the unique characteristics of the quad flash have lifted this image both in depth and colour saturation. This was chosen as the middle top shot because the goby is pointing down in a fairly neutral position. Taken with a F90X camera with a Nikon x4 close up attachment f22 1/60th second exposure special macro port and Inon quad flash on TTL.

Shot three - A Gorgonian crab on a beautiful divaricate tree coral. Again he is tiny measuring no more than 3cm from claw to claw. Standing his ground he went into this defensive position and did not move for more than five minutes, which gave me plenty of time to shot from various angles. Again the quad flash has lifted the contrast of these intensive colours and has given the eyes a kind of fiery glow. This was chosen as the top right hand shot due to the crab being in a position bringing the viewer back into the portfolio. Taken with an F90X camera 105 mm lens with a x4 Nikon close up attachment, f22 1/60th second exposure special macro port and Inon quad flash on TTL.

Shot four -This crinoid shrimp on host crinoid is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Usually hidden within the tentacles of the crinoid this one was sat outside which made access to take this shot very easy. This image I feel is one of the most striking I have ever taken. Again the light from the quad flash has enhanced the colour and depth of the shrimp. Chosen as the bottom left shot facing upwards it leads the viewer into the portfolio. Taken with an F90X camera 105 mm lens f22 1/30th second exposure Inon quad flash on TTL.

Shot five - Being the only wide-angle shot, I consider it to be very dramatic, put into a diagonal giving a 3D view of these corals with crinoids. I had been experimenting with lighting to achieve more contrast and separation and in my view it has worked and is the way forward. Chosen as the centre bottom shot as a fairly neutral image. Taken with an F90X camera Nikon 17-35 mm zoom lens at the 17 end f11 1/60th second exposure YS300 and YS120 flash guns set on full power with orange gels.

Shot six - Having seen leaf scorpion fish on a regular basis, this was the first one of this colour and I spent some time and film shooting him from various angles, this being the most dynamic. Chosen as the bottom left shot leading the viewer back into the portfolio. Taken with an F90X Nikon 105 mm lens f 8 1/60th second exposure special macro port and quad flash on TTL.

Images and text courtesy of Underwater Photography - a web magazine for Ocean Optics..

BSoUP Open Portfolio Competition


BSoUP's Open Portfolio Competition Winners 1984-

2014 Mark Drayton

2013 Jackie Campbell

2012 Mark Pickford

2011 Dray van Beeck

2010 Giordano Cipriani

2009 Trevor Rees

2008 JP Trenque

2007 Shannon Conway

2006 Steve Jones

2005 Jane Morgan

2004 Alex Mustard

2003 Charles Hood

2002 Linda Dunk

2001 Tony White

2000 Gary Clark

1999 Guy Middleton

1998 Hilary Driscoll

1997 Malcolm Hey

1996 Linda Dunk

1995 Linda Dunk

1994 Linda Dunk

1993 Linda Pitkin

1992 Charles Hood

1991 Georgette Douwma

1990 Mike Wong

1989 Mike Wong

1988 Mike Wong

1987 Georgette Douwma

1986 Georgette Douwma

1985 Warren Williams

1984 Georgette Douwma


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