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BSoUP Open Portfolio Competition 2007

For the DIVE Magazine Trophy

Second - Alex Mustard


Alex Mustard - Second Open Portfolio 2007

© Alex Mustard


2nd - Alex Mustard
3rd - Jane Morgan
4th - Alan James


My portfolio by Alex Mustard

Alex Mustard

Alex Mustard is 32 years old and lives in Hampshire.

'I am very pleased to have come second in the Open Portfolio as all
my photos were taken in the last couple of months in my first dives
in a drysuit. So it is great to have this endorsement of what is a
new venture for me. Although in all honesty I think I benefited a bit
from luck on the night with the result. The competition used the new
BSoUP projector, which has yet to be calibrated and surprisingly
showed the images as over very contrasty and over saturated. This
effected the more colourful tropical images in other people's
portfolios more than mine. I think under normal projection conditions
several of those photographers would have finished ahead of me.
Personally I think that their portfolios are much better balanced
than mine. Thankfully you can enjoy their portfolios with the correct
colours on the website.'

'Finally, many congratulations to Shannon for his excellent winning
portfolio. Four of my portfolio and three of his were photos taken on
our recent 5000km road trip exploring temperate Australian diving.'

Grey Nurse Shark

Image 1: Grey Nurse Shark - Fish Rock Cave - New South Wales,
Australia. Nikon D2X + 10-17mm @ 17mm. 1/100th @ F6.3. Subal housing.
Inon Z240 strobes. 15/11/07.

This is an excellent divesite in a fairly remote area of NSW. We
spent 6 dives sitting in the cave waiting for the sharks to pose
perfectly against the opening. I think that the shark is a bit small
in the frame here for a portfolio, but it was such a great dive I had
to stick this shot in.

Leafy Seadragon

Image 2: Leafy Seadragon - Yorke Peninsula - South Australia. Nikon
D80 + 60mm. 1/50 @ F13. Subal housing. Inon Z240 strobes. 23/11/07

This photo was taken at the same place as Shannon's shot, and I find
it interesting to see how two photographers faced with the same
subject choose to photograph it in different ways. I went for more
personality and shot balanced light. Shannon when for a more a
graphic symmetrical composition framing against a more dramatic black
background. And he won! The original of this shot has quite a few
specs of backscatter in the open water around the head. Using the
dust and scratches filter in Photoshop - a tip I picked up at the
October BSoUP meeting - it was clean in one click!

Pike

Image 3: Pike - good ol' Stoney Cove - UK. Nikon D80 + 17-70mm
(Sigma). 1/13th @ F7.1. Subal housing. Inon Z240 strobes. 13/12/07.

This photo was taken less than a week ago. I went to Stoney Cove with
cameraman and pike expert Dean Burman and as it was my first time
seeing pike I just went for a straight portrait of the fish in the
reeds. Being December it was not very bright underwater so I used a
long exposure to burn iin some water colour behind the fish. The
flexibility of Sigma's excellent 17-70mm lens made this a very
productive dive.

John Dory

Image 4: John Dory - Gran Canaria - Spain. Nikon D2x + 150mm (Sigma)
+ Canon 500D dioptre. 1/250th @ F14. Subal housing. Inon Z240
strobes. 09/10/07.

I found this John Dory while night diving in the Canaries. They only
tend to see them in shallow waters during the cooler winter months
and it was pleasing to get one in such clear waters. This allowed me
to use a long lens and to frame the John Dory without it turning
completely sideways to the camera.

Crab on seaweed

Image 5: Crab on seaweed. Rapid Bay Jetty - Adelaide - South
Australia. Nikon D2X + 12-24mm @ 16mm. 1/250th @ F9. Subal housing.
Inon Z240 strobes. 29/11/07

This crab had climbed high up on this seaweed (presumably to feed),
which gave me the chance to get a shot with the sun behind. This is a
fairly simple shot, but I think it is one of the more powerful ones
in the portfolio.

Australian Sealion

Image 6: Australian Sealion - Kangaroo Island - South Australia.
Nikon D2X + 10-17mm @ 15mm. 1/250th @ F8. Subal housing. Inon Z240
strobes. 28/11/07.

This shot works very well when printed or projected large, but was a
bit wasted being used so small in the portfolio. I make that mistake
every year! Simple shot of a sealion with a sunburst. A lot of people
avoid shooting towards the sun on digital, but if you get the
settings spot on you will get good results.


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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