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BSoUP Open Portfolio Competition 2010

For the DIVE Magazine Trophy

Runner-up: Martyn Guess
Martyn Guess

My open Portfolio 2010

by Martyn Guess
'I was very pleased to come 2nd in this competition. All of these images were taken this year in October on a trip to North Sulawesi with Martin Edge.
I use a Nikon D300 and Subal Housing with twin Inons. I also used a Snoot for the lighting of most of the shots sometimes with the strobe off camera and positioned directly above the subject. The light was reduced to about 2 cm. All images were taken in Raw and processed using Lightroom 3.
 I decided to create the portfolio using images with black backgrounds so that they appeared to float within the frame. I did try borders around the individual images but decided to try something different and was pleased with the result.'
Top left: Moray  - taken at Gangga Island Sulawesi  - 1/90th sec F 16 200 ISO 105mm Macro lense
Top centre: Hairy frogfish – taken in the Lembeh Strait – 1/250th sec F 13 200 ISO 60mm Macro lense with snooted Inon strobe off camera. The conditions were particularly poor visibility on a weedy and generally messy sandy bottom. The snoot lighting got rid of all of this and unbelievably this image is exactly how it came out of the camera.

Top right:
Sea horse – taken in Lembeh Strait – 1/250th sec F19 ISO 200 105mm Macro lense with snooted Inon strobe off camera
Bottom left: Spanish Dancer – taken on a night dive at Gangga Island Sulawesi – 1/90th sec F22 ISO 200 – twin Inons
Bottom centre: Mantis Shrimp - taken at Gangga Island , Sulawesi– 1/90thsec F13 ISO 200. 105mm macro lense with snooted Inon
Bottom right: Nudibranch – taken at Gangga Island, Sulawesi – 1/90th sec F19 ISO 200. 105mm Macro lense with 5x life Sub see magnifier ( made by Keri Wilks) with snooted Inon off camera

Martyn is based in Dorking Surrey and is a commercial property developer. He has travelled extensively for his underwater photography and has been to some far flung parts of the Globe with his cameras. He is a former Martin Edge student and regularly joins Martin on his Photoquest trips. He has quite a few photographic competition wins under his belt and his images are regularly published.
Martyn is also a keen animal and landscape photographer and more of his images can be seen at www.martynguessphotography.


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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