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BSoUP's Theme Portfolio Competition 2006

Fifth - Annette Price

1st Alex Mustard
2nd Jane Morgan
3rd Anthony Holley
4th Pedro Vieyra
5th Annette Price
6th Martha Tressler
Cutting metal by Annette Price Lifting a ladder by Annette Price Entering diving bell by Annette Price
Diver on lazy shot by Annette Price Diving bell by Annette Price Cutting metal by Annette Price

Commercial divers by Annette Price

Commercial diving course at Fort William in Scotland

by Annette Price

Having worked as a freelance photographer for a number of years, specialising in top-side marine environments, I decided it was time to take my photography underwater and learned to dive with a local BSAC club. My application for a Scholarship from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust was successful and I did an HSE Scuba (part 4) course at Fort William in Scotland. This qualification is a legal requirement for anyone working underwater using scuba. Attending the HSE course was inspired by photographer Chris Morris during his BSoUP talk in October 2004.

The photographs in this portfolio were taken during the HSE course in August 2005 using a Nikons V film camera, 20mm lens and an SB 105 flash.

Cutting metal by Annette Price 1. After completing the course I was invited to do a couple of surface supplied dives and was kitted up in a Kirby Morgan 17 helmet and surface supplied equipment. On land the KM 17 helmet seemed to weigh a tonne, but once underwater it was very comfortable. Student diver Conrad Wesley and myself walked over to the welding station and using ultrathermic cutting equipment, Conrad cut a slice from a chunk of metal in a shower of bright sparks. The cutting tool is fed with pure oxygen and burns at 10,000° F This photograph was taken with natural light at 1/30th second at f/3.5
Lifting a ladder by Annette Price 2. During the course we learned how to use lifting bags. Here we were moving a large ladder down a hill from six to twenty meters and back up the hill again. This was the most difficult picture to get in this portfolio because the visibility so very poor, silt being kicked up by three divers walking along the bottom, moving the ladder. At times the ladder was five or six feet off the ground and I had to be very careful not to get underneath it in case it fell and I got squashed, looking through a 20 mm wide angle lens it was very easy to get tempted into getting too close.
I had a flash with me but used natural light as I wanted to capture to
atmosphere created by the available light. 1/30th second at f/3.5
Entering diving bell by Annette Price

3. This is 'Junior' the youngest member on the course at a depth of thirty meters climbing into the diving bell. This shot was lit by flash approx f/8 at 1/60th second. On the left the silvery underside of an air pocket in the diving bell can be seen.

Diver on lazy shot by Annette Price 4. Returning from a 30 meter dive to the diving bell, which was still on the sea bed, John Williamson holds onto one of the bell's winch lines for a three minute safety stop at ten feet. The shackle was used as a lazy shot and was raised slowly to the surface for us to follow at the end of the dive. I set the camera manually to ensure that colour would be recorded in the background and used flash to light John. 1/30 @ f/5.6
Diving bell by Annette Price 5. This is the diving bell at 30 meters. We had descended through a moon pool in a barge and followed the winch lines down to the bell. Here we sawed through scaffolding poles and tied knots in short pieces of rope to show that we could work effectively under pressure. Visibility was very poor. I held the flash in one hand and the camera in the other, which made climbing down the side of the bell quite difficult and at one point I fell off and landed in the silt on my back. Once I had regained my composure I held the flash above my head and took this photograph of the bell. 1/60 @ f3.5
Cutting metal by Annette Price

6. Another shot of Conrad Wesley cutting through metal. I moved around Conrad shooting from different directions trying to get close to the action, sometimes using flash and other times just available light. I felt that the available light images best conveyed the atmosphere and drama of the scene. We were at a depth of only six meters so there was plenty of natural light as well as that created by the burning oxygen. 1/30 @ f3.5

BSoUP Theme Portfolio Competition

Theme Portfolio Winners


2017 Martyn Guess

2016 Mikko Voipio

2015 Pash Baker

2014 Robert Bailey

2013 Martyn Guess

2012 Keith Lyall

2011 Trevor Rees

2010 Martyn Guess

2009 Trevor Rees

2008 Arthur Kingdon

2007 JP Trenque

2006 Alex Mustard

2005 Alex Mustard

2004 Jane Morgan

2003 Linda Dunk

2002 Linda Dunk

2001 Linda Dunk

2000 Sue Heaps

1999 Bob Allen

1998 Bob Allen

1997 Anne Owen

1996 Ken Sullivan

1995 Anthony Holley

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