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BSoUP's Theme Portfolio Competition 2009

Second: Alex Mustard

1. Trevor Rees
2. Alex Mustard
3. Gareth Millson
4. Georgette Douwma
5. Martyn Guess
5. Len Deeley

Alex Mustard's Theme Portfolio 2009

My Portfolio

by Alex Mustard

Alex Mustard is 34 years old and a committee member of BSoUP. His website is

The theme of this portfolio is At The Surface. Initially I wanted to do a reflections portfolio, but I was concerned that some reflections were not as good as others, so I put in a split level shot and changed the theme slightly!

All these photos were taken in 2008 on trips to Florida. None were taken while diving: five were taken while snorkelling, the shark was taken with my homemade pole-cam that is fired with a bicycle brake cable. Half the images were taken with my D2X and half with Eleonora's D80, which I was borrowing.

1) Juvenile jack. Nikon D80, Subal housing. 60mm. Single subtronic alpha strobe. F18 @ 1/200th. ISO 200. This photo was taken in the Gulf Stream, with both us and the boat drifting along at about 2 knots. In the darkness, with the boat as the only point of reference you are unaware that you are moving.

2) Manatee. Nikon D2X + 10-17mm @ 14mm. Twin Subtronic strobes. Long exposure of F8 @ 1/8th second. ISO 200. Taken at dawn in Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River.

3) Flyingfish. Nikon D80, Subal housing. 10-17mm @ 17mm. Single subtronic alpha strobe. F14 @ 1/200th. ISO 200. This photo was also taken out i the Gulf Stream at night. This image was cropped and flipped for the portfolio.

4) Bottlenose Dolphin. Nikon D80, Subal housing. 10-17mm @ 10mm. ISO 200. F9 @ 1/320th. Bahamas Banks, taken on a trip out of Florida.

5) Atlantic Spotted Dolphin. Nikon D2X, Subal housing. 10-17mm @ 13mm. ISO 100. Single subtronic alpha strobe. F11 @ 1/250th. ISO 200. Taken in the Gulf Stream at night.

6) Caribbean Reef Shark. Nikon D2X, Subal housing. 10-17mm @ 10mm. ISO 100. Single subtronic alpha strobe. F13 @ 1/50th. ISO 100. Taken in the Gulf Stream at night.

BSoUP Theme Portfolio Competition

Theme Portfolio Winners




2019 Laura Storm

2018 Terry Steeley

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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