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BSoUP's Theme Portfolio Competition 2011

My Winning Theme Portfolio

By Trevor Rees

Arthur Kingdons' Winning Theme Portfolio 2008

The theme for my portfolio this year was British anemones.

As I dive mostly in the UK I know that my images are often going to be shown alongside a lot of colourful high impact shots from overseas blue water diving. Therefore I'm always working hard to perfect some of my colourful UK favourites that I think are worthy of unleashing on the BSoUP audience.

I guess the game for all of us is to pick images that sit comfortably together with complimentary colours and compositions. I consciously choose images that are relatively simple ones that I hope the viewer can understand in an instant and not struggle to work out what is going on. I keep in mind that the viewer has only 7 second to assess my work on screen and decide if they like it!

The portfolio contains 5 macro images and only one wide angle scene. The macro images are all shot using high shutter speeds and small apertures to where possible achieve black backgrounds. These macro shots have all been taken with a single snooted YS110 strobe to give high contrast directional lighting that is as free as possible from backscatter.
The top centre image of a diver with Plumrose anemones was my starting point for building the portfolio. It is the most complex and technically difficult shot in the portfolio but I needed something to spice up what would otherwise have been an all macro portfolio.  The Scottish sea lochs are a great place to hunt out scenes like this and with an obliging model (thanks to Paula Bailey) it is a classic close focus wide angle type shot. I've used two YS110 strobes with diffusers to give a soft foreground fill light.

All the images used have had only minimal cropping and minor clean up work. Images were all shot in RAW and so there were the obligatory Photoshop tweaks to Levels  and Saturation to get them looking good for projection.
 Images, clockwise from top left:

1. Purple jewel anemones, Scillies - Nikon D80 + Nikkor 60mm
2. Diver and Plumrose anemones, Loch Long, Scotland - Nikon D90 + Tokina 10-17@15mm
3. Sea loch anemone, Loch Leven, Scotland - Nikon D90 + Nikkon 60mm
4. Green jewel anemone, Scillies - Nikon D80 + Nikkor 60mm
5. Fireworks anemone, Loch Duich, Scotland - Nikon D80 + Sigma 18-50 macro@33mm
6. Plumrose anemone, Helford River, Cornwall  - Nikon D90 + Sigma 18-50 macro@38mm 


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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