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BSoUP's Theme Portfolio Competition 2012

My Winning Theme Portfolio

By Keith Lyall


 
Keith Lyall's Winning Theme Portfolio 2008
 

The theme for my portfolio this year was Seals. These creatures are always a popular subject with divers due to their characteristic playfulness and are a joy to photograph.
All images were taken when diving Lundy Island off the North Devon Coast. During my last trip in 2011 there were no images that initially jumped out as particularly pleasing; however reviewing my images at a later date, and with the help of Jo, we identified a series of images that had the possibility of working as a portfolio. Previously I have made the mistake of including "complex" images; I now go for high impact easily recognisable subjects as the view time is limited when the portfolio is presented to the voting audience.

I started the portfolio with the top centre image - the combination of sunbeams and surface reflections drew me to this shot and epitomised the graceful lines of the seal in its natural environment. The top left and right images worked in terms of symmetry and colour. Similarly the bottom left and right images balanced in terms of colour. In all cases the corner images were positioned with the seals looking towards the centre to direct the viewers focus into the portfolio. As always the last image was the hardest to choose. As the original shot was against a darkened background I thought this would work without a frame and give a slightly different look to the portfolio without being excessively different.

On the evening, looking at the other portfolios I thought mine did have a change of a top 6 placing and when it was not mentioned up to position 2 I already thought "Oh well next year perhaps". When it was voted as the top portfolio on the evening I was gobsmacked but delighted at the same time, particularly as this category has been won by other underwater photographers whose work I have admired and aspired to over the past few years.
Images were taken either with a Canon 20D in an Ikelite Housing or Nikon D300 in a Subal housing with twin Inon D240 strobes. Images were shot in RAW with Lightroom processing where appropriate. All shots were taken in 2 metres of water using a combination of natural light and strobes. 

Camera Settings, clockwise from top left:
1. Canon 20D + 10-22mm @ 21mm, 1/320 @ f4.5, ISO 400
2. Nikon D300 + 10-17mm FE @15mm, 1/200 @ f8.0, ISO 200
3. Canon 20D + 10-22mm @ 21mm, 1/320 @ f4.5, ISO 400
4. Nikon D300 + 10-17mm FE @15mm, 1/160 @ f6.3, ISO 200
5. Nikon D300 + 10-17mm FE @17mm, 1/200 @ f6.3, ISO 200
6. Nikon D300 + 10-17mm FE @17mm, 1/100 @ f5.0, ISO 200


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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