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BSoUP's Theme Portfolio Competition 2013

My Winning Theme Portfolio

By Martin Guess


 
Martyn Guess

Martyn Guess is a commercial property developer based near Guildford Surrey. He started diving over 25 years ago and has from school days had an avid interest in photography. His first forays into underwater photography were with a Nikonas film camera in Grand Cayman with Cathy Church but for many years has embraced the world of digital photography. And currently uses a Nikon D800 and Nauticam housing with twin Inon strobes

He is a good friend and former student of Martin Edge and has travelled the world with his 'model' wife Sue seeking out new underwater photo opportunities. A self-confessed warm water diver his ambition is to get into UK diving!

His images regularly appear in dive magazines and travel brochures and he teaches underwater photography in his home pool

My Portfolio.: I have had some good successes with this competition over the years winning it in 2010 and having regular top 6 slots. I think that in order to win the competition the photographer has to come up with some different ideas. My idea with the portfolio was to try and link the line formed between surface and underwater across the 3 images on each line. Inspiration for this portfolio of under/over or split images came from winning a Martin Edge Photoquest competition last November in Misool Raja Ampat. The winning shot was the sunset image taken in Misool with the dive boat in the foreground. We had had some superb sunsets virtually every night of the trip so I spent some daylight time scouting for a suitable location, which was shallow enough to stand up and had some coral in front of me and also faced the position of the sunset. I positioned myself about 30 minutes before sunset and locked off focus on my outstretched fins. Using F22 for maximum depth of field an ISO of 800 to give me sufficient speed of 1/125th and a small amount of strobe lighting pointing down at the coral in front of me I started to shoot as the sunset developed. I decided that I needed some additional foreground interest so asked the dive boat to come close so that this could be included as a silhouette.

The other shots are all taken in the shallow waters around Misool's dive boat pontoon and also a small island close by which had an amazing white sandy beach with coral outcrops in the shallow waters. The exception to this is the other sunset image taken in the Red Sea last year from the BSOUP boat at the Alternatives where I experimented with the settings outlined above.

The most difficult part of taking 'Splits' is keeping the water droplets off the dome port. I use the Zen 230 dome, which is particularly large and difficult to keep droplet free. I find the best method is a little bit of spit and to quickly shoot as the housing is lifted partly out of the water before the droplets form. I have tied all sorts of other applications and polishes but frankly the spit method performs best for me.

To see more of Martyn's images visit www.martynguessphotography.com


BSoUP Theme Portfolio Competition

Theme Portfolio Winners

   

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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