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Beginners Portfolio 2010

Winner: Will Clark

Will Clark's Winning Portfolio
 

About the portfolio

Will, who is a freelance video editor, hails from Street in Somerset. Although he learned to dive twenty years ago, he only did a few dozen dives until about 2005, when he went with his family to the Maldives. Will couldn't believe what he had been missing and since then has made underwater photography the focus of all his travelling. He first tried using an Olympus compact underwater in 2007, after reading Martin Edge's excellent book, but found the camera really frustrating - it would shoot RAW but there would be a 10 second delay before you could take another shot while it recorded the data. "I remember being underwater, watching subjects swim away, wanting to tear the little hair I have left out of my scalp and wishing I had my beloved dSLR down there instead. In 2008 I upgraded to a Canon EOS 40d and thought the time was right to buy a housing".

1. the Great Barracuda is the one that lurks in the wreck of the USAT Liberty at Talumben, Bali. The secret to diving this amazing site is to get in the water at dawn before the crowds arrive. Each morning I would fin out to the bow, start shooting the gang of Humphead Parrotfish that hang out there, and sometimes this big fella would come to check me out. I'm sure he hears your strobes and wants a piece of the action; he seems to like being photographed and is utterly fearless - but then who wouldn't be with teeth like that? Canon EOS 40d with a Canon 10-22mm lens at 22mm, f14 1/100s ISO200, Ikelite housing with two Ikelite DS-125 strobes.

2. the blenny shot was inspired by Jason Isley of Scubazoo who showed me some of his amazing super-macro images involving wide-open apertures to produce bokeh (pleasing out-of-focus areas of an image). My opportunity came when diving near the wreck at Talumben: I found this tropical striped triplefin blenny on a colourful coral growing on an artificial reef. I could get underneath and shoot upwards but would scare the little fish away with each exhalation - luckily the little guy loved to be in one particular spot and would return within a few seconds. This really was pushing my equipment to the edge of its functionality - the autofocus was a nightmare, and this was the only shot of dozens that worked. Canon 40d, Canon 60mm macro lens with a 12mm extension tube. f2.8 1/250s ISO100

3. this harlequin shrimp is one of the pair that live in a pile of rocks just near the beach at Seraya, a short distance up the coast from Talumben. I suspect they are kept well fed by dive guides. My guru Martin Edge had suggested that I shouldn't always use both strobes just because I have them, I was trying that out when I accidentally caused a snoot effect by my flashgun being behind a gap between a rock and some weed. Once I'd noticed this, I messed about with it and ended up with this pleasing 'snooty' shot. Canon 40d, Canon 60mm macro lens with a 12mm extension tube, f8 1/250s ISO100, Photoshop manipulation to add a second eye-stalk.

4. the 'yawning' frogfish shot is from 22 metres down off Menjangan Island, also in Bali. For a few days in a row I would go and see this fish and shoot it until I almost needed an extended decompression stop. My guide would keep a keen eye out for any other divers approaching as it was his secret! Canon 40d with a Tokina 10-17mm lens and a 1.4x converter, f22 1/40s ISO800.

5."I love squid, they can be so inquisitive and their pulsing chromatophore patterns fascinate me. This Bigfin Reef Squid came with a couple of buddies to investigate our torch lights during a nightdive off Komodo island in Indonesia, led by the epic dive guide Herry Jeremias. I turned on the focus lights on my strobes and proceeded to fight with my camera's autofocus for over ten minutes just shooting and shooting as the squid seemed to go through different emotions and colour displays. Like the barracuda they seemed to really enjoy the flashes from the strobes, and their own reflections in my lens port". Canon 40d, Canon 60mm macro lens, f18 1/125s ISO400.

6. This enormous tranquil turtle lives on the wall of Bunaken island in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. I thought I'd finished the dive, having done a safety stop, when my guide Noldy pointed to the turtle about 15 metres beneath us, resting on a large table coral. I indicated that I didn't have much gas left in my tank whereupon he shrugged, showed me that he still had a half-full tank and pointed at his spare demand valve. I went down and got a few shots with Noldy right next to me, then ascended and finished a second safety stop with his octopus in my hand ready should I need it. I didn't, but I did surface on zero bar! It was worth it for the shot. She showed no signs of anxiety about us being so near her and allowed me to get so close that in this shot her beak is almost touching my dome port. Canon 40d, Tokina 10-17mm lens at 10mm, f11 1/100s ISO320

BSoUP Beginners Portfolio Competition

Beginners Portfolio Competition Winners

2014 Sue Guess

2013 Mark Drayton

2012 Paul Woodburn

2011 Sean Arrowsmith

2010 Will Clark

2009 Daniel Norwood

2008 David Henshaw

2007 Anna James

2006 Kam Arya

2005 Shannon Conway

2004 Judy Winterman

2003 Samantha Bean

2002 Jane Morgan

2001 Cathy Lewis

2000 Tony White

1999 Mike Maloney

1998 Gary Clarke

1997 Sue Heaps

1996 Hilary Driscoll

1995 Malcom Hey

1994 Nigel Doe

1993 Gavin Anderson

1992 Paul Naylor

1991 Howard Bunyan

1990 Dave Meates

1989 John Lee

1988 Alfredo Rock

1987 Mark Taylor

1986 Michael Wong

1985 Martin Edge

1984 Viv Pearson

1983 Linda Pitkin

1982 Mike Valentine

1981 Brian Humphries

1980 Graham Pattie


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