I've been diving since 1989, taking pictures
since about 1994 when I acquired my first Nikonos V. In 1997 I made
the leaps to a Nikon F90x in a Subal housing and last month I went
digital with a D100 so my days of slides are over!
The pictures, in order, are a seal taken in the
Farne Islands (Sept 2004), a reef scene from St Abbs (Aug 2004), an
Anglerfish in the Farne Islands, about 1996, an Edible Crab in the
Farne Islands (Sept 2004), a Velvet Swimming Crab in St Abbs (Aug
2004) and a Cuttlefish under Swanage Pier (May 2002).
The seal picture was from a dive on which we had an
amazing 45 minutes with this juvenile in 4 meters of water, who kept
interacting with us - mouthing hands, hoses and cameras, having his
head scratched and not wanting us to leave. In only ended when we ran
out of air (literally in my case but you don't need to say that...)
Needless to say I had a 60mm lens on but I still got the shot!
All of these pictures were taken with the F90x
except the Anglerfish which was with the Nik V. All of the slides
were scanned, optimized (nothing I would call manipulation) and made
back into slides for the competition.
As for my reaction on winning - I was delighted to
win my first BSoUP portfolio competition at the same time as becoming
Chairperson of the Society, and am particularly pleased that it is
the British portfolio, images taken on home ground.