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News - February 2019

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Focus On - Black & White - Results

Congratulations to Nick Blake who came first in this months Focus On Competition - Black & White - with an image of a Jellyfish.

Congratulations also to Nur Tucker and Paul Short who came second and third respectively with images of a seahorse and a turtle.

There were a total of 42 entries. The competition was judged by Simon Brown.

Nick Blake

Nur Tucker

The top six:-

Pos. Photographer Subject
1 Nick Blake Jellyfish
2 Nur Tucker Seahorse
3 Paul Short Turtle
4 Martyn Guess Frogfish
5 John Parker Blue Shark
6 Rick Ayrton Wreck

The top six may be viewed on the Home Page and the Gallery.

BSoUP members may view all of the entries in the Competition archive and see the judge's comments. You will be prompted to login if you haven't already done so this session.

Next month's Competition is Theme Portfolio. The competition will open shortly.

Please submit your images at 1400 pixels wide (landscape) or 1050 pixels tall(portrait) at 72ppi and at a size less than 1M. Please indicate what your subjects is, where it was taken and what camera system you used.

Paul Short

February BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting is on Tuesday 19th February at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.  Meeting Room 3, Union Building,  Beit Quadrangle, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7 [Entrance via Prince Consort Road] (Directions). New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome.

Steve Warren - the latest lighting gadgetry at Inon UK

There are no limits to Steve's accolades; he has been a snorkeler since the age of 7,  scuba-diving since 11, and did his first ‘serious’ underwater photography in 1994 with Martin Edge.  He is also the former owner of Ocean Optics underwater photography retailer, co -founder, with Colin Doeg, of the Visions in the Sea underwater photography conferences, co- designer, with Mark Koekemoer, of INON UK Level One underwater photography course and co -founder of INON UK with Lisa Collins.
Inon UK
Inon UK

Focus On - B & W
Focus On - B & W - February 2019

Steve was also former technical editor for Dive International Magazine and is the current technical editor of DIVER Magazine.​ He suffered his first camera flood in 1981.

Monthly Competition - Black and White
Definition:  Any image in shades of only black and white.  
The competition is now closed.  There were 42 entries and these have been judged by Simon Brown who will present the top six along with his comments at the meeting. Members may view all of the entries in the competition slideshow  You may be asked to log in if you haven't already done so.

Simon Brown - Mapping the Thistlegorm using 3D Photogrammetry

In 2017 Simon was part of a project to document the SS Thistlegorm using 3D photogrammetry and 360 degree video. In 6 days of diving Simon shot enough images (24,000) to cover most of the wreck, including the cargo decks and surrounding seabed plus the remains of both locomotives. Processing the data took an additional 65 days but the result was a geo-referenced 3D model of the wreck, ready to be explored in virtual reality. Logically, the next step was to write a guide book and the team was joined by Alex Mustard, who has spent several years confirming the identities of the cargo of vehicles. The team spent the next 12 months amassing as much information about the ship as possible, including visiting the archives and revealing new and previously unpublished material.  The resulting book has been published on iTunes and includes 3D models of all the areas scanned:

SS Thistlegorm
SS Thistlegorm by Simon Brown, Jon Henderson,
Alex Mustard and Mike Postons

Simon will discuss the photographic challenges and techniques of scanning such a large wreck and building a 3D model, as well as revealing a few surprises which research uncovered.

Since discovering the exact art and subtle science of underwater 3D photogrammetry Simon quickly dropped the idea of framing and shooting a single image. Simon supplies fully rendered and scaled 3D models for clients such as archaeologists and media companies and his work has appeared in several recent television shows. Clients include National Geographic TV and Discovery Channel, and current projects include the hunt for the crash site of the Hercules C-130E, stolen by Sgt Paul Meyer in 1969 and crashing in the English Channel several hours after take-off.

DIVE 2018

DIVE 2019 - 26/27 October

THE MOVE INTO Hall 1 at the NEC for last year’s Dive Show proved popular with both exhibitors and the 15,000-plus visitors who turned up over two days for the premiere event in the UK diving calendar.

Impressive internal and external enhancements to the nation’s top events venue were also extremely well received, and Hall 1’s location just inside the NEC (Birmingham) Main Entrance was a welcome bonus.

So with the NEC in greater demand than ever from organisers large and small wishing to enjoy the best profile for their events, the Dive Show is delighted to have secured prime weekend dates of 26/27 October for DIVE 2019.

Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia

The 14th edition of the Underwater Competition Series, organized by founders DivePhotoGuide and Wetpixel, has returned! And once again, we have over $100,000 worth of prizes for the taking.

Open since November 21, the series comprises the Our World Underwater Competition, the “Super Bowl” of underwater imaging events, and the DEEP Indonesia Competition, the signature component of Indonesia’s popular diving, adventure travel and extreme sports expo.

The awesome prizes include trips with some of the world’s top dive resorts and liveaboards, as well as hot underwater photo and video gear. The prizes are awarded to winners in 13 categories, with the grand prizewinner of the Our World Underwater Competition receiving $1000 in cash for the “Best of Show” image.

DEEP Indonesia closes on Saturday, March 9, 2019 11:59PM PST

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