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BSoUP's Theme Portfolio Competition 2001

Winner - Linda Dunk

'Circles' © Linda Dunk

My winning portfolio

by Linda Dunk 

Basic kit is a Nikon 801s in a Subal housing, plus Nikon SB25 flash in a Cullimore housing with an additional Sea and Sea YS80 slave. All pictures were shot on Fuji Velvia using manual settings.

Shot 1 was taken using a 24-50 zoom lens, at the 50 end, in Little Cayman. Lots of these sponges about and I wanted a slightly different angle, so I shot them from above. This slide started the concept of "circles" as a theme for the portfolio.

Shot 2 was taken using the 16 mm lens on the Adelaide, off Chesil Beach, Dorset. Running like a steam train, and my buddy Hilary D is fighting hard to keep her posiiton within the circular frame of the wreck structure! I was hanging on another bit of wreckage with my knees, hoping not to puncture my dry suit! When I saw it, I thought that this circular bit of wreck and the 16 mm lens would be well suited to each other.

Shot 3 was taken with the 16 mm lens in Bonaire. These shoaling scad apparently appear for about 3 weeks every year, and here it is a matter of getting under the boat, metering the light, and waiting until the shoal had got into the right circling position. Incidentally, these fish appear to be more incontinent tjhan most, and being underneath several thousand of them looking up was a messy business! The fill flash had to be held at arm's length to counter backscatter and was stopped down 2/3 of a stop to avoid burn out.

Shot 4, also in Bonaire, I wanted the evening sun as a "diamond-ring" effect on the very edge of the Snell's window, and opposite the small yellow float on the boat's anchor line.

Shot 5 was taken with the 105 mm lens, and is a standard clam mantle taken during daylight hours. Can't remember where!

Shot 6 was taken with a 200 mm lens in the Red Sea and is of Bloch's big-eye. I prefer to call it "the morning after the night before".

BSoUP Theme Portfolio Competition

Theme Portfolio Winners




2019 Laura Storm

2018 Terry Steeley

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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