NEWSLETTER JUNE 2005

JOE FOXCROFT - A TRIBUTE

The following tribute was read out by Alan James at the recent funeral of Joe Foxcroft, one of the stalwarts of our group who will be sadly missed.

We, the members of Bristol Underwater Photography Group, wish to make this tribute to celebrate our small part in the life of Joe Foxcroft.

For Joe and many other long standing members of our group, it has always been our common passion to dive for underwater images of amazing marine life in both near and far parts of the world.  It is this passion for wildlife encounters that brings us together, perhaps for just an evening at our monthly meetings in Bristol, or an exciting day of diving in the UK or the delights of two weeks overseas in some far flung destination.

Joe was a very accomplished underwater photographer within our group and could often be seen sharing his skills with up and coming new members.  Joe often visited other members of our group to discuss all aspects of underwater photography, and the planning of ongoing photo trips would always be at the top of Joe's questionaire.  Our sometimes controversial conversations with Joe (and we are sure that if you knew him, you will know just what we mean) would go on well into the evening, with Joe and company enjoying a traditional cold beer or two while discussing our differences of opinion.

Like most of our photography group, Joe had an endless enthusiasm for diving travel and we will always retain fond memories of diving with him in: The Indian Ocean, Indonesia, The Red Sea, The Meditteranean, The Atlantic Ocean and, late last year, with spectacular great white sharks off the Mexican Pacific coast.

But Joe had a love of many outdoor technical sports within the UK too.  Not only did he enjoy extensive British diving from Scotland, right down to the tip of Lands End, from which he produced many stunning wildlife images.  He also had a passion for cycling, motorcycling and climbing and was also a regular visitor to the gym to enable him to get the best from all of these sports.  We vividly remember Joe telling us over one of our traditional beers prior to New Year 2004, that his New Year's resolution was to step up his activities in all these sports and, always as good as his word, he did just that!!

Joe was, in our opinion, a confident and capable man in all that he did.  So it is perhaps ironic that a slip while climbing in his home county of Gloucestershire has sadly taken him away from all his family and friends that loved and respected him from within their particular part of his life.

We were looking forward to Joe's company on future planned trips for this year, to Plymouth, to Scotland, to Sardinia and finally the Seychelles at the end of the year for some exciting whaleshark encounters.  We, the Bristol Underwater Photography Group now have to forego that pleasure but are all very proud just to show our very best respect and say:

GOODBYE JOE!!

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FORTHCOMING PROGRAMME

JULY 12th:  Charles Hood guest speaker

AUGUST 9th:  Joe Foxcroft tribute, AGM

'ON THE NIGHT' COMPETITION THEMES

JULY:  Open

AUGUST:  Black & White

Important - Please note that slides will be accepted see Latest News

For the full list of monthly competitions for 2005 see the January Newsletter.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

July Meeting

The July Meeting (start time 2000hrs) will be at our new(ish) venue:

Coniston Community Centre

The Parade, Coniston Road

Patchway, Bristol BS34 5LP

Most of you will have found it by now but if not:- Go up Coniston Road for approx 1 mile until you see a road sign on the left for 'The Parade Shopping Centre' and 'The Surgery'.  Turn right into Blakeney Road and then immediately right again into the car park for the Surgery.  The Community Centre is directly opposite the Surgery. Click here for map or use www.multimap.com

Please try and be on time as it looks as if we will have to keep the main doors locked while we are using the building. However, there is an intercom entry system so you should be able to get in if running late.

The 'On the Night' competition theme is 'Open'. Send digital files to Bob Anthony, our Competitions Member (anthonyrez30@tiscali.co.uk), or bring your slides on the night.

The main event of the evening will be a talk by Charles Hood who will give a presentation on the subject of marketing your work. Charles is a very well known and highly regarded underwater photographer and author, whose work has been published on many occasions.  This promises to be an excellent evening and a good turnout is anticipated.  Guests are welcome although there will be a charge of 5 for non members.

BSOUP St Abbs Splash-In: August 27/28th 2005

Full.

RECENT EVENTS

June Meeting  

Monthly Competition

The theme this month was 'Cephalapods' and this was a popular subject with a good number of digital images, plus some slides, for the audience to judge.  As would be expected, Babbacombe cuttlefish featured heavily but the eventual winner (pretty unanimous) was a delightful shot of an octopus by Rob Barker.

Rob Barker

Rob took this shot whilst on a trip to Gozo and used a D70 in a Sea & Sea housing with twin YS90 strobes.  The lens was a 60mm at f22.

Three images tied for second place and these are shown below.

Trevor Rees

Bob Anthony

Alan James

BUPG Splash-In Competition

The results from our efforts at Hope Cove were projected and it turned out to be a pretty one-sided affair with Sally Sharrock being the clear winner in both the Close Up and the Wide Angle categories.  Sally therefore won the overall Splash In trophy which she can now add to the trophies she won earlier this year in the Print competition - some more shelves will be needed to display all these trophies!

Sally Sharrock

Sally Sharrock

Jim Drake won the Beginner category with a nice shot of an anemone so he now has the first trophy we have presented for the less experienced amongst us - well done Jim.

Jim Drake

Wide Angle - Will Postlethwaite

The main event of the evening was a presentation by guest speaker Will Postlethwaite.  He confessed to being addicted to wide angle and rarely dived with anything other than a fisheye lens or a 12-24mm on his D70.  Even when he wanted a close-up shot, he normally used a wide angle lens.  Aspects covered included: histograms, use of lcd, close-up wide angle, UK wide angle, clear(er) water wide angle, and using the shadows/highlights feature in Photoshop.  He illustrated the talk with lots of good shots from the UK, the Red Sea, Lembeh, Bali and West Papua to name but a few. There was a good response from the audience and Will was kept busy answering lots of our questions.  This was a well put together presentation covering a subject that we all find some difficulty with and Will's recommendations were most welcome.

BSOUP Splash In Plymouth 2 July 2005

Ten of us boarded the dive boat Amoco and headed out into the mist shrouded, choppy waters of Plymouth Sound.  Unfortunately, the weather did not improve as forecasted and a pretty rough time was had by all.  A couple of us (including yours truly) suffered from mal de mer, although the ladies seemed to be made of tougher stuff.  I think the milk in my breakfast cereal must have been going off a bit.  Anyway, we had a couple of dives in the area called Fairyland, not far from Hillsea Point.  The viz was not brilliant, with a fair amount of suspension in the water and no sun to brighten things up.  Alan James met up with his tame anglerfish that seems to appear whether he is in Scotland, Cornwall or Devon, whilst the rest of us made do with wrasse and tom pot blennies or the occasional flattie.  It was then a dash back to Mountbatten to get the films in for processing or to download cards onto laptops.

The competition was judged that evening in the Mountbatten Centre and BUPG members had a fair bit of success: Cathy Lewis took third place in the Close Up category with a nice shot of a top knot while Trevor Rees took third place in the Wide Angle and second place in the Creative/Humorous. In addition to the Splash In competition, there was also the competition for prints and Alan James took first place in the Open category with a cracking shot of a cleaner shrimp and coral trout, while David Stephens took second place in the British category with his excellent John Dory portrait.  For full details see the BSOUP web site (not updated at time of this going to press)

MISCELLANEOUS

BSOUP Competitions

There is no excuse now for not entering the BSOUP competitions as they are now accepting entries via email - Alan James took first place last month with a shot of a Scillies seal and Heather Hammond took a third place in January with a shot of a barracuda shoal. Check out www.bsoup.org for further details.

Keep bubbling(rebreathers excepted)

Arthur