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#1 Alex_Mustard

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 06:37 AM

I haven't done any blatent showing off in this forum for a while so I thought I'd share this:

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Queen chats to Mustard, Duke looks at fish

My underwater photographs took me to meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. It was an amazing honour and I am very proud to have done it. ;) :(

I was flown to Estonia to meet them (where they were making a State Visit at the time) and got to show them some of my underwater photos, chat about underwater photography and to present them with a book. The meeting came about because I was invited by the British Council in Estonia to represent the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition and to present the Queen with their official gift of the Portfolio book.

The Queen is a keen photographer herself and congratulated me on winning in the competition and asked me about the challenges of taking pictures underwater. I actually spoke more about the advantages; underwater we can move in three dimensions and therefore can approach the subject from any direction we choose, I told her. Imagine what land photography would be like if we could fly. The Queen seemed amused by this answer.

The Duke of Edinburgh, well known for his patronage of the WWF, was more interested in the species shown in the photos and where the photos were taken. I explained that the Snapper photo (which you can see in the photo on the right) was taken in Egypt, explaining that the Red Sea is so lush and colourful below the waves, quite a contrast to the desert above.

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#2 loftus

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 06:43 AM

Congrats; maybe a knighthood in your future, or just an OBE or something. :D

I haven't done any blatent showing off in this forum for a while so I thought I'd share this:

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Queen chats to Mustard, Duke looks at fish

My underwater photographs took me to meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. It was an amazing honour and I am very proud to have done it. ;) :(

I was flown to Estonia to meet them (where they were making a State Visit at the time) and got to show them some of my underwater photos, chat about underwater photography and to present them with a book. The meeting came about because I was invited by the British Council in Estonia to represent the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition and to present the Queen with their official gift of the Portfolio book.

The Queen is a keen photographer herself and congratulated me on winning in the competition and asked me about the challenges of taking pictures underwater. I actually spoke more about the advantages; underwater we can move in three dimensions and therefore can approach the subject from any direction we choose, I told her. Imagine what land photography would be like if we could fly. The Queen seemed amused by this answer.

The Duke of Edinburgh, well known for his patronage of the WWF, was more interested in the species shown in the photos and where the photos were taken. I explained that the Snapper photo (which you can see in the photo on the right) was taken in Egypt, explaining that the Red Sea is so lush and colourful below the waves, quite a contrast to the desert above.

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 07:49 AM

What a huge honoUr. Congrats and interesting answers also.

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:19 AM

That is awesome, Alex. Good to get even the royalty more interested in the underwater world. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 12:48 PM

you deserve to toot your horn as loud as you want for that

#6 MikeVeitch

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 01:59 PM

so so so cool.....

Congrats Sir Mustard... nice suit!

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#7 Craig Ruaux

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 02:53 PM

Congrats Sir Mustard... nice suit!



Seconded ;)

and seconded :( :D


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Posted 07 November 2006 - 03:33 PM

That just tops EVERYTHING! Congratulations!

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 04:14 PM

Well you have to be happy with that.
Rather Cool indeed.
A big congrats there. ;)

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 06:25 PM

I'll say you have to be happy mate!

You can do all the showing off you want with friends in such high places. Very very nice work.

I'll second Wagsy's nomination of inviting her to join Wetpixel. ;)
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Posted 07 November 2006 - 06:49 PM

so alex, I take it that's your new "dry" suit....

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 12:15 AM

Really great Alex, that must have been a "once in a lifetime expetrience" feeling..

Edited by DuikKees, 08 November 2006 - 12:16 AM.


#13 Alex_Mustard

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 06:45 AM

It was quite a sureal experience - as it is whenever you meet anyone so famous. And I have to say - very cool. A real one off - but I am proud I got to do it. I have even put the photo on the home page of my website (well for a few weeks, anyway).

I think I won't get the Queen involved here on Wetpixel. Dean wouldn't last long until he was carted off to the tower...

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 08:04 AM

Congrats!! Alex. What a thrill, I'm sure. You are most deserving of such praise and recognition.

All the best, Jett

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 09:11 AM

Yo know what I love most is ... he has a prince charles posture going on ....

were you trying to get adopted ?

And what did you end up calling her ?

Lizzie ? Queenie ? Your Royal Highness ? Hey Babe ? Sweetiepie ? Sugar ? etc etc
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Posted 08 November 2006 - 09:47 AM

;) :( You cheeky git...

I heard that the Pope now has to wait to hold an audience with Alex.. :D

Excellent..There will be no stopping him now. I cannot wait for the next Antibes..Stories of Red carpets, state honours, keys to the cities..Jesus he will need a ultra fisheye to fit his head in the frame...

Seriously, fantastic Alex..Meeting 'Her madge' and the 'Duke'..An achievement only made by statesmen and stalkers..

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 01:08 PM

Congratulations Alex, It is indeed quite an accomplishment.
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Posted 08 November 2006 - 02:05 PM

Spectacular!

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 02:58 PM

I'm awestruck Alex. That's such an honor and really, impossible to top. Congratulatons seems so weak but, you have earned that. Wow!

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 04:31 PM

What a wonderful honor and thrill. Congrats!!!