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  1. The British Society of Underwater Photographers invites entries for its fourth International Focus On Competition, previously won by Mike Veitch (2005), Martin Tomčík (2006) and Francesco Visintin (2007). Again, no theme is being imposed on the participants this year, although the photograph must have been taken underwater, in an open water environment. Aquarium and pool shots are not eligible. Your image should be saved as a JPG file no bigger than 1400 pixels wide x 1050 pixels high with a file size no greater than 1MB and submitted here. The deadline for entering your image is Tuesday 19th August 2008 at 10pm BST. Images will be judged by the audience at the BSoUP meeting on Wednesday 20th August and the winner will receive the International Focus On Competition trophy. Hopefully, Wetpixel members will do as well this year as they have done in the past ! Good luck ! JP
  2. Bit of both ! Actually, I look forward to diving in Stoney again. I haven't been in UK quarries for ages. There will be quite a few of us there, which should be fun. And considering what the viz has been like on the South coast lately, it'll be nice to be able to see something ! A few pikes, maybe ? JP
  3. Tramp ? Nah ! I thought you looked rather presentable, for once !!! Congrats Dean, this is fab ! I'll be in Stoney on 4 Aug. See you there ? JP
  4. Hey Dean, you've also got 4 pages in this month's DIVE Mag! Nice one ! JP
  5. Blimey ! A 30" screen must make the backscatter spots look huuuge !
  6. And there was me thinking you wanted to take advantage of my modelling skills Dean, I'm not showing my Passport photo. That would be too embarassing!
  7. How can you tell? I'm not wearing my beret, stripy T-shirt and string of onions for once!
  8. Hmmm... should I ? ... A fine example of topside portrait photography, shot by Dr Mustard... He really has a knack for bringing-out the best out of wild animals !
  9. The British Underwater Image festival results have been published with some great results by Wetpixel members. Well done Dean! Your movie was fantastic! JP
  10. John, have you still got the leather chaps that went with the 'tache ? JP
  11. I'm sure we can reach a settlement. I was thinking... maybe... a couple of pints tomorrow evening at LIDS.
  12. I need to make it clear though that I'm not the diver in the yum-yum yellow wetsuit ! And I haven't signed a model release form ! JP
  13. CMAS * in France 1980 PADI OWSI in the UK 1998. I missed the deadline for getting an automatic HSE Part IV restricted which used to come with the PADI instructors ticket in the old days. JP
  14. I can't wait to get my hands on a signed copy !
  15. I'm really looking forward to that game ! Alex, sometimes you can be so.... realistic ! Are you in Twickers on Sunday ? JP
  16. Whoever printed that lifesize cardboard cutout of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh did a fab job ! I wonder what resolution image they stared with.
  17. I'm afraid not. Jane is keeping schtum on that subject! I haven't seen any of the stills (apart from mine ) but what I can say is that I've seen some great stuff in the video category.
  18. The photographic eye is probably the single most important tool in today's underwater phtographer. I have been on a numebr of dives with Alex, watched him take a picture, tired to get the same shot, and have always preferred his images to mine (Alex, that's my way of saying thanks for the beer last Wednesday :-)) But the ability to approach a skittish subject without disturbing it is also hugely important. How many times have we visualised THAT perfect shot only to get too close, make too much noise and spook the critter ? I think general diving ability can make more of a difference in underwater photography than camera equipment used. JP
  19. Fuji Velvia 50 ? Does that mean 50 megapixels ? ... I'll get me coat...
  20. Hi Cor, Interesting. I guess it's just because of the wiring on the DX-D200. I'll try to have a good play with it next week (with both one dual cord and 2 separate ones) and will let you know what I find. I had a few problems on the YS90DX, the biggest one being the quenching which I solved by taping the sensor, but I never had a problem when setting them to slave though. Looks like S&S strobes can have a mind of their own sometimes, eh ! JP
  21. Just make sure your creadit card is nowhere near you when you have a chat with Alan & Heather ! They are very good salespeople as well as being very talented photographers ! I've bought lots of gear from them and have always found them very helpful. I once had a problem with my housing and Alan lent me his own one for a weekend while mine was being repaired. When my wife bought her first SLR housing (second-hand from Alan), he spent a whole afternoon with her in the Bristol shop to make sure she would get the most out of her new set-up. One day, he sent me a new housing days before I was due to fly out somewhere. The parcel didn't arrive in time and Alan offered to send a second one if I didn't manage to get hold of the original one from the postal services. I could go on, but I'll just say you can definitely trust Alan and Heather to offer you a very good service. JP
  22. Hi guys, I've just received a pair of YS110s which I'm planning to take on a trip tomorrow (reading this thread, I think I'll take my old YS90s too just to be on the safe side !) I've just spoken to Alan James. He confirmed that I shouldn't use 2 separate synch cords on my DX-D200, but would be better-off taking a double synch cord instead. He also mentioned that the YS110 would not fire via the cable if the Slave switch was set to 'On'. Has anybody got any other tips before I take the strobes away ? Thanks ! JP
  23. Have a look at the Roland Sharkfin Soup product page today ! Some 'customers' have added personal images here! That beats a negative review ! JP
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