Alex Mustard did rather well in this years Antibes Film Festival and he told UwP how three of his successes were achieved.

This picture finished first in the black and white pictures. It is my least favourite of the photographs I entered into the Antibes Festival - which I guess shows how subjective picture judging is! I took this picture at the wreck of the Oro Verde in Grand Cayman. I used my Nikon F100 + 28-70mm in a Subal housing and two Subtronic Alpha flashes. The film was Kodak Elitechrome "extracolor" (colour slide!) I drained the colour from the image on the computer before printing. Exposure was on aperture priority (f22), with slow, rear flash synch at (1/2 sec).

This picture was second in the same category. This picture was taken at dawn at the Sandbar on Grand Cayman. I used a Nikonos V with 15mm lens, shooting on aperture priority at f5.6 with no flash (shutter approx 1/30-1/60th). This picture was also taken on colour slide and as such, is rather flat and unremarkable. But I liked the composition so decided to have a look at it in black and white on the computer. The resulting image is one of my favourites.

The Antibes Film Festival 2003 will be from 26th October until 2nd November

This picture was third in the colour print category. It was also taken on same two week holiday in Grand Cayman this summer. I took this shot while snorkelling (see UWP 3: 40-41) under the dock at th Ocean Frontiers Dive Centre at the East End of the island. This picture was taken with my Nikon F100 + 16mm FE in a Subal housing with no flash. The picture shows a barracuda hunting silversides in between two dive boats. I took this picture on aperture priority at, I guess, f8 @ 1/60th? It amuses me that I was able to take such a green image in a clear, blue water paradise like the Caymans! This category was won by Italian Alessandro Tommasi.

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Digital Cameras For Beginners

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