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Rich's interest in natural history, photography and the oceans started young while growing up in Michigan. The post war age of exploration was underway. Jacques Cousteau, NASA and many others were exploring new frontiers and he was fascinated. Rich attended Main Maritime Academy and studied nautical science and oceanography. He had his first career as a ship's officer and traveled the world, but never learned to dive. After a second career in business, he began to engage again with his interests in science, photography and conservation, and he finally learned how to dive.

He has been diving for three years and has had a camera in hand the entire time. mostly using an Ikelite housing and DS 161 strobes with a Nikon D700. He's currently using a Nikon D800 and a Nauticam housing, and never leaves home without his GoPro. Rich is now thinking about how to use his work to encourage saving what is left of our natural heritage, especially here in Florida. You can see more of Rich's work on Instagram@rich_c_diver


Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

In the spirit of sharing the LOVE, for our February 14th Club Meeting, we are bringing you not 1, but 4 speakers! But … we’re going to change it up a bit.

We’re calling it Round Table Mini-Workshops… (okay, so we may have long tables). After our announcements and the intra-club contest, we will give you a brief introduction on each of our Session Table Leaders, all tops in their fields. Then … you get to choose which Pro’s brain you want to pick!

Whether you are a seasoned photographer or just getting started, or perhaps want to try something new, there should be a Pro for you. The workshops will feature Macro by Linda Ianniello, Wide Angle with Craig Dietrich, Videography by Diane Randolph, and Lightroom/Photoshop with Rick McCawley.  And, if you want to mosie about and gather some insight from more than one Session Leader – great, go for it. The sessions will run til about 9:30 pm.

We have an outstanding line-up of speakers planned for this year, and Nikole Heath is planning dives for SFUPS members and their guests to coincide with our presentations/speakers.  We also have an "On the Day Contest" planned so you can earn bonus points toward the Photographer of the Year Award.  In the very near future, I will be sharing more details about the amazing year ahead of us!

On a more somber note, last week the dive industry lost a true champion for sharks. He was a man who dearly loved and wished to protect our oceans. Rob Stewart was an inspiration to many, and he did an amazing job of creating public awareness about illegal shark finning. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.  We are all thankful for his tremendous contributions. Rest in peace.

Suzan Meldonian
President - South Florida Underwater Photography Society


It is with much LOVE, that we present our February 14th program to you! You will have the opportunity to visit the table(s) you want and ask the speaker questions in a small group setting. This will be an open forum to explore, question, and learn something new to help you take your photography to the next level. So bring your date and join us for a fun meeting!  The line-up includes:
Linda Ianniello - Macro
Diane Randolph - Video
Craig Dietrich - Wide Angle
Rick McCawley - Photoshop/Lightroom
ABOUT LINDA:  Linda has been diving and doing underwater photography for almost 30 years. Her favorite type of photography is macro, where half the challenge is finding the small, unusual subjects. She especially likes nudibranchs and finds their variety of shapes, colors and habitats fascinating. She is shooting with a Nikon D500 in a Nauticam housing with two Inon Z-240 strobes. She usually uses a 60mm lens with a Nauticam CMC-1 diopter when appropriate. You can check out her images at www.lindaiphotographycom.
ABOUT DIANE:  Diane Randolph has always had an avid fascination and affinity for the ocean. In 1993 she became a certified diver and thoroughly enjoys being underwater whenever she can. In addition to diving she also enjoys her true passion which is taking underwater video. After having the honor of working with Stan Waterman on a few of his video projects, she decided to start getting more serious and began making short films with all of the video that she was collecting. In 2013, two of her films placed in the San Diego Underwater Film Festival and since that time she has won numerous awards in both domestic and international film competitions. She shoots primarily with a Canon XA10 video camera, light and motion housing and three sola lights.   
ABOUT CRAIG:  Craig is an award winning underwater photographer based in Jupiter, Florida. The first time he picked up a camera, he knew he had found the perfect outlet for his creativity and sparked what would become a life altering pass for photography. Craig served out country as a Naval photographer during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, when he was given the opportunity to travel the world and his thirst for adventure was born.

Craig's stunning underwater photography has won multiple awards and has been sold in upscale galleries from Carmel, California to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Collectors from around the globe are counted among Craig's clientele, and each piece is presented in the unique medium of high quality aluminum, creating unmatched vibrancy and mastery, making them a worthy addition to any collection.
ABOUT RICK:  Rick McCawley is a Photographer, Publisher, Designer and Professor of Graphic Design at Broward College, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. His consulting firm Digital Renaissance specializes in training and creating digital arts curriculum for Universities, and is a frequent workshop leader and speaker around the world. Rick is an Adobe expert and has written 8 books on Photoshop, Photography and design.

As a staff photographer for the Miami Herald, he captured the first photos of the rediscovered treasure ship Nuestra Señora de Atocha with Mel Fisher and discovered a treasure chest filled with coins.  His photos have appeared in the New York Times, Bunte, Der Spiegle, Newsweek and countless other publications. 


MASTERS: Ambient Light Wide Angle - No strobes on this one

CHALLENGERS: Fish Kissing - Any Lens - Fish must be lip to lip.


Be sure to check out the SFUPS Calendar of Events Web Page often. The event calendar is updated regularly to help keep you informed about meetings, dives, sponsor events, classes and local happenings.

Sponsors may contact the newsletter editor or webmaster to have events placed on the calendar.



TRIBUTE TO ROB STEWART'S WORK - February 8 at 6pm at the 26° Brewing Company. MOVIE FEATURE: SHARKWATER - The world lost one of our ocean warriors, Rob Stewart, award winning director of Sharkwater. Rob is one of the reasons we all know about the world's shark finning problem.  This is a free event, however we will not be providing the purchase of beer at the Brewery.  Sign up online to let us know you are attending. We will have a fundraising raffle with proceeds going towards the shark conservation organization, Fin Free.

BHB DATE DIVE - FEB 12TH - Join us for a morning dive. Kick off the weekend before Valentine’s Day? No cliché fancy dinner will compare to this dive. Check into Force-E Riviera between 7-7:30 am to sign waiver and show cert card, and start your dive around 8-8:15 am. Our instructors will lead two separate groups: the couples and the singles.  Details & Registration

February 22 - Octopus of the Blue Heron Bridge at 6:30 (Boca Raton)  Join us for a great presentation by Chelsea Bennice,aka ... Octo Girl!  She will talk about her work and how you might be able to help with her research. Details & RSVP 

February 18 - Wine & Canvas Party $40  
This is Art Entertainment at its finest! Sip your wine, enjoy fellow divers, and let your inner artist out to create a masterpiece! We provide the Artist, Canvas, Paint, Brushes, Easels, Aprons and the Wine! Proceeds from this event will go to Octo Girl.  Details & Registration

2017 Night Dive Schedule- Click to see  Pura Vida's Night Dive Schedule at Blue Heron Bridge. 

February 10th Social Night: Choosing Sustainable Seafood by Cod & Capers Seafood Marketplace CafeJoin Pura Vida for this Social Night and learn how to make healthy, sustainable seafood choices.  This is a FREE event!  6:15 - 7:00 Happy Hour, 7:00 - 8:30: Presentation, Closed door sale and Raffle. RSVP by February 8th to Pura Vida at 561-840-8750 or e-mail at info.pvd@puravidadivers.com

February 11 - Blue Heron Bridge Guided Night Dive
- This is a FREE event. High tide is 8:30. Our group leader will begin their dive at 7:30 pm. For reservations call or email. 561.840.8750

February 24th - Shark Team One Social Night:   6:15 - 7:15pm Happy Hour / 7:00pm Program begins. Angela Smith will show and discuss the short film, Tiger Sharks Fight for SurvivalFor more information, call 561-840-8750

February 26th - 9am - 1pm - Lemon Shark Dives:  Join us as we search for Lemon Sharks in the waters off Jupiter. These are NOT baited dives.  Call the shop to book your seat 561-840-8750

Shark Tagging Excursion: Tag a Shark - Save a Species
Join the Pompano Dive Center on a Shark Tagging Excursion, March 19th at 8:30 am. This trip is made possible through the Guy Harvey Research Institute and Nova Southeastern University. For more information, contact the Pompano Dive Center at 954-788-0208.

February 27 - March 3rd - Lightroom U/W Levels 1 & 2
- Discover the power of Lightroom. Level 1 is designed for beginners, while Level 2 is an intermediate-advanced workshop aimed at people who have finished Lightroom 1, or are comfortable with the basics of Lightroom. Details and Registration

Blue Heron Bridge Photo Workshops 2017 - Upcoming workshops will be held February 16-19 and March 16-19. The clinics focus on macro photography, and includes a dive guide for every 2-3 divers. Details and Registration

Video Workshop at the Bridge - May 11-14, 2017 - For complete details click here.


Ann Dupont presented her underwater photography to the Marco Island Shell Club in Marco Island. The presentation, entitled, Living Sea Shells of Florida and the Caribbean, demonstrated the beauty of living sea shells in their natural environment.  Thank your sharing our love for the ocean environment!

Walt Sterns has an 11-page feature on diving in Palm Beach, Florida in the latest issue of Underwater Photography Magazine (issue - UwP94).  Walt also has a 7-page spread on Wakatobi Dive Resort in the latest issue of X-Ray Magazine. Great work, Walt!


One of the best benefits of being a SFUPS member is that we archive the videos from our speakers. Even if you miss a meeting, you don't have to miss a great presentation!  The videos may be accessed on the Members Only page and you must be logged in with your password.  Be sure to check out the page. There are over 30 videos ready to be viewed to help you improve your photography!

A few of the new videos added to the page are:

The Logic Behind Strobe Placement by Wayne MacWilliams
Everglades Underwater and More by Chris Gillette
Take You Images from Good to Great by Erin Quigley
How To Remove Dome Port Scratches by Chris Gug


Thanks to Phil Rudin, we have another great product review for you! 
Canon EF 8-15mm F/4L USM Fisheye
By Phil Rudin

Rarely do we see a photo product come along that is both unique and exciting in so many ways. The Canon EF 8-15mm F/4L USM Fisheye zoom lens is both radical in design and exceptionally well suited for underwater photography. This lens is not new and was announced in August 2010 to replace the old EF 15mm F/2.8 Fisheye for full-frame sensor bodies. This lens combines both circular and full-frame fisheyes into one lens. Unlike the popular Tokina 10-17mm for APS-C cameras that covers a range from 180-100 degrees the Canon 8-15mm covers a range from 180-175-30 degrees on fullframe.  It also works as a full-frame fisheye on both APS-C and APS-H size sensors with a slight crop in both formats. I have not tested this lens with any sub full-frame cameras and will confine my comments to use with full-frame cameras.
The circular fisheye lens renders a perfectly round image within the center of the 3:2 format sensor. Keep in mind that with the circular image you are loosing megapixels to the black negative space while the full-frame image takes advantage of the entire sensor. Both 8mm and 15mm fisheye lenses for Canon full-frame cameras are offered by third-party lens manufactures like Sigma but the Canon 8-15mm fisheye is the only lens that combines the two into one lens making it a unique and more cost effective addition for underwater photography. The Canon 8-15mm F/4L retails in the US for $1250.00/UK Amazon £1020.00.

In the field most if not all images are going to be taken at either the 8mm or the (14)/15mm end of the zoom range. Focal lengths in between 8mm and 15mm will be cropped at the top and bottom as the circular image begins to expand across the full frame sensor. So you would either be filling the entire frame at 15mm or getting a completely circular image at 8mm. 

The Canon 8-15 fisheye has the “L” moniker that indicates the Pro design and quality of this lens. The “L” lens is designed with an Ultrasonic Motor (USM), excellent glass with quality lens coatings, a zoom locking mechanism, AF/MF switch, dust and moisture sealing, removable lens shade, quality storage pouch and a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3. It is like having two completely different lenses in one excellent package.

This is a lens I would recommend highly for both Canon and full frame mirrorless camera users who are looking for both quality and versatility in a fisheye lens.

Markos Leave is an award winning fashion photographer from Venezuela who recently moved to Florida.  Much of his work is underwater photography. He will be giving a presentation on underwater fashion photography, at the next meeting of The Professional Photographers Guild of Florida, Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30.  

The meeting & presentation will be at the Hollywood Jaycees Hall, 2930 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL 33020   The hall is just west of I-95, just west of the train tracks, on the south side of Hollywood Boulevard.

$5: Students with ID      Free: P.P.G.F. or A.S.M.P. members     $15: All Others


Whether you are buying, selling, or in search of; this is a great place to find used scuba & photographic equipment to meet your needs. Click on the link below to read the full classified as listed on the SFUPS website.
  • 2 - Sea & Sea YS-D1 Strobes. Excellent condition. All accessories included. $800 Bob Weybrecht (561) 350-3016
  • Canon 7D Package - This is a complete package with lots of accessories, strobes, ports, lenses and more. Call Kevin Hanson 913-269-6498
  • Nauticam NA-7d Housing Only - For Canon 7D DSLR. No Ports, Canon 7d Camera Body
  • Subal ND 30 Housing for Nikon D300, Subal GS-180 Magnifying Viewfinder (installed), Subal Zoom Gear for Tokina AF 10-17 (Nikon), Zen DP-100 Dome Port - Subal Type 4, (2) Sea & Sea Nikons Style Sync CordsNauticam Housing for Nikon D7100Flash Trigger -- Will consider all reasonable offers.
  • 2 Sets - Mares Limited Edition Metal: 1st stage w/primary air source. V-good condition. $225 each. (248-721-6806)
  • Atomic Cobalt 2 Computer (only 40 dives) Like new. $650 (248-721-6806)
  • Sony NEX-7 Camera/Nauticam NA-NEX-7 Underwater Housing: The camera and housing comes with Handles, Tray, Nauticam 4" Dome Port, Flat Port, Lenses, Float Arms, and more.
  • Canon 40D, Seatool Housing (45 degree Inon view finder), 2 Inon Series 2 Strobes, Arms, All Ports: macro & Wide Angle Glass
  • Canon EF 100MM F/2.8 Macro USM lens in original box in exc. condition $275. 305-310-1265
  • Sea tool Housing with Canon 40D Camera, 2 Inon Z240 series 2 strobes, arms, housing with all ports, macro & wide angle glass dome, 45 degree Inon view finder $995 for package 305-310-1265
  • VIDEO LIGHT - Ikelite Pro 2800 LED Package. Call GUG: 954-579-8096
  • AP-S Micro Nikkor 85 mm 1:3.5 GED VR $330 Tony at tbarros@bellsouth.net
  • 2 - 100psi Steel Tanks
  • Olympus m.Zuiko 12-50mm and Nauticam 01250-Z zoom gear for the 12-50 lens dwallace99@me.com
  • Nauticam NA-550D Housing and Canon T2i/550 Camera Body. $500/OBO erieson@gmail.com


"Happy Hogfish"  by Richard Collins, February's Featured Photographer

Nikon D700          105mm lens        1/60 sec.          f/18            ISO-200        



President ......... Suzan Meldonian
Vice President ........ Nikole Heath
Treasurer ........... Judy Townsend
Audio/Visual ............... Jim Mears 
Newsletter .... Marsha Stamatakis
Membership ............ Linda Ianniello
Web Master  ..............  Susan Mears
Social Media  ............... Jason Spitz
Program Director ........ 
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