Monica loves all things underwater. Each dive is an adventure of exploration and fun. It is always great to see a new animal or a new behavior underwater. Monica started diving in 2005, and was instantly hooked. She became an instructor on Halloween in 2007 which she believes attributes to her love of night diving. Before moving to Florida, Monica's favorite thing was to travel to warm places to go diving and take pictures. Now that she lives in Lighthouse Point, FL she doesn't have to travel far to dive, so she is living the dream. Monica and her favorite dive buddy, Jason, love to do shallow shore dives because there are no boat deadlines to meet and no dive time limits except the air in the tank.
Since beginning in underwater photography with an old point and shoot camera, Monica has shot many camera systems and is now using a Sony Nex6. Over time, the camera systems have changed and the equipment has been upgraded, but the joy of being in the water and capturing images is still fresh and new, just like that first dive!
First, let me say . . . Congratulations to Photographer of the Year, Kelly Casey! Well done, Kelly! Congratulations also goes out to Wayne MacWilliams – 1st Runner up and Walt Stearns – 2nd Runner up. We are so fortunate to have such a talented group of photographers in our membership.
So talented is our membership, that we thought we would start this year off with a presentation by Wayne MacWilliams who will dazzle us for sure as he shares his amazing knowledge on strobes and strobe positioning. Wayne is an award winning photographer, and if you are not already familiar with his work, please have a look at his spectacular galleries.
As we trek into 2017, I take great pride in following in Sam Hodge’s footsteps as your new President and I thank you for this opportunity. In our devotion to the membership, and continuing our goal of broadening your Excellence in Underwater Photography, I hope to bring some new perspectives to your approach, sprinkled with new food for thought to improve your imagery through the sharing of information.
Speaking of Excellence in Underwater photography, Congratulations to Monica Schandel, our Photographer of the Month! Monica is accomplished in both macro and wide angle, using a Sony Nex6. Please be sure to check out her gallery on the SFUPS site.
In the international scene of underwater photography, I had the good fortune this past year to partake in two major undertakings in Indonesia and the Philippines, and was astounded by the talent that rocks the underwater photography world outside these walls. Throughout the year I’d like to share some of these insights with you. I was exposed to some interesting “inside” perspectives on photo contests and with that in mind, will be sharing some of the winning images as food for thought and inspiration, and also to show you what you are up against out there. We can always learn a lot by seeing examples. Then the challenge becomes - ooh, so how can I do that…? This brings us to our speakers . . . In February, we are going to try something a bit different, and I am very excited about it. We will have 4 speakers, each with their own table. Leading the discussions will be: Craig Dietrich on Wide Angle; Linda Ianniello on Macro; Diane Randolph on Video, and Rick McCawley on Photoshop/Lightroom. After a quick presentation by each, we will break to their tables, where you will have the opportunity to join anyone of your choice to ask questions as they share their insight and perspectives on how they accomplish their specialties. Each speaker brings a wealth of proven imagery, and you are sure to learn something new from each. We hope you will find this very inspiring and give you the opportunity to broaden your own horizons. Yes, you can move from table to table.
Finally, I hope to have a survey to send out to the membership soon, because over the last few years, many of us have changed our equipment, and our own personal goals may have changed. It will be helpful to us to learn about the type of equipment we are all using, the photography goals we have, and the type of photography that we each favor. When you receive this, please take the time to complete it, as it will help us as your Board, to seek out viable sponsors and speakers and also in setting up club dives.
President - South Florida Underwater Photography Society President@sfups.org www.sfups.org
JANUARY GUEST SPEAKER - WAYNE MACWILLIAMS
"STROBES AND STROBE POSITIONING"
The proper balance of natural light along with your strobes can help
to create beautiful imagery.
We are excited to have award-winning underwater photographer, Wayne MacWilliams at our January 10th meeting to shed some light on how to take advantage of your strobes and available light to get the best results with your underwater photography.
How important is illumination in photography and how is the word photography even defined? Well lets see - Ref. Wikipedia: The word "photography" was created from the Greek roots (phōtos), “light" and (graphé) "representation by means of lines" or "drawing," together meaning "drawing with light.” So, that tells us that lighting is what takes our images to the next level. Whether the lighting is natural or artificial - it requires us to STOP, THINK and CONSIDER different ideas and techniques. I do not profess to be an expert in either, but more than likely I have already made more mistakes than you. So, I will discuss and show how we can use these tools in various situations to be more efficient in our underwater imagery. See you at the meeting and Happy New Year!
Wayne's Bio: I first snorkeled in the ocean at the ripe old age of 5yrs. old. I started scuba diving (kinda) in my above ground pool at age 12 by sitting on the deep bottom of 4’6” and breathing from a Aqualung 2 hose regulator. Ahh, life was grand. Fast forward several million bubbles (and what seems like dollars) later, and I now enjoy the challenge of golf ... I mean underwater photography!
We hope you will join us at the January 10th meeting for what will most certainly be an informative and fun evening.
Suzan Meldonian has been published in a book by the Department of Tourism in Indonesia, "Underwater Maumere."
SHARK TEAM ONE EXPEDITION - February 2017
Join Shark Team One and Angela Smith to see Sailfish in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to free dive, snorkel or scuba dive with these majestic animals. It is a land-based, luxury expedition with photography, conservation and filmmaking components with Angela Smith's Shark Team One organization. The group will be on the water for 5 full days of sailfish chasing bait ball photography! Expedition members will stay on Isla Mujeres. Angela would like SFUPS members' photography and filmmaking expertise on the expedition, and is offering the expedition at operator cost to SFUPS members, or if you are interested in making a donation for conservation supplies or filmmaking budget, that portion of your trip will be a tax deductible donation.
Contact SFUPS member, Angela Smith for more information: 954-789-0762
Movie Night with the Manatees - January 12 at 6:30pm
Join Force-E (Pompano Location) on January 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm for a presentation and screening of the Changing Seas episode, Manatees: conserving a Marine Mammal. Join us for some popcorn and refreshments at Movie Night! Click here to register.
BHB Dive and Manatee Talk
Join us for a day of fun on January 14, 2017! Starting at 8:00 am, let's all go dive the BHB. High tide is at 9:36 am. Check in at 8 am at Force-E Riviera, get in the water by 8:30, do an 1-1.5 hr. dive and out of the water by 10 am. Beginning at 10:30, at the new Manatee Lagoon Center, we will have a talk about Manatees and hopefully see them at the viewing center. Click here to register.
Manatee Trip - January 20-22, 2017
Force-E's Favorite Manatee Trip will be Jan 20-22, 2017. Don't miss out...come meet manatees up close in Crystal River, FL. This is the ONLY place where it is legal to swim with manatees.
Price $330 per person + tax (double occ): includes 2 nights at Hotel with Breakfast, 2 Manatee Snorkel Trips, 1 Rainbow River Dive/snorkel, and park fee for Rainbow River. If you are solo this price includes a shared room with another solo person, IF you would like your own room there is an additional price of $100 + tax ($430 for single occupancy). Click here to register.
January 6 - 8th Pura Vida Manatee Trip: The opportunity to swim with manatees is an experience that will leave you with an everlasting smile and memories you will never forget. Our manatee adventure in Crystal River, Florida will give you the opportunity of swimming with manatees and much more. Join Pura Vida Divers along with the Living Sea January 6th-8th for their two day adventure as they visit some of the best places in Florida to have a wild manatee encounter. Best of all, no experience or scuba certification is required. For more information, call 561-840-8750, email: email@example.com, or click here to register.
January 27 Social Night: Choosing Sustainable Seafood by Cod & Capers Seafood Marketplace Cafe
Join Pura Vida for the January 27 Social Night and learn how to make healthy, sustainable choices when selecting your favorite seafood. This is a FREE event, so join Pura Vida for an evening of socializing and delicious food! 6:15 - 7:00 Happy Hour, 7:00 - 8:30: Presentation, Closed door sale and Raffle. Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 25, 2017 to Pura Vida at 561-840-8750 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Intro to GoPro - January 9th at 7:00 pm
Pompano Dive Center will be hosting Tony Ernst for an "Intro to GoPro" workshop. Come and learn how to use that GoPro you just received for the Holidays or are thinking of buying! Tony has won awards from Scuba Earth and PADI for his underwater videos, and he will share what he knows about the GoPro platform with you! For more information, please contact the Pompano Dive Center at 954-788-0208, or visit their page at: http://www.pompanodive.com/upcoming-events/2017/1/9/free-introduction-to-gopro
Thanks to Phil Rudin, we have a great product review for you! If you received a little holiday money, perhaps you'll be interested in the Pelican Air 1535 Rolling case.
Pelican Air 1535 Rolling Case By Phil Rudin
Pelican cases have been the gold standard for traveling underwater photographers looking for maximum equipment protection for decades. These watertight hard cases offered excellent protection both as checked and carry-on luggage with the only downside being their weight. Pelican cases always survived the abuse of travel. However, recent restrictions and TSA size and weight requirements have changed dramatically. As a result, many photographers have turned to soft-sided luggage options.
Pelican has responded to the market demand and has a new line of "Air" cases which are designed to be a much as 40% lighter than their standard hard cases without giving up the durability that is Pelican's trademark. Among the new releases is the Pelican Air 1535 carry-on sized case with the TrekPak system dividers. The exterior dimensions are 21.96 x 13.97 x 8.98 inches, while the interior measures 20.39 x 11.20 x 7.21 inches, with a weight of 8.69 lbs. without the TrekPak inserts which are quite light and thin.
The case stood up well during a recent trip from Florida to Puerto Galera in the Philippines and endured well with long vehicle transfers over rough highways and wet boat rides. It was also roomy enough to handle the following equipment: Nauticam NA-A7II housing with the grips removed, two Sony A7R II camera bodies, Nauticam macro port for Sony 90mm macro lens, two Nauticam flash triggers, Nauticam 45 degree optical viewfinder, Nauticam SMC-1 closeup lens, two Inon Z-240 strobes, two Sony and two Zeiss lenses, Metabones IV lens adapter FixNeo Mini 500 FS focus light with ball mount, eight AA batteries, four fiber optic cables, an assortment of small items like spare O-rings, cloths, lens and body caps etc.
The Pelican Air 1535 rolling case with the TrekPak divider system retails for $315.00 at your authorized Pelican dealer.
Help us learn more about the best places in the world to dive! It would be great to see a trip report from members in our newsletter, and we would love to publish your review of a special dive trip.
If you are interested, please send me an e-mail and I can send you a template to assist you in putting your report together. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Marsha Stamatakis at: email@example.com
Thank you in advance for your participation!
CALL FOR SFUPS PHOTO AND VIDEO GALLERIES
We would love to have you submit a new gallery of photos for the website!. This valuable benefit of being a SFUPS member allows you to post your own photo or video gallery on the SFUPS web page. It is an easy process. If you are choosing to create a photo gallery, just choose between 10-30 photos that you would like to include. Size them to 1400 pixels in the long direction, include a photo and brief biography about yourself, and send it to Sue Mears at firstname.lastname@example.org. Susan will take care of the rest of the work for you!
The lucky winner of the Blackbeard Cruise Raffle is Mary Burnside.
Congratulations Mary! We hope you have a great trip!
Thank you to Bob Weybrecht for your generous donation!
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.
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 Housingfor 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 Cords, Nauticam Housing for Nikon D7100, Flash Trigger -- Will consider all reasonable offers.
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO MIGHT WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER OF SFUPS?
If you know someone who is interested in underwater photography,
please invite them to a meeting and encourage them to join!
April 1 - 8: SFUPS Sponsor, Reef Photo, has a photo & video workshop planned in Anilao, Philippines. This is a chance to learn and develop with professional instruction, unlimited support, and to be guided to striking imaging opportunities – every day. The diversity of underwater imaging opportunities in Anilao is unparalleled, offering incredible wide-angle shooting, as well as abundant macro life. If you are interested, please contact Reef Photo at 954-537-0644.
April 2017: SFUPS members - Kathi, Ken G, Howard, Ronnie and Nils - are going to Truk Lagoon aboard the Truk Odyssey Live Aboard April 9-16, 2017. Departure is from FLL on April 6. We have optionally added a one week: Palau only, or two weeks: Yap and Palau/Peleliu. Land based extensions are available afterwards, and optionally, an Hawaiian home bound stopover. If interested please contact Nils Jacobsen at 954-605-7405.
April 1 - 15, 2017: Marsha & Paul Stamatakis will be traveling to the Puerto Galera Resort in the Philippines. A few openings are still available. If you are interested, contact Marsha at 248-721-6806.
July - August, 2017: Johathan Lavan is going to be the Naturalist on board the Quino el Guardian, the sister ship to Rocio del Mar live aboard int he Sea of Cortez. Beginning July 2017, he will be leading as many trips as he can fill. It would be great to see a boat full of SFUPS members. Click to see the Schedule & Rates. Please contact Johathan at email@example.com if you are interested.
August, 2017: Kurt Kohleris traveling to the Maldives aboard the Maldive Carpe Vita Explorer in August 2017. It is a 10 day live aboard (northern itinerary). If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Kurt.
We now have SFUPS logo Embroidered shirts and hats available to our members! We have carefully selected shirts that we think you will like for Ladies, Junior Miss and Men.