MARCH 18, 2017 NEWSLETTER
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CONGRATULATIONS MARCH CONTEST WINNERS!

The theme for Master Photographers this month was to capture a photo that showed off the beautiful color patterns that fish have. Photographers could use any lens for this contest. Taking first place in the Master's Category was Wayne MacWilliams with Colors of the Rainbow. 

Placing second was Judy Townsend with Colors of the Lionfish. Finishing Third was Debbie Wallace with Juvie Stripes. Fourth place was Walt Stearns with Love Triangle, and coming in Fifth was Susan Mears with Fin on Fire.  Congratulations everyone - the competition this month was fierce!
The Challenger's Category required photographers to to get a great shot of Manatee behavior. The manatee must have been engaged in feeding, sleeping, nursing, chewing on a rope, or any typical manatee behavior. Taking first place honors this month was Julie Morgan with Manatee Sofa.  Second place was Igor Seregin's, Manatee Kiss, and finishing third was Heidi Thoricht's Nap and a Clean.
CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL SIZE IMAGES OF ALL THE MARCH WINNERS
Next Meeting:  APRIL 11, 2017:  6:00 pm for Social Hour
Meeting Begins: 7:20 pm

GUEST SPEAKER: ANNE DUPONT

Photographing Living Seashells

Courtyard Marriott - Ft. Lauderdale North
2440 W. Cypress Creek Rd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 
APRIL CONTEST CATEGORIES

MASTERS:  Ocean in Motion - Wide Angle Lens - Be creative (in camera only, not in post processing), Example image could show current, split shots with waves, fish swimming in the same direction, etc.

CHALLENGERS:  Crab Behavior - Any Lens - Lets see some Crab behavior - This could be mating, molting, with eggs, swimming, (hermit crabs included) etc.
CLICK TO HERE TO ENTER THIS MONTH'S CONTEST

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Have you checked out the Winter 2017 Alert Diver Magazine? If not, I encourage you to do so - two of our members, Susan Mears and Deb Devers have photos that are featured in the magazine!

Susan has a great shot of a Lookdown in it's larval stage, and Deb's photo of a Larval Pancake Batfish looks surprised to have been discovered in the darkness of night!  Both are absolutely awesome shots taken while on a blackwater dive in Florida.

It is always fantastic to see our members featured in the news.

If you have been published recently, please send us the information, including photos and relevant links at newsletter@sfups.org
CLICK TO HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE.
ENTER NOW!

SOUTHEAST FLORIDA UNDERWATER PHOTO CONTEST


 
It would be great to see SFUPS Members enter and win with some of your fantastic shots taken in Southeast Florida!  
 
Deadline for entries is April 15, 2017.

Photo Categories Include:

Reef Inhabitants      Corals & Reefscapes      Historical Reef Photos
CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE COPY OF THE CONTEST RULES.


Once again this year, SFUPS will have a display booth at the Blue Wild Expo featuring many of your images.  Details regarding entering your images have been sent to everyone via e-mail from Nikole.

All SFUPS Members are eligible for FREE entry to the show!  That is a $20 savings folks!  It is easy to claim your ticket - you must register for the event using our website - the link is below. Print your ticket and bring it, along with your ID, to the show.

SHOW HOURS:   Saturday April 22 -- 10:00 am to 7:00 pm 
                             Sunday April 23   --  11:00 am to 7:00 pm
 
CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE TICKET TO THE BLUE WILD EXPO!
HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR SFUPS PROFILE?

If you haven't updated your SFUPS Profile in a while, now is is good time to do it.  You can use the link below. Just sign in and click "Manage Account" and "Profile,"  and be sure to enter all your current information, including what type of camera equipment you are using. 
CLICK TO UPDATE YOUR SFUPS PROFILE
SFUPS DIVES: For Members and Their Guests

We have organized several speciality dives for all our members! We have special pricing and you can register right on our web site using the links below! 

After the dives, we can meet-up at a local restaurant, have a bite to eat and socialize. 
 
Click on the links below for more information and to register.
Be sure to sign-up soon!
 

SFUPS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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.
CLICK TO CHECK THE CALENDAR FOR UPDATES!
EVENTS OFFERED BY OUR SPONSORS





WAKATOBI ADVENTURE FOR SFUPS MEMBERS:  Trips have been put together especially for SFUPS members. Click to learn more about these special trips for SFUPS Members.


 

TRAVEL IN STYLE: 30% off Select Travel Gear Packages during the month of March.  For more information, click here.

March 23 at Force-E Boca: 6:30 pm - Gumbo Limbo Sea Turtle Rehab Presentation: David Anderson and Caitlin Bovery will be at Force-E to discuss the work done by this amazing center. Come learn more and find out how you can be involved! Free event, but please register online!

March 25: Two Tank Dive Aboard Kyalami in search of sea turtles, especially Hawksbills. The Florida Hawksbill Project will be on board for this fun dive event. For more information, click here.

March 28 - Digital Photographer Course: 6pm at Force-E Pompano: $60: Force - E photo pro Jason Spitz will cover basic camera skills and learning the best options on accessories and housings. Click for more information and to register.

March 31 - Bowling for Turtles at Strikes in Boca Raton: All proceeds from this event go to the Florida Hawksbill Project. Cost per bowler is $25. For more information and to register, click here.



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

Fri, April 14 – Social Night: Marine Debris:  Join us for yummy food and drinks as Chris Vargas, from the Sea Shepherd organization, discusses the impact of marine debris on ocean ecosystems worldwide. Learn about simple changes you can make to reduce, reuse and recycle. http://www.puravidadivers.com/april-14-social-night-marine-debris
 
Sat, April 22 – Great American Cleanup: 9 - Noon:  Join Pura Vida Divers at Phil Foster Park as we help keep one of our favorite shore diving spots in pristine condition. Kids and families welcome. Cleanup materials and t-shirts will be provided.  Call to Register: 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.





April 1 - 18: Anilao Photo & Video Worshop: This is a hands-on workshop with Reef Photo and Chris Parsons. You will be staying at one of Anilao's newest and most beautiful resorts. $2,195 per person, double occupancy.  For complete details, click here.

April 18 - 19: Lightroom U/W 1 & 2:  Level 1 is a beginner level workshop, while Level 2 is Intermediate/Advanced and aimed at people who have completed the Lightroom 1 class or are comfortable with the basics of Lightroom.  For more information, contact Reef Photo.

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

TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES


April 22 - 29, 2017: A week of Diving and Photography in Playa Del Carmen with Phil Rudin and Yucatek Divers.  The workshop fee of only $1075 per diver includes: 5 days of 2 tank dives, Entrance to the Cenote, Sandwich, Water and Guide, Theory and Assistance.   To read a full review about Yucatek Divers and Cenote diving, click here.  For more information, contact Phil Rudin at:  tropicalone@bellsouth.net

WAKATOBI ADVENTURE for SFUPS Members:  The Wakatobi Dive Resort is positioned in the heart of the coral triangle, home to the world's highest level of marine biodiversity. The resort offers five-star service and casually-elegant accommodations. The site has been named as one of the world's best shore dives, and it provides divers with easy and unlimited access to a diverse range of underwater environments. Trips have been put together especially for SFUPS members. Please click to to learn more about these special trips and the arrangements for SFUPS.

Little Cayman July - 8, 2017 with Force-E:  Includes 7 night stay and 6 days of 2-tank boat dives with Skip and Cathy Commager of Force E. Includes tanks, ground transfers, all you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner $1,645/diver, double occupancy. For all the details, click here!

Cozumel Trip Sept. 1-5, 2017 with Force-E: This is the 3rd annual trip to Cozumel at Blue Angel Resort. Four nights accommodations, three days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, and breakfast for $964 for 2 divers. For all the details, click here!

Coco View Resort - Roatan Trip November 4-11, 2017 with Force-E: Includes a 7 night stay and 6 days of 2-tank boat dives with Nikole Heath from Force E. $1,564/diver, double occupancy.  For all the details, click here!
CALL FOR SFUPS PHOTO & 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 photofish@mindspring.com. Susan will take care of the rest of the work for you!
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SUBMITTING A GALLERY

CLASSIFIEDS

Whether you are buying, selling, or in search of equipment, this is a great place to find used scuba & photographic gear to meet your needs. Click on the link below to read the full classified as listed on the SFUPS website.
  • Nauticam NA-7d Housing Only -(no ports) for Canon 7D DSLR $1,300. Canon EOS 7d Camera Body $450.  $100 discount for purchasing both!  Sue Mears: photofish@mindspring.com
  • Subal ND 30 Housing for Nikon D300: $2,800, Subal GS-180 Magnifying Viewfinder (installed: $800), Subal Zoom Gear for Tokina AF 10-17 (Nikon: $50), Zen DP-100 Dome Port - Subal Type 4: $500, (2) Sea & Sea Nikonos Style Sync Cords: $50 ea., Nauticam Housing for Nikon D7100: $2,100, Flash Trigger: $100 -- Will consider all reasonable offers. Jacqui Eisenberg: acquarelle@mac.com
  • 2 Sets - Mares Limited Edition Metal: 1st stage w/primary air source. V-good condition - Price Drop!. $100 each. Marsha Stamatakis: 248-721-6806
  • Atomic Cobalt 2 Computer (only 40 dives) Cost of a new one is $1,300. This is like new! - Only $600 Marsha Stamatakis: 248-721-6806
  • Sony NEX-7 Camera/Nauticam NA-NEX-7 Underwater Housing: Camera & housing with Handles, Tray, Nauticam 4" Dome Port, Flat Port, Lenses, Float Arms, and more. $3,400 Larry Townsend: orcaman42@live.com or 561-445-8898
  • Canon EF 100MM F/2.8 Macro USM lens in original box in exc. condition $275. Bernd Meier: 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. Bernd Meier: 305-310-1265
  • VIDEO LIGHT - Ikelite Pro 2800 LED Package - Huge price reduction! Now only $100. Call GUG: 954-579-8096
  • AP-S Micro Nikkor 85 mm 1:3.5 GED VR $330 Ikelite Port for this lens $90. All great condition. Tony Barros: tbarros@bellsouth.net
  • 2 - 100psi Steel Tanks: $200 ea. Carol Schultz: 954-873-4912
  • Olympus m.Zuiko 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 lens ($225) and Nauticam 01250-Z zoom gear ($470) for the 12-50 lens. Will sell separately or together. (All: $695) Debbie Wallace: dawallace99@me.com
  • Nauticam NA-550D Housing and Canon T2i/550 Camera Body. $500/OBO. Ellen Rierson: erieson@gmail.com
CLICK TO SEE THE COMPLETE LIST OF CLASSIFIEDS

SFUPS MERCHANDISE

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.
ENTER THE SFUPS STORE HERE

UNDERWATER PHOTO CONTESTS

Shine a spotlight on your images!
Are you interested in entering your photographs in contests?  It is always fantastic to see our talented SFUPS photographers in the headlines!  Listed below, are links to several underwater photo contests.
 

PARTING SHOT

Basket Star Shrimp - Photographed near Pulau Banta, Indonesia
By: Photographer of the Month, Kelly Casey

Nikon D7000  -  60mm lens  -  f/22  -  1/250 sec  -  ISO 250
CLICK HERE TO SEE KELLY'S COMPLETE GALLERY

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

2017 SFUPS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President ......... Suzan Meldonian
Vice President ........ Nikole Heath
Treasurer ............ Judy Townsend
Audio/Visual ............... Jim Mears 
Membership ............ Linda Ianniello
Web Master .............. Susan Mears
Social Media ............... Jason Spitz
Newsletter ....... Marsha Stamatakis
Copyright © 2017 South Florida Underwater Photography Society, All rights reserved.


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