The task for February's Master Photographers was to capture a photo using only ambient light. No strobes were allowed. We had many excellent images to choose from! Taking both first and second place in this month's Master's Category was Walt Stearnswith his gorgeous photo of Pilot Whales and a beautiful shot of a Whale Shark with a freediver.
Placing third was Zarina Stallerwith a great black and white image of the Kittiwake. Fourth placehonors were taken by Kevin Hanson with "Skyward," a silhouette of a diver hovering above a cavern. Rounding out the awards in fifth place was Chris Gug with an amazing shot of a humpback swimming under a boat. Beautiful work everyone - keep those images coming!
The Challenger's Category required photographers to shoot subjects that were kissing. They had to be lip to lip for Valentine's Day. Taking first place honors this month was Sharon Baron withBite Me.Sweeping second and third place spots was Heidi Thoricht's, Grunt Kissing and Liplock. Congratulations to all!
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!
We are super excited to be able to offer speciality dives for all our members! Thank you to Nikole Heath and all our Board members who have scheduled the dives. We also have special pricing and you can register right on our site! 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. Be sure to sign-up soon!
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 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 Survival. For 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
March 10th - Social Night: Blue Heron Bridge: Come and hear about one of our most interesting local dive sites. This event will also serve as the classroom portion of the PADI Blue Heron Bridge Distinctive Specialty course. You can complete the certification during a dive at the bridge the following morning. Call 561-840-8750 for details.
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 - The next workshop is March 16-19. The clinics focus on macro photography, and includes a dive guide for every 2-3 divers. Details and Registration
April 15 - 22, 2017: Join the fun in Cozumel! Cozumel Underwater Digital Fiesta with Phil Rudin. The workshop fee of only $1285.50 per diver/double occupancy, includes: 7 Nights accommodations, Meal Plan all inclusive, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, Unlimited shore diving, Photo Workshop, Instruction and much more! For more information, contact Phil Rudin at: email@example.com
WAKATOBI ADVENTURE for SFUPS Members: Located on a small island in southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, 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 in a collection of Bungalows and Villas situated on a white-sand beach overlooking the expansive House Reef. 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!
DIVE IN LECTURE SERIES - NOVA Southeastern University
MOTE MARINE LABORATORY & AQUARIUM
About the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium:
MOTE is an independent marine research institution comprised of world-class marine scientists committed to the belief that the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans begins with research and education.
From their humble beginnings in a tiny shed in a small Florida town, their efforts have expanded to include:
The ocean is their passion, and science is the catalyst to help our oceans heal, thrive and continue to be havens of sustainable life, life-improving science and life-giving solutions.
They are scientists, explorers and stewards of the ocean. Driven by research, education and excitement, they work to create a better environment for everyone. The answers are in the ocean. By working together, we will find them.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nauticam NA-550D Housing and Canon T2i/550 Camera Body. $500/OBO. Ellen Pierson: email@example.com
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.