FEBRUARY 21, 2017 NEWSLETTER
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CONGRATULATIONS FEBRUARY CONTEST WINNERS!

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 Stearns with his gorgeous photo of Pilot Whales and a beautiful shot of a Whale Shark with a freediver. 

Placing third was Zarina Staller with a great black and white image of the Kittiwake. Fourth place honors 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 with Bite Me.  Sweeping second and third place spots was Heidi Thoricht's, Grunt Kissing and Liplock. Congratulations to all!
CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL SIZE IMAGES OF ALL THE FEBRUARY WINNERS
Next Meeting:  MARCH 14, 2017:  6:00 pm for Social Hour

Meeting Begins: 7:20 pm

GUEST SPEAKERS:  BUD GILLAN

JELLYFISH: Identification & Characteristics

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

MASTERS:  Fish Patterns - Any Lens - Fish have beautiful color patterns. Take a photo to show off that beauty!

CHALLENGERS:  Manatee Behavior - Wide Angle - Manatee must be engaged in a behavior i.e. feeding, sleeping, nursing, chewing on a rope, etc.
CLICK TO HERE TO ENTER THIS MONTH'S CONTEST
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
NEW!  SFUPS DIVES: For Members and Their Guests

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!

 

WELCOME NEW SFUPS MEMBERS

This month, we welcome two new SFUPS members; Igor Seregin and Dominick Senna (not pictured). If you see them at our meeting, please give them a warm welcome and make them feel at home.

 

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. For more information, see Travel Opportunities section below, oclick to learn more about these special trips and the arrangements for SFUPS.


 

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 



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

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

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.






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 - 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

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

TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES


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:  tropicalone@bellsouth.net 

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.

CLICK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MOTE RESEARCH AND THE AQUARIUM

CLASSIFIEDS

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: 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 Pierson: 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.
 
DEEP Indonesia International Photo Competition 2017
(Deadline for entry is Saturday, February 25th at 11:59 pm PST)
 

PARTING SHOT

Juvenile Arrow Squid - Palm Beach, Florida
By: Photographer of the Month, Rich Collins

Nikon D800e  -  60mm lens  -  f/18  -  1/320 sec  -  ISO 250
CLICK HERE TO SEE RICH'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 
Newsletter .... Marsha Stamatakis
Membership ............ Linda Ianniello
Web Master .............. Susan Mears
Social Media ......... ...... Jason Spitz
Program Director ................ Vacant
Copyright © 2017 South Florida Underwater Photography Society, All rights reserved.


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