APRIL 1, 2017 NEWSLETTER
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FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER - ANNE DUPONT

I started in underwater photography using Nikonos cameras, and in 2005 changed to digital. I use a Nikon 3100 in an Ikelite housing with two Inon strobes and a sola focus light. 

I think the biggest advantage of digital photography is being able to email your photos almost instantly to family and friends.

My favorite place to dive in Florida is Lake Worth Lagoon, Riviera Beach. This “muck” diving environment provides unusual creatures and uncommon marine life that is an underwater photographer’s dream. 

I also enjoy diving in the Bahamas and going to Caribbean destinations, with two of my favorites being Bonaire and St Vincent. 

My favorite photographic subjects are mollusks, particularly opisthobranchs . Because of my fascination with sea slugs, I am one of the co-authors of “Caribbean Sea Slugs” A field guide to the opisthobranch mollusks from the tropical northwestern Atlantic.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ANNE & SEE HER NEW GALLERY

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Attention all SFUPS members!

We’ve been hearing reports of massive migrations of Great Whites being spotted following the Gulf Stream Current up and down the Florida Coast! Get your wide angle rigs ready troopers! We’re going to get our own cage & boat! Stay tuned for info on the sign up.
 
(Ha, ha just kidding! April Fools!) ... I know ... that’s bad... but had to do it.  :-)

For all our Video buffs ** ATTENTION** we are adding 2 Video contests: Due for June: subject will be South Florida, and Due for Oct. will be Creature Feature!  Keep an eye out for more info on the specifics!

Congratulations to Wayne Mac Williams, Judy Townsend, Debbie Wallace, Walt Stearns & Susan Mears for masters category. And congratulations to Julie Morgan, Igor Seregin, and Heidi Thoricht in challengers category. Well done!
 
We have a pretty cool line up for you for our April Meeting. We will have our first Blind Photo Critique for our Tips ‘n Techniques with your images, with Rick McCawley at the lead-so be sure to send in an image. Plus, we have a new sponsor (but that’ll be our surprise for you- really cool edition though, I must say…).
 
Back by popular demand, Anne DuPont will be our Guest Speaker to enlighten us on photographing live shells. Anne is very passionate about her little creatures, is a phenomenal speaker, ridiculously knowledgeable and you are sure to fall in love with her. For those of you who may not know, Anne is a co-author of Caribbean Sea Slugs (a must-have book for any nudibranch lovers).  Available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Caribbean-Sea-Slugs-Angel-Valdes/dp/0970057423
 
Speaking of dives, we have a cool line up -in sync with our speakers. We are hoping to fill the boats with our own- so that you get to enjoy the comradery of diving with other underwater photographers. Its very rewarding and lends itself to new friendships and photo bonding. Be sure to sign up. It becomes another way to share information and find new dive buddies too.

Coming up: 

May: Tanya Burnett: Photographing Models, Kevin Palmer, Reef Photo, Big Blue 
May 13:  Pompano Dive with Models
May 25:  Big Blue Demo night at Blue Heron Bridge
June:  Go Pro and Tony Ernst on Video. Tips on Black water photography
June Dives:  Jun 10 SFUPS Black Water Dive with Pura Vida Dive
June 24: Pompano Dive Lady Luck, Captain Dan** photos wanted by Force E
 
We are very fortunate to have so much talent within our club, and I hope you are enjoying our direction so far this year.

Suzan Meldonian
President - South Florida Underwater Photography Society
President@sfups.org
www.sfups.org

Join us at our next meeting, April 11, 2017
Social Hour Begins at 6:00 pm
Meeting Begins at 7:20 pm

Guest Speaker: Anne DuPont 

Photographing Living Sea Shells

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

APRIL GUEST SPEAKER - ANNE DUPONT

Amidst the many wonders of the reef exist vibrant shells, full of life, in many shapes, textures and colors. Her presentation will show the underwater beauty of living sea shells in their natural environment and some of the common mollusks that you would see on a Florida or Caribbean dive. “Living Sea Shells” will take you on a visually stimulating and educational journey to help you expand your underwater portfolio.

Anne is one of the co-authors of “Caribbean Sea Slugs, a field guide to the opisthobranch mollusks from the tropical northwestern Atlantic.” 

She is on the speaker’s bureau for Palm Beach County, giving presentation on the underwater life found in Lake Worth Lagoon. 
 

Anne's photos have been published in numerous books, magazines, and educational DVDs. Her favorite pastime is diving in Lake Worth Lagoon and photographing the Mollusks found there.

Don't miss this presentation! We hope to see you at the April meeting.

CLICK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SPEAKER & HER PRESENTATION


SFUPS PHOTO BOOTH: WE NEED YOUR IMAGES!
Once again this year, SFUPS will have a display booth at the Blue Wild Expo where we will be able to feature many of your images. If you would like to display one or two of your images, please e-mail Nikole Heath to let her know.  We are looking for metal, canvas or framed images that are approximately 20 x 30 or smaller. Please note that your images must have a wire or hole (metal prints) to facilitate hanging.

All images must be dropped off at any of the Force-E locations before April 20th or bring them to the April 11 SFUPS meeting. Please be sure to label your images with your name and wrap them properly.

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 TO GET YOUR FREE TICKET TO THE BLUE WILD EXPO!
NEW!  

SFUPS DIVES: For Members and Their Guests
 
We are super excited to be able to offer speciality dives for all our members!  We have special pricing, and you can register right on our web site! After the dives, we can meet-up at a local restaurant, have a bite to eat, and socialize. 

The first organized dive was a fantastic Shark Dive with Deep Obsession that didn't disappoint!

SFUPS member, Brian Eckstein, captured a great shot of Miss Snooty, the Lemon Shark.


Click on the links below for more information.
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!
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 - Examples: mating, molting, eggs, swimming (hermit crabs included).
MEMBERS MAY CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE PHOTOS
DAVID DOUBILET LECTURE IN DELRAY - APRIL 6

David Doubilet will be presenting at the Crest Theatre in Delray Beach on Thursday, April 6.

Considered the world’s leading underwater photographer, he has photographed more than 70 stories for National Geographic, reporting on coral reefs, historic shipwrecks, ocean predators, and exotic marine creatures.

2 pm Tickets: $32 (balcony); $67/$47 
7 pm Tickets $25 (adult); $5 (student)
CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO BUY TICKETS

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Sarosh Jacob won Best Underwater Short Film in the 2017 Poinciana Film Festival for his video: Cayman: Up Close.
He also licensed a brief shot taken at Jellyfish Lake with a Royal Caribbean TV Commercial. Click here to see it.  


Mike Johnson created a short documentary from Black Water dives he did in Hawaii. The film has been selected for screening at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in NYC! Congratulations, Mike!

 

Lureen Ferretti will be presenting "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!" at the USA Dive Club on Thursday, April 6th at 7pm at the Courtyard Marriott North.

See how her purchase of a simple camera to take “proof of life” shots of fish for REEF ultimately led to her taking award winning photos. 

The marine environment is in jeopardy world-wide.  Immediate efforts are needed to maintain a healthy eco system.  Let’s be part of the solution, not part of the problem!

WELCOME NEW SFUPS MEMBERS

This month we welcome two new SFUPS members; Johnny Larson and John Constantine. If you see them at our meeting, please give them a warm welcome and take time to introduce them to other members.

SPONSOR EVENTS


 

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

April 5 at 6:30 pm - Technical Wreck Diving at the Boca location:  Join us for a great presentation about Technical Wreck Diving by Force-E Tech Instructor, James Weber. This is a Free Event!

April 12 at 6:30 pm at the Pompano location:  Listen to the stories of treasure hunting and archaeology at our Treasure Expedition night starting at 6:30 pm. This is a Free Event!

April 15 - Demo Day with Rebreathers & Scooters: Try it out and see what it is like to be a rebreather diver or dive with a scooter! This event is Free and will take place at Pompey Park Pool in Delray from 9 am - 12 Noon.  This is a Free event, but please register online!

April 26 at 6:30 pm at the Boca Raton location: Come and listen to the stories of John Chatterton's quest to find pirate ships. This is a free event!



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, April 29th 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.

HELP IDENTIFY A NON-DISEASED CORAL REEF SITE

Submitted by Angela Smith

There is an ongoing coral crisis in Southeast Florida and the Florida Keys. Most corals affected span from the Lower Keys North to Martin County, with the area from the Middle Keys to Pompano Beach hit the hardest originally. The disease outbreak is thought to have started near the Port of Miami and has spread both North and South.

The coral diseases are “white-plague” and a newer unknown “white blotch” disease is also present along with earlier recent and long-term bleaching. All coral species from my observations seem to be affected.  SFUPS members can assist the coral conservation efforts by Florida DEP and FWC by participating in the following search for healthy reefs. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) has identified the need to collect tissue from a “reference site” or a site without any observed disease present.
 
We are asking everyone in Southeast Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County) to watch for a site without any disease, particularly on the following key species: M. cavernous (great star coral), S. sidereal (round starlet coral), and O. faveolata (mountainous star coral). 

TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES

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 Beach Resort with Nils Jacobson June 3-10: For all the details, contact Nils at nils33064@gmail.com.

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!

SPEAKER VIDEOS AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERS TO VIEW

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 Your Images from Good to Great by Erin Quigley
How To Remove Dome Port Scratches by Chris Gug
CLICK TO CHECK OUT THE HUGE SELECTION OF VIDEO PRESENTATIONS

CLASSIFIED ADS

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.
 
  • ScubaPro Regulator Set - MK25 Black tech first stage, S600 Black tech second stage, S560 Octo, and Apek 3 console gauge. Great Condition, retails for $2000 .. Asking $800. Contact Nikole Heath at nikole_padi@yahoo.com
  • 5 Big Blue Clamps, Seacam AF & Shift Gears for 60 mm ($10 ea) & 105 macro lenses ($50 ea). Contact Wayne MacWilliams at shutterthethought@comcast.net.
  • 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!. $99 each. Marsha Stamatakis: 248-721-6806
  • Atomic Cobalt 2 Computer (only 40 dives on the computer) Cost of a new one is $1,200. This is like new! - Price Drop! Only $500 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
  • 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 HERE TO SEE THE FULL CLASSIFIED SECTION

PARTING SHOT

Molly Miller Blenny, Scartella cristata
Lake Worth Lagoon, Riviera Beach, FL

Taken By Featured Photographer Anne DuPont

SFUPS 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
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