September's featured photographer, Ellen Rierson, is an award-winning photographer and PADI Divemaster who has had her work published in various dive and travel related print and online publications. With degrees in Biology and Public Policy, she has used her work to help build environmental awareness for our worldwide undersea treasures.
We continue with our theme of GOLIATH GROUPERS this month. Early reports indicate we may have an abundant aggregation this season. This Grouper species prefers the cover of caves, reef walls, or large wrecks on our East coast when ocean currents are strong. Oftentimes you will even find them huddled together or in a burrowed out place in the sand in swift current. Here’s hoping for friendly “supermodel Goliath’s” this season and a wealth of awesome images to share.
Let me also remind you of an amazing opportunity to meet Women’s Dive Hall of Fame legend and world-renowned staff photographer of Skin Diver magazine, Geri Murphy, as our September 13 featured speaker. I have had the honor in hosting many great presenters in the past 4 years, and at a personal level I have the highest privilege in being able to share the stage with a mentor like Geri who helped pave the path forward in underwater photography for women around the globe, and contributed to the industry with decades of imagery that opened the eyes of millions of people to the wonders beneath the sea. As a photojournalist with over 200 magazine cover shots and thousands of travel features, her work inspired me from an early age. Picture a young 10-year old sitting on the floor at the local grocer magazine section reading the bright and colorful Skin Diver magazine from cover-to-cover while his mother is diligently shopping in adjacent aisles. Yes, that was me admiring the wonders of the ocean Geri Murphy brought to my mid-western home town in landlocked Colorado at the time. You can view more of Geri’s published work here.
Please join me on Tuesday night, September 13, in welcoming Geri to SFUPS and let me remind you that you will all have the opportunity to dive with Geri Murphy in a series of Goliath Grouper dives coordinated by SFUPS from September 14-16. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity so book your spots as soon as possible by visiting our Calendar of events to registerfor this special SFUPS dive event.
President - South Florida Underwater Photography Society www.sfups.org
Join us at the September 13th SFUPS Meeting for what will be an amazing evening with world renowned underwater photojournalist, Geri Murphy!
Geri Murphy is the world's most published female underwater photojournalist with an impressive record of more than 200 cover shots gracing such magazines as: Skin Diver, Sport Diver, Aquarium, Texas Flyer, Sub-Aqua, Mundo Sommerso, Photographic and many others. She has generated more than 1,000 travel features, product and photography articles.
Geri launched her diving career in 1967, diving the shipwrecks off the New Jersey coast. In 1969 she became a certified scuba instructor with credentials from PADI, NAUI and YMCA. In the early 1970s, she was employed as the first female scuba instructor on the island of Bonaire. Geri was the first photojournalist to photograph and document Stingray City - which she named in the first story ever written about this world famous dive in the Cayman Islands. She eventually took over management of the photo lab and became the resort's underwater resident photographer.
In 1973, Geri joined the production company for Cornell Wilde's theater release movie, Shark's Treasure. She continued her Hollywood career in 1975, devoting six months to the filming of Columbia Pictures movie epic, The Deep. Working underwater at three separate locations: the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda and Australia. Murphy served as underwater Script Supervisor as well as safety diver for Nick Nolte & Jackie Bissett. Her first article for Skin Diver Magazine was Behind The Scenes filming of The Deep in Australia.
You will be treated to a fantastic presentation by Geri Murphy at our next meeting. Please plan to attend!
SFUPS GOLIATH GROUPER DIVES with GERI MURPHY
SFUPS has scheduled three days of Goliath Grouper Dives with our September guest speaker, Geri Murphy. Don't miss your opportunity to dive with the world's most published female underwater photojournalist. Check out her website at: http://www.gerimurphyimages.com/index.html
The dives are scheduled for:
September 14 & 15 with Pura Vida Divers in Palm Beach, and
September 16 with Starfish Enterprise in Boynton Beach
Space is Limited ... Register Now! REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH
Announcing the SFUPS Gallery Exhibit "COLORS OF THE SEA"
Broward County Library, Now through September 30th, 2016
You are invited to view the Colors of the Sea Exhibit at the Broward County Library. Please join us for the SFUPS Gallery Party which will be held at the exhibit on
September 17, 2016 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
If you can't make it to the party, be sure to visit the gallery during the library's regular hours now through September 30, 2016.
MASTERS:Broadcast Spawning - Any Lens -Any fish or creature releasing eggs or sperm into the water column. Spawn must be visible. For example: dragonets, frogfish, Christmas tree worms, starfish, brittle stars, corals.
CHALLENGERS:The Egg and I - Any Lens - Both the adult and their eggs must be in the picture. For example: mollusks or nudibranchs laying eggs, blennies, clownfish or octopus guarding eggs, EXCLUDING Jawfish.
Thanks to the generosity of Bob Weybrecht and Blackbeard's Cruises, Bahamas, this is your opportunity to win a One Week Blackbeard's Scuba Adventure!
Tickets are on sale now through the Holiday Party (December 4th) for only $10 each, and will be available at all of our SFUPS meetings.
100% of the proceeds goes to SFUPS!
You do not have to be present to win!
LEARNING CORNER: Nauticam Vacuum Check & Leak Detection System
by Phil Rudin
Our Goal is to include an educational topic in the first newsletter of each month. This month, we were once again lucky enough to obtain permission from Phil Rudin to use his review of the Nauticam vacuum check and leak detection system.
Here is the scenario: You are excited to be on the dive trip of a lifetime, and you submerge a few feet only to see the dreaded red flood light blinking on your precious camera system! Your heart is pounding as you make your way to the surface hoping you can salvage your camera! Sound familiar? I hope not, but the fact is that most of us have experienced some sort of flood with our camera systems.
Check out Phil Rudin's outstanding review to learn the details of how this system can prevent a catastrophic leak and assure you that your camera is watertight before entering the water.
If you have topics you would like to see covered, or if you would like to submit an article for publication, please be sure to let us know.
The International Costal Cleanup is the world's largest, one-day volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment. Pura Vida Divers has partnered wight he Palm Beach County Diving Association and Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful to participate in the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup. The location is Phil Foster Park!
It is a FREE event, and divers, snorkelers, surfers and beach-goers are all welcome! Clean-up materials and goodie bags provided while supplies last.
9:00 am: Meet at the picnic tables near the playground.
Noon: Prize awarded to the person who collects the most trash (by weight).
For information or reservations, call Pura Vida Divers at 561-840-8750 or
by FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER, ELLEN RIERSON
Photo was taken in Grand Cayman with a Canon EOS Rebel T2I, Tokina 10-17mm @ 17mm.
Settings: F8, ISO 400, 1/180 sec.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
2016 SFUPS BOARD OF DIRECTORS & COMMITTEE CHAIRS
President - Sam Hodge
Vice President - Phil Rudin
Treasurer - Judy Townsend
Newsletter/Blog - Marsha Stamatakis
Audio/Visual - Jim Mears
Membership - Linda Ianniello
Web Master - Susan Mears
Merchandising - Suzan Meldonian
Social Media - Jason Spitz
Events & Programs - Nikole Heath
Welcome Committee - Carol Schurtz
Historian - Bill Lipscomb
Web - Patrice Marker