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November 19 Meeting: Brent Durand

Join us on Wednesday, November 19 at 7:30pm for a presentation by Blue Water Travel’s Brent Durand.

Brent will be discussing the Best of Southeast Asia tour, where he spent 8 weeks creating a video series from 14 dive resorts in Bali, Lembeh, Manado, Raja Ampat and Papua New Guinea. He’ll be sharing underwater photos and video while discussing the dive resorts in each area.

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NOVEMBER COMPETITIONS:

This month we are running several competitions:

Please submit minicomp entries using the upload form by 11:59pm Tuesday, November 18.

Video entries may be brought on thumb drive to the meeting, or you can arrange with the webmaster to send them via email, Dropbox, or other method.

TRIP REPORTS

We love having one or two people share their dive experiences at the beginning of meetings, so if you have a short trip report (about 5 minutes) you’d like to share, please e-mail the webmaster.

September 17 Meeting: Mary Lynn Price

Join us at the September monthly meeting of LAUPS for an evening of stereoscopic 3D underwater video with video producer and editor Mary Lynn Price. Mary Lynn will bring her 3D projector and special silver screen to share some of the 3D underwater videos she’s edited over the past year working with veteran cinematographer Bob Cranston.

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Immerse yourself in 3D video of everything from dramatic squid runs to curious large black sea bass, playful California sea lions to Weddell seal pups and emperor penguins in Antarctica. Free polarized 3D glasses similar to the polarized glasses of RealD theaters will be given out. Learn how stereoscopic 3D works, and why it is especially good for underwater footage!

SEPTEMBER MINICOMPS:

This month’s topic is “Worms” (stills and video). Please submit your entries using the upload form by 11:59pm Tuesday September 16.

TRIP REPORTS

We love having one or two people share their dive experiences at the beginning of meetings, so if you have a short trip report (about 5 minutes) you’d like to share, please e-mail the webmaster.

August 20 Meeting

Please join us in the Times Mirror room of the Natural History Museum at 7:30pm, Wednesday August 20 for a presentation on Lightroom by Erin Quigley.

Erin is a digital imaging consultant specializing in customized workflows and editing strategies using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. She is an award-winning underwater photographer and video editor, and creator of GoAskErin.com, which provides custom tutorials and one-on-one instruction specifically developed for the underwater photographic community.

We will also be treated to a presentation by Scott Gietler on his recent trip to Tahiti to photograph shark aggregations and spawning groupers!

AUGUST MINICOMPS:

This month’s topic is “Shellfish” (stills and video). Please submit your entries using the upload form by 11:59pm Tuesday August 19.

TRIP REPORTS

We love having one or two people share their dive experiences at the beginning of meetings, so if you have a short trip report (about 5 minutes) you’d like to share, please e-mail the webmaster.

July 16 Meeting: Dr. Tabby Stone on Travel Medicine

Please join us in the Times Mirror room of the Natural History Museum at 7:30pm, Wednesday July 16 for a presentation on travel medicine by Dr Tabby Stone.

Tabby Stone, MD practices Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Panorama City and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at USC. He developed an interest in diving medicine following his initial dive certification in 1979. He lectures to both divers and medical audiences on diving topics and was the author of the Medical Facts column in Discover Diving from 1988 to 1999. He is past President of the Pacific Chapter of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, and an avid underwater photographer.

JULY MINICOMPS:

This month’s topics are “Color Abstract Patterns” (stills) and “Slow” (video). Please submit your entries using the upload form by 11:59pm Tuesday July 15.

TRIP REPORTS

We love having one or two people share their dive experiences at the beginning of meetings, so if you have a short trip report (about 5 minutes) you’d like to share, please e-mail the webmaster.

June Minicomp Winners and Announcements

Thanks to everyone who joined us last night for a great presentation by Nikki Pieper about the dive trip to the Philippines she is leading this fall. This is Nikki’s 5th time to the Philippines, visiting some old favorite spots plus a few new ones – if you’re interested in joining her, there’s more information on the trip at the Hollywood Divers website.

I also encourage everyone to consider entering the NCUPS SEA 2014 International Photo and Video Competition. Deadline for entries is June 30.

Last night’s minicomp topics were “Lit with One Strobe” (photos) and “Fast” (video). The winners have been posted in our gallery:

June 2014 Minicomp Winners

Stills:

1st Place – Fletcher Forbes
2nd Place – Vickie Elson
3rd Place – Bob McKenna

Video:

1st Place – Anastasia Laity
2nd Place – Vickie Elson
3rd Place – Vickie Elson

Congratulations!


1st Place: Fletcher Forbes

June 18 Meeting – Nikki Pieper from Hollywood Divers, Philippines Resorts

Please join us in the Times Mirror room of the Natural History Museum at 7:30pm, Wednesday June 18.

Nikki Pieper, instructor and travel agent from Hollywood Divers, will be presenting a tour of three beautiful dive resorts in the Philippines. Find out more information about diving in beautiful waters, seeing wonderfully weird critters, enjoying fabulous food, and relaxing at luxurious spa resorts.

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Three different islands, one 15-day adventure. Do you have time for vacation in September? Join us on ours!

JUNE MINICOMPS:

This month’s topics are “Lit with One Strobe” (stills) and “Fast” (video). Please submit your entries using the upload form by 11:59pm Tuesday June 17.

TRIP REPORTS

We love having one or two people share their dive experiences at the beginning of meetings, so if you have a short trip report (about 5 minutes) you’d like to share, please e-mail the webmaster.

May Competition Winners

May 2014 Portfolio (Stills)

1st Place Open – Kevin Lee
2nd Place Open – Fletcher Forbes
3rd Place Open – Kelly Bracken

1st Place Novice – Vickie Elson
2nd Place Novice – Robert McKenna

Video 3-minute Edited:

1st Place Open – Nannette Van Antwerp, “Indonesia: Not the Usual Suspects”
2nd Place Open – Anastasia Laity, “Why Here?”

1st Place Novice – John Forbes, “Philippines Crabs”
2nd Place Novice – Klaus Biber, “Mary Celestia”


1st Place May Portfolio: Kevin Lee

May 21 Meeting: Dee Dee Flores on Freediving with Large Mammals

Please join us in the Times Mirror room of the Natural History Museum at 7:30pm, Wednesday May 21, for a presentation by award-winning freediver and underwater photographer DeeDee Flores.

DeeDee is the directory of Samy’s Camera’s underwater photo and video division. She has also worked as a photo pro aboard the Kona Aggressor and in competitive freediving and freediving photography. She will be talking to us about freediving to photograph large animals.

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MAY MINICOMPS:

This month we will be voting on “Portfolio” (for still photographers), “3-minute Edited” (for video), and also on last month’s video minicomp which was delayed due to technical difficulties.

TRIP REPORTS

We love having one or two people share their dive experiences at the beginning of meetings, so if you have a short trip report (about 5 minutes) you’d like to share, please e-mail the webmaster.

April 2014 Minicomp Winners

Last night’s minicomp topic was “Itty Bitty”, and the winners have been posted in our gallery:

April 2014 Minicomp Winners

Note – due to technical problems, we only voted on stills last night; the videos will be judged at the next meeting.

Open:

1st Place – Fletcher Forbes
2nd Place – Jeff Laity
3rd Place – Dana Rodda

Novice:

1st Place – Chris Askew
2nd Place – Richard Todd
3rd Place – Vickie Elson

Congratulations!


1st Place: Fletcher Forbes

April 16 Meeting: Emmy-winning Director of Photography Kenneth Corben

Please join us in the Times Mirror room of the Natural History Museum at 7:30pm, Wednesday April 16, for a presentation by Kenneth Corben.

Ken Corben is a multiple EMMY winning Director of Photography with credits spanning the underwater genre from 3D IMAX production to Shark Week and Hollywood features. His film projects have led him to both the Arctic and Antarctic as well as many of the Earth’s remote regions in between.

Ken will present images and video from his recent expedition to the Solomon Islands and discuss filming biofluorescence at night with new technologies. The new discoveries and their advanced biomedical applications are astounding. The new image possibilities for all us underwater enthusiasts even more so.

APRIL MINICOMPS:

This month’s regular minicomp topic is “Itty Bitty” – plus we’ll be running an extra minicomp “Night at the Museum” for photos taken during February’s after-hours museum visit.

Please submit your entries using our upload form no later than 11:59pm Tuesday April 15.

TRIP REPORTS

We love having one or two people share their dive experiences at the beginning of meetings, so if you have a short trip report (about 5 minutes) you’d like to share, please e-mail the webmaster.