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April 15 Meeting: Bill Van Antwerp

Please join us on 7:30pm Wednesday, April 15, in the upstairs Education Classroom of the Natural History Museum.

Our speaker tomorrow night will be Bill Van Antwerp, giving a presentation on “Still Photos Without Strobes” (or, “taking pictures the way the video guys do it”).

PLEASE REMEMBER that our meeting room location has changed! Last time Leslie put lots of big signs with arrows everywhere (THANKS Leslie!), and the directions are also posted on our meetings page.

April Minicomp: “Ugly”

Please submit minicomp entries using the upload form by 11:59pm Tuesday, April 14.

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.

Announcements from February Meeting

Last night’s minicomp topic was “Pretty”. The winners have been posted in our gallery:

February 2015 Minicomp Winners

Stills:

1st Place Open – Fletcher Forbes
2nd Place Open – Dana Rodda
3rd Place Open – Bill Van Antwerp
1st Place Novice – Richard Todd
2nd Place Novice – Richard Todd
3rd Place Novice – Dwight Crumb

Video:

1st Place Open – Nannette Van Antwerp
2nd Place Open – Nannette Van Antwerp
3rd Place Open – Dwight Crumb
1st Place Novice – Vickie Elson
2nd Place Novice – Dana Rodda
3rd Place Novice – Dana Rodda

Congratulations!


1st Place: Fletcher Forbes

We also had an excellent presentation by Jack Connick of Optical Ocean Sales – make sure you check out their Resource Center for articles and handbooks, including the one that he presented last night on shooting close focus wide angle.

Leslie Harris also gave us a preview of a very cool crustacean ID book. The electronic version has all kinds of neat features; you can download it from the iTunes store if you have a Mac, or purchase a Windows version from their Facebook page.

There will be NO MEETING IN MARCH, but that just gives you extra time to prepare your minicomp entries for April, when the topic will be “Ugly.” Go ahead and submit your entries anytime between now and then!

February 18 Meeting: Jack Connick of Optical Ocean Sales (meeting room has changed READ CAREFULLY)

Our first meeting of 2015 is at 7:30pm Wednesday, February 18.  We are in a NEW ROOM at the Natural History Museum, so please read carefully the directions below!

Our first speaker of the year is Jack Connick, the owner of Optical Ocean Sales in Seattle. Jack is a great guy and will be showing us some cool stuff from Raja Ampat as well as a bit about how you video guys can actually use a still camera to take video and he is bringing some toys as well.

We will also be treated to a short trip report from Chris Askew about his recent visit to Iceland!

FEBRUARY Minicomp: “Pretty”

Please submit minicomp entries using the upload form by 11:59pm Tuesday, February 17.

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.

NEW MEETING ROOM LOCATION

The map below shows the route from the car park to the new staff entrance.  To get to the classroom:
- Members should park at the bottom of the ramp leading to our below ground level of the car park.
- There is a green wall at the bottom of the ramp.  On the right side of the wall is a door.  Go through the door.  The outside area of our cafeteria will be on the right.
- Continue straight ahead. Walk by the glass entrance pavilion on the ground level, and turn right at the far edge of the pavilion.  There is a ground level door going into the museum. Go in.
- The hallway has 2 elevators on the left.  Take either one to the 2nd floor.
- Turn right after you get out of the elevator.
- Turn right at the T-intersection.  The Dino lab is on the left.
- Go through the double doors into the Education department and walk straight ahead.
- The door to the Education Classroom will be on your left.

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LAUPS Banquet: January 31 2015

We hope you can all make the LAUPS annual banquet on Saturday, January 31st 2015, at the Ports O’Call restaurant in San Pedro, CA. The cost is $40 for chicken, fish or vegetarian meals; $45 for filet mignon.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 21 at the latest so we can give our head count to the venue!

RSVP and pay on our website: http://laups.org/banquet/

Cocktails are at 6:30-7:30, followed by Dinner & Awards.

This year, Tony Frank has donated the following items we’ll be raffling off at the banquet:

Sola Video 3000 light
Sola Spotter 1200 light

November Competition Winners

Last night’s minicomp topics were “Portraits” (photos) and “In Flight” (video). The winners have been posted in our gallery:

November 2014 Minicomp Winners

Stills:

1st Place Open – Jeff Laity
2nd Place Open – Mike Couffer
3rd Place Open – Dana Rodda
1st Place Novice – Michael Katz
2nd Place Novice – Michael Katz

Video:

1st Place – Anastasia Laity
2nd Place – Dana Rodda
3rd Place – Nannette Van Antwerp

We also had our 5-minute Edited Video competition:

5-minute Edited Video

1st Place – Nannette Van Antwerp
2nd Place – Dana Rodda
3rd Place – Anastasia Laity

Congratulations!


1st Place: Jeff Laity

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