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NCUPS Meeting May 11, 2012

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 01:25 AM

Please join us on Friday, May 11, 2012 for a double feature presented by Eric Cheng.

Doors open: 7:00PM

Cost: FREE and open to the public

For directions or more information about NCUPS visit our website at www.ncups.org

Pre-meeting Seminar (7:15PM-8PM): Lytro Living Pictures by Eric Cheng, Director of Photography at Lytro
The very first light fields were captured at Stanford University over 15 years ago. The most advanced light field research required a roomful of cameras tethered to a supercomputer. Today, Lytro completes the job of taking light fields out of the research lab and making them available for everyone, in the form of the world’s first Lytro Light Field Camera.
Lytro’s light field cameras offer astonishing capabilities. They allow both the picture taker and the viewer to focus pictures after they're snapped, shift their perspective of the scene, and even switch seamlessly between 2D and 3D views. With these amazing capabilities, pictures become immersive, interactive visual stories that were never before possible – they become living pictures.

Featured Presentation Starts: 8:00PM
Indonesia: What a Ridiculous Place!
Eric Cheng will share the results from his epic Wetpixel Ultimate Indonesia 2011 trip. Spending 25 days aboard the Damai II, resulted in 87 dives in and around Alor and Komodo producing some of the most incredible and diverse collections of underwater pictures ever taken on a single trip.

Eric Cheng is Director of Photography at Lytro and is an award-winning underwater photographer known for his passion as an educator. Eric won a prestigious Antibes Festival award for his work with Wetpixel.com, the Antibes underwater imaging web site of the year. His underwater photographs have won contests like the prestigious Nature's Best Magazine photo competition, which placed some of his work in the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum. Eric's photography has been seen in over 60 magazines and books worldwide.

Eric is the editor and publisher of Wetpixel.com, the premiere online community for underwater photographers. Hosting thousands registered underwater photographers internationally; Wetpixel's friendly community offers breaking news, reviews, features, community forums, image galleries, photo contests, photo expeditions, and more.

Through Wetpixel Expeditions, Eric leads regular photography expeditions and workshops around the world. He has given seminars and lectures internationally at events such as TEDx, Boston Sea Rovers Clinic, DEMA, Digital Shootouts, Kona Classic, Scuba Diving Magazine events, and others.

Eric is also involved in ocean conservation, and is technical advisor and photographer for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He was the head photographer for Operation Musashi, Sea Shepherd's 2008-2009 anti-whaling campaign in Antarctica, which was featured in season 2 of the hit TV show, Whale Wars.

Eric is also on the Board of Directors of Shark Savers, an organization dedicated to shark conservation.

Caught between technical and creative worlds, Eric holds bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from Stanford University, where he also studied classical cello performance.

Break (9:15PM – 9:30PM)

Minicomp (9:30PM – 9:45PM):
Include the Surface; Images should show the underside of the surface of the ocean, pond or lake as part of the composition.

Clean-up (9:45PM – 10PM)

No-Host Cocktails immediately following the meeting, location to be announced at the meeting.