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Join us August 7-9, 2015 for this year's Monterey Shootout!

12 July 2015 - 10:43 PM



Join us in Monterey, California August 7-9, 2015 for this year's Monterey Shootout.



  • Registration only $25; One low price gets you into the Competition, cocktail party and all Seminars
  • Expanded contest hours - Fri 7AM to Sat 7PM
  • Cocktail party on Saturday night at 6PM hosted by Backscatter Underwater Video and Photo
  • Pro guest speakers Richard Salas and Mike Bartick on Sunday

To Register visit: www.montereyshootout.com

Ben Tetzner presents Bali from Above and Below on June 12, 2015

07 June 2015 - 12:25 PM

Please join us for the NCUPS June 12, 2015 club meeting.


Where:  450 Chadbourne Ave, Millbrae, California 94030


Cost: NCUPS meetings are free and open to the public.  We request anyone who has attended more than three meetings to please considering paying NCUPS membership dues to help offset the cost of holding NCUPS events.

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

Doors open: 7:00PM
Premeeting Seminar (7:00PM – 7:45PM):
No Premeeting Seminar this month

FEATURED PRESENTER (8 PM – 9:15PM):  Ben Tetzner presents Bali from Above and Below. 

Long time NCUPS member and photographer extraordinaire Ben Tetzner will we doing a twofer on Bali.

For our viewing pleasure, Ben has put together a show on Diving from Menjangin Island down to Amed and another on topside attractions including the bird park, butterfly park and Balinese dancers.

Whether you have or have not been to Bali, Ben's ability to capture what you experience when traveling there will make you want to go. Full of unique and colorful critters and access to cultural interactions like no other place on earth, Bali is a destination to check out.


Break (9:15PM – 9:30PM)
Minicomp (9:30PM – 9:45PM):
Teeth; My what interesting teeth you have!


NCUPS is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1957 to promote interest in underwater photography. NCUPS sponsors educational events on both underwater photography and video while promoting awareness of the underwater environment and pertinent ecological issues. NCUPS serves the greater San Francisco Bay area, including Silicon Valley. Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month starting at 8PM. 450 Chadbourne Avenue, Millbrae, California

Kathy Mendes to present Palau Trippers Adventure at NCUP May 8, 2015

05 May 2015 - 07:29 AM

Please join us for the NCUPS May 8, 2015 meeting.
Meetings are held in Millbrae, California. For directions or more information about NCUPS visit our website at: http://www.ncups.org
Doors open: 7:00PM
Premeeting Seminar (7:00PM – 7:45PM): Video Editing by Ken Hares

Ken will start the presentation by showing a 2 1/2 minute movie. Then he'll step through building that movie. He will show you his workflow that really minimizes his editing time.

FEATURED PRESENTER (8 PM – 9:15PM):  Palau Trippers 2014 by Kathy Mendes  
In February 2014 a small group of adventure seeking underwater photographers went to Palau! This presentation will feature several of the Palau Trippers images from their liveaboard cruise on the Palau Siren including underwater highlights like sharks, manta rays, schooling fish, ripping currents, caves, and a visit to Jellyfish Lake! Enjoy the images showing the above water history, and flora and fauna (a cat and a bat) of Palau. Hear about crazy flights, the hotel with unfinished upper floors, dining highlights (and low-lights), and the local prison (where they make beautiful carved story boards). One member of the Palau Trippers even had an unforgettable overnight visit to the local hospital! After ten wonderful days at sea, the trippers made their way home and have invited you to share the trip with them this Friday, May 8, 2015 at the NCUPS meeting!
Photographers include Mark Krag, Robert Yee, Albertine Van Der Heiden, Patty Harris, Pat Delaplane, Rich Stilleke and Kathy Mendes.

Break (9:15PM – 9:30PM)
Minicomp (9:30PM – 9:45PM):  Kelp critters

Critters that live in the kelp

Clinton Bauder to present at NCUPS on April 10, 2015

07 April 2015 - 09:08 PM

Please join us for the NCUPS April 10, 2015 meeting.


Meetings are held in Millbrae, California. For directions or more information about NCUPS visit our website at: http://www.ncups.org


Doors open: 7:00PM


Premeeting Seminar (7:00PM – 7:45PM):  Salmon Run by Brad Brown 

In 2013 Brad Brown dove Alaska during the peak of the Alaskan Salmon run.  Come learn from Brad about what worked and what didn’t work while chasing the salmon upstream for that perfect shot.




Clinton Bauder Presents - photos taken in Central California from Big Sur to Cordell Bank with an emphasis on technical and off-the-beaten path sites that are seldom visited by divers.


About Clinton Bauder

Clinton Bauder is a founding member, long time board member, and current Science Officer of Bay Area Underwater Explorers. He will occasionally head to warmer climes for a change of pace but generally finds tropical diving a tad dull and is soon pining for cold water, kelp forests, and pinniped dive buddies.


Break (9:15PM – 9:30PM)


Minicomp (9:30PM – 9:45PM):  San Dwellers; Critters that live in the sand


Clean-up (9:45PM – 10PM)


No-host Cocktails immediately following the meeting at:

Fiddlers Green

333 El Camino Real
Millbrae, CA 94010

Ethan Daniels to present at NCUPS tonight (2/13/2015 @ 7PM)

13 February 2015 - 09:15 AM

WHEN:  Friday, February 13, 2015  
              Doors Open at 7:00 PM
WHERE: New Vision United Methodist Church (Gymnasium)

               450 Chadbourne Avenue, Millbrae, CA (map)
Ethan Daniels, a professional photographer and guide, has presented at NCUPS several times. This February Ethan will be discussing shooting various Pacific reefscapes over the past 12 months with one fixed lens. 
Photography is becoming more and more specialized as more hardware and software technology is available to the public. Yet the basics of what make a beautiful photograph remain the same. It does not require the latest and greatest and most expensive equipment (though sometimes that helps), or the most exotic, remote destinations (though these can help too) for photographers to produce good imagery. It takes creativity in how one looks at the world and how one captures the world on a digital sensor. So come join Ethan for an evening of discussions on how to get back to the basics of consistently generating solid underwater images. Ethan will also be running an UW photography workshop at Buceo Anilao Beach & Dive Resort May 1-10, 2015.