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Joe Platko presents: Going Slow to Get Ahead

02 July 2016 - 11:12 AM

Join us Friday, July 8, 2016 as we welcome Joe Platko




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


MINICOMP: Fun in the Sun and Shallows

Images shot in calm, relatively shallow water will show the interplay of the sun, the ripples of the waves, and the projected light on the sand for a pleasing near-abstract photo.


FEATURED PRESENTATION (7:30 PM – 8:30 PM in the Main Hall): Joe Platko will present "Going Slow to Get Ahead", talking about the advantages of taking your time, both in a diving sense as well as a photographic one.





Joseph Platko is a nature and underwater photographer who currently resides in Monterey, California. He is a graduate of CSU Monterey Bay, having earned a bachelors of science focusing on marine ecosystems. It was there that he furthered his passion for the ocean by first obtaining his dive certification, and shortly thereafter buying his first underwater camera setup. Joe has been published in the New York Times, Huffington Post, British Airways Highlife Magazine, Virgin, and The Outbound Collective. His work has also been used by The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pelican Flashlights, Amun Ini Beach Resort and Spa, and Salaya Beach Houses. Joe has placed in numerous contests, including multiple years for the NCUPS Monterey Shootout, and the SEA International Photo Competition. Joe works at Bradley Photographic as a print lab assistant and as an instructor for workshops. Joe is also the operations manager at XIT 404, and he regularly works as a deckhand and safety diver on the Escapade, and leads dive tours through Breakwater Scuba. In his free time, one can either find Joe in the water surfing or diving, or exploring the wilderness around the Central Coast.



Mark Blum presents Dauin, Philippines in 3D on June 10, 2016

02 June 2016 - 07:57 AM

Join us June 10, 2016 as we experience our ocean in 3D while staying dry!


We meet the second Friday of every month at 450 Chadbourne Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030. Our monthly meetings are free and open to the public. 


Doors open at 7 p.m. 

Main presentation will start at 7:30 p.m. this month!


Mini Competition Topic:  June Ambient Light.  No strobes allowed this month! It is possible to photograph underwater using natural sunlight as your only light source. Check out Ethan Daniels work to be inspired for this month's minicomp.



Mark Blum's unique presentations of underwater 3D imagery from dive locations around the world have been described as "Hi-Fi for your eyes"! Mark employs the magic of stereo photography reveal the Earth's largest and most mysterious environment in startling depth and detail far beyond the limits of normal human vision. True stereoscopic images will be projected onto a special screen for 3D viewing with polarized glasses. This month Mark will display images from a recent trip to the Dauin region of Negros Oriental Island, Philippines, where he dove with the crew at Salaya Beach Houses.


About the Presenter

San Francisco native Mark Blum first discovered the joys of 3D photography in 1969, when he purchased a Stereo Realist camera at a neighbors garage sale.  Mark was 15 years old, and had already been interested in photography for a couple of years. He had no idea that his $20 investment would spark a lifelong passion for 3D imaging.  In those days, Mark had no more information about stereo photography than was contained in the simple Stereo Realist instruction book.  He knew no other stereographers and pursued his hobby in splendid isolation, making each discovery freshly, as if it were his alone.  


While majoring in film at San Francisco State University in 1972, Mark took a scuba diving course and became exposed to the marine environment. The experience left him longing to take stereo pictures underwater.   


In the early 1980's Mark discovered Jac Ferwerdas definitive book, The World of 3-D.  That text proved to be a catalyst both for serious learning and the pursuit of underwater stereo photography.  Buried in Ferwerdas book was a reference to an underwater 3-D lens system for the Nikonos camera body that had been built in Germany.  After a long search Mark located the inventor and learned that all of the original lens stock had been destroyedfor tax purposes.  However, fortune smiled in 1986, when Mark managed to obtain the inventors personal lenses, making possible his first underwater stereo photos. 


In the years that followed, Mark designed or built numerous other 3film camera systems specifically for underwater use. His pioneering work has greatly advanced the 1950's equipment designs of the famed Dimitri Rebikoff, and has established him as the first photographer to successfully record a full range of underwater subjects in 3D stills.Marks underwater 3D photography entered the digital realm in 2011 with the development of his first macro 3D digital camera system.   


Mark has photographed a number of published 3D works, includingWindows on the Sea: The Amazing Underwater World(3D Book Productions)Beneath the Sea in 3D,Bugs in 3D, Amphibians and Reptiles in 3D and Galápagos in 3D (Chronicle Books);Coral Reef (Somerville House), 3D Ocean Life (Dorling Kindersley), three Discovery ViewMaster® reel sets, and the 3D multimedia program One Ocean, which was exhibited to 16,000 viewers daily when it debuted at the Expo 1998 Worlds Fair in Lisbon, Portugal.  His work is displayed in museums and aquariums, including Splash Zone at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the American Museum of Natural History and a permanent exhibit at the Stough Canyon Nature Center in Burbank, California. 


Representative selections of Marks work may be seen on his website: Undersea3d.com.  Mark is a member of the National Stereoscopic Association and the International Stereoscopic Union.  

FEB 12 NCUPS Meeting: Joel & Jennifer Penner Present How to Shoot Amazing Underwate...

24 January 2016 - 11:54 AM



WHEN:  Friday, February 12, 2016

Doors open at 7PM

NEW Presentation Start Time:  7:30 PM


WHERE:  Main Meeting Hall at the New United Methodist Church

450 Chadbourne Avenue, MillbraeCA  (map)


FEATURED PRESENTATION:  How to Shoot Amazing Underwater & Topside Footage With Your GOPRO HERO4 Camera  by Joel & Jennifer Penner

Join us for an in-depth talk on how to shoot amazing photos and video with your GoPro camera.


Joel and Jennifer Penner are avid scuba divers and award-winning underwater image-makers. Their images have been published in many magazines, such as Scuba Diving, Sport Diver, Underwater Journal and Scuba Diver. Joel and Jennifer are frequent presenters at scuba industry trade shows, and they are also staff at the annual Digital Shootout and Monterey Shootout events. When the ocean is not their office, they run a multimedia company called Newmediasoup, specializing in design and development for the Web.

MINICOMP: The Color Red

For more information visit our website: www.ncups.org

No-Host Cocktails immediately following the meeting at:
Steelhead Brewing Company
333 California Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010
* Dinner is served until 11PM on Fridays



Go North! British Columbia and Beyond with Linda Reisinger, Susan Brown and Brad Brown

05 January 2016 - 12:22 AM


Join us Friday, January 8, 2016 for the monthly Northern California Underwater Photographic Society Meetup.  

Doors open at 7PM


Location: New Vision United Methodist Church (Gymnasium)

450 Chadbourne Avenue, MillbraeCA (map)


Featured Presentation: Linda, Susan and Brad will take you along for a trip North to dive the cold waters of British Columbia and Alaska. In addition to wonderful underwater images and video, travel logistics will be discussed . Yes, it is possible to drive to these destinations and enjoy the journey should you have the time. God’s Pocket Resort will be the primary focus of the talk.


Linda Reisinger, Susan Brown and Brad Brown are NCUPS board members and avid cold water divers. 


Minicomp: Marine Mammals


For more information visit our website: www.ncups.org


No-Host Cocktails immediately following the meeting at: 

The Sixteen Mile House (or alternative to be decided at the meeting) 
448 Broadway Ave. 
Millbrae, CA. 

Jim Decker from Backscatter Shooting Lembeh in 4K, tomorrow night (9/11/15)

10 September 2015 - 07:26 AM

When: TOMORROW  Friday, September 11, 2015

Doors open at 7PM, Presentation 8:00 PM to   

10:00 PM


WHERE:  Gymnasium at the New United Methodist Church

450 Chadbourne Avenue, MillbraeCA  (map)



Until recently 4K video was only available on pro-level RED cameras and displayable only on expensive high-end TV and projection systems. Today, 4K is becoming standard on prosumer level cameras, even the GoPro, and Ultra-High-Definition TVs have dropped below $1K.

Come join Jim Decker, CEO of Backscatter Underwater Video and Photo for a presentation on shooting 4K resolution video. Fresh off the heels of a trip to Lembeh, Jim will have fresh footage shot last week with the new highly acclaimed Sony A7R Mark II and also the compact Panasonic LX100. Video and photos shot with both cameras will be presented. Jim will cover the pros, cons and techniques of shooting in what is rapidly becoming the new standard video resolution in documentary and natural history film making.

Monthly Members Minicomp subject: Hermit Crabs