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 neighbor’s 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 inventor’s personal lenses, making possible his first underwater stereo photos.
In the years that followed, Mark designed or built numerous other 3D film 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.Mark’s 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 World’s 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 Mark’s work may be seen on his website: Undersea3d.com. Mark is a member of the National Stereoscopic Association and the International Stereoscopic Union.