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jgdiver

Member Since 19 Feb 2006
Offline Last Active Mar 02 2014 11:41 AM
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Topics I've Started

CUPS July update

06 July 2006 - 02:13 PM

FYI we canceled Mays meeting because more than half our active membership was in Indonesia. June we had an orgazational quarm where it was decided to proceed with the formal process of becoming a 501-3C non-profit corp.

The July Meeting for CUPS will be a presentation on Multi-location in Fiji By Member John Warn The second half of the meeting will be Proposal of Bylaws, Nomination of officers

To read more:cupsonline.net.

Competition Reform Proposal

10 March 2006 - 01:11 PM

After having entered five major competitions for the first time this year. I am beginning to develop a better perspective on how these contest work and some of the inconsistencies that besiege them. Also beginning to understand their is an underlying problems that can blindside you in situations that are created by overly complicated rules and unclear entry instructions, naiveté of creature behavior and by trickery of DM intending to please but violate the EPIC rules.

I think as a community we need to provide input to the major competitions, as to what we would like to see as far as consistency and continuity. I think this would greatly increase participation by consolidating rules, entry file size and format.

Editing is a major factor that makes life difficult for entrants. I have been told by very knowledgeable photo processing experts that anything that can be done in ®Photoshop can be done in the darkroom. But they all need to agree on the same processes that they allow.

I think a universal rules proposal that might be adopted by the major competition would be a good place to start.
Kind of like the EPIC's environmentally Aware Rules that were adopted by many of the major competitions. That might boost entries (less work for the competitor) and you wouldn't have to read the fine print in every competition. Re-editing and resizing each entry for each competition to meet their specific Rules is very time consuming.

I wouldn't want to see each of them identical. They need to have a measure of distinction; I think that the categories definition is the element that could distinguish the competitions. By having unique categories and awarding at different levels would accomplish this. This would still require careful contemplation of choice and assigning of entries by participants in order to compete.

The definitions of "Professional and amateur" need to be clearly defined as far as eligibility whether the competition is for pros or amateurs or by categories but it should be consistent in all competitions.

We could start to build a proposal here, so please jump in and share your ideas and frustrations.
John

March Meeting

06 March 2006 - 10:21 AM

CUPS WebpageThe March meeting will be a mix of images and video from the Sea of Cortez taken over a period of years. The presenters wil be Nick Ferris, Carol Harper, Brant Davis, Sandra Schroth, Ed Sauer and John Gordon. We will be working on the presentation this week as far as a format goes stay tuned for details.

John

The Colorado Underwater Photographic Society

20 February 2006 - 11:19 AM

To All,
Anyone residing close enough to attend is welcome to join us at meetings every third Tuesday at Reed photo 888 Federal Blvd in Denver. We also welcome divers from other areas to participate in the Forum on our website. We were established in 1999 and have been active ever since. We have an average attendance of 25-30 members per meeting. At present we have no fee for joining our membership but your participation is necessary to be maintained on our active email newsletter list. Registration on our website will add you to our email newsletter list. We are hopeful that you will join us and help develop our UPS or just drop by and add your impressions to the website. We anticipate the development of a website based competition in the next year as we gain sponsorship to supply prizes.
CUPS

Thanks
John G/ CUPS founder