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CUPS JUNE MEETING
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CUPS Meeting Tue June 17th at 6:30 for socializing and 7pm for the presentation at the Downtown Aquarium. Park across the street in their lot and save stub for validation at the bar.

Adventures of an extraordinary woman; Meghan Heaney-Grier will share images of her amazing career in freediving, film , TV, and environmental conservation  

BIO: Mehgan Heaney-Grier is a freedive champion, Hollywood stunt diver, TV personality, ocean advocate, shark conservationist and biologist. Mehgan first achieved worldwide recognition in 1996 when she established the first ever United States freedive record for both men and women by diving, unassisted to a depth of 155 ft on a single breath of air. Less than a year later, she bettered her own record with a successful dive to 165 ft. In 2000, Mehgan was part of the inaugural roster inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame. In addition to her freediving, Mehgan took an early interest in marine predators and the relationship between predators and humans entering their environment. She has spent the last 17 years encountering many species of sharks, American alligators and other marine life, observing and documenting their behavior. Her underwater endeavors have been featured worldwide in a variety of publications including Life, People, and Outside magazines, and in many television segments and documentaries including her own series on Animal Planet. Mehgan recently graduated Summa cum laude in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was awarded the school’s highest honors in recognition for her field research in the Bahamas, diving with Caribbean reef sharks and studying the effects of tourism-related feeding on shark behavior. As an anthropologist and biologist, Mehgan is excited to continue exploring the delicate relationship between humans and the marine world – believing that with a better understanding of these dynamics we can make the changes needed for a thriveable future.  Currently Mehgan is Program Coordinator for the Colorado Ocean Coalition’s new Ocean Ambassador Program. See More at Freediver.com 

July Meeting is being cancelled due to the number of people of the CUPS TEAM out of town. We will resume in August.

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting, we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting. (Especially if relevant to this month’s presentation)

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

·      The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2013 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)

·      Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.

·      Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium If you want to make your own MapQuest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211

·      Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS has return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST: In 2013, Project Seahorse, a marine conservation organization based at the University of British Columbia and the Zoological Society of London, launched a brand new citizen science program called iSeahorse.  Using data collected by individuals around the world, iSeahorse will assist us, and other scientists globally, in assessing seahorse populations and distribution, and providing crucially necessary conservation management plans to appropriate authorities. www.iseahorse.org

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The Team at CUPS

CUPS MAY MEETING
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Note: This is not on our usual Tuesday it is on Monday, the day before!

CUPS Meeting MON May 19th at 6:30 for socializing and 7pm for the presentation at the Downtown Aquarium. Park across the street in their lot and save stub for validation at the bar.

SHARKS! SHARKS! SHARKS!
Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza, Executive Director of Teens4Oceans.  The topic is “Spreading the Word About Sharks: Oceans as Classrooms”

Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza is passionate about sharing her love of the ocean, the joy of exploration and the critical importance of science.  Her research focuses on the sensory biology and ecological physiology of sharks, skates and rays. Mikki has been a tireless advocate for sharks, highlighting their global declines and framing new directions for their conservation. Mikki has been invited to speak, educate and conduct research at labs and institutions in South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Her outreach efforts have been documented in film, magazine and radio by the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, and CBC National Radio Canada. Mikki has always strived to bridge the gap between research and public engagement and believes deeply in the power of immersing young people in hands on scientific research and discovery.  Her current position at Teens4oceans allows her to do just that.  She holds a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from Florida Atlantic University and is the author of numerous scientific publications.

Dr. McComb-Kobza said, “Even though I grew up near the mountains of Colorado, my love for the ocean started early, in a very strange way. I saw the movie JAWS when I was a little girl and it never let me go. The fear I took away from the movie was replaced with a life-long fascination, admiration and determination to understand and to protect sharks. My passion for sharks led me to discover just how little most of us know about the ocean! There is so much that we still do not understand. In this presentation I will highlight exciting new discoveries about sharks, share the seven principles of ocean literacy that we all need to know, and explain why engaging young people and spreading the word about ocean conservation is so critically important.”

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting, we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting. (Especially if relevant to this month’s presentation)

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

·      The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2013 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)

·      Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.

·      Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium If you want to make your own MapQuest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211

·      Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS has return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

 

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST: Colorado Ocean Coalition’s Blue Drinks for May is the 28th at Watershed School in Boulder. Special graduation celebration for the Ocean Ambassadors.

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CUPS APRIL MEETING
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CUPS Meeting Tues April 15th at 6:30 for socializing and 7pm for the presentation at the Downtown Aquarium. Park across the street in their lot and save stub for validation at the bar.

Amazing Dive Travel Secrets

Presented By Richard Woulfe
richtravels@cox.net

In this informative how to seminar, learn about the latest strategies to get the best dive and water adventure travel deals.   Receive updates on the best dive and snorkel locations for your photography and video wants and needs.  Learn about packing and negotiating strategies for easier travel on the airlines. Rich will show you how to save money avoiding excess baggage fees.   Learn about the latest ways to get the best airfares, resort deals and  book the best schedules while traveling more safely and comfortably.  Bring your dive travel questions.  Rich will also share some of his best photo  images from his 30 years of nearly full time dive and water adventure travel.

Richard Woulfe-Bio

Richard has over 30 years of dive travel experience. He was certified as an  Open Water Scuba Instructor when he was 20 and has logged more than 5000 dives in over 50 destinations around the world. These destinations include the Maldives, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Cocos Island, Galapagos, Indonesia, Philippines, Sipadan/Mabul, Palau, Japan, Colombia, Cozumel, Bonaire, and Belize.Richard is an expert on marketing and selling adventure trips to remote dive and snorkel locations.  He travels an average of 150 days a year. In 2012, he started full time travel around the World and has dived in Maldives, Thailand, Indonesia, and Cuba.

Rich is an avid water sports fan and fitness/wellness enthusiast. He lives on the road and spends time in Texas, California and Chicago.  contact him at richtravelsadvice@gmail.com 

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting, we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting. (Especially if relevant to this month’s presentation)

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

·      The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2013 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)

·      Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.

·      Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium If you want to make your own MapQuest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211

·      Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS has return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

 

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST: Blue Drinks this Wednesday 6pm at 2860 7th Street, Boulder CO John Weller and Cassandra Brooks will be the speakers; come and meet the members of the COLORADO OCEAN COALITION who brought you “Making Waves” the past three years. Join in and network with fellow ocean enthusiast. If you would like to join the Ocean Ambassadors Program click here.

·        CUPS Member Paddy Ryan's Philippines Trip July 2014

·        Scandi Divers, Puerto Galera, Philippines July 19 - 29 at the Resort (Dates and length of stay flexible) 

·        This location is spectacular with huge biodiversity - here's what their website has to say :
"Our two kilometer reef exceeds the bio-diversity of the entire Caribbean and Great Barrier Reef combined"       It was basically unaffected by the typhon, Haiyan.

·        The airfare around $1300 round trip from LAX, $1450 from Denver. The cost of the land trip (excluding airfare) will be approximately US$900 and will include:

·        Overnight hotel in Manila July 18, Ten nights double occupancy (single add $250), 16 boat dives plus option to add dives, Dive and accommodation tips, Transfer to and from resort, Overnight hotel in Manila July 29, Manila Departure tax. Accommodation upgrade is available. Meals are not included about $200. 

Dive Travel
See your local scuba store or Colorado Dive Retailers have their trips listed on:
http://www.divecolorado.com/divetravel.html

·        Underwater Journal (comprehensive online dive magazine)

·        ‘The Current’ - premiered March 12, 2014 on EPIX - is the second adaptive sports film by Make A Hero 501(c)3, which showcases inspiring adaptive athletes, public figures, and athlete ambassadors – Bethany Hamilton, Missy FranklinMallory WeggemannAnthony Robles, Grant Korgan, Jean-Michel CousteauDavid Hosick, Leo Morales and military veteran Jesse Murphree – who have donated their efforts in support of this inspiring film.

·        ‘The Current’ highlights individuals of all abilities overcoming limitations through adaptive sports such as surfing scuba diving / free-diving, and ocean kayaking alongside whales and dolphins in exotic locations, including Bimini, Bahamas, Cozumel, Mexico, and Kauai, Hawaii. Each individual cast member shares inspirational stories of perseverance and an unwillingness to be held back by limitations.

·         See more at: http://www.makeahero.org/films-heroes/the-current/#sthash.4mVj4m2a.dpuf

·         A-1 Scuba and Travel Aquatics Center sponsors the 31st Annual May Event on May 16-18 The event  includes a Trade Show with Exhibitors from Scuba Training, Scuba Manufacturers, Travel Vendors, Resorts and Dive Operations. There are 2-days of presentations on Training, Travel and Equipment with Thousands of prizes of Trips and Equipment. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more details watch www.a1scuba.com.

·        Tortuga Bay Sponsors a Cozumel Trip September 2014

·        At this time it is running roughly $950 per person.  That is airfare, 7 nights lodging, all meals and drinks, airport transfers, taxes and fees.  Diving is additional. Diving will run $70-$90 a day for a 2 tank boat dive.  Contact Ron Bland at ron@tortugabay.net

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The Team at CUPS

CUPS MARCH MEETING
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CUPS Meeting March 18, (Special Field Trip) Arrive at 6:30 pm Meeting at 7:00 pm

Location: Reed Art & Imaging (Reed Photo)

888 Federal Blvd.   (Just north on Federal from 6th Ave) Denver, CO 80204 303-573-8084 / 800-999-8084

This is a special event organized by Nick Ferris, Sonia Atwood with Gary Reed to tour the facilities and get the latest information on printing, display and mounting techniques. This should be very enlightening for those of you who like to display your images.

  In business since 1976 and still family owned and operated (2 generations) is Denver's Reed Photo. Our primary customer or market is the fine art photographer and artists who exhibit in galleries or sell their artwork. We also still do a lot of work with museums, visitor centers and corporate work for displays, trade shows, etc. Our client base is literally worldwide as we not only print their work but ship directly to their clients via our fulfillment services. Still processing film color and B/W. Gary Reed will have samples to touch and see how they are assembled, etc. If you bring one or two of yours that would be helpful as your subject matter will be more appealing.

  Reed Photo Imaging is a BBB Accredited Business. Click for the BBB Business Review of this Photo Finishing - Retail in Denver CO Click to review us on Yelp or read our client's reviews General Manager http://www.reedphoto.com Garyr@reedphoto.com http://www.photos-on-canvas.us ph: 303-573-8084 http://www.photobookgenie.com tf: 800-999-8084 http://www.gallerymount.com LinkedIn Profile Twitter Profile Facebook Profile fax: 303-573-8087 http://signsforyourlife.com Watercolor and Canvas Giclee | LightJet Photo Prints | Gallery Collection Mounting Options Respect .Co-Creative .Integrity . Passion .Dependable  


Gary Reed

Reed Photo Imaging is a BBB Accredited Business. Click for the BBB Business Review of this Photo Finishing - Retail in Denver CO

Click to review us on Yelp or read our client's reviews

General Manager

http://www.reedphoto.com

Garyr@reedphoto.com

http://www.photos-on-canvas.us

ph: 303-573-8084

http://www.photobookgenie.com

tf: 800-999-8084

http://www.gallerymount.com

LinkedIn ProfileTwitter ProfileFacebook Profile

fax: 303-573-8087

http://signsforyourlife.com

Watercolor and Canvas Giclee | LightJet Photo Prints | Gallery Collection Mounting Options

Respect •Co-Creative •Integrity • Passion •Dependable

 

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST: Colorado Ocean Coalition March Blue Drinks

Shark Bait Dive Club March Meeting

CUPS Member Paddy Ryan's Philippines Trip July 2014

·       Scandi Divers, Puerto Galera, Philippines July 19 - 29 at the Resort (Dates and length of stay flexible) 

·        This location is spectacular with huge biodiversity - here's what their website has to say :
"Our two kilometer reef exceeds the bio-diversity of the entire Caribbean and Great Barrier Reef combined"       It was basically unaffected by the typhon, Haiyan.

·        The airfare around $1300 round trip from LAX, $1450 from Denver. The cost of the land trip (excluding airfare) will be approximately US$900 and will include:

·        Overnight hotel in Manila July 18, Ten nights double occupancy (single add $250), 16 boat dives plus option to add dives, Dive and accommodation tips, Transfer to and from resort, Overnight hotel in Manila July 29, Manila Departure tax. Accommodation upgrade is available. Meals are not included about $200. 

Dive Travel
See your local scuba store or Colorado Dive Retailers have their trips listed on:
http://www.divecolorado.com/divetravel.html

·        Underwater Journal (comprehensive online dive magazine)

If anyone has Scuba Related announcements, please email them to Sonia Atwood degirlie@hotmail.com

Please share with friends on FaceBook!

The Team at CUPS

CUPS FEBRUARY MEETING
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CUPS Meeting Tues February 18th at 6:30 for socializing and 7pm for the presentation at the Downtown Aquarium. Park across the street in their lot and save stub for validation at the bar.

The Calendar Lake and Mt Kilimanjaro - Adventures in East Africa

During the summer of 2013 Paddy Ryan and Laura Hix headed to Africa to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. Blissfully unaware of the expense and difficulty in traveling around this vast region they also decided to dive in Lake Malawi. Lake Malawi has as many fish species as the Caribbean - most of them cichlids. For a biologist this represents an amazing example of explosive adaptive radiation and is a case study for most Evolution courses.

Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, and at 19340 feet represents quite a challenge. It isn't a climb but more of a hike and it tests you both physically and emotionally. Paddy and Laura took no underwater photographs on Mt Kilimanjaro ...
 
About Paddy Ryan: Paddy was born In England and has lived in Jersey in the Channel Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Sarawak, Australia and the US. He has a doctorate in zoology and is formerly taught at Johnson & Wales University in Denver. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Colorado School of Mines. He is a keen, widely published, nature photographer who has written a number of books including the Snorkeller’s Guide to the Coral Reef, Fiordland Underwater - New Zealand’s Hidden Wilderness, Fiji’s Natural Heritage and most recently Kri Eco - Raja Ampat.  He has been diving for 30+ years and taking underwater photographs for nearly all of that time. He’s a PADI dive master with well over 1000 dives to his credit. 

Request for Feedback Needed for our next Meeting (important that you respond).
    Please respond if you would be interested in having our March or April meeting at Reed Photo.

The purpose in such a meeting would be for CUPS members to discover more about displaying their pictures. It happens that many photographers have extensive photo libraries in their computers, where they are seldom seen. Personally Nick Ferris has for years framed prints with matting, glass, hooks, wire, etc. in the customary way. Which he does not like. At Reed Photo there are on display quite a few nature/wildlife pictures that have a protective finish, no glass (so no glare), no frame, and no matte. Nick thought it would be of interest for members to find out more: sizes available (no limit), finishes, costs, mounting devices, and certain 3D effects that can be created. We would need a good attendance for Reed Photo to have a member for us after hours. Please email Sonia

The first thing Reed's is concerned with is CUPS participation. Gary Reed used to attend some our meetings a few years back and noticed that attendance was quite variable. Before agreeing to a meeting date we need to find out whether CUPS members would attend and report to Reed what might reasonably be expected. Nick will bring a couple of my pictures of the sort described above to illustrate at the February meeting.

   Please email Sonia  degirlie@hotmail.com if you can attend a meeting at their location 888 Federal Blvd (just not of Federal and Sixth Ave) on March 18 or April 16 at 630 pm arrival with tour at 700 pm.
  

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting, we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting. (Especially if relevant to this month’s presentation)

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

·      The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2013 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)

·      Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.

·      Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium If you want to make your own MapQuest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211

·      Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS has return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

 

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST: Blue Drinks at Denver Divers with Dr David E. Guggenheim the “Fish Doctor” and his ventures to Cuba. Thursday Feb 27th 6:30-8:30pm come and meet the members of the Colorado Ocean Coalition who brought you “Making Waves” the past three years. Join in and network with fellow ocean enthusiast.

·        CUPS Meeting Tues., Feb. 18, 2014 Paddy Ryan will speak on his adventure diving in Lake Malawi and climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.

·        CUPS Member Paddy Ryan's Philippines Trip July 2014

·        Scandi Divers, Puerto Galera, Philippines July 19 - 29 at the Resort (Dates and length of stay flexible) 

·        This location is spectacular with huge biodiversity - here's what their website has to say :
"Our two kilometer reef exceeds the bio-diversity of the entire Caribbean and Great Barrier Reef combined"       It was basically unaffected by the typhon, Haiyan.

·        The airfare around $1300 round trip from LAX, $1450 from Denver. The cost of the land trip (excluding airfare) will be approximately US$900 and will include:

·        Overnight hotel in Manila July 18, Ten nights double occupancy (single add $250), 16 boat dives plus option to add dives, Dive and accommodation tips, Transfer to and from resort, Overnight hotel in Manila July 29, Manila Departure tax. Accommodation upgrade is available. Meals are not included about $200. 

Dive Travel
See your local scuba store or Colorado Dive Retailers have their trips listed on:
http://www.divecolorado.com/divetravel.html

·        Underwater Journal (comprehensive online dive magazine)

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If anyone has Scuba Related announcements, please email them to Sonia Atwood degirlie@hotmail.com

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The Team at CUPS

CUPS JANUARY MEETING
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CUPS Meeting Tues January 21st at 6:30 for socializing and 7pm for the presentation at the Downtown Aquarium. Park across the street in their lot and save stub for validation at the bar.

PRESENTATION: Matt Corliss and Patrick Behan will share video on their research on the reefs of Turneffe Atoll, Belize.

 Filmmakers Matt Corliss and Patrick Behan traveled to Turneffe Atoll in Belize with a team of divers and scientists to study a reef which has been particularly resilient to the affects of ocean acidification. In many cases, they found that the reef was healthy, but in others, the reef showed signs of damage from acidification, particulate plastic matter and invasive species. Matt and Patrick will present of few of their findings from their coming film about the project in a night about diving, filmmaking and the oceans.

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting, we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting. (Especially if relevant to this month’s presentation)

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

·      The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2013 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)

·      Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.

·      Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium If you want to make your own MapQuest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211

·      Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS has return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

 

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST: Blue Drinks Tuesday Jan 28th 6:30-8:30pm come and meet the members of the Colorado Ocean Coalition who brought you “Making Waves” the past three years. Join in and network with fellow ocean enthusiast. Where, at the “What we Love Winery”, In Boulder.

Shark Bait Dive Club January Meeting

Ocean First The Dive Club Meet-up

·         DIVING PIONEER'S JOURNEY COMES TO AN END
           A-1 founder, Ernie Busnardo, was a true pioneer in the diving industry. Ernie’s burning desire to share the adventure of diving with others began when he and a “couple of buddies” took a 12-week scuba class in the mid 50’s. He was immediately “hooked” and he and his wife Violet opened A-1 a few years later. They never imagined their basement “dive shop” would become the largest and longest established dive store in Colorado and one of the most respected dive centers in the country. 
           For more on this Iconic Instructor, Ernie, and for donations: 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-1-Scuba-Travel-Aquatics-Center/299066874461

·        SSI/HEAD/Mares Acquisition
Announcement that HEAD/MARES has signed an agreement to acquire Scuba Schools International (SSI). The effective date will be January 1st 2014. SSI USA is headquartered in Fort Collins.
For more info watch: www.divessi.com or www.mares.com

·        Dive Travel
Colorado Dive Retailers have their trips listed on:
http://www.divecolorado.com/divetravel.html
If anyone has Scuba Related announcements, please email them to Sonia Atwood degirlie@hotmail.com

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The Team at CUPS

CUPS / COCO Holiday "Blue Drinks"
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CUPS /COCO Holiday Blue Drinks and Presentation by Local filmmaker. We will meet at the Mercury Café Saturday December 14th 3-6pm. Parking across the street for $1. It will be a “Blue Christmas without You” So please join us to celebrate!

The Colorado Underwater Photographic Society (CUPS) was established in 2001 and has been meeting ever since. We provide our members with monthly meeting, where we have members and guest presenters providing educational resources and sharing their knowledge.

 

The Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO) was founded in 2009 by Vickie Nichols Goldstein thru a monthly “Blue Drinks” networking event in Boulder and gradually developed into the annual “Making WAVES” in Colorado. The event has been highlighted by Film Festivals, Symposiums and Ocean Advocates Fundraising Gala’s. CUPS has been involved with Making WAVES all three successful years.

 

The kitchen at the Mercury Café closes at 3pm so if you want to brunch, come in a little early. The bar and snacks will be available after 3pm. The Mercury Cafe is powered by the Wind and the Sun. They serve Local, Organic Food, and Community is their purpose. 

PRESENTATION: Our special guest will be Shawn Heinrichs,  Emmy Award winning cinematographer, photographer, scuba diver, and marine conservationist. An independent filmmaker and founder of Blue Sphere Media, a production company specializing in underwater, adventure and conservation films, he has acquired considerable first-hand knowledge of the oceans most important marine areas. Shawn has just returned from the other side of the planet. Don't miss this!

Where: The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, Denver, CO 80205
When: Saturday, December 14th, from 3-6 PM. 

To reduce CO2, we've scheduled this right before and just a couple miles away from Denver Divers Annual Holiday Party at 6:30pm. 

That will be taking place directly after our holiday party at 557 Milwaukee St. (North Cherry Creek area)

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NOVEMBER MEETING
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CUPS Meeting Tues November 19th at 6:30 for socializing and 7pm for the presentation at the Downtown Aquarium. Park across the street in lot and save stub for validation at the bar.

PRESENTATION: By Ed Sauer and Sandra Shroth,

Lionfish - Plague of the Caribbean

 

This short documentary takes a look at the problem the lionfish are causing in the Atlantic and Caribbean, what one small island is doing about it and what the results are being achieved.

We will show Edger the eel about an exciting eel encounter. After which we will have a brief show & tell about the Digital Cinema Camera equipment we use.  

Ed Sauer developed his skills as a videographer/editor starting as a hobby in 1996 when he learned to scuba dive.   Ed now shoots with stories and films in mind. Though he loves shooting underwater he is equally at home shooting nature of any kind.  Living in Colorado brings many opportunities to find nature at its best.

Sandra Schroth started photography with shooting underwater stills. After meeting Ed she now shoots mostly video but continues with the still photography on occasion. We both now use Digital Cinema cameras with custom housings and lights. 

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting, we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting.

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

·      The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2013 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)

·      Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.

·      Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium If you want to make your own MapQuest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211

·      Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS has return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom. 

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST: Blue Drinks comes to Denver Thursday Nov 21st 6-9pm come and meet the members of the Colorado Ocean Coalition who brought you “Making Waves” the past three years. Join in and network with fellow ocean enthusiast.

Blue Drinks Local 46 Denver

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WINNERS AT MW 2013
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COLORADO UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

UW Photo Contest at Making WAVES 2013

Please accept our apologies for the delay in providing the results. In order to explain the delay in this announcement; we had several ties in the judging at Making WAVES in addition to receiving prizes late in the process which created some confusion as far as allocation. The solution was accomplished at the last CUPS meeting with member participation. Here is a big shout-out to Weaver Dive and Travel and Colorado Ocean Coalition for supplying the majority of the wonderful prizes. We ask that you support them with your appropriate business or donations. Also we would like to give a big thank you to the Colorado Scuba Retailers Association for supporting this event.

CATIGORY / PLACEMENT

PHOTO NAME

ENTRANT

 

ARTISTIC FIRST PLACE

Chromodoris Wallani

Richard Goluch

 

ARTISTIC SECOND PLACE

Puffer in Yellow Sponge

Michael Stallings

 

ARTISTIC THIRD PLACE

Onyx Cowrie and its Mirror Reflection

Richard Goluch

 

 

 

 

 

BEHAVIOR FIRST PLACE

Caribbean Reef Squid Mating

John Gordon

 

BEHAVIOR SECOND PLACE

Silverside Swarm

Ramon Dominguez

 

BEHAVIOR THIRD PLACE Tie

Crazy Turtle

Mark Adams

 

BEHAVIOR THIRD PLACE Tie

Robust Pipefish

Michael Stallings

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL FIRST PLACE

Underwater Sadness

Ramon Dominguez

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SECOND PLACE

Coconut Octopus in a Glass and Shell Residence

Richard Goluch

 

ENVIRONMENTAL THIRD PLACE

Trash or Home?

Nick Ferris

 

 

The People’s Choice Award as voted on by the Attendees at Making WAVES

PEOPLES CHOISE AWARD

Underwater Sadness

Ramon Dominguez

 

 

We would greatly appreciate your input, suggestion and critique’s in formulating future exhibits and competitions. Please write to us at info@cupsonline.net, start a thread in the forum on CUPS website or bring them to future meetings.

The Team at CUPS  

 

 

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CUPS Meeting Tues October 15th at 6:30 for socializing and 7pm for the presentation at the Downtown Aquarium. Park across the street in lot and save stub for validation at bar.

Nick Ferris: Atlantis Hotel in Dumaguete, The Philippines Reef & Muck Diving

 The summary of the trip is: Last April, Denver Divers trip to Dumaguete, an Atlantis resort on the Philippine island of Negros. Weather mostly good, a couple of strong rains at night. Water temp. 81F. Dumaguete diving is about half muck diving with weird critters and half reef diving. One star of the show is Melibe, an accident, and a somewhat less active participant is a dead zombie. Travel all OK except for U.S. customs in Guam. And the United Air line in Manila …. But the good stuff is what you remember.

BIO: Retired professional geologist, Dr. Nick Ferris, spent almost fifty years with his emphasis on silica sand, and exploration for uranium and gold. Somehow he found time to be a Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Nick bought a SCUBA outfit and took up diving in early 1957. He went diving alone as there were very few others interested in SCUBA back then, still considered an acronym for Some Come Up Barely Alive. It was simple back then -- no certifications, no gauges, no neoprene, no counterweights and no B.C.s. The only rule was to come up when it got hard to breathe. That worked very well. In those days divers would end the dives with free ascents, just for drill. That's not encouraged anymore. But it can still be useful.

Nick got into underwater photography in 1976 when his wife bought him a Nikonos.  He has used film cameras Nikonos II, After several more film cameras and some digitals he now shoots with Sony NEX 5N camera, Nauticam Housing, and YS-01 strobes. Join us for an Underwater Experience!!!

CUPS UW Photo Contest at COCO’s MAKING WAVES 2013:

 The photos were judged at Making WAVES and all of you who entered will need to be present to pick-up you photos. We have received some late prizes you will need to attend to help us decide how the prizes are to be distributed.

You may help choose 1st 2nd and 3rd we do have some ties from each category and one people’s choice overall award. These winners will again be announced at the meeting by CUPS.

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The Team at CUPS

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Meeting and CUPS UW Photo Contest at COCO’s MAKING WAVES 2013

CUPS Meeting Tues September 17th at 6:30 for socializing and 7pm for the presentation at the Downtown Aquarium.

We will be collecting Photographs to take to Making WAVES 2013 event in Boulder taking place September 20th, 21st & 22nd 

GROUP DISCUSSION: To discuss the photogenic elements of Sunsets, Sunrises and Margaritas which have traditionally been the first and last slide in many of our presentations over the years. Please bring 5-10 images on a thumb drive to share with the group. If you park in the Aquarium parking across the street get your parking stub validated at the bar when you get your margarita.

MAKING WAVES (Organized by the Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO) is an Epic Ocean Event Making WAVES in Boulder on September 20th - 22nd with keynote speech by Fabien Cousteau and with Jim Toomey as the master of ceremonies. You might want to see the list of Making Waves Speakers. For all events tickets go here.

CUPS Lighted Display Grid has room for 36 images of a limited size this will be prominently displayed in area with high traffic. Guest judges from the qualified speakers at MAKING WAVES will choose 1st 2nd and 3rd from each category and one grand overall award, prizes may be available. These winners will again be announced by CUPS and COCO.

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The Team at CUPS

Making WAVES Photo Contest
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CUPS UW Photo Contest at COCO’s MAKING WAVES 2013

Thanks for voting everyone!
Contest is now closed.

See the winners and *you* at Making Waves 2013

MAKING WAVES (Organized by the Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO) is an Epic Ocean Event Making WAVESin Boulder on September 20th - 22nd with keynote speech by Fabien Cousteau and with Jim Toomey as the master of ceremonies. You might want to see the list of Making Waves Speakers. For all events tickets go here.

The contest is open to anyone that registers on the CUPS Website. There will be three categories composed of:

  1. Artistic -  pleasing as viewed in the eyes of the beholder
  2. Behavior - indicative of a species or interaction
  3. Environmental - showing a natural marine environment or manmade impact on ecosystem

In order to participate; you must be registered on the CUPS website. This is the link to the CUPS Photo Contest at Making Waves 2013 and registration is located upper right-hand side.

Once you have registered on CUPS website you will go to the CUPS Photo Contest at Making Waves 2013 and follow instructions and rules of the contest to upload your photographs to the contest. Contestants may enter up to 3 photos for each category. The online up-load deadline will be August 14th the voting period is August 16th to 24th.

Once the deadline for up-loading has been reached online voting will begin by all those who have entered and by registered members of CUPS. The online votes will be tabulated and winners determined and announced in a special edition newsletter and on CUPS, CSRA and COCO’s websites.

The winners will be notified by email with a request to print and prepare their images for the display at MAKING WAVES 2013, with all the details for preparing and delivering prints.

CUPS Lighted Display Grid has room for 36 images of a limited size this will be prominently displayed in area with high traffic. Guest judges from the qualified speakers at MAKING WAVES will choose 1st 2nd and 3rd from each category and one grand overall award, prizes may be available. These winners will again be announced by CUPS, CSRA andCOCO.

IMPORTANT: In Explorer if you have any trouble the seeing dropdown tabs at the top of each page or are unable to find something on the CUPS website use compatibility view under tools or download and use FireFox.

Please share with friends on FaceBook!

The Team at CUPS


 

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CUPS JULY NEWSLETTER:

CUPS Meeting Tues July 16th at 6:30 for socializing and 7pm for the presentation at the Downtown Aquarium.

GROUP DISCUSSION: BEHAVIOR IN UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY

Will be led by John Gordon and John Bulik, this is a participatory meeting where all members are ask to bring 5 to 10 images for their behavioral merit that they would like to have discussed by other members. This could be a great way to get feedback for the upcoming photo exhibit and contest at Making WAVES 2013 in Boulder. You must be registered on the CUPS website to participate in the contest.  Once you have logged-in or registered The categories’ will again be.

·       Artistic-as viewed in the eyes of the beholder

·       Behavior-indicative of a species or interaction

·       Environmental-showing manmade impact on ecosystem or ecosystem related

 

The goal is to have you walk away from this meeting with a new perspective on what makes an image fall into the “Behavior” category for entry into the MW photo contest and future shooting. John and John will be bringing some of their images to share to get things started, please bring your photos on a thumb drive.  

SEE CUPS on Facecbook! And The Colorado Scuba Meetup Group please RSVP

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

·      The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2012 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)

·      NEW!!!!Note: Parking in the lot just across the street from the Aquarium is free if you get your stub validated at the bar or the parking attendant is not in the booth otherwise it a flat $7 in the evening.

·      Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.

·      Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium If you want to make your own MapQuest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211

·      Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants Inc, we meet at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

 

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST:

Colorado Ocean Coalition “Blue Drinks” July 18th at the Walnut Brewery in Boulder.

Denver Divers Annual Summer BBQ at Pulaski Park Saturday July 13th 11:30-2:30pm

There will be a Fund Raiser for Colorado Ocean Coalition August 10th from 3pm to 9pm at the Dive Inn 1380 S. Broadway. If anyone has items to donate for the silent auction or products from a business you are friendly with please contact Amanda Masters at 720-984-1624 amandamasters@hotmail.com

MAKING WAVES 2013 is coming back in September; CUPS will again have a photo exhibit and competition. Start thinking about the photos you want to prepare for this event. John Bulik has volunteered to head up the event this year. (Stay tuned for here for upcoming details) Also if you are willing to allow photo from your galleries on the CUPS website to be used by Colorado Ocean Coalition for promotion for this event please email info@cupsonline.net

Shark Bait Dive Club’s Palau trip and other upcoming trips!

The Team at CUPS

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CUPS JUNE NEWSLETTER:

CUPS Meeting Tues June 18th at 6:30 for socializing and 7pm for the presentation at the Downtown Aquarium.

GROUP DISCUSSION: THE ART OF UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY

Will be led by John Gordon and John Bulik, this is a participatory meeting where all members are ask to bring 5 or 6 images for their artistic merit that they would like to have discussed by other members. This could be a great way to get feedback for the upcoming photo exhibit and contest at Making WAVES 2013 in Boulder. The categories’ will again be. Upload your photo entries beginning Thursday, June 20 until midnight August 14th.

·       Artistic

·       Behavior

·       Environmental

The goal is to have you walk away from this meeting with a new perspective on what makes an image “Artistic” and a refreshed mindset for the future shooting.

The contest is very similar to last year and you can read more about it on this page

John will be bringing some of his images to share to get things started, please bring your photos on a thumb drive.  

SEE CUPS on Facebook! And The Colorado Scuba Meetup Group please RSVP

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting, we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting.

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

·      The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2012 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)

·      NEW!!!!Note: Parking in the lot just across the street from the Aquarium is free if you get your stub validated at the bar or the parking attendant is not in the booth otherwise it a flat $7 in the evening.

·      Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.

·      Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium If you want to make your own MapQuest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211

·      Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS has return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

 

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST:

Colorado Ocean Coalition “Blue Drinks” June 21st   https://www.facebook.com/events/529127643810321/   

MAKING WAVES 2013 is coming back in September; CUPS will again have a photo exhibit and competition. Start thinking about the photos you want to prepare for this event. John Bulik has volunteered to head up the event this year. (Stay tuned for here for upcoming details) Also if you are willing to allow photo from your galleries on the CUPS website to be used by Colorado Ocean Coalition for promotion for this event please email info@cupsonline.net

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Southern Red Sea Diving,  June 2013

by Mel Cundiff

Diving the southern Red Sea in June (6/20-26/2013) was booked through BlueOTwo in London on the M/Y Suzanna out of Port Sudan.  This was a comfortable dive boat (36x8 m) with lots of common space, 10 spacious cabins and 10 crew.  However, one of the two on-board generators was not functioning properly, so cabin air conditioning was shut down during daytime hours but was kept operational in the common closed areas.  All of our diving was done on seamounts beyond the view of any shorelines.  (No, we didn’t encounter any Somalian pirates.)  Visibility ranged between 50’ and 70’, averaging 62’ for the trip.  The air temperatures were in the 90s(°F) and the water was consistently 87°F.  The dive deck was on two levels with plenty of room for gearing up, and Nitrox was available but not used because of the deep dives. 

The boat catered to European clients with three-a-day dives; evenings were reserved for libations and relaxation.  Our two dive masters, one an Italian and one a local Sudanese, could  remember Americans being on the boat only one other time.  Besides our six Americans, there were seven Italians, two Austrians and one German.  Our typical dives were in pursuit of deep-water sharks with Europeans divers going to 40-60 meters to photograph them.  Our first dive briefing dealt with how to communicate to the dive masters the depth ceilings and decompression times we had accumulated.  Everyone went into deco, with the Italians doing so multiple times a day.  It was common for dive computers to be locked out during the over-limit violations. While the boat had 80 cubic-feet aluminum tanks available, we were encouraged to use, at an added cost, the larger 90 cubic-feet steel tanks.

By naively following the dive master early on, I, too, went into deco and needed the larger tank to maintain the one-hour dive time.  The extent of deco diving for one of the Italians who violated his computer limits resulted in visible and physiological symptoms of decompression sickness.  He exhibited shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and a reddening of the skin on the upper right quadrant of his body.  He was administered oxygen for about three hours and most of his symptoms subsided.  The nearest recompression chamber was in Saudi Arabia which provided both a major physical and political barrier to our being able to use to it.

The type of diving our group typically does is shallow – above 100 feet – and next to the reef, searching for the diverse critters we find there.  Before this trip we had never needed the high-capacity tanks.  Night dives have always been our favorite, and in booking this boat I was told that we could do a night dive any time four of us wished to do it.  This didn’t happen, and it was only with determined insistence that we managed two night dives.  The head dive master said they don’t do night dives in the southern Red Sea!  Even though we moved significant distances during the night to get to the southern part of Sudan, there would have been time for dives every night.  

Dive briefings were in English and Italian, and after the second day were not at regular times in that we had journeyed south into uncharted waters for the crew.  In booking the boat I had specifically requested diving as far south as we could, so our diving itinerary took us about 200 miles south of Port Sudan near the border of Eritrea.  These southern exploratory dives were a trade-off from the reefs of central and northern Sudan.  I had heard that the southern reefs on the Red Sea had a greater biological diversity than those in the north, thus my reason for requesting this southern route.

The more relaxed European-style of diving didn’t suit me.  I dived every one of the 18 dives available to me on the boat with several being repeat sites.  Other boats I have been on offered four to five regularly scheduled dives a day including one night dive.  In my later years it has been easier to rationalize missing a dive now and then, but that is my option.  Being interested in, and teaching about, the diversity of critters on a reef, I have come to rely on a dive master’s younger and experienced eyes to help me locate critters.  On this boat with the emphasis on sharks this didn’t happen.  By resisting the deeper dives and hugging the reefs I still managed to see five species of sharks, but they weren’t up close and personal.  In my less than expert opinion, I feel the coral reef diversity of the southern Sudan was no greater than than of the northern Red Sea.  Of significance here would be a list of common reef critters we didn’t see or that were quite rare.  Benthic reef fish species diversity was noticeably low.

While triton triggers are found throughout the Indo Pacific and are always aggressive, I wonder if they aren’t extra aggressive in the Red Sea.  I had an encounter with one in the northern Red Sea in 1991, and on this trip one was obsessed with getting my attention.   I always keep an eye on them when they are nesting, but must have accidently crossed some invisible line.  She bit my fins 3-4 times, and not being satisfied with the results as I kicked her away, she blindsided me with an aggressive bite to my left elbow, drawing blood and leaving a scar.  My nearby buddies were amused and disappointed that they didn’t get it on video!

For all the perks of a large spacious comfortable live aboard boat, it was far from the most comfortable boat to dive from, especially for someone not in top physical shape.  Our two zodiacs didn’t have ladders, and some divers found it uncomfortable to be pulled onto the boat after a dive.  The stern part of the lower dive deck on the mother ship was high off the water, and a diver carrying a 90 cubic-foot steel tank needed to take one step down a ladder, step onto the gunnel of the zodiac and then take a long step onto the floor. Three divers with their tanks on fell into the zodiacs; fortunately, they were not hurt.   Later in the trip, the tanks were offered to divers after they had accessed the zodiacs.  There were minimal camera rinse tanks available, but with few large cameras aboard this was not a problem. It would have been nice to have a coupe of fresh-water showers on the stern deck to rinse off after the dives and to have at least one change of clean towels during the week.

Then there was the food.  I am sure a vegetarian would have appreciated the three or four ways one could serve chopped fresh cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes, but it got old for me very quickly.  Food was plentiful but not particularly tasty or variable.  We could get cold or hot breakfasts with eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, crepes or toast with a variety of juices and instant coffee.  Dinner started with a soup, followed by chicken, beef or fish with shrimp, and sashimi on one occasion.  Scalloped and mashed potatoes were among the more tasty dishes, and deserts were mostly of a jelled variety or cake once or twice.  Lunches were so exciting I have already forgotten what they were!  All soft drinks were provided, with beers and wine available for an additional charge.  Pizza was a common mid-afternoon snack.  

The last afternoon we were given an optional tour through many of the local shops and markets of Port Sudan for a chance to purchase souvenirs.  And for our last evening on the boat (and for a small extra charge) we were all served a traditional fancy ceremonial roasted-goat dinner. 

We were all told from the beginning that a required standard tip of 40£ would be added to our bill at the end.  This seemed smaller than we were used to, but after all our accounts were settled, we were told that none of this tip went to the crew.   This procedure was misleading.

As part of our dive trip we always add on a side trip; this one started with a direct flight on Emirates Air from San Francisco to Dubai for three days of guided tours of the UAE (United Arab Emirates).  Not having been there before, it was very interesting to see how the very wealthy people in the world live.  The unique architecture of the buildings was breath taking.  We went to the top of the world’s tallest building, snow-skied indoors while outside temperatures were above 100°F, photographed a large hotel where the cheapest room was $1200 US per night, and toured a newly built mosque that cost $1.8 billion US.  Only the Grand Mosque in Mecca and one in Indonesia are larger.  On the wild side we saw free-roaming camels on the open range that would be equivalent to the wild mustangs in a few of our western states.

Mel Cundiff, Broomfield, CO 7/’13
Cundiff@Colorado.EDU
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CUPS Meeting Tues May 21st at 6:30 for socializing and 7pm for the presentation at the Downtown Aquarium.

Steve Weaver presents: The Wild and Wonderful Critters of Lembeh

Steve Weaver is owner of Weaver's Dive & Travel Center and Dream Weaver Travel. He is a pioneer in dive travel, having organized and escorted dive group all over the world for the past 30 plus years. Steve is a master diver trainer and IDC staff instructor with PADI, is one of the founders and past president of the Colorado Scuba Retailers Association. He has personally traveled to most of the world's top dive destinations and continues to offer group trips on a monthly basis.

Steve will be showing one of his videos from his favorite place to dive, Lembeh Strait in Indonesia. You will see some of the wild and wonderful critters that are rarely seen anywhere else in the world. You will also witness unique behaviors which is one of the reasons Steve continues to visit Lembeh year after year.

Check out Weaver's trip schedule at http://weaversdive.com/trips/

SEE CUPS on Facecbook! And The Colorado Scuba Meetup Group please RSVP

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting.

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

·      The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2012 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)

·      NEW!!!!Note: Parking in the lot just across the street from the Aquarium is free if you get your stub validated at the bar or the parking attendant is not in the booth otherwise it a flat $7 in the evening.

·      Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.

·      Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium If you want to make your own MapQuest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211

·      Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS has return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom 

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST:

Colorado Ocean Coalition “Blue Drinks” May 28th  https://www.facebook.com/events/529127643810321/   

MAKING WAVES 2013 is coming back in September; CUPS will again have a photo exhibit and competition. Start thinking about the photos you want to prepare for this event. John Bulik has volunteered to head up the event this year. (Stay tuned for here for upcoming details) Also if you are willing to allow photo from your galleries on the CUPS website to be used by Colorado Ocean Coalition for promotion for this event please email info@cupsonline.net

The Team at CUPS

 

 

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CUPS APRIL NEWSLETTER:

CUPS Meeting Tues April 16th at 6:30 for socializing and 7pm for the presentation at the Downtown Aquarium.

The ‘Big Game’Thresher Sharks and the ‘Little Game’ Muck Diving of Malapascua, The Philippines

By Richard Barthorpe and Sonia Atwood

On their second trip back to the Philippines, they decided to stay for 6 weeks. It made sense to only pay one airfare. Richard and Sonia visited 6 locations diving in 5 of them. Malapascua is an island located off the Northeast tip of Cebu. Exotic Dive Resort is a first class facility from the white sand beach to rooms to food to diving and the staff. They offer dives to see the Thresher Shark cleaning station which may also include mantas and sail fish. Other dives include white tips sharks, mating cuddlefish, giant frogfish, ghost and robust pipefish, pegasus sea moths, pigmy seahorses, convict sea krait, nudibranchs galore and much more.

Richard and Sonia started diving in 1989 and 1982. Their real addiction came when they took up photography and videography. Their motto is, “There are some people who need diving to live.” They have worked at and owned a dive store, have been instructors and still lead a few dive trips each year. They have visited Australia, Belize, Bonaire, California, The Caymans, Florida, Fiji, Hawaii, Honduras (Roatan, Utila, Guanaja, Cayo Cachinos), Indonesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Mexico (Cozumel, Cancun, Sea of Cortez, Soccoro), Roatan, St Lucia, Tahiti, Truk, Texas Flower Gardens, and US and British Virgin Islands and locally (CO, NM, UT).

Future Meetings:

May 21 Steve Weaver will present the Wacky and Weird Critters of Lembeh, Indonesia

 

SEE CUPS on Facecbook! And The Colorado Scuba Meetup Group please RSVP

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting.

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

·        The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2012 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)

·        Note: There is usually free parking in the lot just south and in the adjacent Children's Museum parking lot. You can enter this free parking area by taking the first driveway entrance on the right just south of the aquarium main building. We have received reports of car break-ins at this lot as it is unattended. Otherwise there is parking directly across the street from the Aquarium at a flat $7 in the evening.

·        Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.

·        Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium If you want to make your own MapQuest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211

·        Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS will be able to return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

 

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST:

Colorado Ocean Coalition “Blue Drinks” April 25th  https://www.facebook.com/events/595115100506262/permalink/597367683614337/   

 Dr. Paddy Ryan is a PADI divemaster with well over 1,000 dives recorded. He has many publications including eight books. If you are interested in joining him on this year's dive trip to Baja, email Paddy.

Mel Cundiff is leading a Killer Trip to Southern Red Sea. We have booked a 36 meter high-end Live-aboard MY Suzanna out of Port Sudan for May 20-27, 2013 http://www.blueotwo.com Mel’s email is cundiff@colorado.edu for more info http://spot.colorado.edu/~cundiff/

Shark Bait Dive Club’s Palau trip and other upcoming trips!

The Team at CUPS

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CUPS Meeting Tues March 19 at 6:30 for socializing and 7pm for the presentation at the Downtown Aquarium.

Can’t keep your Anemonefish Straight? Nick’s Easy ID Primer and a Look at Their Behavior

Retired professional geologist, Dr. Nick Ferris, spent almost fifty years with his emphasis on silica sand, and exploration for uranium and gold. Somehow he found time to be a Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Nick bought a SCUBA outfit and took up diving in early 1957. He went diving alone as there were very few others interested in SCUBA back then, still considered an acronym for Some Come Up Barely Alive. It was simple back then -- no certifications, no gauges, no neoprene, no counterweights and no B.C.s. The only rule was to come up when it got hard to breathe. That worked very well. In those days divers would end the dives with free ascents, just for drill. That's not encouraged anymore. But it can still be useful.

Nick got into underwater photography in 1976 when his wife bought him a Nikonos. He has used film cameras Nikonos II, Canon F-1, Nikon 8008, and Canon Rebels with Ikelite strobes, but was forced to go digital when he got too slow to change film underwater. He tried Olympus E-300 and Canon G-12 cameras and now shoots with a Sony NEX 5N camera, Nauticam Housing, and YS-01 strobes. His love for anemonefish grew because his scientific mind was not content to take pictures of pretty fish without learning about them. He has consulted with Gerry Allen, who he feels is the US expert on anemonefish. Some of Allen's work will be included.

John Daigle will show a video of pink skunk anemonefish (A. perideraion) spawning in his aquarium. Shot over a 6-month period, It reveals the surprising process of preparing the nest, moving the anemone out of the way, laying and fertilizing the eggs all the way through hatching and development to the juvenile stage. John and Nick Ferris have dived together on their quest for documenting anemonefish behavior (including a vicious attack by a Mom defending her young ones!) John will also show a variety of anemonefish species shot in Wakatobi, Manado, Siladen and Lembeh all in Indonesia.

Richard Barthorpe, Sonia Atwood, and Michael Stallings will also show some of their recent and interesting anemonefish shots and behavior videos.

Attendees: Please bring up to 5 still shots or 5 video clips of Your Anemonefish for identification and to learn about behavior.

Future Meetings:

April 16 Sonia Atwood and Richard Barthorpe - The ‘Big Game’ Thresher Sharks and the ‘Little Game’ Muck Diving of Malapascua, The Philippines

May 21 Steve Weaver will present the Wacky and Weird Critters of Lembeh, Indonesia

 

SEE CUPS on Facecbook! And The Colorado Scuba Meetup Group please RSVP

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting.

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

·        The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2012 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)

·        Note: There is usually free parking in the lot just south and in the adjacent Children's Museum parking lot. You can enter this free parking area by taking the first driveway entrance on the right just south of the aquarium main building. We have received reports of car break-ins at this lot as it is unattended. Otherwise there is parking directly across the street from the Aquarium at a flat $7 in the evening.

·        Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.

·        Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium If you want to make your own MapQuest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211

·        Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS will be able to return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

 

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST:

 Dr. Paddy Ryan is a PADI divemaster with well over 1,000 dives recorded. He has many publications including eight books. If you are interested in joining him on this year's dive trip to Baja, email Paddy.

Mel Cundiff is leading a Killer Trip to Southern Red Sea. We have booked a 36 meter high-end Live-aboard MY Suzanna out of Port Sudan for May 20-27, 2013 http://www.blueotwo.com Mel’s email is cundiff@colorado.edu for more info http://spot.colorado.edu/~cundiff/

Shark Bait Dive Club’s Palau trip and other upcoming trips!

The Team at CUPS

CUPS FEBRUARY MEETING:
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The meeting will be Tuesday February 19th at 6:30 for socializing and 7pm for the presentation at the Downtown Aquarium.

Lightroom 4 Tips and Techniques for the Underwater Photographer: By Doug Sloss

Presentation Summary:  Does your Lightroom workflow need a tune-up?  Still trying to figure out the best way to design an effective setup for your catalog and image library? Lightroom is a very user friendly piece of software, but tapping into program's powerful editing features sometimes requires a bit of help.

Doug will be sharing some of his digital workflow tips from start to finish, with emphasis on develop techniques every underwater photographer should know to bring out the very best in their photos.  This fast-paced presentation covers key develop edits using Lightroom 4's new Basic controls, then moves on to more advanced retouching scenarios using the Adjustment brush, Graduated filter and HSL controls for more localized edits.  He'll also demonstrate a few sharpening tips and show you how to incorporate Photoshop editing into your Lightroom workflow.  If you're still curious about how to fully into Lightroom's editing tools, this is your chance to find out.  If time permits, there will also be a question and answer session to follow.

Bio for Doug Sloss 

Doug Sloss is a freelance travel and underwater photographer who has taught hundreds of people to dive and shoot photography.  His passion for teaching translated into the creation of a successful series of DVD tutorials that help underwater and topside shooters of all levels effectively and professionally post-process their images with Photoshop and Lightroom. Doug's work has appeared in numerous diving magazines and books worldwide. Doug currently teaches Lightroom and digital photography workshops around the world, both for underwater and land photography.

Visit his website at www.underwaterlightroom.com 

SEE CUPS on Facecbook! And The Colorado Scuba Meetup Group please RSVP

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting.

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

·        The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2012 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)

·        Note: There is usually free parking in the lot just south and in the adjacent Children's Museum parking lot. You can enter this free parking area by taking the first driveway entrance on the right just south of the aquarium main building. We have received reports of car break-ins at this lot as it is unattended. Otherwise there is parking directly across the street from the Aquarium at a flat $7 in the evening.

·        Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.

·        Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium If you want to make your own MapQuest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211

·        Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS will be able to return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

 

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST:

 Dr. Paddy Ryan is a PADI divemaster with well over 1,000 dives recorded. He has many publications including eight books. If you are interested in joining him on this year's dive trip to Baja, email Paddy.

Colorado Ocean Coalition’s Blue Drinks expands to Golden!
Join us for our first Golden Blue Drinks at the Old Capitol Grill, 1122 Washington Avenue, Golden, 80401 on February 20th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. We have a room reserved by the bar. Network with others involved in, interested about, or in love with our Ocean! RSVP here to join us!

Mel Cundiff is leading a Killer Trip to Southern Red Sea. We have booked a 36 meter high-end Live-aboard MY Suzanna out of Port Sudan for May 20-27, 2013 http://www.blueotwo.com Mel’s email is cundiff@colorado.edu for more info http://spot.colorado.edu/~cundiff/

Shark Bait Dive Club’s Palau trip and other upcoming trips!

The Team at CUPS

JANUARY NEWS
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CUPS NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2013

Dr Paddy Ryan presents

The Raja Ampat region of Indonesia's Bird's Head Peninsular has some of the highest marine biodiversity on the planet. Paddy spent 3 weeks diving there in 2009 which whetted his appetite for another visit. This occurred in 2011 and this time he stayed 4 weeks. This talk presents some of the more spectacular photos of the trip and some unedited high definition video footage.
Cheers and beers,
Paddy

Dr. Patrick (Paddy) Ryan is a full professor at the Denver Campus of Johnson & Wales University where he teaches Ecology, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, and Ecotourism. He is also an Associate Adjunct Professor at the Colorado School of Mines. He has been a photographer since he got his first camera, a box brownie, at the age of seven, and has been passionate about nature for nearly as long.

On leaving high school, Paddy spent a year in Sarawak in East Malaysia, as a volunteer with New Zealand’s Volunteer Service Abroad and then attended the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji for ten and a half years. On return to New Zealand in 1988, he worked as freshwater biologist and environmental planner before becoming a freelance environmental consultant and photographer.

In 1997 he moved to Thornton, Colorado to join Kathy. He has two daughters, Sarah and Lucy, step-daughters Becca and Sarah, and Sammi, his step grand-daughter. He also has part shares in three cats. He now lives with Laura, a black cat and a homicidal rabbit.

Dr. Ryan is a PADI divemaster with well over 1,000 dives recorded. He has many publications including eight books.

If you are interested in joining him on this year's dive trip to Baja, email Paddy.

SEE CUPS on Facebook! And The Colorado Scuba Meetup Group please RSVP

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting.

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

  • The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2012 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)
  • Note: There is usually free parking in the lot just south and in the adjacent Children's Museum parking lot. You can enter this free parking area by taking the first driveway entrance on the right just south of the aquarium main building. We have received reports of car break-ins at this lot as it is unattended. Otherwise there is parking directly across the street from the Aquarium at a flat $7 in the evening.
  • Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.
  •  Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium  If you want to make your own MapQuest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211
  • Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS will be able to return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST: Blue Drinks social of the Colorado Ocean Coalition

UPCOMING TRIPS: News from Douglas Hofmann, I will be doing a photography workshop on the Siren in Fiji May 17-25, 2014.  Now is a good time to sign up here contact info at bottom of his web page.

The Team at CUPS

WINNERS at Making Waves
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CONGRATULATIONS----- With great pleasure CUPS is announcing the winners of the Making WAVES event.   We are asking all who were in the competition to donate to the Colorado Ocean Coalition a suggested $25 per entry would be appropriate; this is for a good cause and a tax write-off you can send your donations here Colorado Ocean Coalition donation. We thank you for your participation and with your donation you can expect many more Making WAVES  in the future.

ARTISTIC

PHOTO'S NAME

PHOTOGRAPHER

PRIZE

PROVIDER

1st place

Cheeky Spinecheek

Larissa Roorda

4 Nights 3 days diving

Dive Paradise & Hotel Cozumel

2nd place

Mimic Swimming

Al Knoblock

2 tank dive trip

Conch Republic

3rd place

Ebb and Flow Anemone

Larissa Roorda

LED Flashlight

Ikelite

BEHAVIOR

PHOTO'S NAME

PHOTOGRAPHER

PRIZE

PROVIDER

1st place

Swirling Pier

Larissa Roorda

4 night 3 day dive pac

Divi Resort Bonaire

2nd place

Mandarin Love

Mark Wolff

Hammerhead  Watch

Lifestyle

3rd place

Harlequin Shrimp

Richard Glouch

LED Flashlight

Ikelite

ENVIRONMENTAL

PHOTO'S NAME

PHOTOGRAPHER

PRIZE

PROVIDER

1st place

Old Net and Cuttlefish

Daffy Knoblock

3 days of diving for 2

Aqua-Trek

2nd place

Resting Turtle

Richard Glouch

Hammerhead  Watch

Lifestyle

3rd place

Heron Fishing in the shallow

John Gordon

Two OPS shirts

OPS

 

Thank You,

The Team at CUPS

PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS
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COLORADO UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

Come and see our Photo Exhibit at Making Waves Oct 21 in Boulder at the Wolff Law Building on CU campus. This event is not to be missed! With Jean Michael Cousteau and Dr Sylvia Earle and numerous other ocean heroes! To register for this event go to the Colorado Ocean Coalition website.

 The Winners of the online Photo Contest in Artistic Category are:

  1. Cheeky Spinecheek
  2. underwater color
  3. Mimic Swimming
  4. Purple Seafan found on the Beach
  5. Gray Angel in the Blue
  6. Tastes Like Chicken
  7. Nudibranch-Chromodoris Annane
  8. Nudibranch-Fish Net Hypselodoris
  9. Ebb and Flow Anemone
  10. Red on Red Triplefin
  11. Octopus Lifts off Reef
  12. Bubble Coral Fish

The Winners of the online Photo Contest in Behavior Category are:

  1. Mandarin Love
  2. Puppy Luv
  3. Making Waves
  4. Mosaic Octopus
  5. Yawning
  6. Harlequin Shrimp
  7. Swirling Pier
  8. Scrambled Eggs aka Notodoris Minor
  9. Slow Ride...
  10. Hawkfish in Anemone
  11. Lying in wait
  12. Hide & Seek

The Winners of the online Photo Contest in Behavior Category are:

  1. Old Net and Octopus
  2. Resting Turtle
  3. Poparazzi
  4. Sunny Side Up
  5. Heron Fishing in the shallow
  6. Elephant Ear Sponge and a diver
  7. Snell's Window
  8. Diver in Sunlight
  9. Something About Hairy
  10. Flores Seahorse
  11. Scorpionfish
  12. Spotted Moray

Congratulations if your photo was chosen to be at the Making Waves Event in the CUPS photo exhibit and contest.  Now in order to make this a successful competition you will need to follow these instructions carefully.

1.      Have the print made in its highest resolution that you have of image.

2.      The outside of the frame can be no larger than 24 inches on the longest side. (preferably about 20 inches)

3.      The mating and frame can be anything of your choice.

4.      The cover should be Plexiglas for safety. (no glass please)

5.      It should be capable of being mounted to grid-wall with zip ties from the top of picture frame.

6.       Please use bubble wrap and cardboard to protect your photo. (Make sure to put your name on all wrapping materials!)

7.      Delivery will be at the October CUPS meeting. Otherwise you will have to deliver it to the Wolff Law building on the CU campus Boulder, no later than 7:30am Sunday October 21.

8.      You should plan to attend the event to receive award or prize if selected (Go online and register for the Making Waves Event and to order lunch). Colorado Ocean Coalition

9.      If one or more of your images was chosen please forward your contact information and details for each photo chosen using the names listed above to info@cupsonline.net

CUPS Lighted Display Grid has room for 36 images of a limited size this will be prominently displayed in area with high traffic Guest judges from the qualified speakers at MAKING WAVES will choose 1st 2nd and 3rd from each category prizes may be available. These winners will be announced by CUPS at the event.

Thank you for your Consideration,

The Team at CUPS

 If you have any additional questions contact me.

John Gordon

303-477-5951 or 720-690-5463 cel

SEPTEMBER MEETING
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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 CUPS Meeting -- 6:30pm socializing -- 7pm Presentation

Ocean enthusiasts and the community are invited to join the premiere of

Green Fire Productions new film, “Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean

Stewardship.” This event, which is open to the public, has been gaining acclaim across the country.

“Ocean Frontiers” is a documentary that tells the story of people across the country working together to help protect our watersheds, coastlines and oceans, which many of our nation’s communities and economies rely on. The interconnectivity of land use and how it affects the oceans is a major topic of the documentary. After the screening we can discuss your concerns and interests. Get a preview here http://ocean-frontiers.org/

Also this movie has some great underwater footage.

CUPS at Making Waves 2012 Photo Contest
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CUPS U/W Photo Contest at COCO’s MAKING WAVES 2012 with CSRA support (please note that Firefox works best)

Your photo contest entries can be part of Making Waves!
News! - Jean Michele Cousteau is coming to Colorado in October.
He will be the keynote speaker along with Dr Sylvia Earle at Making Waves in Boulder for the Colorado Ocean Coalition.  This event will behold many other ocean conservation luminaries stay tuned here!    

This photo contest will be in two stages. The first will be online (here on the CUPS Website). Photos will be uploaded and they will be voted on to determine the participants who will have their images displayed at Making Waves and to be judged for prizes. The concept includes different categories of ARTISTIC, BEHAVIOR and ENVIRONMENTAL.

Once you become registered member on CUPS website (it's free!) you will need to follow the instructions on this page and rules of the contest to upload your photographs in the Contest Gallery. Contestants may enter up to 3 photos entries for each category.

Deadlines:
  • Upload your photo entries from now until midnight September 19th.
  • Voting begins September 20th and will close at midnight September 27th.

Three steps to enter!
Step #1 How to enter the contest and Rules
Step #2 How to upload your contest entries
Step #3 Upload your entries (free) in ARTISTIC, BEHAVIOR or ENVIRONMENTAL Photo Galleries
AUGUST MEETING
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012 CUPS Meeting -- 6:30pm socializing -- 7pm Presentation

An Introduction to the Identification and Ecology of Fish for Divers and Snorkelers.
Summary: Photos and videos of fish commonly seen on the reef outline with information about characters and lifestyles. People generally look at fish based on shape, but there is more you can do: What do they eat? How do they behave? Who are they related to? How do they fit with their environment? This relies more on visuals and less on biological theory. And yes, you ought to log your dives with flora and fauna you see and illustrate your computer photo book with fish, date, and location.

Jon Miller learned to dive first in the Caribbean in 1975 reading original PADI documents and was certified in Seattle, Washington in 1977 while studying physics at the University of Washington.  He is an attorney practicing transactional law in Boulder, CO but also involved in filmmaking and photography.  Over the last decade, he has become a PADI MSDT, a SSI Advanced Instructor (inactive) and shot underwater photos and videos in British Columbia, Florida, Cozumel, Bali, and Belize.  He is passionate about the study of biology and environmental policy.

NEWS!!! Jean Michele Cousteau is coming to Colorado in October 20th & 21st.  He will be the keynote speaker along with Dr Sylvia Earle at Making Waves in Boulder for the Colorado Ocean Coalition.  This event will behold many other ocean conservation luminaries stay tuned here!  CUPS will have our photo display at this event! Watch for details.                 

SEE CUPS on Facebook! And The Colorado Scuba Meetup Group please RSVP

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting. Especially Fish ID photos this month

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

  • The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2012 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)
  • Note: There is usually free parking in the lot just south and in the adjacent Children's Museum parking lot. You can enter this free parking area by taking the first driveway entrance on the right just south of the aquarium main building. We have received reports of car break-ins at this lot as it is unattended. Otherwise there is parking directly across the street from the Aquarium at a flat $7 in the evening.
  • Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.
  •  Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium  If you want to make your own MapQuest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211
  • Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS will be able to return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST:

 The Colorado Dive Show is coming back September 28th and 29th we will have a booth at the show. Get your photos ready! We will have our display at this event the first 38 framed entries will be displayed.

Mark your calendars for the
Colorado Ocean Coalition’s  Making Waves 2012 and the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival Boulder October 20th and 21st 

UPCOMING TRIPS: News from Douglas Hofmann,
I will be doing a photography workshop on the Siren in Fiji May 17-25, 2014.  Now is a good time to sign up here contact info at bottom of his web page.

The Team at CUPS

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JULY MEETING
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012 CUPS Meeting 6:30pm socializing 7pm presentation

University of Colorado Professor Mel Cundiff will again be our featured speaker Thursday. His past talks have often drawn large crowds, so come join us. Mel had the opportunity to take a submersible really deep and his talk will be on his experience and what he saw. Come listen as Mel takes us “Beyond the Reef – Into the Twilight Zone”!! Who is MEL CUNDIFF? He is a guy who has managed to combine Scuba Diving with his Employment. As Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at CU in Boulder, he also doubles as a Scuba Instructor. He also has to his credit contributions or publication including some of his photos in Dive Training, Alert Diver, Colorado-Wyoming Scientist, Colorado-Views from CU-Boulder, Diving Into Darkness: The Elements of Safe Night Diving, Between the Reefs, Underwater Universe and Who's Who in Scuba Diving.
Mel teaches advanced college-credit courses in Tropical Marine Ecology and Coral Reef Ecology-the latter course being taught in Cozumel, Mexico, to SCUBA-certified, seňor-level biology students. Each year he presents about four all-day, well-illustrated "Coral Reef Ecology" seminars to SCUBA-certified divers in the Colorado area. These seminars have been well received and, along with the coral reef ecology course, have been the focal point of some of his articles published. Now I ask you - where will he go next? Come to the meeting and he will invite you along.

REVIEW: I have seen this presentation and it is very different and intriguing lots of creatures you may not see anywhere else, perhaps Mel’s best to dateJohn Gordon

NEWS!!! Jean Michele Cousteau is coming to Colorado in October. He will be the keynote speaker along with Dr Sylvia Earle at Making Waves in Boulder for the Colorado Ocean Coalition.  This event will behold many other ocean conservation luminaries stay tuned here!                   

 SEE CUPS on Facebook! And The Colorado Scuba Meetup Group please RSVP

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting.

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

  • The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2012 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)
  • Note: There is usually free parking in the lot just south and in the adjacent Children's Museum parking lot. You can enter this free parking area by taking the first driveway entrance on the right just south of the aquarium main building. We have received reports of car break-ins at this lot as it is unattended. Otherwise there is parking directly across the street from the Aquarium at a flat $7 in the evening.
  • Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.
  •  Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium  If you want to make your own MapQuest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211
  • Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS will be able to return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST: Meet Peter Hammarstedt, second mate of Sea Shepherd, at Weaver's Dive Center in Boulder check it out here Meetup Event Page

Mark your calendars for the Colorado Ocean Coalition’s  Making Waves 2012 and the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival Boulder October 20th and 21st  


UPCOMING TRIPS: News from Douglas Hoffman,
I will be doing a photography workshop on the Siren in Fiji May 17-25, 2014.  Now is a good time to sign up here contact info at bottom of his web page.

The Team at CUPS

JUNE METTING
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 CUPS Meeting

Nick Ferris discusses Sony NEX 5N camera and Beqa Lagoon in Fiji.

The meeting time is 6:30 for socializing and presentation at 7pm.

The first short presentation is on the new u/w rig featuring the Sony NEX 5N camera, Nauticam Housing, and YS-01 strobes, and the reasons for my using them.

The second presentation briefly covers the Beqa Lagoon Fiji trip in February, the resort and especially the diving with emphasis on images taken with the new rig.

 Retired professional geologist. Fifty year career after earning Ph.D., emphasizing silica sand, and exploration for uranium and gold. Also retired as Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Still a competitive rifle shooter. Bought a SCUBA outfit and took up diving in early 1957. Mostly dived alone as there were very few others interested in SCUBA, still considered an acronym for Some Come Up Barely Alive. It was simple back then -- no certifications, no gages, no neoprene, no counterweights and no B.C.s. The only rule was to come up when it got hard to breathe. That worked very well. Used to end the dives with free ascents, just for drill. That's not encouraged anymore. But it can still be useful.

Underwater photography can be addictive, ruining dives with frustration, but it challenging one to come back and try to get the sand grains in better focus. Film cameras were great, but I was getting too slow to change film under water. Digital cameras have lifted that burden. Eventually u/w photographers get old and feeble. The smart ones quit and take up golf or ironman competition. The others need smaller and lighter cameras, and a large liveaboard crew to get them geared up and pushed overboard. Tonight I'll talk about a smaller camera.

Nick

 SEE CUPS on Facebook! And The Colorado Scuba Meetup Group please RSVP

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting.

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

  • The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2011 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)
  • Note: There is usually free parking in the lot just south and in the adjacent Children's Museum parking lot. You can enter this free parking area by taking the first driveway entrance on the right just south of the aquarium main building. We have received reports of car break-ins at this lot as it is unattended. Otherwise there is parking directly across the street from the Aquarium at a flat $7 in the evening.
  • Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.
  •  Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium  If you want to make your own Mapquest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211
  • Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS will be able to return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST:

Colorado Ocean Coalition Dairy Center Ocean Frontiers screening 7:00pm Tue, May 21 Planning for Making Waves 2012. Blue Drinks at 5:30pm to RSVP

Shark Bait Dive Club Meeting June 14th CUPS member Michael Stallings Presents

The Dive Club Ocean First Meeting

Denver Photographic Society Web Site photographic equipment Swap meet coming soon.


UPCOMING TRIPS:

Whale Shark Adventure in Mexico with Colorado Ocean Coalition July 19th For more information go to COCO   link above or http://reefstorockies.com/ or call 303-860-6045

The Team at CUPS

MAY MEETING
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 CUPS Meeting

 

Diving Playa del Carmen (and other treats) by Michael Stallings

The meeting time is 6:30 for socializing and presentation at 7pm.

The presentation encompasses three videos of Mike's trip to Playa del Carmen in August 2011. The videos are of 1. Local reef diving offshore at Playa del Carmen,  2. Diving the Kukulcan Cenote and 3. Snorkeling with whale sharks. The diversity and diving opportunities in this area provide for an adventurous vacation. The whale shark video combines sequences shot with a miniDV camcorder and a GoPro wide angle video.

In addition, if time permits and if people are interested in watching… Mike will have a screening of his 2006 trip to Sangalaki.

About Mike:
Since 2001, Mike Stallings has produced underwater videos under the name MASDIVE. Mike still shoots with his original underwater equipment: a Sony TRV900 miniDv camcorder, housed in a T-9 Undersea's Video Housing with dual florescent lights. Additional production lenses include a 0.6 wide angle, an internal 4x achromatic and an external 2x "Woody" CU lenses. He edits video using a dedicated standalone PC running Avid/Pinnacle Liquid 7.2.

 

SEE CUPS on Facebook! And The Colorado Scuba Meetup Group please RSVP

 

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting.

 

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

  • The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2011 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)
  • Note: There is usually free parking in the lot just south and in the adjacent Children's Museum parking lot. You can enter this free parking area by taking the first driveway entrance on the right just south of the aquarium main building. We have received reports of car break-ins at this lot as it is unattended. Otherwise there is parking directly across the street from the Aquarium at a flat $7 in the evening.
  • Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.
  •  Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium  If you want to make your own Mapquest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211
  • Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS will be able to return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

OTHER LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST:

Colorado Ocean Coalition Blue Drinks Tue, May 22 Planning for Making Waves 2012.

Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson Event  Fri, May 11 Listen to the Man who brings you Whale Wars.

Shark Bait Dive Club Meeting Paddy Ryan’s BP oil spill enlightening exposé.

The Dive Club Ocean First Meeting Mel Cundiff Presents into the Twilight Zone deep submersible.

Denver Photographic Society Web Site photographic equipment Swap meet coming soon.

The Team at CUPS

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APRIL MEETING
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 Tues., April 17, 2012 CUPS Meeting

 Jim Durkee will present vignettes on Tigers, Sharks and Underwater Archeology.

The meeting time is 6:30 for socializing and presentation at 7pm
    About Jim Durkee: he is an Underwater Photographer who is now taking fantastic topside wildlife photos. He has traveled around the globe to capture the exotic wildlife in his images and has a collection of Underwater Photographs as well. 

NEW!!!SHARE: Anything you would like to share with fellow members please bring it with you, this would include digital images, camera gear, framed photos and books. This will be done before and after the presentation.

SEE CUPS on Facebook!

** March Meeting Thank you to Paddy Ryan for the enlightening exposé on BP oil spill - !
**May 15 Meeting – TBA

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

  • The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2011 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)
  • Note: There is usually free parking in the lot just south and in the adjacent Children's Museum parking lot. You can enter this free parking area by taking the first driveway entrance on the right just south of the aquarium main building. We have received reports of car break-ins at this lot as it is unattended. Otherwise there is parking directly across the street from the Aquarium at a flat $7 in the evening.
  • Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.
  •  Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium  If you want to make your own Mapquest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211
  • Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS will be able to return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

The Team at CUPS

MARCH MEETING
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Tues., March 20, 2012 CUPS Meeting
The BP Oil Spill

An Exclusive Inside-Look by Paddy Ryan

The meeting time is 6:30 for socializing and presentation at 7pm
About Paddy Ryan: he is an Underwater Photographer who takes fantastic photos above and below water. The Oil Spill opened an opportunity for Paddy to combine his environmental interests with his photographic talents. He spent several weeks on location with exclusive access.

About Paddy Ryan: Paddy was born In England and has lived in Jersey in the Channel Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Sarawak, Australia and the US. He has a doctorate in zoology and is currently employed at Johnson & Wales University in Denver where he is a full professor and interim Chair of the School of Arts and Sciences. He also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the Colorado School of Mines. He is a keen, widely published, nature photographer who has written a number of books including the Snorkeler’s Guide to the Coral Reef, Fiordland Underwater - New Zealand’s Hidden Wilderness, Fiji’s Natural Heritage and most recently Kri Eco - Raja Ampat. He has been diving for 30 years and taking underwater photographs for nearly all of that time. He’s a PADI dive master with well over 1000 dives to his credit.

NEW!!!SHARE: Anything you would like to share with fellow members please bring it with you, this would include digital images, camera gear, framed photos and books. This will be done before and after the presentation.

** February Meeting Thank you to Douglas J Hoffman - !
**April 17 Meeting – Jim Durkee has put together 2 or 3 short vignettes on Sharks, Tigers and undwater archeology.

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact: info@cupsonline.net

  • The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2011 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)
  • Note: There is usually free parking in the lot just south and in the adjacent Children's Museum parking lot. You can enter this free parking area by taking the first driveway entrance on the right just south of the aquarium main building. We have received reports of car break-ins at this lot as it is unattended. Otherwise there is parking directly across the street from the Aquarium at a flat $7 in the evening.
  • Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.
  • Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium If you want to make your own Mapquest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211
  • Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS will be able to return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

The Team at CUPS

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Nick Ferris Fiji Trip Report
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Fiji Trip Report - Beqa Lagoon Resort - February 2012

Story and Photography by Nick Ferris

The Beqa (pronounced Benga) Lagoon Resort is on a large island in Beqa Lagoon opposite Pacific Harbor on the southeast part of the main Island of Viti Levu, Fiji. It used to be the Marlin Bay Resort.


Slingjaw Wrasse

The bus ride from the airport at Nadi (pronounced Nandy) to Pacific Harbour near Suva takes about 3 hours, counting a long stop in Sigatoka where screaming loud shirts and war clubs could be purchased. A 40 minute boat ride takes you to the resort.

Guests stay in very nice cabins called bures. The restaurant and office are in a large thatched roof long house. Meals were all very good, with choices of main dishes that included vegetarian. All the personnel were friendly and helpful. There was usually some afternoon visit to a village or waterfall, and evening entertainment.

The typical program calls for 2 scuba dives in the morning, leaving the afternoon for entertainment, socializing, or sacking out. Typically, however, the dive boat doesn’t return for lunch until 2 PM. One reason is that the dive sites are 40 to 50 minutes running time away. Another is that there is no dock, which creates a logistics delay that affects everything. The native land owners won’t allow it, and the cyclonic storms would ruin it. So air tanks and divers are taken in separate boats with outboard motors across hundreds of yards of shallows to where the dive boats are tied to mooring buoys. This takes place coming and going, for 3 boats, every day. Fuel and other provisions are additional problems.


The diving was problematic. There had been several cyclones which resulted in floods that washed a lot of debris and silt into the ocean and reduced visibility to 30 or 40 feet. Still, the water temperature was 83 F and a lot of coral and fish were entirely visible. The more serious problems were that the three dive boats are not is the best condition. One broke down and had to be towed back. One is used to take/get guests to or from Pacific Harbor so is not used for diving then. This results in various dive groups being combined, with 20 or more on the cattle boat. One day the tank refill equipment was down and only one dive was made. The most noticeable problem was that several of the native divemasters did not look back at the divers or respond to their signals concerning air pressure. Some divemasters were quite good, of course. Nonetheless, there was insufficient communication and understanding both in and above water as to what the dive was all about and what the divers wanted to do or see. Each week a night dive near the resort and a shark dive far from the resort are available at extra cost. The shark dive was deep and attended by (too) many divers from the Pacific Harbour area.



Fiji Anemonefish

Other than diving with part of my family, my purpose was to try out a new camera-strobe-housing system. I saw a species of butterflyfish and of anthias that were new to me. Large families of the red Fiji anemonefish in bulb-tipped anemone nests atop coral bommies made endless photo opportunities. Colorful slingjaw wrasses were cooperative targets.


Hexabranchus sp. (Giant Nudibranch)

The main event, however, was the giant nudibranch (Hexabranchus), discovered by Mark Stephenson of Rock Mountain Diving Center, my wife, and myself in 71 feet of water on a sandy bottom. It was mostly red with large poorly defined spots, and measured 11 inches. In summary, the Beqa Lagoon Resort is good if you stay ashore, with good to problematic scuba diving. The new camera needs more testing, of course.
FEBURARY MEETING
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FEBRUARY MEETING:
We had a large turnout for Douglas Hoffman's presentation on Diving with the Humpback Whales of Tonga. He gave us details on the techniques for having a highly successful photographic encounter with the whales. It was a great privilege to have Doug and his wife Meiko join us here in Colorado.

JANUARY meeting was an organization discussion group to cover CUPS priorities for the future. The CUPS website did get an overview and the NEW CUPS
FaceBook Page was also discussed. The face book page will allow us to use it like a forum at the same time attract new members, also increase our presence in the world of diving and photography on the web. We did have an unveiling of a CUPS T-shirt. Several good ideas were discussed, including members wanted more interactive presentations ie. Equipment and Photoshop techniques.

FEBRUARY MEETING:

Our friend Douglas Hoffman from Maui (formally Colorado) will be in town for a short visit and will only be available on February 6th for his presentation on The Humpbacks of Tonga and The Sharks of Fiji. We now know the location; it will be at El Senor Sol right across the street from the Downtown Aquarium. The restaurant will serve dinner at 6pm and the presentation will begin at 7pm. You may to choose to attend the presentation without having dinner. This is a not to be missed event of some truly majestic images of Humpback Whales. Mark your calendars.

The Team at CUPS

From Douglas:

Originally from Colorado but now based in Maui Hawaii, Douglas is a professional photographer. Douglas and wife Mieko operate Maui Photography specializing in family portraiture. The couple also runs Maui Photo tours which takes visitors to Maui to scenic locations and helps them create beautiful landscape photographs along the way. Two or three times a year Douglas leads small groups of photographers, divers, or snorkelers on adventures and workshops to destinations throughout the Pacific-Rim, including Fiji, Indonesia, and Tonga. Douglas has well over 10,000 dives and still has incredible passion for diving and all forms of marine life, and especially Humpback whales.

All that has changed really is that I received the PPA Master of Photography Degree. Started Maui Photo Tours and Workshops

Travel schedule- people are welcome to join.

July 30 - Aug 9, 2012 I will go to Raja Ampat, Manakwari, and Chandrawasih Bay Indonesia on The Damai I. On Aug 10, I will go to the Lembeh strait fro a week.

I have been hired to be the special host and inwater guide for a few special adventures in 2012 and 2013.

2012 schedule.

Sept 12-19th 8 day live-aboard trip dedicated to whales in Ha'apai Tonga. Limited to 6 people to maximize the fun for everyone on the boat.

Sept 21-29th 9 day live-abaord trip dedicated to whales. Adventure starts in Ha'apai and ends in Vava'u Tonga. Limited to 6 people to maximize the fun for everyone on the boat.

2013 schedule.

Sept 20-30th, Ha;apai to Vava'u

Oct 2-11th, vava'u to Ha'apai

The boat is 20 meter sailing catamaran and it is owned by Tris and Dave Sheen of Whale Discoveries. The couple has over 180,000 miles of sailing and 28 years experience working with whales.

Small groups = big encounters.

This years program will begin with some fun images of sharks that were all created during a week of diving in Fiji in mid October 2011. Then it will get into Humpback whales. I will talk a bit more about how the whale swim industry works in an effort to educate people so if they decide to go to Tonga they know what to expect. I will talk about, regulations, types of boats, type of whale behavior, importance of adopting an all about we not all about the shot attitude, and how to photograph whales.

Mahalo

Douglas

Douglas J Hoffman
www.douglasjhoffman.com
dhoffmanphoto.wordpress.com
www.mauiphotography.net
www.mauiphototours.net
808 879 0260
"Like" on my FACEBOOK page

 

The Team at CUPS

JANUARY MEETINGS
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The screening of THE COVE was a big success and enlightening for all those who attended. The insight provided by Cove cameraman Eric Abramson gave viewers a very unique experience. He was able to present members with information from his personal experience on making of the movie; it was truly a privilege to have him join us.

The other JANUARY meeting is an organization discussion group to cover CUPS priorities for the future. The meeting will be at our regular time January 17th 6:30pm at the Downtown Aquarium. The CUPS website we get an overview and the NEW CUPS FaceBook Page will also be discussed. The face book page will allow us to use it like a forum at the same time attract new members, also increase our presence in the world of diving and photography on the web. We may have an unveiling of a beta version of a CUPS T-shirt. If you would like to have a voice in the future of CUPS please attend. You might want to bring laptop or pad.

FEBURARY MEETING:

Our friend Douglas Hoffman from Maui (formally Colorado) will be in town for a short visit and will only be available on February 6th for his presentation on The Humpbacks of Tonga and The Sharks of Fiji. We now know the location; it will be at El Senor Sol right across the street from the Downtown Aquarium. The restaurant will serve dinner at 6pm and the presentation will begin at 7pm. You may to choose to attend the presentation without having dinner. This is a not to be missed event of some truly majestic images of Humpback Whales. There will be more info coming soon, so mark your calendars.

The Team at CUPS

DECEMBER MEETING:
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REMINDER: The regularly scheduled December meeting was moved to the 8th and no meeting for Tuesday Dec 20th

We would like to thank Walt and Karen Sterns for their extraordinary Presentations of UNDERWATER JOURNAL and Wakatobi Resort it was great fun to share the Holiday spirit with the members of CUPS and Shark Bait Dive Club.

 
Join us at White Fence Farm for a Special joint Christmas Meeting December 8th 6-6:30: pm dinner 7:15-7:30 Presentation optional gift exchange white elephant or $15-20 gift. MAP

If you plan to attend and have dinner choose chicken or shrimp and RSVP to  info@sharkbaitdiveclub.com

22.45 Fried Chicken   

23.75 Fried Shrimp

 

Colorado Underwater Photographic

Society & Shark Bait Dive Club

Behind the Lens

A Presentation with Walt Stearns

Renowned photojournalist and publisher of UNDERWATER JOURNAL

December 8, 2011

Featuring a slide show of imagery, a review of wide-angle

techniques including composition and lighting, followed by Q&A

 BONUS – a brief presentation on

Wakatobi Dive Resort with Karen Stearns

About Walt Stearns

For over 20 years, Walt Stearns’ writing and extraordinary imagery have graced a wide range of broadcast, print and online media, earning him the reputation as one of the world’s most credible and frequently published photojournalists. Walt’s work targets the many facets of the outdoors, local lifestyles and the marine environment.

Among watersport enthusiasts, he is best known for his stunning cover shots for Salt Water Sportsman and Sport Fishing, Boating Life and Power Cruising and scuba diving publications such as Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Skin Diver, Discover Diving, Ocean Realm and Scuba Times magazines, as well as many catalogues and guidebooks for numerous tourist boards, retail brands and travel related operations such as the Cayman Islands Tourism Board, Henderson Aquatics, Matangi Island Resort, Aggressor Fleet and Dancer Fleet, Ltd.

As an editor, contributing editor and freelancer, Walt’s work has appeared in Boating, Boating Life, Motor Boating, Salt Water Sportsman, Sport Fishing, Field & Stream, Marlin, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fishing World, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Outdoor Photographer, Caribbean Travel & Life, Florida Travel & Life, Islands Magazines, as well as numerous others. The online publication, The Underwater Journal, is a collaboration of Walt’s years of experience in the marine industry.

Walt has been a key participant in documentary film projects such as “Wild Horizons” with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), “Perfect Predators”, “African Shark Safari” and “Mystery of the Whale Cave” for Discovery Channel and many productions on national and cable networks.

November Meeting
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THIS WAS AN EVENT CHANGING THE FACE OF COLORADO IN OCEAN CONSERVATION

Making Waves in Colorado was quite the success, very well attended and inspirational event with a number of CUPS members participating. You can see photos and read about the event at the Colorado Ocean Coalition Face Book site linked here.

EXTRAORDINARY SPECIAL EVENT NOVEMBER 13th:

Will replace regular November CUPS meeting

Making Waves in Colorado is happening November 13th in Boulder. This event will feature an afternoon of symposiums and an evening with the legendary Sylvia Earle.

The Colorado Ocean Coalition is celebrating its one year anniversary this November 13 in Boulder, Colorado. Dr Sylvia Earle has offered to join us in a celebration. In addition, we will be honoring the Sylvia Earle Foundation and Teens4Oceans. The free to the public event will be from 1-5pm at the Boulder Public Library; which Dr Earle, Louie Psihoyos and Shawn Heinrichs will participate along with other notables see flyer below.

 

The oceans need our help and we can’t just let the coastal states be our voice. The Colorado Ocean Coalition emerged as a way to engage people living in-land to connect with our ocean planet. Until now, there has never been a unified voice for ocean protection in the Mountain States. We are creating that voice by developing a strong network made up of ocean enthusiasts.

The Boulder Public Library is co-hosting the afternoon event where hundreds of people will learn about a variety of climate/ocean topics including marine sanctuaries, plastics and environmental impacts, marine protected areas, and agricultural and watershed connections. More importantly, they will learn what they can do and how to get involved. We are partnering with NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program, CIRES, David Helvarg, Blue Frontiers, The Oceanic Preservation Society "The Cove", local dive shops, Jim Toomey cartoonist of Sherman's Lagoon, educators, CU and many others.

 

The evening portion is a fundraising cocktail party from 7-10 at the Rembrant Yard in Boulder where Dr. Sylvia Earle will give a presentation, as well as an opportunity for people to meet other ocean supporters.

This event is growing and promises to be a unique opportunity. CUPS members can join this event by going to these pages for more detailed information and registration at these links. Register for Colorado Ocean Coalition Newsletter on Program Flyer page upper left corner.

New Additions to program!!!!

Program Flyer Updated!

Evening with Dr Sylvia Earle ($75) with link for registration

Schedule of free afternoon Symposiums

Boulder Public Library  

Questions: John Gordon

jgdiver51@hotmail.com

720-690-5463

CUPS October Meeting Announcement
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Jack Kirk will present on a seven day shark expedition in West Palm
Beach -  October 18

 
Summary:
The presentation focuses on a seven day shark expedition that begins in West Palm Beach and takes place between Tiger Beach, a shallow sand bar about fifty miles north of West End, Grand Bahama Island, Little Issacs lighthouse and Bimini. Although the main characters are the fifteen to seventeen foot tiger sharks, we were blessed with many large lemon sharks in the ten to twelve foot range, plus giant hammerheads, bulls and greys, not to mention the usual entourage of fish the tigers seem to attract. The shark encounters on this
expedition are completely random and are nothing like the Stuart Cove or UNEXO shark dives.The boat we used, the Shearwater, is a sixty five foot twin diesel that sleeps fifteen in bunks comfortably, a crew of five, a decent galley, two heads, decent compressor and Nitrox, and some of the most interesting characters you will ever dive with. The trip is recommended for advanced divers only due to interaction and attracts primarily photographers and shark aficionados. I only wish that this presentation could be the adrenaline pumping, heart stopper that the expedition was!
 
Jack's background
Certified in 1966 through SCIP (it was merged with NAUI in 1970) my diving began in Texas lakes and eastern Florida. In 1973 I was transferred to Hawaii to build and manage a chain of full service dive shops, receiving my instructor's rating in 1976 and was able to dive many areas in the western Pacific. I purchased my first camera, a Nikonos III with a bulb flash and Sekonic light meter in 1973. Still a film guy, I use a Nikon F100 in a Sea & Sea NX 100 Pro with two Ikelight Substrobes and variety of lenses and ports from 12 mm to 105 mm.

The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2011 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)
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  • Note: There is usually free parking in the lot just south and in the adjacent Children's Museum parking lot. You can enter this free parking area by taking the first driveway entrance on the right just south of the aquarium main building. We have received reports of car break-ins at this lot as it is unattended. Otherwise there is parking directly across the street from the Aquarium at a flat $7 in the evening.
  • Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.
  •  Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium  If you want to make your own Mapquest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211
  • Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS will be able to return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.

  
CUPS August Meeting
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The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place.
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Tues. Aug 16, 2011 CUPS Meeting
Come Drive and Dive with Paddy - A Central American Dream Adventure

   
Dr Paddy Ryan has been threatening to give a talk about the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill since last summer. But while it still remains on the agenda it has been over-taken by a more exciting story - at least to Paddy. He is just back from a 9 week, 10,059 mile odyssey that took him through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. This talk is a quick over-view of the highlights. And yes - there are underwater photos - including a tailless whip scorpion underwater in a cave - but it's mostly topside stuff. Paddy reckons this is a three beer talk so be prepared.
    About Paddy Ryan: Paddy was born In England and has lived in Jersey in the Channel Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Sarawak, Australia and the US. He has a doctorate in zoology and is currently employed at Johnson & Wales University in Denver where he is a full professor and interim Chair of the School of Arts and Sciences. He also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the Colorado School of Mines. He is a keen, widely published, nature photographer who has written a number of books including the Snorkeller’s Guide to the Coral Reef, Fiordland Underwater - New Zealand’s Hidden Wilderness, Fiji’s Natural Heritage and most recently Kri Eco - Raja Ampat.  He has been diving for 30 years and taking underwater photographs for nearly all of that time. He’s a PADI dive master with well over 1000 dives to his credit.

**.July Meeting - Thank you to CUPS Members
who presented us with their best shots in preparation for T
HE COLORADO DIVE SHOW (CDS). coming September 23-24 of 2011. To prepare you entries, please see the guidelines sent to you last month or go to the following link on the Forum: http://www.cupsonline.net/CUPSForums/CUPSOnlineForumsEntryPage/tabid/125/forumid/8/postid/717/view/topic/Default.aspx 
**Coming for Sep 20, 2011 Snorkel with the Whale Sharks by John Pierce!!!
  • Note: There is usually free parking in the lot just south and in the adjacent Children's Museum parking lot. You can enter this free parking area by taking the first driveway entrance on the right just south of the aquarium main building. We have received reports of car break-ins at this lot as it is unattended. Otherwise there is parking directly across the street from the Aquarium at a flat $7 in the evening.
  • Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level. Doors open 6:30 PM Talk at 7:00 PM.
  •  Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium  If you want to make your own Mapquest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211
  • Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS will be able to return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.
  
CUPS June Meeting
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The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2011 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)
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Tues., 21, 2011 CUPS Meeting
Whales, Eagles, Swans and Monkeys by Jim Durkee

The meeting time is 6:30 for socializing and presentation at 7pm
The presentation encompasses two videos of Mike's trip to the Philippines in November 2009. The videos are
Program, Part One: California grey whales, Magdelena Bay, Mexico
    Exciting shots of Grey Whales on their migration to their favorite vacation spot
Program Part Two: Northern Japan in winter. Come visit the Hokkaido Island Stellar Sea Eagles, red
crowned cranes, whooping swans (cough, cough).
Honshu Island snow monkeys of Nagano. Left over from the Olympics, no doubt.
For a finale we have a short video on the birth of the Denise Pigmy Seahorses from taken by Larry and Denise Tackett (named for Denise).
 
 About Jim:
Jim is an avid scuba diver but also leads groups on travels in search of marine mammals, birds and other wildlife.His travels have taken him from 80 degrees N to 65 degrees S. As a Nature {hotographer, he photographs in the animal's natural habitat where they are free.

**.May  Meeting - Thank you to Paddy Ryan for Stop and Smell the Roses. The photography was fantastic. His eye for patterns is amazing. Paddy is currently on his drive to Belize and Costra Rica - yes DRIVE!!! He is currently on his drive through the Yucatan of Mexico - 5 more weeks to go!
 **Coming for July 19, 2011 Let's have everyone bring 10 of their best photos to prepare for the September Scuba Show and everyone can help them select. Dust off your computers!!!
**The Colorado Scuba Show is Sep 23 and 24 please prepare your photos as CUPS will have a booth to display members photos. We will also be looking for volunteers to work the booth.
  • Note: There is usually free parking in the lot just south and in the adjacent Children's Museum parking lot. You can enter this free parking area by taking the first driveway entrance on the right just south of the aquarium main building. We have received reports of car break-ins at this lot as it is unattended. Otherwise there is parking directly across the street from the Aquarium at a flat $7 in the evening.
  • Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.
  •  Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium  If you want to make your own Mapquest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211
  • Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS will be able to return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.
  
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