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Under the Sea (EPyC Biweekly meetup)

Stuff happens. So check this page regularly to see if the event details have been revised, or if you need to update your RSVP. One thing hasn't changed though: it's still just AED 20 if you want to join us on the evening. With that out of the way, here's what we currently have slated:

Discussion Topic: Underwater Photography (TJ Nuckolls)
Diving and photography are two passions of EPyC member TJ Nuckolls, so it's only natural that he would combine the two. At this meetup, he'll show us the gear that's needed for diving, talk about ways to safely carry a camera underwater, and discuss subjects like how light works at various depths, natural light vs. strobes, and macro vs. wide angle photography underwater. He'll also walk us through a few levels of cameras and housing, from point-and-shoots to SLRs, and the benefits and drawbacks of each type. Along the way, he will pass on contact information to help you get started with both diving and underwater photography, should you wish to try all of this out for yourself.

Member showcase (Maria Lecanda)
For this section, members show us 10 to 12 of their best shots, and answer questions about them. Want to try your hand at this in the future? Talk to an organizer.

The Tuesday tip (Ashraf Jandali)
Want advice on how to improve your photographs? Ashraf's here to help.

Photo Competition (Theme: Portraits)
Please send us two of your images by email ([masked]) by 5 PM on the day of the event, or bring your photos to the event on a USB key. To make our lives easier, please rename the files so that they have your name in them, e.g. Ahmed1.JPG and Ahmed2.JPG. We all vote on who has done the best job, and the winner gets a prize. Please note that if you don't show up, or pass your photos to the organizers on time, your shots will not be eligible for a prize. Please remember that your choice of photos is your own responsibility, and be sure to submit photos that will not offend others in some way.


We will be meeting in Studio Attitude in Al Quoz, in the same series of warehouses as Botanica. If you need help figuring out how to get there, check out the location map, or make use of the GPS coordinates [masked],[masked]). More information on the venue can be found on their site or at 04 3384114.

We also have YouTube videos showing you how to get there from Sheikh Zayed Road, with detailed text directions posted underneath. This one shows the way if you are coming from the direction of the World Trade Centre and Dubai Mall, and this one depicts the way from the direction of Abu Dhabi, the marina, and Al Barsha.

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  • nick m.

    Thanks to you all for welcoming a newbie so well and letting me share one of my dive shots

    1 · February 4, 2014

  • Daniel H.

    One more good evening among many, with EPyC gang - very interesting presentation from TJ. One of the take-a ways I got was, the fact you really have to know how to dive first otherwise your not going to be able to make many images as a beginner underwater photographer. A good case for not jumping into super expensive underwater kit, before your ready to be able to do it safely, too. Thanks.

    February 4, 2014

  • waleedelewa

    it was great, and it was a nice to meet the group

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • Basel A. R. B.

    TJ's presentation was great, but shouldn't have taken so long! I missed Ashraf"s pointers!

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • nick m.

    Thanks TJ, I have a sony RX100 in a nauticam housing, 2x S&S YSD1 Strobes, and a wide angle and 2 +7 stackable close up lenses.

    January 28, 2014

    • TJ N.

      Any chance u can bring your rig to the meetup? I'm hoping to have a nice variety of setups people can see first hand.

      February 2, 2014

    • nick m.

      i'll try - i'll likely be coming from a business meeting in which case it may be tricky, however i won't know until tomorrow lunchtime if that meeting is on

      February 2, 2014

  • Basel A. R. B.

    Would it be ok to video tape the presentation?

    February 2, 2014

    • TJ N.

      iPad for recording video? I can at least bring a GoPro so we can put it on a tripod.

      February 2, 2014

    • Basel A. R. B.

      Dear TJ... I could bring my Canon 5D Mark II, but my intention is not to publish it to YouTube! It's just for my archive :) BTW: I have a stand for the iPad.

      February 2, 2014

  • waleedelewa

    I like to attend it as a start

    February 2, 2014

  • Amr

    Don't forget to send your entries for the competition to [masked] or just bring them with you to the event on a usb flash memory.

    February 2, 2014

  • Maria L.

    Considering the upcoming topic, I thought this was a little bit relevant... Even though it's not still photography and shot with a mere GoPro, I assume there are a couple of underwater enthusiasts around here and who may be willing to spread the word about Australia's shark culling. Sharks are not how movies or media portray them. They are gentle and curious creatures…
    https://vimeo.com/85324083

    If after watching the video, you start to really see the sharks and not just their teeth, please get involved, spread the word and sign the numerous petitions to STOP the SHARK CULL in Australia:
    http://www.marineconservation.org.au/petitions.php/9/save-wa-sharks-stop-the-cull
    https://www.greenpeace.org.au/action/?cid=60 Thanks guys,

    January 30, 2014

  • TJ N.

    Nice shots Nick! What rig are you shooting?

    January 28, 2014

  • nick m.

    Hello Nitin, I've been an amateur underwater photographer for about 18 months, with a decent rig for almost a year. I'm looking forward to meeting you. Here's a link to a Pinterest board of one dive in Thailand in early december. http://www.pinterest.com/moore2nick/diving-phuket-shark-point/

    January 28, 2014

  • Nitin

    Change of date!

    January 26, 2014

  • Cesar C.

    Its the right moment to learn scuba diving

    January 25, 2014

  • Ali A.

    What exactly is this event under the sea?

    January 25, 2014

    • Nitin

      It will be about underwater photography. More information will follow.

      January 25, 2014

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