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The topic for our September monthly zoom meeting is "Diving The U550 and The Pan penn In Our Backyard" presented by Joe Mazraani, Jen Sellitti and Joseph St.Amand. D/V Tenacious is a N.J. based dive vessel that locates, dives and salvages shipwrecks in the North Atlantic. Tenacious and her crew have discovered numerous wrecks in the waters off the coast of N.Y and N.J.. The most celebrated find is the U-550, the last german U - boat known to rest in diveable North Atlantic waters. The vessel is owned by Atlantic Wreck Salvage, operated by Joe Mazraani and Jennifer Sellitti and with the help of Joseph St.Amand they have been chronicled in the books "Where Divers Dare, "The Hunt For The Last U-Boat" and have been published in many dive publications worldwide. In 1941, German U-boat 550 and the SS Pan pennsylvania, the largest oil tanker in the world at the time, fought a battle more than 100 miles off of Montauk. Neither ship survived. For years, shipwreck hunters have been looking for the U-550. In 2012, Joe Mazraani, Joseph St.Amand and the crew of the D/V Tenacious discovered both the U-550 and Pan Pennsylvania's massive stern resting in about 300 feet of water. Since then, the crew of the Tenacious have been diving, documenting and exploring both shipwrecks and every dive reveals another piece of history. Through firsthand accounts, historical research/documents and information gathered from the shipwrecks, Joe Mazraani, Jennifer Sellitti and Joseph St.Amand tell the story of the battle and will give an overview of the 2020 Pan Penn and U-550 expedition while sharing dive footage, photos and sonar images of both wrecks as they tell their story. WHERE: Online Zoom Meeting The Zoom details are emailed to all SG members. Not yet a member? Our membership is just $20/year with all the perks including monthly Zoom meeting invites, the ability to join club dives and social activities. Due to security issues it is now required to have a free Zoom account to join the meeting.
NYUPS at Sea Gypsies September Meeting: September 23rd,[masked]:15PM Online To create images underwater we have to learn how to create images topside first. It is also important to keep our image creating skills sharp between dives. In 2020 as countries around the world have placed populations in quarantine with stay-at-home orders in an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, underwater photographers have found themselves with no travel options and less opportunity to get wet. Creating topside images have become even more important in 2020. A few months ago the editors of X-Ray Magazine asked Olga Torrey and I what we are doing to keep our skills sharp. They asked to see our recent topside images and compare them with underwater images from our archives, so we produced the Put in Dry Dock article. Sheryl Checkman susgested this would be a good theme for NYUPS! X-Ray Magazine is having the "Underwater and Topside Side-by-Side Comparisons Challenge”. Besides sending images to us you could post the images on Twitter at: #xraymagphotochallenge by November 1st, 2020. Your images could be featured in an article. Send up to 4 of your topside and 4 of your related underwater images or a video. We want to know how you keep your imaging skills sharp and use your topside skills underwater. We want to see similar subjects and composition. Olga Torrey who is also a painter and lifetime member of The Arts Student League will be giving a presentation on photographic composition IMAGE SPECS: All images should be .JPG files, 10” at the largest side and 150 DPI. If you would like to submit videos, please save them at 720p and send them in Dropbox or WeTranfer. In your email, on the subject line please type in caps NYUPS: “Comparisons". Email all of your images to [masked]. You should get a confirmation email within 24 hours. If not, please email me at [masked] DATE OF SUBMISSION: The deadline for images is Monday September 21st, 2020 Please note that you do not need to submit images to attend the meeting – feel free to just come and enjoy the images, share and learn a little about improving your imaging techniques! We want to stress that our meetings are for photographers of all levels. It doesn’t matter what camera you use or how long you've been shooting, NYUPS at the Sea Gypsies wants to share the joys of underwater imaging with everyone interested. WHEN: Wednesday September 23rd,[masked]:15-9 PM WHERE: Online Zoom Meeting The Zoom details are emailed to all SG members. Not yet a member? Our membership is just $20/year with all the perks including monthly Zoom meeting invites, the ability to join club dives and social activities. Due to security issues it is now required to have a free Zoom account to join the meeting.