• NYUPS: Post-processing Clinic

    The House of Brews

    The Sea Gypsies' NY Underwater Photographic Society (NYUPS) will be viewing & editing photos during the "Post-processing Clinic" for June's meeting. *All those with an interest in the underwater world and/or photography are welcome to attend this event as our guest.* Creating beautiful underwater images is an art form, and that creative process rarely ends with the click of the shutter button. Most photographers do some form of post-processing, sometimes as simple as cropping, sometimes as complex as masking and detailed spot editing to make a good image even better. When working underwater, technical issues can be more of a problem than with topside photography, and careful editing can salvage an excellent composition marred by these distractions. We believe that this is not "cheating" (as long as it is not done to deceive the viewer), but rather one more step that needs to be studied and practiced by the successful underwater photographer. Please send in several (but not more than four) of your photos that you feel need some editing. If you would like to work with us on your own laptop, that is fine as long as you can connect it to our HDMI AV system so that the whole group can watch the process. For this session (unlike our usual requirements), you can send high resolution images or even RAW files if you have access to a cloud drive that we can use for the transfer. While you don’t absolutely need high resolution for this session, remember that if you crop significantly, a low resolution image will be degraded in appearance. Email will work as always for smaller files. In your email subject line, please include in caps NYUPS: “Post-Processing Clinic". Email all of your images to [masked]. You should get a confirmation email within 24 hours. If not, please email Larry Cohen at [masked] DATE OF SUBMISSION: The deadline for images is Fri., June 14, 2019. Please note that you do not need to submit images to attend the meeting – feel free to just come and enjoy the session, 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, how long you've been shooting, or even if you don’t take photos at all. NYUPS at the Sea Gypsies wants to share the joys of underwater imaging with everyone! Note: * There are 2 different bars with the same "House of Brews" name. Make sure you come to the one on 302 W. 51st St. * This event is posted in a variety of forums so the guest list is larger than what is shown here.

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  • Tales of an Open Ocean

    Press Box

    The topic for our June monthly meeting is "Tales of an Open Ocean" presented by Gaelin Rosenwaks. *All those with an interest in the underwater world are welcome to attend this event as our guest.* Gaelin Rosenwaks will be taking us on a journey from Antarctica to the Arctic, Palau, and points in between ending with her latest expedition diving the Blue Hole in Belize with submarines. During this talk, Gaelin will also be presenting her short film, "Coral: Glimmer of Hope" which was an official selection for the International Ocean Film Festival. This beautifully shot and inspiring film showcases scientists in Palau studying how temperature stresses coral, and how some species might contain the secret of adaptation and survival. Gaelin Rosenwaks is a marine scientist, explorer, photographer and filmmaker. She began her career working in Antarctica researching over-wintering patterns of Southern Ocean zooplankton after which she earned her Master’s Degree researching the migratory movements of Giant Bluefin Tunas. Alarmed by the changes happening in the oceans, Gaelin founded Global Ocean Exploration, Inc. to share her passion for ocean exploration, marine conservation, and fishing through film, photography, writing and adventure. She now participates and conducts expeditions in every ocean to alert the public not only to the challenges facing the oceans, but also to what science is doing to understand these changes. Come to the event early to get a good seat! --------------------------------------------------------------- Side note: This event is posted in a variety of forums so the guest list is larger than what is shown here.

  • NYUPS: Marine Life that Ain't Fish

    The House of Brews

    The Sea Gypsies' NY Underwater Photographic Society (NYUPS) will be viewing & discussing photos on the topic of "Marine Life that Ain't Fish" for May's meeting. *All those with an interest in the underwater world and/or photography are welcome to attend this event as our guest.* Everywhere we dive from the warm blue waters of the pacific to the cold green waters off our coast, we encounter a variety of marine life that ain’t fish. NYUPS at Sea Gypsies wants to see your images of these creatures. It could be a tiny nudibranch or a huge sea turtle. If it lives in the sea and is not a fish, we want to see your photos and videos! Please send us up to eight images. We will continue with a group discussion format. As a group, we will tell you what we all liked about your images and ways they could be captured differently. We would like to share some of the photos submitted for the monthly NYUPS meeting on the club’s Facebook group. Of course, we would always provide attribution, and we would not do this if a photographer preferred that their work not be posted publicly. When submitting photos, please let us know if you would prefer not to have your work shared in this manner. If you are not able to be at the meeting you could still send us one image to the theme to be shared on Facebook. We do hope everyone will join the NYUPS at Sea Gypsies Facebook community. IMAGE SPECS: All images should be .JPG files, 10” at the largest side and 150 DPI. If you would like to submit videos, please bring them to the meeting as Quicktime files on a flash drive. Please email us that you will be bringing a video to the meeting. In your email, on the subject line please type in caps NYUPS: "Marine Life that Ain't Fish". Email all of your images to [masked]. You should get a confirmation email within 24 hours. If not, please email Larry Cohen at [masked] DATE OF SUBMISSION: The deadline for images is Thursday, May 16, 2019 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. Side note: This event is posted in a variety of forums so the guest list is larger than what is shown here.

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  • Diver Drinks & Trivia

    Dive 75

    Join a bunch of your fellow divers for drinks while we compete as a group in the trivia night at Dive 75, the bar decorated with dive-related decorations co-owned by the owner of Pan Aqua! There's no entry fee, we'll be competing as a group, & the winning team gets a $25 gift certificate. Make sure to arrive around 7 or 7:30PM, & RSVP so we save you a seat. The bar has a great selection of craft beer as well as a full bar. No food is served, but you can bring your own or have it delivered! Side note: This event is posted in a variety of forums so the guest list is larger than what is shown here.

  • Local Diving: The Underwater World in our Backyard

    MAY'S TOPIC: "Local Diving: The Underwater World In our Backyard" presented by Sandra Clopp & Dr. Michael Rothschild *All those with an interest in the underwater world are welcome to attend this event as our guest.* In the New York City area, we are lucky to live on the edge of a marine environment that is host to a spectacular underwater ecosystem, as well as hundreds of historically significant shipwrecks, many within recreational diving depths. Our speakers will share with you their love of the ocean and our local diving community through film and images. This talk will certainly be enjoyed by our members who are already local divers, but it is aimed at those who love diving but who haven’t yet been able to do it close to home. Why wait for 1-2 trips a year, with all of the expenses of travel, lodging & missing work? First class diving is just a short drive away Michael Rothschild is the current dive chair and former president of the NYC Sea Gypsies. He is an avid photographer and videographer, and (along with Larry Cohen) he runs the New York Underwater Photographic Society. He is a technical rebreather diver and a pediatric otolaryngologist. Michael lectures frequently on underwater photography, local diving and scuba related ENT problems at Beneath the Sea, the LIDA film festival, the Sea Gypsies, and a number of local dive shops. More information is at dive.rothschilddesign.com. Sandra Clopp is the owner of Urban Manta, a TDI technical diving training facility based in Manhattan. She has been diving since the year 2000 and has 1,300 dives all over the world. When not teaching, she loves diving her rebreathers and doing all sorts of underwater videography and photography, including macro, shipwrecks, ice diving, cave diving, shark diving, etc. Sandra is a Kiss Rebreathers Ambassador. She is currently involved in cave survey projects with Kiss in the Mexican cenotes of Cozumel. Come to the event early to get a good seat! --------------------------------------------------------------- Side note: This event is posted in a variety of forums so the guest list is larger than what is shown here.

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  • Drinks & Then Lunch at Famous Randazzo's

    Brooklyn

    Meet us for drinks at Tap Beer (a beer bar with more than 30 craft beers on tap) beginning at 2PM & then join us for lunch at 3PM as we dine at the famous Randazzo's just a 4-minute walk away. (See addresses below.) Randazzo's is a 100-year-old waterfront restaurant renowned for both their deeply-flavorful red sauces as well as their clams. Check out the menu packed with delectable seafood & mouthwatering pasta here: http://randazzosclambarbrooklyn.mybistro.online This casual restaurant never takes reservations, but they made an exception for the Sea Gypsies thanks to our VP, Adam, who's a long-time customer. Make sure to confirm your reservation directly with the event host (Beth) so you have a seat. 2PM drinks at Tap Beer: 781 Sheepshead Bay Rd. 3PM lunch at Randazzo's: 2017 Emmons Ave. (It's across the street from where the Jeanne II dive boat used to be.) We'd also love to have you join us earlier in the day as we volunteer nearby for It's My Estuary Day: www.meetup.com/seagypsies/events/[masked] ---------------------------------------------------- Every month, the Gypsies Ethnic Eating Klub (GEEK) gets together to eat delicious food at a fantastic restaurant around the city. Side note: This event is posted in a variety of forums so the guest list is larger than what is shown here.

  • Volunteer with the Sea Gypsies

    Kaiser Park

    Join us as we volunteer for It's My Estuary Day—a fun, free event which includes a coastal clean up, marine science education activities, & arts & crafts along with snacks & beverages for all. Weather note: A high of 70F is predicted along with a small chance of rain, but we will have canopies up over our booths so no problems there. RSVP & let us know how you'd like to help choosing among 5 options: 1. Bringing scuba equipment for kids & adults to try on (on land). 2. Helping with the coastal cleanup. 3. Manning the Sea Gypsies booth to talk about how fun diving is while showing off scuba equipment. (We'll provide some talking points to help & others will be at the booth should questions arise.) 4. Assisting with the set up of the overall event half an hour before it begins or the break down at the end. 5. Supporting the teachers & kids with their onsite arts & crafts project to re-purpose recycled plastic. We'd love it if you brought some plastic destined for the trash that kids can recycle into art during the event. (If it's clean, great. If not, it will be cleaned on site.) You're also welcome to bring your family to enjoy a fun day in this coastline park! (Afterwards, join us for drinks at a beer bar with more than 30 craft beers on tap & then lunch at the famous Randazzo's. RSVP here: www.meetup.com/seagypsies/events/[masked]) *Special thanks to Adam who brought the Sea Gypsies into this event in his role with the NY State Marine Education Association aka NYSMEA.* Side note: This event is posted in a variety of forums so the guest list is larger than what is shown here.

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  • NY Underwater Photo Society: "Fish Portraits"

    The House of Brews

    The Sea Gypsies' NY Underwater Photographic Society (NYUPS) will be viewing & discussing photos on the topic of "Fish Portraits" for April's meeting. *All those with an interest in the underwater world and/or photography are welcome to attend this event as our guest.* As underwater photographers, most of us enjoy seeing and documenting pretty fish. Everywhere we dive from the warm blue waters of the Pacific to the cold green waters off of our coast, we encounter a variety of fish. Some are colorful and some are not. Please send us up to eight fish portraits. You could send a head shot, full length, or even a couple photo. We will continue with a group discussion format. As a group, we will tell you what we all liked about your images and ways they could be captured differently. We would like to share some of the photos submitted for the monthly NYUPS meeting on the club’s Facebook group (www.fb.com/groups/nyups). Of course we would always provide attribution, and we would not do this if a photographer preferred that their work not be posted publicly. When submitting photos, please let us know if you would prefer not to have your work shared in this manner. If you are not able to be at the meeting, you could still send us one image to the theme to be shared on Facebook. IMAGE SPECS: All images should be .JPG files, 10” at the largest side and 150 DPI. If you would like to submit videos, please bring them to the meeting as Quicktime files on a flash drive. Please email us that you will be bringing a video to the meeting. In your email on the subject line, please type in caps NYUPS: "Fish Portraits". Email all of your images to [masked]. You should get a confirmation email within 24 hours. If not, please email Larry Cohen at [masked]. DATE OF SUBMISSION: The deadline for images is Sunday, April 28th, 2019 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. Side note: This event is posted in a variety of forums so the guest list is larger than what is shown here.

  • Free Presentation by Cristina Zenato

    Press Box

    APRIL'S TOPIC: "We are an Island, on an Island, in this Universe" presented by Cristina Zenato *All those with an interest in the underwater world are welcome to attend this free event.* From her work in the Bahamas, Cristina has learned that the equilibrium on & around an island is fragile—the slightest variation may affect the entire ecosystem. The protection of sharks is linked to protecting the ocean which is, in turn, linked to protecting the island itself with its mangrove creeks, submerged caves, & pine forest. In this presentation, Cristina imagines the Bahamas as islands on the island of Earth in the much larger universe. Cristina Zenato has dedicated a lifetime to exploration, education, & conservation. Her world-renowned work with sharks in the wild for the last 22 years used by both scientists & filmmakers coupled with her natural gift for understanding shark behavior has earned her the name of Shark Whisperer. In addition, Cristina has been in caves & underground passages where no other has ever been before. Her extensive exploration includes new systems, the connection between systems never achieved before, consulting work to protect specific areas, support of the Bahamas National Trust through her volunteer work, & participation in National Geographic Expeditions. Cristina is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, the Explorers Club, & the Ocean Artists Society. She is also a recipient of the Platinum Pro Award 5000 from Scuba Schools International. A recognized diving professional for the last 24 years, Cristina enjoys sharing her knowledge about the oceans, sharks, caves, & scuba diving in the belief that "through knowledge, we can conquer & defeat unfounded fear to better connect to our oceans & our environment." Join the Sea Gypsies for a happy hour before this event to ensure you get a great seat for the presentation: https://www.meetup.com/seagypsies/events/260155367/ --------------------------------------------------------------- Side note: This event is posted in a variety of forums so the guest list is larger than what is shown here.

  • The Happiest of Hours

    Press Box

    Why is this the happiest of hours? Well... 1) You'll ensure you get a good seat to see what's sure to be an amazing presentation from CRISTINA ZENATO later that night! (If that name sounds familiar, it should. She's world-renowned for her work with sharks in the wild which has earned her the name of SHARK WHISPERER. See what she'll be presenting on here: https://www.meetup.com/seagypsies/events/260134970) 2) There may be some drinks there. ;) 3) Lots of divers will be in attendance. We'll begin the happy hour downstairs. (You'll find us sitting towards the front of the bar on the right.) Once the upstairs is open around 6 or 6:30PM, we'll move there. Note: Happy happy hour specials are available downstairs only: $5 select beers on draft $7 select martinis Side note: This event is posted in a variety of forums so the guest list is larger than what is shown here.