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Northern California Underwater Photographic Society ( to Present February 9, 2007 Seminar Featuring Photographer and Artist Kawika Chetron of

Underwater digital photographer, Kawika Chetron (right), in a self portrait with a friend. (Click on above thumbnail image to enlarge).

December 29, 2006, San Francisco, California – The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (, proudly presents a very special seminar with underwater photographer and artist Kawika Chetron of   An avid scuba diver since 1986 and an accomplished underwater photographer - who only recently took up the art in 2004 - Kawika Chetron's photos capture astonishing whimsical personalities rarely captured in sealife, stunning clarity of colors, and a three-dimensional depth that combine to envelope the viewer in the emotion of the moment.  

Kawika extensively travels the world to exotic Mecca's, including Papua New Guinea, Isla del Coco, and British Columbia to hone his art.   But it's the cold waters of the central California coast that he is most fond.   “Perhaps because there's no place like home,” Kawika states on his site,   “More likely, it's because the Central California have reefs that are something special.”

This prodigal talent will offer up advice on how to capture the moment in a millisecond, shooting and lighting techniques, and choosing the right underwater photography equipment.   Kawika has shot extensively with a Canon 10D Digital SLR camera in a Subal C10 housing prior to April 2006, and a Canon 5D SLR camera Digital in a Subal CD5 housing ever since.   Kawika uses powerful Nikon SB-104 Speedlight underwater strobes to illuminate his subject matter.

Kawika Chetron having a bad hair day. (Click on above thumbnail image to enlarge).

Kawika Chetron's underwater photography seminar will take place Friday, February 9, 2007, at 8:00 p.m.   Location: New Vision United Methodist Church, 450 Chadbourne Avenue, Millbrae, CA  94030 – ten minutes south of the San Francisco International Airport.   Cost for first-time visitors is FREE .

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society promotes conservationism and environmental protection through the membership's shared passion in underwater photography and videography.   Established in 1957, and celebrating its 50 th Anniversary in 2007, NCUPS sponsors educational events on both underwater photography and video while promoting awareness of the underwater environment and pertinent ecological issues.   NCUPS sponsors two annual internationally recognized and prestigious photography competitions, the Annual California Beach Dive Photo Competition (CBDPC), held May 26 and 27, 2007, and the SEA2007, that draw divers and entries from the world over.

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