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Steve WeigoldBy Steve Weigold
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Steve WeigoldBy Steve Weigold
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$2,852
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24
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 5 2012 4:04 AM UTC +00:00

About

Final 48 hours update!  provided the project is funded, any new backers at the $25 level or above (and all current backers) will receive a full color special Underwater Sombrero project T-shirt ONLY available to project backers and project team members!

Thank you for taking the time to read about the Underwater Sombrero Project!  Underwater Sombrero is a photographic book project by Weigold Photography featuring the amazing coral reefs surrounding Sombrero Key.   Through our project, we plan to document the beauty of these reefs and their inhabitants in a hard bound dust jacketed publication which will be a handsome addition to any coffee table or library.

Sombrero Key is located slightly south of Key Vaca, home of Marathon, Florida. In days gone by there was a small island here as indicated by old charts of the area, but by the later 19th Century the island had eroded away, and now all that remains is parts of the reef exposed at low tide.

The Key includes a lighthouse which was put in service in 1858, automated in 1960, and is still in operation. The foundation is iron pilings with disks, and the tower is a 142 foot tall skeletal octagonal pyramid of cast iron.

Below the surface, Sombrero Key features a beautiful array of reefs.

Sombrero Reef is one of the largest and surely the most magnificent coral reefs in the Middle Keys, home to some of the best spur and groove reef formations in all the Keys. The amount of coral is breath-taking. As soon as you descend below the surface, gorgonians, brain, finger and lettuce corals can be seen. Schools of colorful tropicals, southern stingrays and nurse sharks make their home on this reef. Large barracuda hang out by the lighthouse structure. The coral limestone has an "Arch" which is large enough to swim through.

The reef is a Sanctuary Preservation Area (SPA) and strictly regulated. Fishing as well as lobstering are strictly prohibited. Divers are reminded to look but not touch so that this spectacular reef will be preserved.

Our Book will be a hard bound product with a full color dust jacket.  Initially we anticipate that the book will be 10x8" and landscape in format, but the exact format will be driven by the images we capture.  If we are able to exceed our funding goal by a sufficient amount, we plan to increase the size of the book to 12x12.  Either way, the results will be a beautiful addition to your coffee table or your library. Once the book has been published, it will be available for sale.  First release copies are also available to supporters at specific pledge levels.  We anticipate first printing in March 2013.  Our book will have ISBN numbers and we plan to eventually offer it in hardcover, softcover and ebook formats.

In addition to the book, we will also be producing the Underwater Sombrero project magazine.   This feature will include some of the same images published in the book as well as a behind the scenes look at the project as it developed.  It will include project candids, local information and other details on the project that will not be published in the actual book.  A copy of this magazine will be included with any pledge level receiving a copy of the book.  It is also available to any other pledge level for an additional pledge of $10.  In addition, we'll make a PDF copy of the magazine available for pledges at any level!

The Diving to support this project will be conducted in late December 2012.  We have a team of four divers committed and prepared to support our project!

Your Contribution to the project will be used:

- To partially offset the travel costs.  In support of the project, the members of the diving team are self funding a substantial amount of the travel costs

- For required equipment.   In order to properly photograph the reef and it's inhabitants, a much higher quality camera housing and lighting equipment is required than is currently available to the dive team.

- For diving expenses.  Since Sombrero Key is not accessible by road, the diving team will need a boat.  While the team has a boat available, it is far more cost effective to rent a local boat rather than trailer the available boat from it's location in Ohio.  The diving team will be providing the necessary SCUBA equipment for the project, but funds will be needed for SCUBA tank air fills to support the diving evolution.

- For pledge incentives.  We certainly appreciate your support of our project and we've tried to provide appealing incentives for your support at reasonable pledge levels.

- For publication expenses such as ISBN registration.

Surplus funding?  We've budgeted for the minimum amount to complete the project and purchase the pledge incentives.  We hope to exceed the goal.   If we do, our first priority will be to add the equipment to video the project and it's expedition.   Our next priority will be to increase the size of the resulting book from the currently planned 10x8" to a substantially larger 12x12" product!

We appreciate that you've taken the time to read through our project information and consider supporting our project!

You're welcome to learn more about the project and follow along:

On Facebook: facebook.com/UnderwaterSombrero  and on the dedicated project website www.underwatersombrero.com.  You can also follow us on Twitter at  https://twitter.com/UndrwtrSombrero

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    We appreciate your support! At this level and above, we'll include you on our "contributors" page in the book. You'll also be eligible to download a PDF copy of the behind-the-scenes Underwater Sombrero project magazine.

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    Since you put in some extra effort, we'd like to reward you with an "I Supported the Underwater Sombrero Project" button! Great to wear or display on your desk, cork board, tote bag or other location. You'll also be eligible to download a PDF copy of the behind-the-scenes Underwater Sombrero project magazine.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Don't care for the button? :) Select this option instead and we'll reward you with a personalized certification of appreciation for your support. This certificate will be suitable for framing and will include a background image from the project. You'll also be eligible to download a PDF copy of the behind-the-scenes Underwater Sombrero project magazine.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    We expect many beautiful images will come from this project and we're sure you'd like one on your wall. At this level, we'll reward you with your choice of an 8x10 print from one of the many images from this project. You'll also be eligible to download a PDF copy of the behind-the-scenes Underwater Sombrero project magazine.

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    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Want something not only beautiful but unique? At this level, we'll provide an 8x10 print of your choice from the project images, but we'll even autograph it and add a custom message if desired. You'll also be eligible to download a PDF copy of the behind-the-scenes Underwater Sombrero project magazine.

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    Increase your contribution a bit further, and we'll reward you with an 11x14 print of your choice from one of the many images from this project. You'll also be eligible to download a PDF copy of the behind-the-scenes Underwater Sombrero project magazine.

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    At this level we'll reward you with the 11x14 print of your choice from the project images and we'll make it unique by adding an autograph and a custom message. You'll also be eligible to download a PDF copy of the behind-the-scenes Underwater Sombrero project magazine.

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    Pledge $65 or more About $65

    Increase your contribution a bit further, and we'll reward you with an 16x20 print of your choice from one of the many images from this project. You'll also be eligible to download a PDF copy of the behind-the-scenes Underwater Sombrero project magazine.

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    At this level we'll reward you with the 16x20 print of your choice from the project images and we'll make it unique by adding an autograph and a custom message. You'll also be eligible to download a PDF copy of the behind-the-scenes Underwater Sombrero project magazine.

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    How about a one of a kind project poster! This 20x30 poster will be custom designed for this project and will include not only a main image but a number of additional images from the project.

    We'll also include a copy of the behind-the-scenes Underwater Sombrero project magazine!

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    Pledge $140 or more About $140

    At this level, we'll reward you with the one of a kind project poster, and make it unique by adding an autograph and a custom message.
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    Pledge $160 or more About $160

    A this level, we'll reward you with a copy of the Underwater Sombrero photo book. This hard cover, dust jacketed book will make a great addition to your coffee table or library!
    We'll also include a copy of the behind-the-scenes Underwater Sombrero project magazine!

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    To reward you for this awesome support of our project, we'll provide you with a copy of the Underwater Sombrero photo book which we've personalized with an autograph and a custom message.
    We'll also include a copy of the behind-the-scenes Underwater Sombrero project magazine!

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Funding period

- (30 days)