Meeting – Thursday May 4, 2017

The fifth NAPƒS meeting of 2017 will be held Thursday, May 4 starting at 7PM.

The photography club meeting location is United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727 – MAP

Agenda

7:00-7:15PM Meet & Greet, Member Print Exhibition
7:15-7:30PM Open meeting, Member Print Exhibition Q&A
7:30-9:00PM Presentation, Competition

Member Print Exhibition

During the Meet & Greet, Ann Tarleton will exhibit a selection of her printed photographs. Once the meeting starts, Ann will speak for a few minutes about her work and answer any questions.

Monthly Competition

April’s competition theme is Spring Explosion and will be judged by Tani James, our May speaker.

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Saturday, April 29, 2017

Submissions are divided into two classes and each club member is free to choose which class to enter. For more info, read this post about classes.

The monthly NAPƒS competition is meant to be fun, inspirational, and educational. The judging and associated critiques are positive, supportive, and a useful learning tool.

A reminder – you must join NAPƒS to take part in 2017 competitions. The cost of membership is only $24 and your annual contribution is used 100% in support of club operations and activities.

Read the rules, then submit your competition images!
Tani

Speaker – Tani James, President, NAPƒS

Tani James will give a presentation about the process of printing your photos – from pre to post to print. She’ll use colorful examples to encourage members to print their work and she’ll share her personal workflow in Photoshop to help you get started.

About Tani James

Tani James is a professional photographer, specializing in portraiture and weddings. Her images have a carefree, playful and spontaneous quality. Whether shooting in her home studio or on location, Tani creates an environment where clients feel comfortable being themselves. She seeks out genuine moments, not staged performances. A photo shoot with Tani is pure fun, start to finish.

Tani has been in business since 2009. Tani started out her professional career as a Corporate Information Technology Project Manager, so she is familiar with gathering requirements, working with deadlines and keeping within budget constraints. During her tenure as an Operations Project Manager, she has honed her skills in problem solving which is key in helping her obtain results during her photography projects.

Tani is a 2013 graduate of the Art Institute of Austin where she expanded her knowledge of photography through classes in Lighting, Digital Retouching, advanced Photoshop and film photography. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M Commerce.

 

Results – April 2017

April’s North Austin Pƒotographic Society photo competition was open themed and judged by our speaker for the evening, George Brainard.

Class 1

We had 23 Class 1 entries with 6 awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 3 honorable mentions).

1st – Galveston Tern by Ken Brennan

Galveston Tern by Ken Brennan

2nd – Curves in the Dunes by Shawn Hutcherson

Curves in Dunes by Shawn Hutcherson

3rd – Battleship Wisconsin by Shawn Hutcherson

Battleship Wisconsin by Shawn Hutcherson

Honorable Mention – Balcony Life by Cynthia Stein

Balcony Life by Cynthia Stein

Honorable Mention – Schwabacker’s Landing by Jerry Zerbst

Schwabacker's Landing by Jerry Zerbst

Honorable Mention – Georgetown Bluebird by Ken Brennan

Georgetown Bluebird by Ken Brennan

 

Class 2

We had 13 Class 2 entries with 3 awards (1st, 2nd, and 3rd).

1st – Tracks in the Sands by Andrew Fritz

Tracks in the Sand by Andrew Fritz

2nd – Desert Queen by Josh Baker

Desert Queen by Josh Baker

3rd – Boxcar Girl by Josh Baker

Boxcar Girl by Josh Baker

NAPƒS Field Trip – Wildseed Farms, Red Corn Poppies in Full Bloom

Saturday, April 8 @ 10 a.m.

Wildseed Farms
100 Legacy Drive
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Map

More info – http://www.wildseedfarms.com

Experience the awesome spectacle of Red Corn Poppies in full Spring bloom during this macro/landscape Field Trip to Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg. There are gardens aplenty overflowing with poppies, bluebonnets, and other Texas natives in full glory.

Afterwards we’ll gather for lunch at Wildseed Farms’ Brewbonnet Biergarten to relax, share stories, and check out everyone’s images.

This NAPfS Field Trip is an excellent opportunity for you to make photos to submit in the May 2017 Spring Explosion theme competition.

This April 2017 Wildseed Farms Trip is being lead by Tani James.

Results – March 2017

The March 2017 Member Competition was judged by Geoff Hammond.

Our theme was “Colorful: Images that show your use of color in the most imaginative ways.”

Class 1

We had 20 Class 1 entries with 5 awards (1st, 2nd, and 3rd, plus 2 honorable mentions).

1st – Ecuadorian Jewel Long-Tailed Sylph by Patti Mitchell

Ecuadorian Jewel - Long-Tailed Sylph by Patti Mitchell

2nd – Pop by Chloe Hunter

Pop! by Chloe Hunter

3rd – Pie Town by Shawn Hutcherson

Pie Town by Shawn Hutcherson
Honorable Mention – A Long Walk Home by Cynthia Stein

A Long Walk Home by Cynthia Stein
Honorable Mention – Three Irises by Anthony Charles

Three Irises by Anthony Charles

Class 2

We had 11 Class 2 entries with 2 awards (1st and 2nd).

1st – Vette by Andrew Fritz

Vette by Andrew Fritz

2nd – Pow! by Josh Baker

Pow by Josh Baker

Meeting – Thursday April 6, 2017

Rogelio and Jeannie by George Brainard

The fourth NAPƒS meeting of 2017 will be held Thursday, April 6 starting at 7PM.

The meeting location is United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727 – MAP

Agenda

7:00-7:15PM Meet & Greet, Member Print Exhibition
7:15-7:30PM Open meeting, Member Print Exhibition Q&A
7:30-9:00PM Presentation, Competition

Member Print Exhibition

During the Meet & Greet, Cynthia Stein will exhibit a selection of her printed photographs. Once the meeting starts, Cynthia will speak for a few minutes about her work and answer any questions.

Monthly Competition

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Saturday, April 1, 2017

April’s competition is open themed and will be judged by George Brainard, our April speaker.

Submissions are divided into two classes and each club member is free to choose which class to enter. For more info, read this post about classes.

The monthly NAPƒS competition is meant to be fun, inspirational, and educational. The judging and associated critiques are positive, supportive, and a useful learning tool.

A reminder – you must join NAPƒS to take part in 2017 competitions. The cost of membership is only $24 and your annual contribution is used 100% in support of club operations and activities.

Read the rules, then submit your competition images!

Speaker – George Brainard

George BrainardGeorge Brainard will give a presentation about his history, how he got his start in photography, and he’ll talk about the process of publishing a book.

About George Brainard

George Brainard is a sixth generation Texan whose photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Times of London and numerous other magazines, business publications and advertisements. A former working musician, Brainard has shot more than 50 CD covers. He specializes in portraits of ordinary people who, at ease and in their element, display surprising uniqueness.

George’s first book of photography, “All Tore Up: Texas Hot Rod Portraits” was published by The University of Texas Press.

George will have copies of his book available for sale at the meeting.

NAPƒS Field Trip – Lysts on the Lake, Competitive Jousting in Central Texas

Saturday, April 29 @ 9 a.m.

7400 Coldwater Canyon Dr
Austin, TX 78730 Map

More info – http://www.texasjoust.com/

NAPƒS will host its first field trip of 2017 on April 29 at Lysts on the Lake in West Austin. We’ll meet at the Curtain Theater near the parking area at 9 a.m. and get oriented before we enter.

This Field Trip is limited to 10 club members and individuals are responsible for their own admission ($23 on site, $20 online). Ask questions and please RSVP via the Facebook event page.

We’ll have access to photograph a portrait session with at least one jouster in full armor as well as other behind the scenes opportunities.

What to Expect at the Lysts

Lysts on the Lake is a western martial arts competition, which means it will be “knightly combat”. The competitions vary from year to year but the core remains the same. There will be full contact jousting with combatants galloping towards each other carrying frangible fifteen foot long lances. Their goal is not to unhorse the other rider (that is very dangerous and potentially deadly) but to break their own lance cleanly on the other rider’s shield, while providing a clean, well placed target with their own shield. Combatants riding against each other are not competing directly, but trying to earn points through a clean lance strike and break.

The event is a competition and not a show. Spectators can get relatively close and the view is unobstructed. There is only a low fence to set the boundary and give the horses a place (and reason) to stop. The jousts can be unpredictable. We often think of horses as grass fed motorcycles, but they are anything but. They are living creatures with moods, fears and their own skill sets. Jousting is as much about horsemanship and the rider/horse relationship as it is about holding the lance.

Beyond the jousting there will likely be armored foot combat or demonstrations using swords, pikes and halberds (referred to by the combatants as “medieval can openers”). There will also be a mounted melee where fully armored riders attack each other with wooden maces (heavy oversized baseball bats) trying to score hard hits. The combatants call this “Whack Bonk” which captures the spirit pretty well. There is also a hunt course where riders gallop through the pecan bottom firing bows, striking apples with swords and jumping obstacles.

When not competing, combatants will be around (in or out of their armor) and are friendly. The armor is all custom made, much is period correct and built using historical methods: a forge, a hammer, and anvil, and is a marvel of craftsmanship in and of itself. Opportunities to make images of the details of the sport will be plentiful. We will attempt to arrange a portrait session with one ore more fully armored knights as well.

Suggested Photo Gear

The Lysts is a combination of sporting event and portrait session. The events take part during the day under bright natural light. You will need a relatively long lens to get “close” to the action during combat. A 70-200 is generally sufficient, but longer lenses can be fun. Likewise, a wider lens (50mm or 35mm) can be fun for capturing the entire scene. Flashes can’t be used during combat (due to distance) or around the horses (it can spook them), but may be useful during the portrait and detail portions of the day

Bring Your Own Lunch

Ice chests are allowed, and since concessions may not be available, bringing your own food and drink is advisable. There’s easy back and forth access to the parking area.

Miscellaneous Necessities

– Sunscreen and Bug Spray
– Durable clothes
– Lawn Chair (optional)

This NAPfS Field Trip is an excellent opportunity for you to make photos to submit in the July 2017 Moment of Impact theme competition.

This April 2017 Lysts on the Lake Field Trip is being lead by Andrew Fritz and Josh Baker.

Meeting – Thursday March 2, 2017

Chris Davis Cina - Vermont

The third NAPƒS meeting of 2017 will be held Thursday, March 2 starting at 7PM.

The meeting location is United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727 – MAP

Agenda

7:00-7:15PM Meet & Greet, Member Print Exhibition
7:15-7:30PM Open meeting, Member Print Exhibition Q&A
7:30-9:00PM Presentation, Competition

Member Print Exhibition

During the Meet & Greet, Emily Marie Crowell will exhibit a selection of her printed photographs. Once the meeting starts, Emily will speak for a few minutes about her work and answer any questions.

Monthly Competition

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Submission Deadline: Midnight, Saturday, February 25, 2017

March’s competition theme is “Colorful” and will be judged by Geoff Hammond of Hammondovi, an Austin area advertising and portrait photographer. Geoff gave his “Thoughts on Composition” presentation to the club in January 2016.

Submissions are divided into two classes and each club member is free to choose which class to enter. For more info, read this post about classes.

The monthly NAPƒS competition is meant to be fun, inspirational, and educational. The judging and associated critiques are positive, supportive, and a useful learning tool.

A reminder – you must join NAPƒS to take part in 2017 competitions. The cost of membership is only $24 and your annual contribution is used 100% in support of club operations.

Read the rules, then submit your competition images!

Speaker – Chris Davis Cina, NAPƒS Club Member

Chris Davis Cina will speak to the group about her passion for Landscape Photography.

Chris Davis CinaAbout Chris Davis Cina

A former writer, editor and graphic artist, Chris got to grow as a photographer while working for a daily newspaper (The Poughkeepsie Journal) and being tasked with shooting all of their advertising needs as well as photos for stories and covers for the 50 magazines she produced annually.

A lover of landscape photography, she participated in professional workshops in Vermont in 2007, in Acadia National Park, Maine in 2009 and in West Virginia in 2015. She loves traveling and writes a blog, “Travelin’ About” which offers photography and travel advice. Last year she got to Italy and this year she’s planning a trip to Alaska.

She’s won several awards and her images have been exhibited in galleries, coffee shops and juried shows. You can purchase her pictures at Prima Dora and The Old Bakery and Emporium, both on Congress Ave.

Chris is teaching a class on Landscape Photography on May 15 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.