Results – February 2017

Class 1

We had 28 Class 1 entries with 7 awards (1st, 2nd, and 3rd, plus 4 honorable mentions).

1st – Mountain Wild Flowers by Carol McAllen

Mountain Wild Flowers by Carol McAllen

2nd – Rainy Day in Reykjavik by Cynthia Stein

Rainy Day in Reykjavik by Cynthia Stein

3rd – Firey Words by Chloe Hunter

Firey Words by Chloe Hunter

Honorable Mention – House on the Plains by Cynthia Stein

House on the Plains by Cynthia Stein

Honorable Mention – Family by Jasper Yuen

Family by Jasper Yuen

Honorable Mention – Light Rain by Joshua Guenther

Light Rain by Joshua Guenther

Honorable Mention – TEX by Katie Lewis

TEX by Katie Lewis

Class 2

We had 18 Class 2 entries with 4 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd, plus 1 honorable mention).

1st – Golf on the Edge, 2011 by Josh Baker

Golf on the Edge, 2011 by Josh Baker

2nd – Ste Rural by Kimberly Fore

Ste Rural by Kimberly Fore

3rd – A Quiet Moment by Stephanie Sharif

A Quiet Moment by Stephanie Sharif

Honorable Mention – Smooch by Russ Morris

Smooch by Russ Morris

Meeting: Thursday, February 2, 2017

The second NAPƒS meeting of 2017 will be held Thursday, February 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, Vickie Flaugher will exhibit a selection of her printed photographs. Once the meeting starts, Vickie will speak for a few minutes about her work and answer any questions.

Monthly Competition

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Saturday, January 28, 2017

February’s competition is Oldies Night, which is open themed, and will be judged by Chris Sherman of Over Austin. 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.

Read the rules, then submit your competition images!

Chris Sherman of Over Austin

Chris will speak to the group about aerial and aerial 360 photography.

About Chris Sherman

Christopher V. Sherman is a fine art photographer specializing in Austin, Texas and the Texas Hill Country. He primarily shoots under the brand name Over Austin.

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Photo by Rice Jackson

Most of Chris’ work is shot from a flying camera (also known as a drone) but he also has been known to shoot long exposures from the ground with his Nikon. Chris began flying small consumer camera drones in 2010. Since that time likely logged close to 1,000 drone flights but honestly hasn’t counted them all.

His work has been featured in the Austin American Statesman as well as numerous online outlets. His photos and videos are frequently aired on KXAN, KVUE, Fox 7 Austin and KEYE and more than 45,000 people follow his work on social media. He posts photos daily to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Chris holds an FAA Remote Pilot License, allowing him to legally shoot commercial aerial photography in the United States. You can also view his work at photos.overaustin.com

 

Results – January 2017

Class 1

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

1st – Forsaken by Joshua Guenther

Forsaken, Joshua Guenther

2nd – Skimmers take flight! by Dennis Eisenberg

Skimmers take flight!, Dennis Eisenberg

3rd – Leaf by Russ Morris

Leaf, Russ Morris

Honorable Mention – Hey, There by Vickie Flaugher

Hey, There, Vickie Flaugher

Honorable Mention – Super Moon by Shawn Hutcherson

Super Moon, Shawn Hutcherson

Class 2

We had 10 Class 2 entries with 2 awards (1st and 2nd).

1st – Screw by Bill Bunton

Screw, Bill Bunton

2nd – Turning In by Bill Bunton

Turning In, Bill Bunton

Meeting: Thursday, January 5, 2017

NAPfS’s first meeting of the new year will be held Thursday, January 5, 2017 starting at 7PM.

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

Agenda

7:00-7:30PM Meet & Greet, Member Print Exhibition
7:30-7:45PM Open meeting, Member Print Exhibition Q&A
7:45-9:00PM Presentation, Competition

Member Print Exhibition

During the Meet & Greet, Russ Morris will exhibit 20 TtVs printed on Kodak Endura metallic paper, recent shots from the Kelby ATX Photowalk in early October and the Taylor Main Street Car show late October. Once the meeting starts, Russ will speak for a few minutes about his work and answer questions.

Monthly Competition

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Friday, December 30, 2016

January’s competition is open themed and will be judged by Josh Baker. 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.

Speaker – Josh Baker

Josh will give a presentation about editing photos in Adobe Lightroom’s Develop module. His goal for the evening will be to help club members learn how to produce files suitable for submission to NAPƒS’ monthly competition using Lightroom.

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About Josh Baker

Josh is a working professional photographer and founder of of AzulOx Visuals, LLC in Pflugerville, TX and co-founder of AzulOx Workshops.. He began his photography career to escape the 9 to 5 office world and is often heard saying “Do I have a camera in my hand? Then I’m happy!”

Josh has a degree in corporate communications and studied video and broadcast production in college at the University of Texas. Josh works in a variety of genres including wedding, portrait, fashion, and commercial photography.

His passion is storytelling and any type of photography where he gets to interact with people. His working style could be described as “get it done” and he focuses on efficiency and quality, two requirements for a working professional shooting 5+ times a week.

2016 NAPƒS People’s Choice Awards

The December 1, 2016 meeting at The Green Red Barn celebrated our club’s inaugural People’s Choice Awards. Members in attendance voted for 6 of their favorite images from 82 competition winners selected at meetings throughout the past year.

Congratulations to all, and thank you to those attending and voting.

This year’s award for top photograph was split between two members, Chris Cina for her shot titled “I Hear the Train A Coming,” and Dennis Eisenberg for his shot titled “Sunset at the Fishing Pier.” They each received 7 votes.

Chris Cina, I Hear the Train A Coming

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Dennis Eisenberg, Sunset at the Fishing Pier

Catgrams

“Proud Fella,” by Travis Johnson received 6 votes.

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“Red on Red” by Andrew Fritz, “Palacious Shrimper” by Dennis Isenberg, and “Maty” by Elizabeth Zimmerman each received 5 votes.

Red on Red by Andrew Fritz

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Palacious Shrimper by Dennis Isenberg

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Maty by Elizabeth Zimmerman

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2017 – A Year of Growth and New Things

We just finished our first full year of club and it went great. And we are working to make 2017 bigger, better and more PHOTOCLUBY! Below are the new leadership team, as well as our plan. Don't see something you want or think we should do? Tell us! This is a club for the members, of the members and run by the members.

Leadership

2017 is NAPfS' second year and our first with a more robust leaderhsip team. Everyone please welcome your *fully volunteer* leadership team for 2017:

Tani James

President

Photo by Danny Matson

Andrew Fritz

Vice President & Competition Coordinator

Charlotte Wright

Program Coordinator

Russ Morris

Marketing & PR

Comeptitions

Print Competitions

2017 will be an exciting year for competitions at NAPfS. We will continue having monthly digital competitions with live critiques from rotating and visiting judges. There will continue to be two classes, Class 1 - Novice and Class 2 - Advanced. The club will add a print competition starting in July where club members bring physical prints on paper and the prints themselves are judged. Like the live critiqued digital competition, the print competition will provide everyone present with valuable feedback. It will also provide an oppritunity for club members to begin to learn and practice the craft of printing, taking what are mostly digital creations in their computers and turning them into works of real physical art.

People Choice Award and Photographer of the Year

In 2017 the club will repeat the "People Choice Award" allowing the club membership to select their favorite images from all the competition winners. In addition, the club will run a year long points based competition. Each image that places in a competition will earn the photographer points based on the award it receives. At the end of the year, the club will award the photographer with the most overall points, regardless of digital class or print the "Photographer of the Year" award. This competition will work in a similar way to drivers championships in automotive racing. Stay tuned for details on how the points competition will be scored.

2017 Themes

2017 competitions will include more themes. The themes will be dovetailed with our educational speakers and field trips. Months not listed are "Open" and do not have a theme.

  • February - Oldies Night. There is no theme per-se, but the "taken in the last 2 years" restriction is lifted. Dig into your archive if you want and find those favorite oldies you made way back in 2014.
  • March - Colorful
  • May - Spring Explosion
  • July - Moment of Impact
  • September - Petal 2 the Metal
  • November - Faces of Man
  • December - No Normal Competition. Annual Party and Yearly Awards - People's Choice and Photographer of the Year.

To give everyone plenty of time to go out and make images for the 2018 themes, we've designated those as well, but not assigned them to months yet. The 2018 themes in no particular order are:

  • Blur
  • Night Time Photography
  • Sunset/Sunrise
  • Famous Destinations
  • Faces of Man

Member Print Exhibition

We will have one member per meeting present a selection of prints of their choosing during the 7:00 to 7:30 meet and greet portion. Members will use this time to browse the images. At the start of the meeting, the exhibiting member will give a short (~5 minute or so) explanation of the exhibit prior to the meeting's other activities.

Field Trips

2017 will see more field trips. The club will host at least 4 official field trips. Our plans are to have the following:

  • Spring - Lysts on the Lake. Knightly combat including full contact jousting, sword fighting and other western martial arts.
  • Early Summer - Wildseed Farms. Visit a wild flower farm in the heart of the Texas hill country.
  • Late Summer - Cars and Coffee. Tag along to Austin's biggest car meet with everything from modern hyper cars to classic rods.
  • Fall - Viva la Vida. Photograph the Day of the Dead Parade in Austin.

Other members may suggest and run field trips. It's easy. Just let one of the leadership team know what you want to do. We'll collect some information and publicize it to the club members.

Good Financial Foundation

Thus far the club has existed mostly on favors from various club members and our connections. However, going forward the club will require some minimum cash flow to do things like rent venues and pay speakers small stipends for speaking and judging. By paying for a location, we can remove the ongoing labor of finding a location and have access to venues we otherwise wouldn't. This will free the leadership team up to concentrate on providing better educational and inspirational opportunities.

Starting in January of 2017, the club will collect dues of $24/year (that is ONLY $2/month). Competitions, field trips and other club sponsored activities (we have other stuff in he works!) will be "members only". The meeting will still be free to attend, but we will encourage those attending regularly to join. After all, it is only $2/month and it will help the club grow and flourish.

The Small Print: Memberships are not prorated. It's $24 whenever you join during 2017. For logistics reasons anyone may enter January and February's competitions under the assumption that they still need to pay since we will still be gathering dues from everyone. However, after February, non-member images will be rejected. New members may enter their first competition once their dues are received.

Stay tuned for information on how to official join the club and pay your 2017 dues.

Year End Party – Thursday Dec 1st, 2016

NAPfS’s December 2016 meeting will be held on Dec 1st, 2016 from 7PM until 9PM.

We are at the end of our first year of NAPfS and to celebrate, our December meeting will be a social gathering. Come eat, drink and be marry. Bring a snack and drink to share. No glass containers. There is a play set immediately out front and the location is kid friendly. Bring a friend and your family.

LOCATION: Green Red Barn, 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd, Pflugerville, TX 78660. More info.

 

Competition: People’s Choice Award

December will be our the club’s first choice awards. Members attending will vote for their favorite winning images from this years competitions. We’ll tally the votes and announce the winner at the meeting. Need a preview? Check out the winners below: