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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

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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.

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

 

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.

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.

2017 Leadership Positions

2017 will be the first year that NAPfS is run by a member elected board. Below are the positions and the description of their duties. The club is evolving and these duties will evolve with it.

The club has several high level goals and this is an exciting time to be involved. In 2017 the club would like to:

  • Establish formal membership with dues.
  • Find a “forever home” so meetings are in the same place each month.
  • Have more frequent meetings so there is time for more than just competition and one speaker.
  • Have more diverse content presented but local and national talent.
  • Host/help with an outside show or event.

Club members are encouraged to nominate individuals for these positions or volunteer themselves. To volunteer or make a nomination, please email web@napfs.club.

President

2016 Outgoing – Andrew Fritz

  • Coordinates the actions of the club’s leadership.
  • Presides over meetings.
  • Does whatever needs to be done to make it happen.

Vice President

2016 Outgoing – Unfilled

  • Take over for the President if he/she is unable to attend a meeting.
  • Assumes President’s position if he/she is unable to continue to fill the role.
  • Helps the President as needed per the president’s direction.

Treasurer

2016 Outgoing – Unfilled

  • Arrange for the club to legally take dues.
  • Set up a bank account.
  • Manage the clubs money per the direction of the President and the rest of the board.
  • Oversee any required tax prep (should be none to minimal).

Competition Coordinator

2016 Outgoing – Andrew Fritz

  • Finds qualified judges for each meeting.
  • Collects images for the monthly competition via the web form.
  • Prepares previews for the judges each month.
  • Prepares and runs the competition at the meeting.
  • Publishes the competition results with the help of PR & Marketing.

Program Coordinator

2016 Outgoing – Charlotte Wright

  • Finds speakers for the club’s monthly meetings.
  • Publishes speaker information for upcoming meetings with the help of PR & Marketing
  • Insures the club has the required AV gear for the speaker.
  • Assists speakers during their presentation as needed.

Membership Coordinator

2016 Outgoing – Andrew Fritz

  • Manages the membership list and email list.
  • Responsible for collecting membership forms and dues.

PR & Marketing

2016 Outgoing – Andrew Fritz and Kimberly Fore (2017 incoming)

  • Promote the club’s activities on the web and social media.
  • Maintain the web site.
  • Create posts for upcoming meetings and past competitions.
  • Create infrequent email updates for the membership (approximately monthly).

2016 Year End Survey – Tell us what you think!

2016 was our inaugural year and it went by in a blur. We are working to make 2017 even better, but we need your help. Tell us what you thought about NAPfS’s 2016 programs and competitions. Tell us what you want to learn in 2017!

This survey will run until 2/1/2017. We ask that each person only fill it in once.