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Meeting: Thursday, Sept 1st, 2016

NAPfS’s September 2016 meeting will be held on Thursday September 1st 2016 starting at 7PM. The meeting location is United Christian Church, 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727.

LOCATION CHANGE: United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727.

The meeting schedule is:

7:00PM – Meet and Greet
7:30PM – Speaker: Randy Kerr – Behind the Wire
8:00PM – Monthly Competition with Judge Randy Kerr

Monthly Competition with Judge Randy Kerr

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday August 28th.

September is an open competition (no theme). Any image from the last 2 years may be entered. Image submission is open until midnight on Sunday August 28th. Participants will be divided into two classes. Each club member will choose which class to enter. For more information, see this post.

Submit your images here.

Our guest judge for September’s competition will be Randy Kerr.

Speaker – Randy Kerr

DSC_7998Randy Kerr is the great grandson of photographic portrait artist Cyrus Kerr. He began his carrier as a working professional photographer at the age of 18.  After a 37 years of camera work, Randy dedicates much of his lens time to ecological and humanitarian storytelling. With images that hang in over 30 countries, Kerr’s light lecture tours are scripted to help others interface with light and shadows while contending wit the human condition.

Light. Light. Light.

Randy will talk about scouting for quality light, light direction and capturing artistic intention through symbolism.

Meeting: Thursday, Aug 4th, 2016

NAPfS’s August 2016 meeting will be held on August 4th 2016 starting at 7PM. The meeting location is United Christian Church, 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727.

LOCATION CHANGE: United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727.

The meeting schedule is:

7:00PM – Meet and Greet
7:30PM – Speaker: Bill Bunton – Behind the Wire
8:00PM – Monthly Competition “After Dark” with Judge Andrew Fritz

Monthly Competition with Judge Andrew Fritz

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday July 31st.

33dde9d4b5b311e38c270e01faf4e0e4_8August’s theme is “After Dark”. The world after dark is changed visually. Photographers have a special power to capture it in new and interesting ways. Photos must be made after dark or in a dark environment. Any image from the last 2 years may be entered. Image submission is open until midnight on Sunday July 31st. Participants will be divided into two classes. Each club member will choose which class to enter. For more information, see this post.

Submit your images here.

Our guest judge for August’s competition will be Andrew Fritz of AzulOx Visuals.

Speaker – Bill Bunton, Club Member

20160515__D4S9529Bill is an Austin area electrical engineer and committed photographer.   Bill started learning photography while stationed in Germany, where he purchased his first 35mm SLR camera – a Pentax Spotmatic at the Post Exchange.

Bill took advantage of the on-post darkroom facilities and inexpensive black-and white film; he shot and processed tens of rolls per month. Some of the exposures were demonstrations of shutter-speed and lens-aperture effects; others were experiments in pushing Tri-X to higher ISOs. Following weekends of travel, it was not unexpected to have 12 or 16 rolls of Tri-X film to develop. This effort brought him a second place and two third place trophies in the US Army in Europe photo contest.

After leaving the service and returning to Austin, the pace of photography slowed. Without easy access to a darkroom, processing was more expensive and required more time. He was able to upgrade to his first Nikon – an F2 with a 43-86 f3.5 lens. Photography continued to receive less and less attention, though the F2 was used occasionally.

His long dormant photography addiction returned in its full glory when he acquired Lightroom and his first DSLR – a Nikon D300. During this time, he found a way to make photography twice as expensive, by introducing his wife (Evelyn) to high quality cameras and lenses. Needless to say, the equipment list has grown longer with almost two of everything. You can’t expect two adult engineers to share expensive equipment.  Bill rarely passes an opportunity to learn or to share what he has learned.  He is comfortable applying complex techniques to get a unique image.  Bill’s photography interests vary widely, covering landscape, macro, the Austin music scene, but his favorite is motor-sports and action.

Behind the Wire – Auto Sports Photography

How do you photograph motor-sports without event promoter credentials? How do you shoot photographs as a simple spectator, without access to dedicated photographer locations between the track’s wire fences?

Bill will discuss his experience photographing at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) Austin. His presentation will cover choosing shooting locations, equipment, and camera settings. He will present images that are the result of good choices, bad choice, and simple good luck (right place, right time & right equipment).

Meeting: Thursday, July 7th, 2016

NAPfS’s July 2016 meeting will be held on July 7th 2016 starting at 7PM. The meeting location is Lone Oak Barn in Round Rock.

The meeting schedule is:

7:00PM – Meet and Greet
7:30PM – Andrew Fritz – Night Photography 101
8:00PM – Monthly Competition, Judge TBD

Monthly Competition with Judge Tani James

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Saturday July 2nd.

TaniJuly is an open competition. Any image from the last 2 years may be entered. Image submission is open until midnight on Saturday July 2nd. Participants will be divided into two classes. Each club member will choose which class to enter. For more information, see this post.

Submit your images here.

Our guest judge for July’s competition will be Precision Camera & Video Education Director Tani James.

Speaker – Andrew Fritz

33dde9d4b5b311e38c270e01faf4e0e4_8Andrew is a self taught photographer who learns through trial and error, and experimentation. His first love photographically was night landscape photography. On his first trip with his first camera to Quebec, Andrew spent long hours out after dark trying to make pictures. Not long after that he started experimenting with astrophotography.

Andrew is a full time professional photographer who practices many forms of photography including editorial & lifestyle portraiture, wedding photography, sports (in the form of lindy hop) photography and product photography. Andrew teaches night photography (and other) classes at Precision Camera & Video in Austin.

Night Photography 101

When the sun sets, the world changes visually. For a camera, time slows down and the photographer is able to choose to show much longer slices of time. The relationship of bright and dark areas shifts as well with shadowed structures glowing. While night photography has numerous challenges, it can be incredibly rewarding allowing the photographer to depict the world in ways far outside our human experience.

Andrew will present an introduction to night photography including tips and trips for focusing and determining exposure. He will also present various night time images and talk about how they were made and the complications night time photographers face.

 

Meeting: Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

NAPfS’s June 2016 meeting will be held on June 2nd 2016 starting at 7PM. The meeting location is United Christian Church, 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727.

LOCATION CHANGE: United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx. 78727. 

The meeting schedule is:

7:00PM – Meet and Greet
7:30PM – Jamie Harms – Freelance Sports Photography
8:00PM – Monthly Competition with guest judge Jamie Harms

Monthly Competition with Judge Jamie Harms

June is an open competition. Any image from the last 2 years may be entered. Image submission is open until midnight on Friday May 27th. Participants will be divided into two classes. Each club member will choose which class to enter. For more information, see this post.

Submit your images here.

Our guest judge for June’s competition will be Jamie Harms.

Speaker & Judge – Jamie Harms

Freelance Sports Photojournalism

with CameraJamie will present a selection of his sports images and discuss working as a freelance journalist.

Jamie is a freelance sports photographer and a regular contributor to MaxPreps.com, MiLB.com, the Austin American Statesman and numerous other newspapers and media outlets.  He’s published in the Houston Astros magazine!  He got into sports photography by taking pictures at his kids sporting events and then his hobby became an obsession.

Meeting: Thursday, May 5th 2016

Update: Due to a personal emergency, our scheduled speaker, Natalie Lynch will not be able to speak this month as planned. We are rescheduling her talk for later in the year. Amy Jasek will be speaking about large format photography instead.

NAPfS’s May 2016 meeting will be held on May 5th, 2016 starting at 7PM. This month we will be meeting in Taylor at 120Art.

LOCATION CHANGE: We will meeting at a different location than normal: 120Art in downtown Taylor. The address is 120 W. 2nd Street, Taylor, TX 76574.

The meeting schedule is:

7:00PM – Meet and Greet
7:30PM – Natalie Lynch – Legal Issues for Photographers
8:00PM – Monthly Competition with guest judge Alex Suarez

Monthly Competition – Judge Alex Suarez

12316061_10156285257220113_1287782538069437462_nMay is an open competition. Any image from the last 2 years may be entered. Image submission is open until midnight on Friday April 29th. Participants will be divided into two classes. Each club member will choose which class to enter. For more information, see this post.

Submit your images here.

Our guest judge for May’s competition will be Alex Suarez, founder of the Austin Photography Society. From helicopters to oceans, ghost towns to urban jungles, mountains to deserts, foreign lands to his own back yard, Alex lives for exploring the world and capturing compelling images that tell a story and emotionally move the viewer. Use of bold colors, strong graphic elements, unusual perspectives and whimsical humor are some of the tools that he employs to create images that evoke emotion or provoke thought. Alex draws upon his 30 years of photographic experience to make the most of each and every photographic opportunity he encounters. Alex lives in the Austin hill country with his wife and two kids. He leads a monthly advanced photography interest group which is open to the public.

Speaker – Amy Jasek

Large Format Photography

me with 7x17Amy has always been a photographer.  There may have been breaks along the way, but she may as well have been born with a camera in her hand. She learned 99% of what she knows about photography from her father.  He started schooling her in traditional darkroom techniques before she was even tall enough to reach the sink, and has always had a knack for knowing just the right time to gift her a new camera.  Two Christmases ago, it was a Crown Graphic with all the accessories.  Last Christmas, it was a 7×17 Korona Banquet View Camera, again with all the accessories.  Thus began my adventures in large format photography.

Amy will present some of her large format photography work as show off her cameras. If you’ve ever been curious about large format photography, this is a great oppritunity to learn more about it.

 

Meeting: Thursday, April 7th 2016

NAPfS’s April 2016 meeting will be held on April 7th, 2016 starting at 7PM. The club meets at Lone Oak Barn in Round Rock.

The meeting schedule is:

7:00PM – Meet and Greet
7:30PM – Warren Creech -Returning to Photography’s Documentary
8:00PM – Monthly Competition

Monthly Competition

April’s theme is “April Showers“.  Enter your pictures of weather, good or bad. Photos must feature weather as a central element of the photo. Images must have been taken within the last 2 years. Image submission is open on March 10th and will close on March 31st at midnight.

Participants will be divided into two classes. Each club member will choose which class to enter. For more information, see this post.

Geoff Hammond of will be our judge for April’s competition. Geoff Hammond is a professional photographer and former elevator for iStock Photo as well as a contributor to several stock agencies. He has traveled and lived in the UK and Czech Republic. He leads two mission trips per year to Karlovy Vary and Blanta as well as photography tours throughout the Czech Republic. (Yes, he speaks Czech.) To see his work, go to https://www.stocksy.com/hammondovi and http://www.hammondovi.com/.

Speaker – Warren Creech

Photographing Regular Life

Pictures 024-2Club member Warren Creech shares his passion for returning to his roots in photography: documenting everyday life. From chasing his daughter to finding images around us during our journey through the world.

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Meeting: Thursday, March 3rd 2016

NAPfS’s March 2016 meeting will be held on March 3rd, 2016 starting at 7PM. The club meets at Lone Oak Barn in Round Rock.

The meeting schedule is:

7:00PM – Meet and Greet
7:15PM – A Scientist View of Antarctica
8:00PM – Monthly Competition

Monthly Competition

There is no theme for March. Enter any image you want as long as it is less than 2 years old and meets the other rules. Image submission will open on 2/25/2016 and close on 3/1/2016 at midnight. Club co-founder Josh Baker will be judging this month’s competition.

Participants will be divided into two classes. Each club member will choose which class to enter. For more information, see this post.

Speaker – Adrian Dahood-Fritz

A Scientist’s View of Antarctica

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Adrian is a marine biologist who has work all over the world studying marine mammals and other marine creatures. She visited all seven continents in recent years and has been to Antarctica each year since 2010. Her experiences include research work in Alaska, Florida, New Zealand, Russia and Antarctica.

During numerous trips to Antarctica for work and research, Adrian has had a back stage pass to one of the least accessible and starkly beautiful places on the planet. From remote field research camps to south pole infrastructure she has visited most off-the-map places on the southern continent.

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