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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

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.

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

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

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.