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Results – November 2016

November’s competition was open (no theme). Our guest judges were Greg Burger & Robert Backman from Precision Camera.

Class 1

We had 17 Class 1 entries with 4 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd, honorable mention).

1st – Ginger on Track by Brian Nixon

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2nd – The Barber by Brian Nixon

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3rd – Knock Out by Russ Morris

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Honorable Mention – Rae by Malinda Baum

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Class 2

We had 8 Class 2 entries with 2 awards (1st and 2nd).

1st – Moon Light Canyon by Andrew Fritz

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2nd – Shirley by Joshua Guenther

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Meeting: Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

NAPfS’s November 2016 meeting will be held on Nov 3rd, 2016 starting at 7PM.

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

The meeting schedule is:

7:00PM – Meet and Greet
7:30PM – Speaker: Greg Burger from Precision Camera
8:00PM – Monthly Competition

Monthly Competition

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday Oct 30th.

November is an open competition. Any image from the last 2 years may be entered. 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 November’s competition will be Greg Burger and Rodger Backman of Precision Camera & Video.

Mirrorless Cameras and the new DJI Mavic Drone

With Speaker Greg Burger &  Robert Backman, Precision Camera & Video

Gregg Burger is the General Manager of Precision Camera.  He has been in the photo industry for over 35 years. He has owned Olympus, Minolta, Canon and Nikon.  His current cameras are the Nikon D750 and the Sony A7RII.  Both full frame and both are great cameras.  Which one does he use more now?

Robert Backman is the top sales person at Precision Camera and has been a Nikon shooter for many years, he shoots weddings and portraits, but is best known for sports.  He shoots for a national online sports site.  At the games he still brings his Nikon but lately his Olympus and Fuji have been used more and more.  Why?  Ask him at the meeting.

Mirrorless

Mirrorless cameras are not taking a backseat to normal size DSLR’s any more.  Mirrorless cameras have many advantages over their larger Nikon and Canon brethren.  Smaller and lighter, they are ideal or travel, but don’t stop there. Recent mirrorless have closed the quality gap too and are making spectacular images. Greg and Rodger will bring a selection of current mirrorless cameras from Olympus, Fuji and Sony for a little up close and personal Q&A.

Mavic Drone

And, as a bonus, Greg and Robert plan to bring along the new (and tiny) DJI Mavic drone. The Mavic is the newest and most compact professional level drone on the market. The best part? It is affordable and easy enough for anyone to use. Come see one up close and personal.

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Meeting: Thursday, October 6th, 2016

NAPfS’s October 2016 meeting will be held on Thursday October 6th, 2016 starting at 7PM. The meeting location is First Baptist Church, 306 Round Rock Ave, Round Rock, Texas 78664.

LOCATION CHANGE: First Baptist Church, 306 Round Rock Ave, Round Rock, Texas 78664.

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The meeting schedule is:

7:00PM – Meet and Greet
7:30PM – Speaker: Keith Mitchell
8:00PM – Monthly Competition with Judge Keith Mitchel

Monthly Competition with Judge Keith Mitchell

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday October 2nd.

October is an open competition (no theme). Any image from the last 2 years may be entered. Image submission is open until midnight on Sunday October 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 October’s competition will be Keith Mitchel.

Speaker – Keith Mitchell

keith-mitchellKeith Mitchell, Ph.D. is a retired University of Texas educator and former executive briefing specialist for Apple computer.  Keith began taking pictures as a part of his corporate education responsibilities at Apple computer. He was part of the team Apple used to roll out QuickTime VR panoramic tools to the education community nationwide. Keith continued to practice photography as a part of his career while working in UT’s department of education.

After retiring, Keith studied portrait photography formally at the Texas School of Photography. Kieth is an active Austin PPA guild member. He has won several local PPA guild print competitions. Keith currently manages a photography business, DigitalAspirations as well as managing a video interview studio for Apple at the Austin campus.

Find more of Keith’s work at DigitalAspirations.com.

Becoming a Civil War Photojournalist through Reenactments

Keith Mitchell, explains how you can  become a photo journalist embedded in the Civil War. Keith will share images, video, and photoshop composites that he has produced to capture Union and Confederate troops in action!  A field trip will be announced making it possible for you to get your press pass for a November re-enactment.

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, 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.

Results – May 2016

May’s competition was open (no theme). Alex Suarez was our judge for the meeting. Alex is a formal trained photographer and founder of APS. The winning images are below.

Class 1

We had 24 class 1 entries with 6 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd and three honorable mentions).

1st – Jungle Cruise by Shawn Hutcherson

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The judge’s paraphrased thoughts on why this image won:

This image reveal many layers in its composition (water, elephants, more water, vegetation, rocks, etc.), the criss-crossing elements, the depth of field, the action all contributed to create a superb image.

2nd – Tasty Treat by Ashley Piel

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3rd – Flow by Stacy Wells

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Honorable Mentions

Class 2

We had 12 entries in class 2 with 3 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd). The winning images are below.

1st – A Sprinkle by Josh Baker

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The judge’s paraphrased thoughts on why this image won:

This image display great texture, well placed focus selection and a strong composition. The flying particles of powdered sugar take it one step further! Technically well lit, exposed, processed.

2nd – Blue & Silver by Josh Baker

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3rd – Embrasse-Moi by Emily Crowell Stevens

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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.