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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. The meeting schedule is: 7:00PM – Meet and Greet 7:30PM – Speaker: Keith Mitchell 8:00PM – Monthly Competition with Judge Keith Mitchel … Continue reading Meeting: Thursday, October 6th, 2016 »

Results – September 2016

September’s competition was open (no theme). Our guest judge was the amazing Randy Kerr.

Class 1

We had 20 class 1 entries with 5 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2x honorable mention).

1st – Water Rings by Kimberly Fore

 

2nd – Bridal Beauty by Ashley Piel

 

3rd – Morning Light by Malinda Baum

 

Honorable Mentions

Class 2

We had 11 entries in class 2 with 2 awards (1st and 2nd). The winning images are below.

1st – Northern New Mexico by Sirrah Lore

Sirrah Lore - Northern NM

2nd – Held Grapes by Josh Baker

Josh Baker - Held Grapes

 

 

Pflugerville Library Photography Show – 2016

The Pflugerville library has asked the club to organize a photography show to be displayed at the main Pflugerville Library from November 18th, 2016 until January 20th, 2017. Photos will hang in the main entry way and adjoining conference room. Entry is free, but photographers must live in the North Austin area. Rules All photos must be suitable for all ages in a public setting. … Continue reading Pflugerville Library Photography Show – 2016 »

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 … Continue reading Meeting: Thursday, Sept 1st, 2016 »

Results – August 2016

August’s competition was themed “After Dark”. Club founder Andrew Fritz was our judge.

Class 1

We had 13 class 1 entries with 3 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd).

1st – Dip by Warren Creech

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2nd – Martian Photo Bomb by Shawn Hutcherson

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3rd – Windchime by Russ Morris

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Class 2

We had 10 entries in class 2 with 2 awards (1st and 2nd). The winning images are below.

1st – Enchanted by Emily Crowel Stevens

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2nd – Sparkle by Josh Baker

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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).

Results – July 2016

July’s competition was open (no theme). Tani James, Director of Education at Precision Camera & Video was our judge for the meeting. The winning images are below.

Class 1

We had 24 class 1 entries with 5 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd and two honorable mentions).

1st – John Deer by Kimberly Fore

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2nd – Snail Soup by Janet White

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3rd – A wee Hummingbird by Carol McAllen

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Honorable Mentions

Class 2

We had 8 entries in class 2 with 2 awards (1st and 2nd). The winning images are below.

1st – Open Road by Andrew Fritz

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2nd – I Hear the Train A Coming by Chris Cina

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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.

 

Results – June 2016

June’s competition was open (no theme). Sports Photojournalist Jamie Harms was our judge for the meeting. The winning images are below.

Class 1

We had 21 class 1 entries with 5 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd and two honorable mentions).

1st – Openly Yellow by Chloe Hunter

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

The exposure of the sunflower and the sky are perfect, bright and colorful. The focus on the sunflower and bee are tack sharp with the right depth of field to make the image nice to look at. 

2nd – Red Poppies by Russ Morris

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3rd – Refueling by Chloe Hunter

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Honorable Mentions

Class 2

We had 10 entries in class 2 with 3 awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd). The winning images are below.

1st – Purple & Yellow by Josh Baker

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

This is a fun and original image with perfect focus and depth of field. The purple and yellow of the jaw breakers juxtaposed with the reversed background is simple but brilliant. The post processing of the skin is natural and not over done. Just a great all around shot.

2nd – Good Morning Tetons by Bill Bunton

 

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3rd – Get Away from My Wife by Andrew Fritz

Andrew Fritz%Get Away from my Wife

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.