Author: Clay Leben

About Clay Leben

I've always loved photography and cameras. Started in high school with darkroom and school newspaper; continued with college yearbook photos. I just keep going; taking photos of events around me for personal pleasure. I love capturing the moment and saving memories as "citizen journalism" storytelling. Like Cronkite used to end the newscast by saying, "And, that's the way it was!"

Member Spotlight – 2nd Quarter 2019

Dennis Isenberg

Dennis Isenberg For this spotlight, we’ve selected Dennis, a NAPfS charter member who has been active since its earliest meetings and 2013 Pflugerville Library show. We also owe a debt of gratitude to him because he is our faithful “keyman” who arrives early to unlock the United Christian Church doors for our meetings. Dennis often has his Panasonic Lumix camera(s) with him. Quite a few … Continue reading Member Spotlight – 2nd Quarter 2019 »

Recap – John Acurso on Inside/Out Photography

April 4, 2019: United Christian Church, Austin, Texas After a lifetime of personal and commercial photography, John Acurso has enough advice to share that it would fill many meetings. An audience of 47 members and guests listened intently as Acurso first critiqued the April club competition entries in the first hour and then displayed images in the second hour from his personal projects coupled with … Continue reading Recap – John Acurso on Inside/Out Photography »

October 18th Hands-On Meeting Recap

October Hands-On Meeting

It’s been raining all week causing severe flooding in the Hill Country, so it was a pleasant surprise to have 17 members attend on a chilly, damp night. Plus, the scheduled speaker couldn’t come. So the meeting was billed as “social networking, slide show, gear swap, and meet & greet.” The socializing was aided by ample snacks including chips, veggies, sweet rolls, cookies, spicy chili, … Continue reading October 18th Hands-On Meeting Recap »

Printing & Matting Demo Recap

make the mat

Our first “3rd Thursday” meeting on March 15th was attended by about 28 persons including 5 guests at United Christian Church. These new educational meetings are designed to be tutorials or demos by skilled photographers. Tonight we focused on quality printing and matting photographs to enter competitions. Club President Andrew Fritz of spoke about printing your own work using professional quality ink jet printers. … Continue reading Printing & Matting Demo Recap »

March 2018 Competition Results

The March 2018 competition was judged by Mark Heaps.

Class 1 First Place Winner Allen Irby. (Out of 29 submissions)
First Place: "Pretty Lady" by Allen Irby

First Place: “Pretty Lady” by Allen Irby

Class 1 Award Winners:

Second Place: “redfinder” by Chloe Hunter and Third Place: “PaddleSteamer” by Carol McAllen

Honorable Mentions:

“Still Life” by David Margulis, “Capture the Light” by Ruth Ann,  “Untitled” by Jerry Zerbst, and “Diamond Red Dazzle” by Ruth Ann

Class 2 First Place Winner by Steve Coyle (Out of 25 submissions)
First Place: Stand-Out by Steve Coyle

First Place: Stand-Out by Steve Coyle

Class 2 Award Winners

Second Place: “Lets Bloom Red” by Veachel S Dixon and Third Place: “Glamour” by Josh Baker

Honorable Mentions

“Red Leaf” by Russ Morris, “Sugar Fix” by Patti Mitchell, “Conflicted” by Josh Baker, and “Strawberry is the jam” by Ashley Piel

March 2018 NAPfS Meeting Recap

Hey, it’s our 3rd 2018 meeting with about 40 members and 8 guests attending at United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, TX. 78727. Welcome to our newest club members: Casey Holder and Lauren Vega. All it takes is a $24 check at a meeting or PayPal at our web site  Thank you to the 61 members who have paid your 2018 … Continue reading March 2018 NAPfS Meeting Recap »

February 2018 Contest Results


This month’s contest theme “Oldies” was Judged by Andrew Fritz, NAPfS President and professional doing wedding, commercial, and nature photography. Members were allowed to submit any two images that were older than two years. The club’s usual rule is that images must be new, taken within two years. You can read submission guidelines and other rules here. February set a record for total submissions.

While critiquing the images Andrew’s advice included “bad weather makes for good photographs.” He praised images that drew him in visually, told a story, and had portraits with strong facial expressions. Although there were several “cute” cat and dog pictures, they would be improved he said by showing a relationship between owners and their pets or striking animal behaviors. Sharp focus on animal eyes is critical too. He also liked several building, beach, and tree images with strong geometric composition. Click an image to see a slide show.

Class 1 – Novice – 39 submissions

1st Class 1

First Place Class 1: Allen Irby, Boot Hill

Second Place: “Untitled” by Jerry Zerbst. Third Place: “Easter Buddy” by Allen Irby. Honorable Mention: “sunlight duchess” by Chloe Hunter. Honorable Mention: “On Town Lake” by Will Varley. Honorable Mention: “Colleen” by Patti Mitchell. Honorable Mention: “Dollyrama” by Marsha Robinson. Honorable Mention: “Beach Nomad” by Bri Thatcher. Honorable Mention: “dog jog beach” by Anthony Charles

Class 2 – Advanced – 21 submissions

1st Class 2

First Place, Class 2: Peter Livadas, “Say the Word”

First Place: “Say the word” by Peter Livadas. Second Place: “Canopy” by Veachel S Dixon. Third Place: “Looking Glass” by Veachel S Dixon. Honorable Mention: “Waiting” by Vance Strickland. Honorable Mention: “Butterfly Beauty” by Ashley Piel.

February Meeting Recap

We had a great 2018 2nd meeting February 1st with over 40 people attending at United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, TX. 78727.Welcome to our newest club members: Dianne Kline, Avinash Naidu Suvvari, Steve Coyle, Sylvia D Anchia, Riss Estes, Arlie Pfeifer, Bruce Jones, Ed Wilts, and Trevor Lemoine. Club President Andrew Fritz announced that the club will sponsor a second monthly … Continue reading February Meeting Recap »