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NAPƒS Membership

NAPƒS Membership

We’re a few weeks from halfway through 2017 and we’re up to 55 official members. That means we still need 45 folks to join up before year’s end to reach our goal of 100 NAPƒS members.

We’ve had really great speakers in the past year, local experts like Randy Kerr, Chris Sherman, Amy Jasek, and George Brainard plus member presentations from awesome, talented folks like Chris Cina and Bill Bunton. Not to mention the extremely informative Copyright/Contracts presentation by Eleanor Ruffner and Natalie Lynch just last week!

We have excellent speakers lined up in the months ahead, and we’re already getting our 2018 schedule in order.

It’s so cool that you’ve pitched in, not only by joining, but with your participation in the monthly member print exhibition, the quarterly field trips, and my favorite activity, the monthly photo competition. Thank you.

Now it’s time to step it up. If you know anyone that has as much fun with photography as we do, invite them to one of the 5 remaining 2017 meetings and encourage them to join and participate.

Let’s hit that 100 member goal!

New! NAPƒS Logo T-shirt!

Show your colors!

Support the North Austin Pƒotographic Society by purchasing a NAPƒS logo T-shirt!

The shirt costs just $23.99 and it comes in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL and colors Charcoal, Black, Espresso, Maroon, and Storm.

The sale of this first edition ends June 11, 2017. Orders will be received between June 21st and June 30th.

Don’t delay!

Get your NAPƒS logo T-shirt here > http://bonfire.com/naps-logo-t-shirt

As with your annual membership, all proceeds from the sale of this shirt will be used 100% in support of club operations and activities.

Meeting – Thursday June 1, 2017

Georgetown Justice

The 6th NAPƒS meeting of 2017 will be held Thursday, June 1 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, Ashley Piel will exhibit a selection of her printed photographs. Once the meeting starts, Ashley will speak for a few minutes about her work and answer questions.

Monthly Competition

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Saturday, May 27, 2017

June’s competition is open themed and will be judged by Josh Baker, professional photographer and founder of of AzulOx Visuals, LLC in Pflugerville, TX and co-founder of AzulOx Workshops.

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!

Speakers – Natalie R. Lynch and Eleanor Ruffner

Natalie’s and Eleanor’s presentation is titled “A tale of Photographic Copyright Woe – A story of recovery based on true events.”

About Natalie R. Lynch

Natalie R. Lynch

Natalie R. Lynch began her legal career in Colorado, and she now practices in Austin, Texas. In Colorado, she was a two-term president of the Aurora Bar Association, the first recipient of the Colorado Bar Association’s Future Leaders award and a member of the Bar Association’s Executive Counsel. In Texas, she serves in leadership positions of the State Bar Associations, including the International Bar Section and the state’s Animal Law Section.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Natalie lived in the United States, Ghana, and Spain. As an attorney, Natalie has helped companies conduct business throughout Asia (particularly Japan and China) and the world. She has also conducted hundreds of workplace discrimination investigations as well as other workplace investigations.

Natalie’s business background enables her to excel at business formation, employment law, workplace discrimination matters, contracts, and employer litigation avoidance. Natalie currently lives in and loves Austin, Texas. Connect with Natalie on LinkedIn.

Education
  • South Texas College of Law, JD
  • Texas A&M University, BA in International Studies
  • Universidad de Granada, Foreign Alumna
Training & Certifications
  • Convercent and Gene Ferrero Investigations Training
  • FEMA and CERT, certified
  • Dispute Mediation Center, trained
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, member
About Eleanor Ruffner

Eleanor Ruffner

Eleanor Ruffner earned her B.A. summa cum laude in English and Philosophy from Ole Miss and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law with honors in 2004.  She has litigated a variety of matters in state and federal court, handling disputes from pre-suit investigation and counseling through exhaustive appeals.  Over the course of her career, she has represented and advised individuals, small businesses, and international companies on a broad range of subjects, including commercial and contract disputes, fiduciary obligations, business divorces, securities law violations, intellectual property claims, antitrust regulations, personal injury defense (including toxic tort, premises, and products liability), professional malpractice, and constitutional rights.

Eleanor is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, the Austin Bar Foundation, and the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation.  She co-chairs the Austin Bar Association’s CLE committee, serves on the board of the Mother-Attorney Mentoring Association and the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation.  She is a member of the Texas Bar College, has authored legal articles on venue and federal administrative policies, and has been selected by her peers as a Texas Rising Star in business litigation for the last three years.

In addition to her private law practice, Eleanor also serves as an adjunct at the University of Texas School of Law.  In the Fall Semester, she teaches Intensive Trial Skills and serves as an instructor for the UT Law Advocacy Program’s Fall Litigation Institute.  In the spring, she serves as an instructor for the UT Law Advocacy Program’s Spring Trial Academy and teaches Advocacy Outside the Courtroom.  

Eleanor and her husband, Tom (also an attorney in Austin), have two young children and one rescue dog, and in her recreational time she practices yoga with more enthusiasm than skill.

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.

 

NAPƒS Field Trip – Wildseed Farms, Red Corn Poppies in Full Bloom

Saturday, April 8 @ 10 a.m.

Wildseed Farms
100 Legacy Drive
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Map

More info – http://www.wildseedfarms.com

Experience the awesome spectacle of Red Corn Poppies in full Spring bloom during this macro/landscape Field Trip to Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg. There are gardens aplenty overflowing with poppies, bluebonnets, and other Texas natives in full glory.

Afterwards we’ll gather for lunch at Wildseed Farms’ Brewbonnet Biergarten to relax, share stories, and check out everyone’s images.

This NAPfS Field Trip is an excellent opportunity for you to make photos to submit in the May 2017 Spring Explosion theme competition.

This April 2017 Wildseed Farms Trip is being lead by Tani James.

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.

NAPƒS Field Trip – Lysts on the Lake, Competitive Jousting in Central Texas

Saturday, April 29 @ 9 a.m.

7400 Coldwater Canyon Dr
Austin, TX 78730 Map

More info – http://www.texasjoust.com/

NAPƒS will host its first field trip of 2017 on April 29 at Lysts on the Lake in West Austin. We’ll meet at the Curtain Theater near the parking area at 9 a.m. and get oriented before we enter.

This Field Trip is limited to 10 club members and individuals are responsible for their own admission ($23 on site, $20 online). Ask questions and please RSVP via the Facebook event page.

We’ll have access to photograph a portrait session with at least one jouster in full armor as well as other behind the scenes opportunities.

What to Expect at the Lysts

Lysts on the Lake is a western martial arts competition, which means it will be “knightly combat”. The competitions vary from year to year but the core remains the same. There will be full contact jousting with combatants galloping towards each other carrying frangible fifteen foot long lances. Their goal is not to unhorse the other rider (that is very dangerous and potentially deadly) but to break their own lance cleanly on the other rider’s shield, while providing a clean, well placed target with their own shield. Combatants riding against each other are not competing directly, but trying to earn points through a clean lance strike and break.

The event is a competition and not a show. Spectators can get relatively close and the view is unobstructed. There is only a low fence to set the boundary and give the horses a place (and reason) to stop. The jousts can be unpredictable. We often think of horses as grass fed motorcycles, but they are anything but. They are living creatures with moods, fears and their own skill sets. Jousting is as much about horsemanship and the rider/horse relationship as it is about holding the lance.

Beyond the jousting there will likely be armored foot combat or demonstrations using swords, pikes and halberds (referred to by the combatants as “medieval can openers”). There will also be a mounted melee where fully armored riders attack each other with wooden maces (heavy oversized baseball bats) trying to score hard hits. The combatants call this “Whack Bonk” which captures the spirit pretty well. There is also a hunt course where riders gallop through the pecan bottom firing bows, striking apples with swords and jumping obstacles.

When not competing, combatants will be around (in or out of their armor) and are friendly. The armor is all custom made, much is period correct and built using historical methods: a forge, a hammer, and anvil, and is a marvel of craftsmanship in and of itself. Opportunities to make images of the details of the sport will be plentiful. We will attempt to arrange a portrait session with one ore more fully armored knights as well.

Suggested Photo Gear

The Lysts is a combination of sporting event and portrait session. The events take part during the day under bright natural light. You will need a relatively long lens to get “close” to the action during combat. A 70-200 is generally sufficient, but longer lenses can be fun. Likewise, a wider lens (50mm or 35mm) can be fun for capturing the entire scene. Flashes can’t be used during combat (due to distance) or around the horses (it can spook them), but may be useful during the portrait and detail portions of the day

Bring Your Own Lunch

Ice chests are allowed, and since concessions may not be available, bringing your own food and drink is advisable. There’s easy back and forth access to the parking area.

Miscellaneous Necessities

– Sunscreen and Bug Spray
– Durable clothes
– Lawn Chair (optional)

This NAPfS Field Trip is an excellent opportunity for you to make photos to submit in the July 2017 Moment of Impact theme competition.

This April 2017 Lysts on the Lake Field Trip is being lead by Andrew Fritz and Josh Baker.