Monthly Archives: October 2013

Photos of the PASS Summit 2013

This is probably the fastest I have ever had my photo’s edited and available for use.  I am even sick and still got these done quickly.  🙂 I hope that all my friends will spend some time re-living the great times we had at the 2013 PASS Summit. 

As always I love to see my photo’s at use out in the community.  I give my time and expertise as a way of giving back to my community.  The only request I have is a photo credit on the picture if you are to use it in a blog post/Facebook post/or something else.  A simple “Photo Credit: Pat Wright” is sufficient.  If I do find my photo’s in use without the photo credit you may hear from me to please take the picture down.

I’ve decided this year to give you lots of ways of looking at and sharing the photographs.  I’ve outlined all the different places you can go to get the pictures below.

Smugmug is my primary photo storage tool.  It gives great backups and I love the UI experience on smugmug.  If you would like to order a print of one of my pictures as well I strongly suggest Smugmug. I send my own family photo’s up to smugmug for printing because I love the prints that it produces.  I have not marked these up and will not make any profit from the pictures it’s the same cost as any other photo service.

A link to the gallery of all general pics (evening and conference pics)




Photowalk pics



SQL in the City



If you are a photographer and want to know my stats/details here ya go.

I shoot with a Nikon d90, Carry an sb600 always attached.  Most pics were taken with a Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 I got from  Other shots were an 85mm 1.4.  I do not have my Sunday grandfather mountain pics up yet but will soon.  Here is my picture count breakdown

2013-10-13 241

2013-10-14 96 ~75 keeps

2013-10-15 252

2013-10-16 134

2013-10-17 122

2013-10-18 20

The general pics total 528 I am publishing 464.  The 241 on Sunday will have a lower rate since I’m pickier about my landscape shots.  I have gotten much better over the years of knowing when to take the picture and when not to.  It took me a total of about 3 hours to edit all the photos in the list.  Lightroom is the way to go if you haven’t tried it.  🙂


Photography at the PASS Summit 2013

I was hoping this post would include links to my photo’s for the summit all edited and ready for your viewing pleasure. Unfortunately I have had some serious technical failures. My laptop did not survive it’s flight back from CLT for some reason and appears to be dead. My home computer that I typically edit photo’s on is not booting either and While I think it is memory related not sure yet.

I would have worked on these computer issues on saturday but I was attending Anime Banzai this weekend. Which I have some awesome pictures from as well.

So please stay tuned as I will have my pictures up as soon as possible.


Photography at the PASS Summit 2013

A lone coffee during a photowalk in seattle.

A lone coffee during a photowalk in seattle.

I started a photo journey about 7 years ago and have been learning ever since. I’ve always tried to go to the summit with a goal/plan of things I want to photograph.  For this year I have simple idea

“Capture the good times, Capture #sqlfamily and give the moments I have captured back for others to remember”

Capture the good times, Capture #sqlfamily 

I will not be everywhere all the time.  I have obligations and meetings like everyone else at the summit.  I hope that my fellow attendees will take lots of pictures and be social and capturing all those wonderful times.  Here are a few tips if you plan on shooting a lot at the summit.

Paul being...well Paul.

Paul being…well Paul.

  1.  Charge those batteries. I’ve spent almost the entire day away from my hotel and by all day I mean 7:00 a.m. till 2:00 a.m.  The summit has a lot of late night activities and you may not have time to stop between events. Make sure you are charging each night when you finally do go to sleep.
  2. Flash the right people.  Conference lighting sucks.  The fluorescent bulbs look horrible and white balance will be your friend in post process.  Use flash when you need to in the halls and at night.  I would suggest bouncing the flash whenever you can.  DO NOT FLASH the speakers!  This is distracting to them and everyone else trying to attend the session.  You should go for High iso Large aperture (2.8 or better),   get closer in the session if you need to.
  3. Capture the moments. I don’t ask a lot of people to pose at the summit.  Sometimes I will want to get a specific group but I will frequently shoot from across the room and get pictures of people being people.
  4. Share the work you have done.  I will discuss this more in the next section.
Jason giving back, Although he ended up drinking both of these.  :)

Jason giving back, Although he ended up drinking both of these. 🙂

Give back

I am a firm believer in giving back to my community.  I publish all my photos after the summit.  Many I stream directly to flickr while I am shooting at the summit by use of an eyefi card.  Regardless of what you do consider sharing your photos on flickr, facebook or smugmug.  For flickr you can use the tag sqlpass and you just might see it in one of the monitors you are watching at the summit.


If you are an attendee and you find a great picture you want to use  PLEASE ask permission to use the photo.   We work very hard for our craft as I know you do as well please be respectful and ask permission to use it on facebook/blog post or whatever.

Finding my work 

My Eye fi card has been giving me troubles lately so I’m not sure my photos will all stream to flickr. If I have that working here is the link to where they will be.  Also some events are not publishing friendly.  Meaning I do hold back what goes to the public stream late at night. Certain pics need editing.

Asylum photos on flickr 

My finished and polished pictures (usually months later) will go to smugmug which you can find here.

If you just can’t find my photo’s anywhere or you want to know what has happened to them feel free to email me.  You can leave a comment on this blog or email me directly.  

The most important thing you can take to the summit is the words of Chase Jarvis.

“The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You ”

You don’t have to be a professional to capture a moment.  Have a good time and remember those moments.  You never know when one will change your life forever.

The moment that started Jaeger for all of us.  :)

This is where the jaeger stories come from. A truly defining “moment”

See you all at summit.

Packing list for Summit 2013

Quick post listing out my Tech/Geek essential packing list for the summit, I’m starting my summit adventure very late Saturday evening so I can get some photo time in on Sunday afternoon.  Because of that I need to make a reminder list of everything I need to take from the gadget side of things. No I have not listed clothes/bathroom needs that would be a separate list or just something easy enough to figure out.    Many of these things already reside in my laptop bag but I double check to make sure I have them.


o Phone
o Ipad
o Laptop
o Camera (little one) – I have more than one.
o Portable USB Drive
o Usb mouse(small travel one)
o Speakers (I like listening to music in the hotel)

Camera Gear (Probably won’t have all of this on your list) 

o Camera w/battery grip
o Camera Batteries X2
o 11-16mm lens
o 85mm lens
o 50mm lens
o 2 X sb600 (flash)
o 4 X 4 sets AA batteries (16 in total if saving weight buy these on site)
o Remote trigger release
o Lens cleaning cloth
o Bounce card
o 4 X Sd cards

Cables /Connectors/Chargers

o Phone charger
o Ipad charger
o 1 x ipad cable
o Extra phone battery
o 2 x usb micro
o 2 x usb mini
o Mac  cable for vga/hdmi connections

o Laptop power cable
o Surge protector
o Camera charger
o Car USB Charger (I’m planning some driving)
o Network cable(rarely need this anymore)
o Logitech Presenter( if presenting)
o Mouse Pad mat (doubles as a lens cleaning cloth)

Those are all the geeky tech things I need to get around for summit.  If I was doing larger photo shoots at the summit I would have more gear like light stands and soft boxes and so forth but I’m not this year so really I’ll be packing “light” in the camera world.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the summit in a few days!