I had a great time at the PASS Summit this year. I am planning some additional follow up posts but I know that many of you have been waiting patiently to Re-Live the summit through pictures.
As always my pictures are free to share and use. As long as you give me credit for the photo when you use it in blog/profile/wherever you use it. I really appreciate when people ask to use a photo mostly because it’s great to know where they are in use but I’m happy to at least get credit for it.
I do this because I love taking pictures and I love to help my #sqlfamily.
Here is where you can find the photographs.
Smugmug (Best place to see the photo’s or choose to download)
Facebook (Best place to share and tag fellow SQL friends in the pictures)
As mentioned above I will be making comments and telling stories in the future with some of these for now I wanted to get them out to all of you. I will showcase one of my favorite shots from the event.
As I mentioned in my goals I wanted to get “the shot” well this is one of them. I’ll explain why in a future blog post. 🙂
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)
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 borrowlenses.com. 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
2013-10-14 96 ~75 keeps
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. 🙂
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.
Photowalking is a simple way of saying get out and take pictures! We require nothing more than a good pair of walking shoes and a camera of some kind. You can come along even with a cell phone camera to enjoy the sites and socialize with your fellow photo buff. Any experience level is welcome and encouraged to come along. One of the joys of Photowalking is seeing how everyone gets a different view of the world around them; don’t be shy to ask someone why they are taking a picture a certain way this is what makes us better as photographers.
This year the official photowalk is planned for Tuesday (10-15-13) morning @ 8:00 a.m. I know that lots of people have volunteer meetings throughout the day on Tuesday so we are trying to do it early enough that people can get back to the meetings if they need to.
We will start out from the convention center and head towards Marshall Park. This looks like a great spot for some views of the city and a nice park view. I’ve created an eventbrite event for this and have included map and all other needed info. Feel free to go over and register on the Eventbrite site so we know who will be joining us.
Eventbrite event https://passphotowalk2013.eventbrite.com/
Today’s T-SQL Tuesday topic is on the SQL Community. Let’s start with the housekeeping side of things. This is a T-SQL Tuesday post. This time hosted by Chris Yates (B|T). The Topic is SQL Community.
So how has the community helped me? Well really everything I’ve done has been thanks to the community. Thanks to Wayne Snyder and Rick Heiges for really inspiring me to get into volunteering all those years ago in Orlando in 2004. That kick started my participation not only in my local community but nationally in the PASS Organization. It helped me to meet up with great friends Allen Kinsel and Thomas Larock as well they kept me wanting to continue to volunteer and help the community.
I have spent the last 8 years volunteering for the SQL community and doing my best to give back to the community. I figured the best way I could help with the post is to give you some ways you can start by getting involved in the community and helping out.
1. Find your Local SQL Server SLC User Group and ask if you can help organize a meeting. PASS Chapter List
2. Present locally, Find a topic you are passionate about and offer to present at the local chapter. Pass chapter List
3. Volunteer for PASS, You can find the volunteers page here to contact PASS.
4. Volunteer at a SQL Saturday, You can find the list here and contact the organizers.
5. Mentor a fellow Data professional. Even if this is just at your own office or a friend from another company getting together and helping others can get you started in the community.
6. Start your own SQL Chapter. If you are really adventurous and up for a challenge get started by starting a chapter. You can find more information at the Chapter link above.
These are all great ways you can get started in the community, so get out there and help out! Regardless of what you choose to do whether to help others or not you should get involved in some way you will be very thankful you did.
That’s right unfortunately the PASS summit has once again come to a close. We never like to talk about it but it never fails that all good things must come to an end? Now what?
I figured I would compile a quick list of things you should do now that the summit is over.
1. Order the sessions! Can’t tell you how great it is to have the sessions that you missed. If you haven’t ordered them do so!
2. Take the business cards you got at the summit and send each one in an email. Hopefully you wrote down what you discussed then you can continue that discussion in email.
3. Keep on twitter and following the people you met at the summit
4. Find the local user group in your area and get engaged! User groups are a great way to keep the summit fever going
5. Find the next SQL Saturday happening near you and volunteer to help out or speak.
6. Apply what you learned, take the notes you’ve written down during the sessions and apply them to your work environment. Some things will take more time than others but start making a list and getting to work.
7. Mentor someone else, take what you’ve learned and spread the word to others.
8. Edit the pictures you have taken. <;– some need this more than others.
If you keep this list in mind the Summit won't stop in Seattle for you!
Happy Travels to all my SqlFamily!