Most Memorable Photos of 2013

It’s never a bad thing to look back at a year almost completed and reminisce. As I look at my photos, I selected nine images that stood out for various reasons. I’d like to think that several are darned good photos entirely on their own, while a few others mean more with context. Some are from paid client work; others are from personal trips, projects, or photos while traveling for business.

Presented in no particular order…

My first ride in a hot air balloon. Highly recommended.
Above the Grains

Some nighttime long exposure work in Astoria, Oregon.
Over the River Astoria

Mark Collier of the OpenStack Foundation onstage at their summit this past spring.
Mark Collier - OpenStack Summit Keynote Emcee

Kevin Carroll addressing the National Arts Marketing Program conference in Portland this fall.
Kevin Carroll in Portland

A neat hotel atrium at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
Space Station Atlanta

Just an Oregon forest… Silver Falls State Park.
Silver Forest

Another forest scene, this on just downstream from Bridal Veil Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.
Footbridge and Foliage

Seattle Skyline as seen from Gas Works Park.
A Seattle Appearance

WordPress cofounder Matt Mullenweg addresses WordCamp San Francisco.
Matt Mullwenweg at WordCamp San Francisco

OpenStack Third Birthday Party at Sandbox Studios

Over the weekend I realized that somehow I’d never shared the photos from this event here.

OpenStack is a rapidly-growing player in the cloud software space; I had the opportunity to photograph their launch event in 2010 at the Gerding Theater. They returned to Portland this summer for their third birthday party held in conjunction with O’Reilly’s OSCON event. In an evening at Sandbox Studios, I provided event photography for the party including two musical performances, a couple brief speakers, some giveaways, and as with all good birthday parties… cake!

OpenStack - Third Birthday T-Shirts

Tony Smiley at the OpenStack Party

OpenStack Party

Kung Pao Chickens at the OpenStack Party

OpenStack Birthday Gifts from Sponsors

OpenStack Party

Crown Paella - OpenStack Party

Even more photos are available; viewable via this link to Flickr.

OpenStack Summit Photos – Oregon Convention Center

In April I had the pleasure of providing event photography at the Oregon Convention Center for the OpenStack Summit. Around 3,000 folks involved with the OpenStack community gathered for several days of learning, networking, development, exhibits, and fun.

Jonathan Bryce presents a keynote address at the Oregon Convention Center
OpenStack Summit Vendor Expo

While at the event, I created photos of the keynote talks, breakout sessions, vendor expo floor, and less-formal moments such as hallway conversations and details and ambiance. Complete event photography involves a variety of both staged and candid photos that help share the people, products, companies, and venue.

Mark Shuttleworth - Keynote

OpenStack Summit Vendor Expo

In order to make the images available for the OpenStack Community, they’ve been released under a Creative Commons Attribution – ShareAlike license and the full set is available on Flickr.

If you’re involved with a conference, trade show, company meeting, or other event, contact me about how we can work together and make some great photographs.

Three Years Ago: OpenStack Launches

In mid-2010, OpenStack was launched as a partnership between Rackspace and NASA. Wikipedia notes that:

OpenStack is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing project that is free open source software released under the terms of the Apache License.

OpenStack Launch Party - Banner

I was honored to capture the OpenStack launch event with event photography at Portland’s Gerding Theater at the Armory. Featuring executive leadership from Rackspace and NASA as well as OpenStack developers, it was a neat event.

Three years later, I’m excited to photograph the OpenStack Summit this week in Portland. Some of the players will be the same; some will be different, but I look forward to seeing the increased crowd, excitement, and buzz around OpenStack and the people, products, and companies involved.

Gerding Theater at the Armory - Event Photography