PubCon 2012 Las Vegas Photo Opportunities

If you know me you know it’s no surprise that I’ll have my camera while at this year’s 2012 PubCon Las Vegas. Since last year’s event, I’ve gotten a new camera and a few new lenses, and I’m excited about taking many high quality photos. The majority will get posted to a 2012 PubCon Las Vegas photo set on Flickr. SEO industry professionals can download photos from my Flickr set for use in blog posts, PR news releases, as social media avatars, etc. When making use of my photographs please respect my photography copyrights.

I’ve been taking photographs at conferences for more than a decade (Internet World 1999 was my first) and I’ve discovered a few ways my work can help you out.

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Team or Company Photo while in Las Vegas – You’ve invested quite a bit of money in bringing some or all of your team to Las Vegas for this conference, wouldn’t it be great to have a professionally taken group photograph to remember the event by? The Expo Hall makes a great place for taking group photos. All you have to do is coordinate with me and get your team together. I’m easy to find, just tweet me @chiropractic.

Mat SiltalaYour New Social Media Avatar – If I had a link for every time an SEO or Internet Marketer asked me if they could use a photo I took as their avatar, I’d have a lot of links, but that’s not my motivation. I actually like seeing my photography is useful, so feel free to put my photos to work for you.

The Faces of PubCon 2011 and 2010 PubCon Las Vegas Photos resulted in lots of new avatars, and some are still being used today. Maybe it’s time for an updated look. Put on your best smile or scowl and come find me, or wait until I find you (no guarantee that will happen).

I try not to be creepy at conferences so if I don’t know you (or don’t know that I know you) I may not be taking your photograph. Don’t be shy if you want your photo taken either by yourself, with friends or coworkers, or with someone else at the conference.

Also (and this is important), in the event you don’t like a photograph I’ve taken of you that’s been posted online, simply DM me, or e-mail me, and let me know. My intent is to have your most flattering photographs appear in the top of search results.

Photo with an Internet Superstar – This is my most common request while attending conferences. While in Las Vegas you’ll have the rare opportunity to possibly have your photograph taken with Internet superstars like Matt Cutts of Google, Lisa Barone (Top Online Journalist Providing PubCon Coverage), Brett Tabke of PubCon, the keynote speakers, and anybody you may be a big fan of. This is a bit more difficult for me to coordinate but if the opportunity comes up and you see me around feel free to ask.

Your Best Poker Face – Last year I provided unofficial photography for the 2011 Raven Tools Poker Tournament, mostly because I’m terrible at poker and was out of the game pretty quickly and I needed something else to keep me occupied other than the open bar. This year I will be providing official photography, so if you’re in the game (or even spectating), be prepared to show me your best poker face.

Read my PubCon conference guide, get to Las Vegas safely, and I look forward to seeing you there.

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2012 Los Angeles Marathon Winner Photos

The 2012 Honda Los Angeles Marathon was run on Sunday, March 18, 2012. This year’s women’s race was won by Fatuma Sado of Ethiopia, and the men’s race was won by Simon Njoroge of Kenya.

Fatuma Sado of Ethiopia wins LA MarathonFatuma Sado of Ethiopia wins 2012 LA Marathon

Fatuma Sado of Ethiopia crossed the finish line with a time of two hours 25 minutes and 39 seconds. She beat her personal best by more than two minutes which also won her the $100,000 gender challenge bonus.

Fatuma Sado Bib F11Fatuma Sado (Bib F11) Crosses LA Marathon Finish Line

At 20 years of age, Fatuma Sado completed her fourth marathon, and her first in Los Angeles. The Ethiopian distance runner knelt to the ground just seconds after crossing the finish line.

Fatuma Sado LA MarathonFatuma Sado puts her forehead on the pavement at 2012 LA Marathon

In the 2011 Istanbul Marathon, Sado at a time of 2:28:01. For the Los Angeles Marathon, the women’s elite runners had a 17:31 head start against the men’s division. Misikir Mekonnin was the next elite women’s runner to cross the finish line.

Misiker Mekonnin Los Angeles Marathon 2012Misiker Mekonnin 2nd Place Finish at Los Angeles Marathon 2012

Misiker Mekonnin is also from Ethiopia but currently lives in Albuquerque New Mexico. She finished with a time of 2 hours 28 minutes and 9 seconds (02:28:09). For the men, it was 31-year-old Simon Njoroge of Kenya, taking first place in the 26.2 mile race.

Simon Njoroge 2012 Los Angeles MarathonSimon Njoroge breaks tape at 2012 Los Angeles Marathon

Simon Njoroge broke the tape and finished with a time of 2 hours 12 minutes and 12 seconds. The race began at Dodger Stadium and finished in Santa Monica, near the corner of California Street and Ocean Avenue. Many of us were prepared for rain but the weather stayed clear, although it was windy at times. During a post race interview, several of the elite runners said the weather felt as if it had turned cooler as they came into the final miles of the race. Winds picked up on the Santa Monica shoreline for runners making their way towards the finish line.

Fatuma Sado and Simon NjorogeFatuma Sado and Simon Njoroge at 2012 Los Angeles Marathon

Fatuma Sado and Simon Njoroge answered questions and posed for photos at a post race meeting with media. Congratulations to everyone that participated in the 2012 Los Angeles Marathon. I’ve posted a 2012 LA Marathon Photo Set to Flickr. If you ran in the race, or you know someone who participated, check the photos and feel free download and enjoy them. Photo credits are appreciated.

Cheers Los Angeles!

PubCon Paradise After Dark

After two days of Search, Social Media and Sunshine in Honolulu, PubCon Paradise wrapped up with an after party at Jimmy Buffett’s Waikiki in Honolulu, HI. I almost decided not to bring my camera but I’m glad I did. It was after dark so I mounted up a Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM Lens, grabbed a locally brewed Longboard Lager, and started capturing some photographs. Here’s what we got…

Aaron ShearAaron Shear

Seen here relaxing on an outdoor patio in Waikiki, Aaron Shear, spoke on content strategies and an expert spotlight session on SEO for large-scale websites.

Dave and CarolynDave and Carolyn

Working in Waikiki was tough work for everyone. When not speaking at the conference, there was a constant battle of whether to work on a laptop in the hotel room or get outside for some sun and mai tais. Oh the struggles of life is an SEO.

Axel MetayerAxel Metayer

Coming all the way from Hamburg Germany for PubCon in Hawaii, Axel Metayer, was a perfect photography subject. I love when friends just carry about with what they’re doing while I take their photos.

Dan Zarrella in Honolulu

Social media scientist, Dan Zarrella, showed us the scientific approach to getting the brass ring on the hook. You had to be there, it was an addicting activity.

Alison Zarrella

Alison Zarrella shows her excitement for Dan’s bar game accomplishments. At PubCon, Alison spoke about Facebook marketing, and she was also part of the Monday Search/Social Media training.

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Not to be outdone by SEOs visiting from the mainland, a local shows us some real skill in balancing cups on one’s head. He did this all night, and I think 4 cups was the maximum I saw him balancing, never dropped one. Tricks like that really come in handy at parties.

ladies pubcon after party

The location was perfect for a conference after party, and it was great to see spouses, girlfriends/boyfriends, and significant others joining us for a good time on a Wednesday night in Honolulu.

Brian MasseyBrian Massey Conversion Scientist

Even Brian Massey got out of his conversion scientist lab coat to enjoy good times with friends and conference goers. Brian also spoke during the Masters session and he’s a regular speaker at PubCon.


We were in Waikiki, so wearing flowers in one’s hair was a regular thing to do. The colors in Honolulu were great for taking photographs, and when not taking pictures of people, had to settle for photographing birds. They were quite colorful too.

Scott CowleyScott Cowley

Having a great time in Honolulu, Scott Cowley got into the spirit with a fresh Hawaiian flower lei, and a smile. Gingers make for great photographs.

Todd Malicoat Michael BonfilsTodd Malicoat and Michael Bonfils

Top gun fisherman Todd Malicoat bought me a cheeseburger, so he gets additional extra bonus points for being an awesome dude. I got really hungry taking photographs and I missed out on the nachos being served in the bar. Michael Bonfils spoke on international search and destination SEO, and I have to say that it was really cool PubCon had sessions dedicated to travel & tourism, and even local search for the Honolulu area.

ralf martinibusterWebmasterworld PubCon Attendees

Also visiting Hawaii from Germany was Ralf Schwoebel, and it was good to see Webmasterworld people like Roger Montti (Martinibuster) making the trip as well. This was the first time PubCon was in Hawaii, there’s lots of us hoping it’s going to be a regular thing. Thanks to Michael for buying the beer on Monday nights first networking party of the week. Was great to see sponsors supported the effort in Hawaii, and it was really great to see people stayed for the sessions, even when it was so beautiful outside.

Sarah CarlingSarah Carling

Scott Cowley wasn’t the only ginger in the room, Sarah Carling got in a few of my photographs as well. For PubCon, Sarah spoke on convergence of social media and search. I’m discovering there’s far too many photographs for a single blog post, so I’m posting the PubCon Paradise Afterparty Waikiki set to Flickr.


Birds Spotted in Honolulu Hawaii

I am finding birds make good subjects when it comes to taking photographs, and there was no shortage of colorful birds to take pictures of while in Honolulu. On day one I discovered that I had to closely guard my plate when eating things like this cheeseburger, since the local pigeons would jump on the table to steal food.

white feral rock pigeonWhite Feral Rock Pigeon

The rock pigeon (Columba livia) was one of the most common birds I encountered in Honolulu, and it seemed at times there were more pigeons inside open air restaurants than there were customers. “Do Not Feed the Birds” signs were common but I witnessed many tourists feeding birds while dining. White pigeons like the one shown here look prettier to me when up in a tree posing for a photograph with a twig vs a french fry.

hawaiian roosterHawaiian Rooster at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Park

I saw lots of feral chickens and roosters during a day trip to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Park. There are wild chickens all over Hawaii’s parks, and apparently there’s a great abundance of <a title="Why Does Kauai Have So Many Wild Chickens? Originally posted at: Why Does Kauai Have So Many Wild Chickens?" href="http://www.govisithawaii slimming”>feral chickens in Kauai. I’ve also seen plenty of feral chickens on Maui. I think most of the birds are accustomed  to being fed, since they showed little fear and stayed pretty close while taking their pictures.

blue and gold macawBlue and Gold Macaw

This colorful blue and gold macaw (Ara ararauna) was a chatty bird but it’s not a Hawaiian local. We had an exchange of hellos while I snapped a few pics. The Hilton Hawaiian Village property (where I stayed) had an abundance of birds living on the property, mostly in the lawn areas of near the Koi fish ponds.

pink flamingos hawaiiPink Flamingos

A group of pink flamingos are also residents on the Hilton Waikiki property. I didn’t see them move too far from where they are here on the lawn, sometimes they waded in a nearby pond, not sure what specific species of flamingo these are either. Colorful birds though.

black crowned night heronBlack Crowned Night Heron

The Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) was a bird I saw often perched in and around the Koi fish ponds. They are the same species of bird I see in Venice Beach hunting along the canals. They are great birds to photograph since they are typically standing still waiting to ambush prey (like fish and frogs). One day I’ll sit long enough to photograph one catching breakfast or dinner.

spotted doveSpotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)

The spotted dove (a.k.a. spotted turtle dove) was a species of bird I saw quite a bit while walking/running in Ala Moana State park. It’s a great park (starting point for the Honolulu Marathon) that lots of local birds call home. Besides spotted doves, there were many zebra doves (a bit smaller than the dove pictured here and they have a bluish head), pigeons and other birds. I saw a pair of red crested cardinals flying around, but I didn’t get a chance to take their photograph, they looked like they had red mohawks.

african black footed penguinAfrican Black Footed Penguin

The African black footed penguin (Spheniscus demersus) is not a bird one would expect to see on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. There were several of these cute penguins living on the Hilton Hawaiian Village property. I’m pretty sure their caretaker took them in each night, but during the day they got to walk around and swim in a small enclosed environment that was also home to a number of water turtles and Koi fish. Since 2010, the black footed penguin has been listed as endangered under the U.S.A Endangered Species Act.

bird man moana parkDancing with Birds at Ala Moana State Park

The photo above shows a man dancing in the distance at Ala Moana State Park with a large following of his feathered friends. Some people don’t care for birds (I personally find them annoying when they are trying to steal your lunch) and others can’t get enough of them. While I noticed some parks in the Honolulu area had signs posted that it was illegal to feed birds, others didn’t have such signs.

Happy birdwatching!