For the second year in a row, I was asked to join photographer Gary Voth as an associate photographer for the Microsoft CEO Summit. This conference is held every year at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. It’s fascinating and exhilerating to stand behind the scenes and document the world’s business leaders. Access that I would never have if I were not a photographer. It’s one of the aspects of my profession that I enjoy the most. It’s one thing to hear Bill Gates speech “The New World of Work” and quite another to see it up close and in person.

Due to the nature of my agreement with Microsoft and the very private nature of the attendees, I am not permitted to show you my work. But Gary Voth has posted a few images from our photo shoot on his web site. CEO Summit 2005 Working with Gary is an amazing experience. He is extremelly talented and I am continually humbled when I work with him. His ability to pull out great images from these very challenging situations is inspiring and uncanny. Be sure to visit Gary’s web site. His archive of newspaper photojournalism is impressive as well as his photoessays on Africa and India.

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Oregon International Airshow in Hillsboro, Oregon

Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve been fascinated by planes. This is something my father, my brother and I all share…our passion for planes. It was refreshing to step out of wedding mode and point my camera towards a new subject. Photographing a jet breaking the sound barrier requires a whole different set of skills. I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites from that rainy Saturday in September.

F-15C Fighter

This is an F-15C fighter that is flown by the Oregon Air National Guard, stationed at the Portland International Airport. I live close to the airport and hear these fighters take off daily on their routine missions patrolling the coast. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to catch a glimpse of them ripping up the skies.

F-15C Afterburner

There is nothing quite like the sound of a jet fighter’s afterburner. Look at the pulsing exhaust coming out of the jet and onto the runway.

Low Pass Oracle Plane

It’s easy to be enamored by the loud and fast fighters, but I have to admit this pilot (Sean D. Tucker) was easily one of the best at the airshow. His plane is a custom built Pitts S-2 Special called the Challenger II and this guy really put it through it’s paces.

Some interesting facts about his airshow routine. More than half of Sean’s maneuvers are original and have never been duplicated by another aerobatic pilot. Twice, during every air show, Sean will fly the Oracle Challenger-II backwards at a speed of more than 100 mph.

The G-forces exerted on Sean when he is flying are greater than those on the pilots in modern fighters like the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels. From his normal weight of 175 pounds, Sean will weigh nearly 1,700 pounds while pulling 10 positive G’s…and will resist the force 1,200 pounds pulling on his head as 7.5 negative G’s tries to pull him out of the cockpit!

Red Baron Cross

The Red Baron acrobatic team was on display at the airshow. Who knew pizza’s could pay for a vintage aerial acrobatic team? This near miss always makes your heart skip a beat.

Wing Walker

Talk about a vintage airshow from the 1930’s…when was the last time you have seen a wing walker?

A-10 and P-51

Two of my favorite planes flying together…the A-10 Warthog and the P-51 Mustang. Just the sound of the P-51 brings back memories of days gone by. There is nothing like the sound of that engine flying past at treetop level.

Air Force Thunderbirds

The Air Force Thunderbirds were the finale of the airshow. Unfortunately, there was a large thunderstorm in the area. It was rumored that the routine would be cancelled, but they showed up in the end. Their routine was a low level, shortened routine, but the Thunderbirds are the best of the best.

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  • Les McClain

    The DVD of this movie has a history of the aircraft on it. The striking thing to me is how quickly they cobbled them together. Compare that to the reconstructed Wright flyer for the 2003 anniversary which seemed to take years.

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