Podcast Episode 2: Dr. Andrew Cohen

Dr. Andrew Cohen is a restorative and cosmetic Dentist in Jenkintown, PA. A native of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, Dr. Andrew Cohen graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in psychology. Dr. Cohen received his DMD degree at the Temple University School of Dentistry in 1998.

Doug’s Discovered Biography

Dr. Andrew Cohen is health centered dentist that cares deeply for his patients who wants the best for them in every aspect of their care. He’s going search for the best info he can and count on himself to get his patients the best information so they can make the best decisions. Which is exactly how he’s been able to survive and thrive in his own life.

Quotes from Dr. Cohen this Episode: 

“I don’t like to do things that I can’t do in my head that’s perfect.. “

“Searching for the beauty so I can almost relive the moment I took the Shot…. “

“My Greatest Success is the work that I’ve done on me.. “

“The decisions I made at the time were the best decision I could make and when I learned that I could do things a different way I made the choice to change…”

“There’s nothing to stop us from changing…”

“I don’t like the unknown, its just the next challenge…”

“Ending is giving up…”

For more or to schedule an appointment head to https://firstclassdentalpa.com

Podcast Episode 1: John Dunkle

 
 

 

John Dunkle is a Real Estate and Fine Art Landscape photographer in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Doug’s Discovered Biography from this episode:
John Dunkle is an artist that is able to define the end before he begins, whether it’s Photography, Business or Philanthropy. He stopped playing the game a long time ago and focused on being creative! 

Today’s podcast takes a dive into the untold parts of John’s Biography! 

Quote from this Episode

“… practical experience may be more valuable than a [college degree]”

“…I’ve got about 1700 kids! ” (His Kids in Haiti that call him Mr. John!)

“… some people toss $10 in the offering place which is great, for me  [building orphanages] in Haiti is my $10 in the offering plate” 

“.. you can’t walk down a street in Haiti without tripping over a church… kids can’t eat or live in a church.. ” 

“.. now is the time to explore, to push, to learn something new! “

” We get really comfortable in what we know, now is the time to get uncomfortable and learn something new!”

 

John also is the Founder and CEO of Project Rennwish(http://www.rennwish.org/index.htm) that he built with his wife Jennifer. Here’s the biography from Rennwish.org: 

Mr. Dunkle graduated from Boston University in 1980 and went on to product and senior management positions within several major corporations including Nashua Corporation, Hunt Chemical Corporation, Centronics Data Computer Corporation and Genicom Corporation.

Currently, Mr. Dunkle is founder and President of Workgroup Strategic Services, Inc., an executive management consulting and strategic planning firm. Based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, its list of clients includes many major hardware and software vendors in the United States, Europe and the Far East. Throughout the years of operation, he has consulted to dozens of senior executives within major industry manufacturers and suppliers including: IBM, Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard/Compaq, Microsoft, Apple Computer, Xerox, Fujitsu, Sharp, Sony, Hyundai, Toshiba and a host of other major vendors and worldwide corporations.

Within the last several years, Mr. Dunkle has been solicited and sought after as the key note speaker at technology industry conferences throughout the world including Japan, Europe and the USA.

Mr. Dunkle with his wife Jennifer, most recently owned, operated and hosted one of the predominant and most pervasive automotive websites on the Internet – Rennlist.com. This Internet portal provides discussion forums, classifieds, Memberships and Sponsor programs for Porsche™ enthusiasts from throughout the world. Today, the site enjoys daily visits from hundreds of thousands of users, members and enthusiasts worldwide.  The site has been in continuous operation since May of 1998 and was sold to a major corporation November of 2008.

Be sure to give John a follow on Instagram

 


Getting Wet at Uttakleiv Beach

An image from my Norway Fine Art Gallery

Shot during my trip to Lofoten, Norway, the sun was just rising over Uttakleiv Beach. I felt the icy spray of wave after wave coming in from the Arctic Sea and splashing across a large set of stones. I was watching for the perfect wave to create this temporary waterfall effect, but the wait was a little unnerving! 

Uttakleiv is one of Lofoten, Norway’s most scenic beaches.
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An unexpectedly large wave could easily drench me and my equipment or, worse, it could knock me right off my feet, sending me and my gear into the nearby rocks. Fortunately, the Goldilocks of waves—just right!—eventually came along, and I was able to capture “Waiting at Uttakleiv Beach” to share with you.

Golden Gate Glow

Winter in California means rain. In fact, the state just had its first rain of the new season over the previous two days. But the weather forecast suggested there might be an opening in the clouds —and an opening for me to get out to this location well before dawn.

I pulled myself out of bed and made my way to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, excited to capture the sunrise. One thing I hadn’t counted on? A thick soup of fog. I could barely make out the glow of the bridge’s steel trusses, and I had no idea whether or not the fog would lift. Fog or no fog, I decided to stick around to watch the sunrise anyway. I was rewarded with a spectacular morning show. As the sun rose, the fog receded, slowly unveiling the bridge and some glimmering clouds, too.

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San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge stretches through the fog. 
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I’ve captured many of my favorite images simply by showing up and sticking around. Whether or not I end up with the shot I wanted, I always enjoy watching nature do its unpredictable, mysterious, beautiful thing.

Check out my California Fine Art Gallery for more images of The Golden State

Mesquite Sand Dunes Sunrise!

Sunstar over Death Valley

Sometimes you have to be an early riser to catch a landscape in its most pristine state. For this shot of the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, I arrived in Death Valley National Park at 5:30 a.m. Wearing my trusty headlamp, I began my hike in. (You’d be amazed at how dark the dunes can be on a moonless night/early morning!)

Because footprints tend to destroy the amazing lines that Mother Nature draws across the dunes, I wanted to find an area

The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are located about two miles from Stove Pipe Wells, California in Death Valley National Park. View Print Options for Death Valley Sunrise

 

that had yet to be explored that day. I staked out a spot and waited for the sun’s first rays to peek over the horizon. Although I was hoping for a few clouds to mix with the morning light, the sky was mostly clear.

Sunrise highlighted the dunes’ delicate, crisp lines which always seem to be in a state of flux. As the wind blows and changes direction, the look of the dunes changes along with them. And any footsteps—including mine—are soon blown over and forgotten.

Anitas in Reine Norway

Reine, Norway

You can nearly smell the briny waters of the Norwegian Sea’s Vestfjord—literally “the West fjord”—in this brisk scene. I shot it in the remote fishing village of Reine in Norway’s Nordland region.

And just behind me? Anita’s Seafood (https://www.facebook.com/anitasseafood/), a  restaurant and fish market serving both fresh-caught fish and dried cod. Arctic cod spawn in these waters during winter, but, by summer, they’ve moved along. So, villagers have taken to preserving their cod. At Anita’s, they re-hydrate dried cod over a seven-day period and then serve.

For more Norway pics check out my 2018 Norway Gallery

Northern Lights of Norway!

Finally got to see the Northern Lights!

Seeing—and photographing!—the Northern Lights has long been on my bucket list. So, from transportation, accommodations, and all the usual travel details, I had planned as much as I could several months in advance for my recent trip to Lofoten, Norway. Still, there was one thing which was decidedly out of my hands —the weather.

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Utakliev Beach, Lofoten Norway

A very active Aurora Borealis above Utakliev Beach in Lofoten, Norway.

During the middle of winter, the Northern Lights (also known as the Aurora Borealis) are stunning in that part of the world. But, if I reached Lofoten during a cloudy stretch, I wouldn’t be able to see a thing. All I could do was eye the weather reports and hope for a few clear nights.

On my very first night in Lofoten, darkness fell, revealing clear skies and a very small Aurora Borealis. Sadly, the next seven nights were cloudy and alternately filled with rain or snow. It seemed as if I would be “skunked” this time around. But on the very last evening? Success! The skies cleared and erupted in breathtaking green. The Aurora Borealis was still active by the time I reached Utakliev Beach, and I was able to capture “Norway’s Northern Lights.”

More images from my 2018 Norway trip can be found in this gallery!

Hamnøy Village

It took four separate (and lengthy!) airplane trips and another one-hour ride by car to get to what feels like the end of the earth. But all that travel—and braving the elements above the Arctic Circle—was well worth it. This is winter in Hamnøy Village, located at the far west end of Norway’s Lofoten Islands.

Hamnøy Village, on Norway’s Lofoten Islands, feels as remote as the end of the world. With the everchanging weather, quaint cabins, and soaring mountains, it’s a photographer’s playground.

The island itself is so small that Hamnøy’s little, red cabins—where we stayed for a few days—are build right over the water. When I captured this image, we had watched a beautiful sunrise here and then a wintry mix of clouds, high winds, and snow rolled through. I used a four-minute exposure to highlight the water’s silky texture.

For Hamnøy Village Print options head on over to my print site here.

Tips to Take Striking Photos of Holiday Lighting

Q: “How can I take striking photos of Christmas tree lights and other kinds of holiday lighting?”

A: Christmas tree lights, as well as other kinds of holiday lighting, are fun to photograph. And creating really striking images of these is a lot easier than you might think! You may have seen what’s known as the “bokeh” effect—when certain parts of an image are deliberately out-of-focus—used in professional portraiture and cinematography. Bokeh is based on a Japanese word that means “blur.”

The best way to achieve this effect is to experiment, practice, and have fun along the way. Here are a few ideas to try, along with examples of my own shots when I tried each of these myself. 

Shoot Holiday Lights completely out of focus!

 

1. Shoot the lights completely out of focus.

This one is really simple. Just turn off the “auto-focus” feature on your camera, if you have one, and shoot away at any level of focus that you like. The more out-of-focus the image is, the more pronounced the bokeh effect will be.

 

Turn the zoom ring while taking the picture

2. Using a zoom lens, move the zoom barrel while simultaneously exposing the shutter.

 

Again, the lens is out-of-focus, and the aperture will be fairly small. Try setting your ƒ/number to ƒ/18 and shooting at 1/10 of a second. Then, start moving the zoom ring back and forth. Press the shutter until you get an image you are happy with.

Use creative depth of field

3. Use the blurred lights in the background.

This technique can also be used for interesting portrait photography. (See the next example for that.) In order for this to work, you need a shallow depth of field.

A shallow depth of field is accomplished using a wide aperture. (That means you’ll use a small ƒ/number like ƒ/4.0 or ƒ/2.8.) Once you have a wide aperture selected, you will then want to focus on an object that is in front of the lights and focus on that. In the image of the ornament on the Christmas tree, I placed my focus on the ornament itself. It was positioned in front of the tree’s lights enough that they produce that blurry bokeh look.

If you want to take a portrait in front of the tree, you’ll use the same technique as with the ornament on the Christmas tree—with one caveat. If you set your camera up to create a bokeh effect, you will have to add light to your subject. This is called “fill flash.” Many DSLR cameras have the ability to add flash automatically. The image of my daughter was taken at ƒ/2.8, t 1/180, and I used a fill flash on her. (You don’t have to settle for your camera’s flash though. You can use any light source that looks pleasing to you!)

Gold Rush on McGee Creek

Aspen aglow over McGee Creek

Early last month, some photographers friends, my son, and I met up near Mammoth Lakes, California in the Eastern Sierra Mountains. Just after sunrise, we ventured over to nearby McGee Creek just in time to catch the aspen trees, glowing neon-yellow, in the morning light.

McGee Creek Gold Rush

Yellow aspen trees glow along McGee Creek (https://www.monocounty.org/places-to-go/lakes-rivers-creeks/mcgee-creek/) near Mammoth Lakes, California (Eastern Sierra Mountains)

 

[Photo caption:] Yellow aspen trees glow along McGee Creek (https://www.monocounty.org/places-to-go/lakes-rivers-creeks/mcgee-creek/) near Mammoth Lakes, California (Eastern Sierra Mountains)

McGee Creek is well-covered with trees and other foliage, making it a real challenge to actually get to the water, but my son and I were able to find the perfect spot to squeak through. We made it into the creek and discovered this bend with its spectacular, golden aspens. This shot is extra-special because I was able to capture the bright yellow tree with the creek in the foreground and I didn’t even get my feet wet!

I was astonished at how much water was still in the creek even after the dry summer months. And take a look at the right side of the image. See those exposed tree roots? The heavy winter snow run-off caused the creek to swell, washing out the embankment. Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me. . .