Kaiser Permanente Event

Dr. Andrew Weil, one of the world’s authorities on diet and a chief proponents of “integrative medicine”, https://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/balanced-living/meet-dr-weil/what-is-integrative-medicine/ speaking to doctors from Kaiser Permanente.

With this intense concentration on the value of integrative medicine, Kaiser Permanente is making a significant investment in its medical team’s more holistic approach to wellness, not just the absence of disease.

 

 

The approach to the weekend was novel, too.  Doctors and their families were invited, with activities for significant others and child care on tap during seminar hours.  Meals were all from the healthy eating work of the presenters and were delicious as well as great health options.

 

    

 

    

Dr. Daniel Freidland, author of “Leading Well from Within”, another of the featured presenters at the Kaiser Permanente sponsored weekend’s seminar.

Photography by Jeff Behm for Sitek Productions

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The Tour de Frederick bike race, 2017

They’re OFF!  6:30 AM for the Tour de Frederick Century

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Despite the previous evening’s rain, and before the novel Penny-farthing bicycle race in downtown Frederick that attracts so many viewers to its mid-day, city streets based short run, there are several other races, starting at 6:30 in the morning.

5:50 AM – A little fog…better than last year’s 100+ degrees F!

Perhaps the above explains why, with so many participants, there are so few spectators for the  important and nationally respected distance events.  Coupling that early start to the long interval before riders return for the finish may explain the attraction of the condensed space and time in which the high wheelers event takes place.

Make no mistake, however. The nationwide respect for the distance events is huge and possibly more critical to the attraction of the Tour de Frederick.  The Wegman’s Century (100 miles), the McShea Properties Metric Century (100 kilometers/62 miles), the Will Group Foundation Club (32 miles) and the Morgan Keller Family Ride (11 miles) attract literally several hundred riders from around the country and region.

This year’s start and finish were at the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Hall, built around staggered beginning times, with the Century at 6:30 AM, the Metric Century at 7:00, and then a delay to about 8:30 before the Club and Family rides began.

My own enjoyment of cycling has been curtailed by complications from a knee injury, but volunteering to photograph for the Frederick Bicycle Coalition keeps me in contact with the sport until I’m back in the saddle.  This year, a previous assignment shortened my availability, but I did drive  up to Gettysburg, PA., for the turn-around of the Century.  The first riders came through Sachs Covered Bridge on the edge of the Gettysburg Battlefield at around 8:40 AM, or only about 2 hours and 10 minutes to ride 50 miles over winding back roads!  Impressive as hell!  At the bridge was a rest station with essential nutrients – oranges, bananas, tomato sandwiches, water and sport drinks, sponsored by Darius Mark’s State Farm Agency.

As a courtesy to all riders, Tom and Roger Rinker’s The Bicycle Escape was on-site at the start/finish area, plus another location midway in the course for on-the-spot tuneups and repairs of all the usual needs.  Reports from Tim Du Four also indicate that there were no emergencies or serious incidents in this year’s rides, especially when compared to the 100+ degrees of last year, 2016.  Congratulations to the Tour de Frederick and all the sponsors and volunteers who devote so much time and energy to making this event such rousing success.

A photographic overview of Saturday morning, early

The Bicycle Escape, one of America’s best Bike shops!

Sachs Covered Bridge, Gettysburg, PA

Sachs Covered Bridge, at Gettysburg, is recognized as one of the most, if not the most, historically significant bridges in the US today.

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How About a Little SASS?

The Observatory at the Earth and Space Sciences Lab

As long as I’ve been making my living at this photography gig, I still love seeing new work published.  I apologize if that seems boastful or somehow too ego driven.  I guess it’s the adult version of having Mom put our early drawings on the refrigerator door.  Something that affirms  “I did that”.

Through the years, I’ve always been a bit of a science geek, after all, I started in photography when we mixed our own chemicals and developed both film and prints through our knowledge of chemistry and physics, the interactions between light and chemicals.  In pursuit of better imagery and building a “look” I was always experimenting with different chemistry, too, in order to differentiate my work from that of other photographers.

So, imagine how pleasing it was to be asked to create photography for SASS Magazine’s summer issue, especially since it was for the “women in science” article, highlighting three  women with outstanding credentials in the fields of Environmental Science, Chemistry and Electron Microscopy (Stephanie Peters, Dr. Mary Kirchoff and Dr. Mei Sun).

Stephanie Peters

With photography taking place in Frederick County’s Public Schools Earth and Space Science Lab ( https://education.fcps.org/essl/ ) on a rainy spring afternoon, we made every effort to bring a certain scientific ambience to the session.  Many thanks to the good people at ESSL for allowing us to take over their building for time, to our scientists, and to Kim Dow and Ashley Bailey at SASS for brining me on board for this session.

Dr. Mary Kirchoff

Dr. Mei Sun

While we’re talking about these images, allow me to demonstrate just one of the many abilities we bring to your photography – retouching.  Not just of the “Can you make me look younger?” variety, but the “Is it possible to correct this problem?” type, too.

In this case, we photographed Stephanie Peters, wearing her waders, in front of the ESSL’s mural of the Chesapeake Bay and bridge – subjects with which she was familiar, having worked on the Bay in her career.  There was an issue, however, with aquaria built into the wall looking distinctly out of place in the photograph.  In order to improve the image, we completely rebuilt the missing sections through the art of retouching until you wouldn’t even notice that had been done unless you knew that wall.  Even then, you might not notice.

Photography that puts your business in its very best light.  Jeff Behm at 724-730-8513 or email jeff@jeffbehm.com

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The Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Event, Washington DC

Good clients are so important to small businesses like photography.  It pays to take the best possible care of them.  Arcadian Productions certainly qualifies as a good client, and I do my level best for them every time.  It’s a partnership that works.

April 26th, 2017 Arcadian created this gorgeous environment for the Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, another partnership that works.  In addition to the dinner, there were fundraising auctions in an area curtained off from the dining, as you’ll see.

The highlight of the evening may have been the presence of two celebrities pretty much at opposite ends of the political spectrum but equally vested in promoting conservation and awareness: Tucker Carlson and Rachel Maddow

These photos were created prior to the arrival of most guests, in order to show off the work done by Arcadian.  If you want to see more of the event itself, visit   https://www.501auctions.com/trcp/?mobile=0

Arcadian Productions at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

 


For the very best photography for your corporate event, fundraiser or advertising, call Jeff Behm Photography at 724-730-8513 or email jeff@jeffbehm.com.   Visit www.jeffbehm.com to see more of Jeff”s work.

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