Re: My Photo Galleries

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Joel M. Eichen D.D.S., Aug 23, 2003.

  1. What are "macros of flowers?"

    What means "macro" in this sense?


    On 22 Aug 2003 19:43:38 -0700, (Tony
    Spazaro) wrote:

    >You are proud of those shitty pictures?
    >"Arch(TX)" <> wrote in message news:<>...
    >> You are welcome to take a look at some of my photos...some just
    >> snap shots of family and friends, some of nature including macros
    >> of flowers, insects, wildlife, etc.
    >> Thanks,
    >> Arch
    >> San Antonio, Texas

    Joel M. Eichen, .
    Philadelphia PA

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    Joel M. Eichen D.D.S., Aug 23, 2003
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  2. Joel M. Eichen D.D.S.

    Arch(TX) Guest

    Joel I think "Macro" could be described as a close-up of a
    subject. The closer it is the more it is a "Macro". I try to use
    the term only if I am very close as when taking photos of tiny
    critters or wild flowers.

    San Antonio, Texas
    Arch(TX), Aug 24, 2003
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  3. I've always believed the definition of macro to be to be "any image bigger
    than the subject", I learned my stuff as a kid in the early '70's, mostly
    from the Time/Life series.


    "Arch(TX)" <> wrote in message
    > Joel I think "Macro" could be described as a close-up of a
    > subject. The closer it is the more it is a "Macro". I try to use
    > the term only if I am very close as when taking photos of tiny
    > critters or wild flowers.
    > --
    > Arch
    > San Antonio, Texas
    Juan R. Pollo, Aug 24, 2003
  4. My Photo Galleries: PHILANTHROPY; Interesting human interest story - OFF TOPIC

    Interesting human interest story - OFF TOPIC

    Posted on Sun, Aug. 24, 2003

    No more to give, so much left to lose
    Zell Kravinsky gave away millions. His gift of a kidney could cost him
    his family.
    By Oliver Prichard
    Inquirer Staff Writer

    More photos

    Zell Kravinsky said family members don?t always understand the need to
    give. Photograph by Linda Johnson.

    Zell Kravinsky would be the first to admit he has a giving problem. He
    just can't help himself.

    Over the last year, the Jenkintown philanthropist has donated $45
    million to charity, unloading nearly all of his real estate fortune
    while living an astoundingly middle-class life with his wife and

    Having kissed his money goodbye, Kravinsky, 48, knew there was more to
    give. So last month, he underwent surgery to donate a kidney to a
    30-year-old woman he didn't know.

    The gift earned Kravinsky international attention, but that's not all
    it got him. His wife threatened divorce. His parents stopped talking
    to him. America Online users logged on to find his photo with a simple
    poll: Was he generous or crazy?

    Kravinsky himself confronted a bizarre dilemma: his obsessive desire
    to help others balanced against the possibility of fracturing his
    family life.

    "I have risked a very great deal to do this, in terms of disrupting my
    relationships and antagonizing loved ones," he said last week. "I
    agonize over that, but I can't let it stop me from doing what I know
    is right. I call it the Mack truck test: If you were run over by one
    tomorrow, would you feel that your life was well-spent?"

    Kravinsky lives with his wife, Emily, a doctor who works part-time,
    and four children, ages 3 to 11, in a working-class neighborhood just
    outside Philadelphia. The couple drive a pair of beat-up minivans. The
    children attend public schools. The only suit in Kravinsky's closet
    cost $20 at a thrift shop before he was honored at a fancy Atlanta
    hotel for his largesse.

    "Zell has personified the American dream," said Joseph Bull of Ohio
    State University, which last week announced a $30 million donation
    from the Kravinsky family. "But the humbleness with which he lives is
    so atypical."

    It's a decidedly low profile for a man who amassed one of the region's
    most valuable real estate portfolios during the 1990s. In distance and
    spirit, however, Kravinsky has never strayed far from his modest
    beginnings in Northeast Philadelphia.

    Born in the summer of 1954 to Irving and Reeda Kravinsky - Russian
    Jews, he a pressman and she a teacher - Kravinsky was raised with his
    two sisters in a rowhouse that was longer on intellectualism than

    Irving Kravinsky, now 88, supported communism and the civil-rights
    movement, and Zell displayed political awareness from an early age. A
    childhood friend, Jim Kahn, who played on the Central High School
    chess team with Kravinsky, remembers a 13-year-old Zell marching in a
    civil-rights protest at the height of racial tensions in the 1960s.

    After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1975, Kravinsky returned to
    North Philadelphia and worked as a public school teacher with
    emotionally disturbed children.

    He taught for eight years and then, frustrated that he could not make
    enough of a difference in the face of "intractable" urban problems,
    began studying for doctoral degrees in rhetoric and Renaissance
    literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

    In 1984, his older sister, Adria, died of lung cancer at age 33. Her
    death deeply affected him.

    As the years passed, Kravinsky finished his postgraduate work and had
    a short courtship with Emily Finkelstein, a Harvard-educated doctor
    and leading specialist in eating disorders. The couple were married in
    1991 in the campus library where they met.

    Kravinsky joined the faculty at Penn, teaching Renaissance literature
    to undergraduates. Throughout his 20s and 30s, Kravinsky had dabbled
    in small real estate transactions. By 1993, he saw that Penn was going
    to invest in the renewal of University City, so he borrowed heavily to
    acquire several apartment buildings there.

    Bolstered by Penn's growth and Center City's resurgence under Mayor
    Edward G. Rendell, Kravinsky's bets paid off quickly. In 1998, he sold
    four buildings to Penn for $5 million. He expanded to commercial real
    estate in the Midwest, and, before long, the scholar who never cared
    about money was earning interest on tens of millions.

    "Mostly, it was luck," Kravinsky said. "I made some guesses that
    panned out."

    Having earned his real estate fortune, Kravinsky was free to leave
    behind a business atmosphere of "greed and corruption" that he had
    tolerated for only one reason - to make money and give it away. With
    Emily's blessing, the couple established an educational trust for
    their four children and began thinking about who should receive the
    rest. They decided on public health.

    In October, the couple donated $6.2 million in Adria Kravinsky's name
    to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He then transferred
    his entire commercial real estate holdings - valued at $30 million -
    to the Adria Kravinsky Foundation, a charitable trust that will
    exclusively benefit Ohio State University's School of Public Health.

    Kravinsky said he had focused his giving on public health because it
    had the potential to do the greatest good for the greatest number of

    For both institutions, the gifts were the largest ever from an
    individual contributor. The couple also made a sizable donation last
    year to Wordsworth Academy, an Elkins Park school for special-needs

    "He believes that the more you have in life - whether it's brains or
    education or money - the more responsibility you have to give back,"
    said Colette Taber, 31, a former student of Kravinsky's at Penn. "In
    Zell's case, he has all of those."

    Others were less understanding. Kravinsky said his parents were among
    those who found his giving "excessive."

    Kravinsky didn't want the money, and passing such wealth on to his
    children could "warp their lives," he said. Giving it to the right
    causes, he thought, would bring him closer to spiritual redemption and
    bring greater good to humankind.

    Philanthropy became the driving force in his life.

    "As I started giving everything away, I started attaining greater
    degrees of moral clarity," said Kravinsky, who said his family lives
    on $50,000 annually in a house purchased for $141,500 in 1996. "The
    urge in me to do good just grew with each act."

    With the money gone, Kravinsky focused on an altruistic idea that had
    been brewing for years: organ donation.

    "It was something that I had been holding in front of myself as a
    personal reward for when I had finished giving away the business
    assets," he said. "The kidney donation would be a treat just for me."

    To many others, it was insane.

    Kravinsky's longtime friend Kahn told him as much. "I figured - like a
    lot of other reasonable people - that he had four small kids, and he
    needed to be concerned about them. What if something should happen to
    one of them and they needed his kidney?"

    Emily Kravinsky, who declined to be interviewed, did not want her
    husband to take an unnecessary risk. The issue has put a great strain
    on their marriage, Zell Kravinsky said.

    After he was rejected by two area hospitals, doctors at Albert
    Einstein Medical Center subjected him to a battery of psychiatric
    tests before agreeing to perform the surgery.

    "I had a hard time with it in the beginning," said Radi Zaki, a
    transplant surgeon. "At first glance, he appears very odd. Who wants
    to give away millions of dollars and then a kidney?"

    But Zaki and other Einstein officials were soon convinced that
    Kravinsky was "a genuine person who really wanted to do this." On July
    22, he became one of 73 living people since 1996 who have given their
    organs to a stranger.

    Since the operation he has not spoken to either of his parents, who
    could not be reached for comment.

    "I am paying the price in my relationships, but I couldn't let someone
    else's life be held hostage by the incomprehension of someone in my
    family," he said. "There is tension, but I think my wife and I can
    transcend it. I think we're both going to do everything we can to keep
    the family together."

    Despite the problems it caused for Kravinsky, the operation was a
    great success for Donnell Reid.

    The 30-year-old recipient, who was selected by a hospital committee,
    is recovering well and hopes to open a shelter for abused women and
    children with Kravinsky's help.

    "I think he's an angel, I really do," said Reid, of Mount Airy. "He's
    the most selfless and humble person I've ever met, and he changed my
    outlook on the world."

    In the meantime, Kravinsky is busy with plans to see whether there is
    anything else he has to offer.

    "Some people think I've been unfair to my family, and some people
    think I'm crazy," Kravinsky said. "A family member said to me,
    derisively, 'What are you going to give away next, your head?' "

    "Maybe I will."

    Contact staff writer Oliver Prichard at 610-313-8219 or

    Joel M. Eichen, .
    Philadelphia PA

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    Joel M. Eichen D.D.S., Aug 24, 2003
  5. Re: My Photo Galleries: PHILANTHROPY; Interesting human interest story - OFF TOPIC

    Thanks, yes.

    His hobby isn't dentistry, woodworking or snapping pictures~ he is a
    fully evolved human!


    On Sun, 24 Aug 2003 19:52:13 GMT, "Arch(TX)" <>

    >Wow! that really is a "Human Interest Story". You have to admire
    >the guy!

    Joel M. Eichen, .
    Philadelphia PA

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    Joel M. Eichen D.D.S., Aug 24, 2003
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