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FEATURE

After

Before

Post-Practice Life
By Richard Goldman, M.D.

I

officially retired from my office
medical practice, part of the
Crozer-Keystone Health System,
in 2001, and decided to become
a full-time boater, initially living
with my wife on our trawler on the
Chesapeake's Eastern Shore. This
lasted about 6 months, during which
time we had the 9-11 event. Following
a transplantation to Longboat Key,
Florida, and after enjoying two years
of tropical gardening, I went back
to work, volunteering at the Senior
Friendship Center medical clinic
and also working for the Sarasota
County Health Department in their
medical clinics, and later working
for Executive Health Resources,
located in Newtown Square. I did
this working remotely from my
motorhome, until we moved into a
real house, and after I did this for five
years I fully retired at age 78, retiring
TO my passion of photography.
I have always been a visual person,
and have been a life-long lover of nature, so logically much of my photog-

raphy is nature photography, for which
Florida provides ample opportunity.
Virtually out of my back door I have
seen bobcats, alligators, deer, gopher
tortoises, hawks, and armadillos. A
short drive away is the lure of the
beaches, waterfronts and fishing fleets;
going inland one finds old Florida cattle country and jungle-like terrain; and
to the south are the Everglades. North
of here is rolling horse country and
large state forests. With camera gear in
knapsack on my back I frequently head
out with my photography buddies,
spending the cooler mornings finding
good light and animals feeding, to
capture in my camera. Usually we add
to that journey a lunch at a favorite
restaurant, and then it is home to
download and edit my photographs.
Later in the week our group meets
for coffee and critiquing of our
finished product, discussing which
images should be in our next show,
our website, a competition, or in some
cases an art gallery. Our group has a
wide range of photographic talent,

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including portrait and lighting expertise, camera repair, amazing artistic
ability, software knowledge, and even
photographic software creation. As a
result, I am constantly learning new
things about my camera, photographic technique, post-processing in the
computer, printing, and framing. My
photographic buddies come from a
diverse background, including a couple
of other retired doctors, engineers,
airline pilots, FBI investigator, author,
teachers, retired military, and business
entrepreneurs. Thankfully we talk very
little politics, but learn a heck of a
lot from each other in many fields of
interest.

What does one do with all the
great photos that accumulate
from all the trips and photo
shoots?
With today's cameras and digital media, one does not worry about spending a fortune on making slides and
paper prints that will later be discarded. Now, you can take multitudes of



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