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Welcome to the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society Blog! The posts on this blog are authored by a myriad of individuals in Ophthalmology. Posts are not always authored by those directly affiliated with the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society and opinions may not be those of the OPS; however, all posts are submitted to a review process and have been approved by the OPS before being posted. Comments are open to the public. New posts are added every Friday, so make sure to check back often!

 

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Discovering the OPS

Posted By John Hensel, Monday, December 12, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, December 21, 2016

There have always been two sides to me, the artistic and the scientific. As a professional photographer and artist based in Boston, I have passionately pursued my artistic side. Yet I've always found myself spending much of my leisure time reading about science, and imagining what it would be like to make a contribution in that field. So I was delighted to come across the field of Ophthalmic Photography. It offered the opportunity to apply my photographic knowledge to the pursuit of medical advances and to do something good in the world. I was so intrigued that I took the plunge, signing up for the OPS Annual Program to learn all about the field and see whether it could be a good fit for my passions (to make a long story short it was all that I hoped it would be!)

In prepping for the conference, I found the OPS Lending Library as well as the OPS Website to be wonderful resources that allowed me to learn the basics of eye anatomy and ophthalmic photography as I eagerly anticipated getting to the conference to learn more. Sarah Moyer Armstrong was extremely helpful, thorough and informative in her responses to my inquiries on course selection. With Sarah's advice I took the Crash Course, as well as intro courses and workshops on Fundus Photography, Fluorescein Angiography and OCT-A as well as the stunning course "Best of the Best". Upon meeting Sarah at the conference, her warmth, encouragement, and introductions were invaluable. I cannot thank her enough.

 

Myself with Sarah Moyer Armstrong, CRA, OCT-C, FOPS at the OPS Business Meeting (Photo by Alan Frohlichstein, CRA, FOPS )

 

Crash Course Class of 2016. It was a lot of fun! (Photo by Alan Frohlichstein, CRA, FOPS)

 

As a "newbie" I was amazed at the generous amount of hands-on and small group training, not to mention the one-on-one interactions I was able to have with experts in the field; a special thank you to Bob CavicchiSarah Moyer ArmstrongHouston Sharpe IIIHoang NguyenJim Soque and many others.

I also especially appreciated the combination of lecture courses with associated workshops as it satisfied my curiosity on the science/context/history and how it related to the "how to".

 

 Great Hands-on Training with Instructor Adeline M Stone, COT, CRA, CDOS (Photo by Alan Frohlichstein, CRA, FOPS)

 

There were also the fascinating special events such as the Scientific Paper Session and the reception where I was warmly welcomed by my instructors, fellow students, and committee members. I felt excited by the potential to join this community of highly engaged photographers.

And for a fun break and mixer, there was the photo scavenger hunt! Here is my team, literally embodying the OPS!

 

My Scavenger Hunt Team.  (Photo by Chuck Hamm, CRA, OCT-C)

 

Lastly, one particular highlight I will always remember… the incoming President Michael Kelly took the time to give a lecture in the Crash Course. He spoke of the fascinating detective work that goes into imaging difficult cases. I was intrigued by the iterative methodology of combining techniques and subtly altering standard methodologies to get to the bottom of unusual cases. He was speaking my language, and of my dreams to use my photographic knowledge to make a contribution to medicine/science and to helping patients.

 

Thank you Michael Kelly, FOPS (Photo by Alan Frohlichstein, CRA, FOPS)

 

I take my hat off to the incredible all-volunteer effort that produced a conference that was well organized, educational, welcoming, and inspiring. Thank you!

I also have some exciting news since returning home from the conference. I will be beginning my first Ophthalmic Photographer position at Massachusetts Eye and Ear in January, 2017! I can’t wait!

 

Bio: John Hensel has a BA in visual arts from Oberlin College. Currently he is a professional photographer, business owner, and artist living in Boston, MA. He is very excited to begin a career in ophthalmic photography!

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Special Events!

Posted By Alan Frohlichstein, BFA, BS, CRA, FOPS, Thursday, October 6, 2016
Updated: Thursday, October 6, 2016

For those of you attending the OPS Annual Education Program in Chicago this year there are a few special events in the area you may wish to participate in if your schedules allow.

The first is the Chicago Architectural Open House. This is an annual event which showcases architecture in the Chicago area and gives access to many building and clubs which are not open to the public. Many of the buildings are a short walk from the Inter Continental Hotel. Details of this event which runs Saturday October 15 and Sunday October 16, 2016 may be found at the Chicago Architecture web site:

openhousechicago.org

The second special event is the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival, running from October 13 through October 27th. Many of the films are within walking distance of the Inter Continental.The full schedule may be found at:

Chicagofilmfestival.com

Another event is the Chicago Museum Week, offering discounts to many of Chicago's museums. Details and locations may be found at:

chicagomuseumweek.com

Whatever you choose to do, I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy some of the culture and dining Chicago has to offer!

Tags:  2016  AAO  blog  Chicago  Educational Meeting  Meaningful Use  PDC  Travel 

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Sweet Home Chicago

Posted By Don Kuitula, Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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"Sweet Home Chicago” is a blues standard originally recorded by Robert Johnson in 1936 which has been popularized by many musicians including Junior Parker, Eric Clapton, Keb’ Mo’ and perhaps most famously, the Blues Brothers. The song has become an anthem of the city and its vibrant blues history.  

    

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Chicago Blues is a type of blues music dating back to the 1920’s and is identified by its usage of the electric guitar and amplified harmonica. The pioneers of this style were Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon and Buddy Guy. Many of these artists recorded their sound at the iconic Chess Records on Chicago’s south side, whose recordings became a heavy influence on bands such as The Rolling Stones, Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience.    

 

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The blues scene is still alive and well in the city with many places open seven days a week. Here are a few clubs to look into if you are interested in catching an old veteran or some of the newer bands keeping the Chicago Blues flame burning.

 

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Kingston Mines is the oldest continually operating blues club in the city and hosts two bands on two stages 365 days a year. It has been ranked Chicago’s best blues club by many and offers a full menu of southern cooking. www.kingstonmines.com     

Buddy Guy’s Legends has truly lived up to the Legends name by featuring many top acts including Gregg Allman, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan who stop in to play a set. Buddy Guy, himself, is a regular when he is in town and can often be seen sitting at the bar enjoying the bands that are playing. The menu specializes in Louisiana style Cajun and soul food and it is the only place where you can find Buddy’s own craft beer called "Buddy Brew”. www.buddyguy.com     

Rosa’s Lounge is a no frills blues club offering the widest range of blues styles to appease music enthusiasts of all genres. It has been voted "Chicago’s Friendliest Blues Lounge” and has a low cover charge. The club is family owned and operated by an Italian immigrant who came to Chicago after meeting Buddy Guy and Jr. Wells in Milan. He named the place after his mother who also came to the city to help run the business. The authentic Italian menu brings a bit of home to the bar for the family. www.rosaslounge.com

Blue Chicago is the closest venue to the Intercontinental and is known for showcasing female blues singers. They are open seven days a week and have a full bar but no food menu. The walls are beautifully decorated by the work of famed artist John Carrol-Doyle. www.bluechicago.com     

B.L.U.E.S. is considered a blues dive bar with an intimate, if not cramped, feel. With cheap cover and a small room, primarily booking local musicians, things can heat up very quickly on stage. As an added bonus, Sunday nights cover also gets you into Kingston Mines which is located across the street. www.chicagobluesbar.com

 

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History of the InterContinental Chicago

Posted By Kirsten Locke, Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Updated: Sunday, September 25, 2016

Now is the time to make plans for the Annual OPS Program in Chicago  

If you have managed to not attend the annual program in Chicago 2012 or 2014, you should strongly consider doing so this year. Besides the fantastic educational experience and valuable networking with coworkers and friends, the meeting hotel, the InterContinental is well worth a visit. If you have any interest in history, you can satisfy your curiosity in the photo gallery on the Upper Fifth Floor, take a swim in the original pool and visit many of the restored ballrooms. The hotel offers all the modern facilities within an elegant old-world frame work. Please take a few minutes to review the interesting history provided by the hotel.  

We hope to see you there.

History of the InterContinental Chicago

 

 

The InterContinental Chicago was built in 1929 by the Shriners Organization as the Medinah Athletic Club. The exotic gold dome originated as part of a decorative docking port for dirigibles before the Hindenburg disaster changed the country’s mind about the future of travel by blimp and the docking structure was never used. Years later, the building would lose several feet with the dismantling of an ornamental canopy on the small turret north of the dome. This chimney-like structure was originally intended to assist in the docking of these air ships, but was never used. Inside the dome a glass cupola and spiral iron staircase resembling the top of a lighthouse led down to the hotel’s upper elevator landing.                              

In the heart of the tower beneath, the club featured a twenty third floor miniature golf course, complete with water hazards and a wandering brook, a shooting range, a billiards hall, a running track, a gymnasium, an archery range, a bowling alley, a two story boxing arena, and a junior Olympic size swimming pool. All of this in addition to the ballrooms, corporate meeting rooms, and 440 guest rooms which were available for the exclusive use of the club’s 3,500 members and their guests.

 

 

The pool, with its blue Spanish majolica tiles and terra-cotta fountain of Neptune on its east wall, is one of the hotel’s few features which to this day remains virtually untouched. At the time of its unveiling, it was one of the highest indoor pools in the world, and its fourteenth floor location was heralded as a feat of engineering. Today it is commonly referred to as the Johnny Weismuller pool, a testament to the famous Olympic athlete and actor who trained in its waters. The rows of seats which remain on its western wall recall the days when swimming was a popular spectator sport.   

The elegant Grand Ballroom, a two story, one hundred foot long elliptical space, was decorated with Egyptian, Assyrian, and Greek ornamentation and surrounded by a horseshoe shaped mezzanine. In its center hung a 12,000 pound Baccarat crystal chandelier, the largest in North America.   The King Arthur Court, a far more masculine room built to function as the men’s smoking lounge, featured heavy timbering, stained glass, and a mural depicting the stories of King Arthur and Parsifal.

Because the club was originally built as a men’s club, there were only designated areas in which women were allowed. They were given a separate entrance and elevator to visit the Grand Ballroom for social gatherings or to access the Women’s Plunge, Lounge and Tea Room. At that time, the women also had access to an outdoor loggia overlooking Michigan Avenue and decorated to evoke the feeling of a Venetian terrace, perched high above the Adriatic Sea.  

When the club finally opened, it was criticized by many for its "wasteful extravagance,” although in time its eclectic mix of multicultural styles would become widely recognized as a genuine historical treasure. With only 32 percent occupancy upon its opening, many saw this elaborate fortress of excess as overly decadent, but it never failed to keep the architectural community talking.  

Although October 29th of 1929 would become known as the "Blackest Day in Stock Market History,” it would be another four years before the effects of this financial disaster would force the Shriners to file for bankruptcy. In 1934 they lost their beloved clubhouse, and in the decade that followed the building went through various incarnations, including a brief stint as residential apartments. In 1944 it began its life as a hotel, debuting as the Continental Hotel and Town Club, where Esther Williams would swim in the now famous pool. Subsequently it would operate under both the Sheraton and Radisson hotel chains. In 1961 the Sheraton expanded, adding a second tower just north of the existing building and bringing the northern boundary of the hotel all the way to Grand Avenue. During this era, the hotel featured an outlet of the popular Polynesian themed Kon Tiki Ports restaurant chain. A facade of lava rock adorned the northern wall along Grand Avenue, where today only a small section remains visible, tucked at the end of the balcony of Zest’s outdoor café. When the Radisson’s contract ended in 1983, the hotel’s name was changed back once again to the Continental. It would remain open for only three more years before finally closing its doors in anticipation of major remodeling and restoration.

 

In 1989, Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts purchased the property and it went through extensive renovations prior the grand re-opening in 1990. During that time, a former Medinah Club member heard of the renovation and donated a 1930 anniversary yearbook entitled "The Scimitar,” filled with photographs which would serve as reference for much of the work.  

In addition to the guestroom modifications, the balcony of the Grand Ballroom, which had long since been removed, was rebuilt to match its original design. The murals and gold leaf detailing on the room’s ceiling were restored by Lido Lippi, the same man who consulted on the restoration of the Sistine Chapel. On the ninth floor, which had at one time housed the shooting range and billiards hall, renovations included raising the floor two and a half feet to accommodate plumbing for additional guestrooms. In the public areas, designers paid painstaking attention to detail. Photographs of the original carpeting were enlarged and used to recreate its exact pattern, even making sure not to incorporate more colors than were originally available from the manufacturer. Initially, workers utilized a process called cornhusk blasting to strip away the many layers of paint from the marble walls in the Hall of Lions, as traditional sandblasting would have destroyed the intricate details of any etchings beneath. When it was determined that a single marble column would require close to a ton of ground corn cobs, restorers decided to scrub away the paint by hand. The two carvings of lions which were discovered underneath have become an emblem used throughout the hotel.  

When the Hotel Intercontinental Chicago opened its doors to the public in March of 1990, every step had been taken to return this classic beauty to its original splendor. The north tower, which had opened the previous year as the Forum Hotel, now operated as a separate property, although the two shared back-of-the-house facilities. While the Forum catered mostly to business travelers, the Intercontinental continued its tradition of elegance and attention to detail. A decade later, a second phase of renovations would unite the two once again. Remaining open this time during construction, a new entrance and a four story lobby were built, combining elements of both architectural styles. Its grand staircase, which ascends to the banquet space above, is lined with banisters bearing intricate cast bronze ornamentation. An illuminated rotunda is capable of changing colors and creating the illusion of twinkling stars against a night sky.  

Today, the Hotel Intercontinental Chicago is a world renowned destination hotel which embraces the contemporary traveler’s tastes while proudly acknowledging its own rich past. Occupying a prominent place in Chicago’s Michigan-Wacker Historic District, the hotel is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features 807 guest rooms, over 40,000 feet of meeting and banquet space, and the largest fitness facility of all the downtown hotels.

The building’s creators, in a ceremony which took place on November 5th of 1928, placed within its cornerstone a copper box to commemorate its place in history. Filled with records of their organization, photographs of its members, a copy of the Chicago Tribune announcing the proposal of the building, coins, and other historic data, this time capsule remains sealed within the hotel’s limestone exterior. If given the opportunity to add to its contents, there would be no shortage of memorabilia, gathered over the near century which has passed since that day, to document the impressive evolution of this grand hotel.  

 

With the Medinah Athletic Club in the distance, an airship crosses over the Chicago Skyline circa 1929.

 

History and Images were graciously provided to us by the hotel for this purpose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Some things to do in Las Vegas at the 2015 OPS Meeting

Posted By Heather Carmello, CRA, Friday, November 6, 2015
Updated: Friday, November 6, 2015

Well where do I start! 

There is so much to see here in Las Vegas! You could work your way through the Vegas Strip, by foot after classes every day, and you still wouldn't make it through the whole area.

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Check out the fountain at the Bellagio, it’s free! I love free!

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There are also an abundance of shows to see such as O at the Bellagio, Mystere at Treasure Island, Ka at New York New York.


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Do you want to have some fun with celebrities, wax celebrities that is? Check out Madame Tussauds Wax Museum located in the Venetian Shoppes.

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Maybe you want to check out a gourmet candy store located in the Mirage and see some wild animals at Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden.

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Whatever suits your fancy when you visit Vegas, there’s something for everyone. Can’t wait to see you there!!!!

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