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Ireland – PODAS Adventure

Join us for a week of shooting in Ireland’s beautiful Southwest. Explore the rugged coast and ancient mountains and engage with the locals over a creamy pint of stout in the evening. From the glacier-sculpted Brandon Mountain on the Dingle peninsula to the Lakes of Killarney, you’ll experience the best landscape that Ireland has to offer in the company of the expert local photographer and guide Peter Cox as well as the well-known instructors Mark Dubovoy and Steve Gosling.

You will be provided a Phase One P 65+ camera system to use during the workshop. We will also have a few units of the NEW 80 megapixel IQ180 which at the workshop that all attendees can try. In addition we will have a bank of Phase One lenses available for each group to try.  Experience what medium format high-end digital capture is all about.

We begin our trip at Shannon airport where we’ll board our vehicles and make our way to our base for the next three nights, right on the shore of the famous Lough Leane in Killarney. From here, we’ll be exploring the Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh Peninsula. At the hotel, you’ll be given a P 65+ camera system, which will be yours for the rest of the trip, and instructed how to use it by our expert team. Afterwards, we’ll have an opportunity to shoot the magnificent view of the lough and the Kerry Mountains beyond from the grounds of the hotel itself – a rare luxury in landscape photography! Dinner will follow.

Day two will see us rising early to capture the sunrise at the Eagle’s Nest over the Long Range River. After returning to the hotel for breakfast, we’ll have our first classroom session where you’ll be given instruction on Capture One and how to get the most from your images with it. After lunch, Peter Cox will give a talk on composition and how to use your P 65+ camera to remarkable artistic effect. The combination of astounding detail in your photographs along with great composition will create truly winning images. We’ll head out and capture the sunset after dinner in the Bridia Valley, a virtually unknown location, well off the beaten track.

On day three, we’ll experience the sunrise in the Black Valley, one of the most isolated locations we’ll be visiting – it wasn’t connected to the national electricity grid until 1976! Despite this, it’s only a short drive from the hotel, so we’ll be back in time for breakfast. Afterwards, we’ll be making the trip to Valentia Island. Connected to the mainland via a road bridge, it’s still a wonderfully isolated place and we’ll be shooting from its highest point, Geokaun Mountain. Wonderful panoramic views in all directions over the island, nearby mountains and coast, it’s an iconic location offering plenty of possibilities. After the shoot on Geokan, we’ll head to a clifftop overlook on the ocean with the Skellig Islands in the distance. Then it’s back to the hotel for dinner and a chance to review our images.

Day four we’ll see sunrise at Ross Castle, a 15th century tower house built on the shores of Lough Leane. A quick trip back to the hotel for breakfast and then it’s time to pack our bags for the move to our next base. Dingle is name to both the peninsula and the town where we’ll be staying, and is also a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking area. If you have a cúpla focail (a few words), you can practice conversation with the locals. On arrival, we’ll have a relaxed lunch and head off to photograph a dramatic nearby sea stack called An Searrach (The Foal). Afterwards we’ll have our dinner and shoot the sunset from Clogher Strand, a wild inlet often full of pounding surf.

Day five will begin with a dawn shoot from the top of the Conor Pass, Ireland’s tallest mountain pass and the platform for wonderful sunrise images looking out over Brandon Mountain and Bay. After breakfast, it’s off to photograph Dún Chaoin (Dunquin), the coastal village closest to the Great Blasket Island, a place which spawned more writers per capita than any other in this country. Looking at the landscape, it’s easy to see why. We’ll return to the hotel for dinner and capture the sunset from Slea Head, the westerly most point of the peninsula – a place of sandy beaches and jagged rocks.

Day six begins with another sunrise shoot at Lough Anscaul, nestled in a glaciated valley. After breakfast at the hotel we’ll have another classroom session. We then cap the trip off with our closing dinner and presentation.

All you need to bring for this adventure is your tripod, laptop and CF cards and a willingness to explore. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact Kevin Raber directly at kwr@phaseone.com or by phone at 516-971-0961.


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Announcing PODAS Death Valley

Join us for one fantastic adventure exploring this photogenic location. PODAS is an all inclusive workshop and includes everything but the airfare. We will pick you up at the airport and return you to the airport, everything else room (single occupancy), food, transportation, instruction and more is included.

The workshop will be lead by the three world renowned photographers Guy Mancuso, Tim Wolcott and Jeff Schewe and backed up by a team of Phase One staff for support and overall assistance. Best of all you will be provided a Phase One P 65+ camera system to use during the workshop. We will also have a few units of the new 80 megapixel IQ180 digital back which at the workshop that all attendees can try. Experience what medium format high end digital capture is all about.

Participants will fly into Las Vegas International airport and will be picked up there by Phase One staff and driven to their accommodations for the week at The Furnace Creek Resort, a luxury hotel in the heart of Death Valley National Park. Each day will be filled with photography and instruction, as well as time to enjoy the resorts facilities, including an 18 hole golf course and swimming pools. All meals are included, and all driving to shooting locations within the park as well as to and from Las Vegas airport are provided in comfortable air-conditioned vans, with lots of room for everyone’s photographic equipment.

Each day will be filled with at least two major multi-hour shooting opportunities at the various remarkable locales within and nearby the park. These include Ubehebe Crater, ghost towns, Dante’s View (5,475 feet above the valley’s floor), Zabriskie Point, Artist’s Palette, Badwater and The Devil’s Golf Course. We may even have a few surprises to add to this list. View our last PODAS Death Valley workshop video and visit the PODAS Blog to learn more about the 2009 PODAS Death Valley adventure. See a selection of PODAS Death Valley images here.

In addition there will be seminar sessions on a wide variety of topics, including full familiarization sessions on the Phase One camera and backs, as well as on Capture One software, working with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, printing, color management, and field shooting techniques and exploring various camera hardware configurations.

At a PODAS workshop you will learn and have fun. This is an extraordinary kind of educational experience and the only one of its kind where everything is included and with access to such a wide range of talented instructors.

A PDF description of the workshop can be downloaded by clicking here.

All you need to bring for this adventure is your tripod, laptop and CF cards and a willingness to explore. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact Kevin Raber directly at kwr@phaseone.com or by phone at 516-971-0961.