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Less Than A Day

Ulf checks out the camera systems for PODAS

In less than 24 hours we kick off the New Zealand Adventure PODAS.  One of the main items that makes PODAS special is that everyone gets a Phase One IQ 160 camera system to use. There is not another company anywhere that dedicates itself to offering workshops like Phase One does or offers everyone a state of the art medium format camera system. As you can see in these images there is a lot of gear that arrives at a location. Ulf Liljergen manager of the Phase One worldwide support is shown prepping the cameras for the 24 attendees of the New Zealand PODAS. This is no small feat and you can see Ulf above logging in, checking each system and preparing them for the workshop.

The Gear Has Arrived


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We Are In New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand

We arrived in New Zealand today. The PODAS workshop begins this Wednesday and goes for a little over a week. We have a ton of places to visit, and many are places normal tourists never see. This will be an incredible week. We arrived at a house that we are using as a staging area. There were 85 boxes of cameras, lenses, and workshop support material waiting for us. For the next two days we will be staging everything and prepping for the start on Wednesday. Be sure to follow us as I will do my best to make daily posts with images of the workshop activity.

So, today I unpacked my IQ180 gear and set it up to test it out and the image above is what I came away with. I am just blown away by how majestic New Zealand is. If tonights image is any indication of what the week will be like, then I know it will be just an amazing adventure. Stay tuned here for more each day.


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Ken Duncan Book Signing – New Zealand PODAS Days Away

Phase One Management team Gary Wong - Phase One China, Kevin Raber Vice President - PODAS workshops, Jacob Struckmann President with Ken Duncan (gold jacket) at Ken Duncan’s book signing in Sydney, Austrailia

In a few days the New Zealand PODAS adventure will begin. This will be an incredible workshop and you can follow it all right here at the PODAS blog. Starting on Wednesday November 30th through the 7th of December. We have an incredible line up of talented instructors and one of these outstanding instructors is Ken Duncan. Ken is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. He is also one of the worlds premier landscape photographers and just like so many others he uses Phase One cameras and lenses. A number of the Phase One management team were in Sydney Austrailia for Ken’s new book signing. We enjoyed an evening at his gallery as he launched his new book on Austrailia. Check out Ken’s Web Site to see his great work.

Phase One is working hard and will be launching the 2012 PODAS workshops in the coming weeks. We have quite a line up planned and will be visiting Mexico, Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, The Pacific Northwest, China, New Zealand, Norway, Canada and a few other locations. If you want to be part of the finest photography workshops then click onto Our PODAS web site, and register to be notified when we launch new workshops.


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PODAS Death Valley A Success

Group Photo at Tea Kettle Junction

It was a sad farewell on Saturday as we dropped of the Chinese attendees from the PODAS in Death Valley to airports and hotels in Las Vegas. Not quite sure at the beginning of the week how things would go, we quickly saw that as long as we share the same passion, language and other differences can’t stand in the way. The workshops was an exceptional experience not nonly from the terms of photography but also new friendships bonded. As in all PODAS workshop we aim to give great education, but we also work hard to make sure we have fun doing it. There were lots of laughs, new phrases, shouts and cheers as we all became closer and had fun shooting some great images. We started the last day on top of Dantes Peak shooting the whole Death Valley from the highest vantage point at dawn. After a great breakfast we had a program led by Kevin and Jeff on Now That You Got The Shot What Do You Do With It. This was followed be several hours of free time to work on images. Everyone contributes to the final night slide show with 5- 10 images. After lunch we tried our hands at shooting people and this was fun. Locations were the resort gardens as well as the pool. It was fun to see the Chinese try to direct english speaking only models. Good shots were made though. After dinner we had our PODAS closing ceremonies involving toast to our new friendships and finally a fun slide show recapping our week together.


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Great Group, Great Times, Great Images – The Chinese PODAS

The Dunes Area, Death Valley, CA

So we are on our way at 5 AM again. Today we head to the dunes for sunrise. And, what a beautiful sunrise it was. We are having a lot of fun and the Chinese attendees are enjoying what Death Valley offers up photographically. We had a great big breakfast followed by a morning program.  After a burger cookout we headed to Beatty, NV for a taste of the true west. This was followed by shooting in Rhyolite Ghost town and capped off with a fantastic sunset. We closed the evening with a dinner of prime rib or turkey and a pasta bar. Bottom line we are taking great images, making some fantastic new friends and having lot of fun.