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PODAS Tuscany Full Speed Ahead

The Classic Tuscany Landscape

The Classic Tuscany Landscape

The Tuscany PODAS workshop has been running for two days now.  We have an excellent group of attendees from all over the world and two fantastic Instructors.  We kicked off day one after picking everyone up from the Rome airport Upon arriving at the hotel after the drive from Rome we did introductions and handed out Phase One camera systems to everyone.  Monday and Tuesday we were up and out the door by 5:45 AM for sunrise images.  This is followed by a breakfast and programs at mid morning until lunch.  So far Kevin Raber has presented Capture One and 2 workflows and Art Wolfe gave a very inspiring talk on seeing differently. In the afternoon we go out to various locations and stay out sunset. Since Art’s program  everyone was using their new found inspiration to see differently and take shots different.  Of course we had a nice dinner each evening accompanied by great local wine.  The workshops goes until Sunday so check back for more.


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One More Day and We Start

A Tuscany Sunrise

A Tuscany Sunrise

The last two days have been very busy prepping for the PODAS Tuscany workshop that officially kicks off on April 21st.  Tuscany is a landscape photographers dream.  The villages and landscapes are exceptional.  Tuscany also takes on a whole new look at dawn and sunset.  This will be where we spend most of our time focusing our photography.  We have early morning shoots as well as sunset shoots planned from Sunday through next Saturday.  I’ll be posting images as often as I can so you can share our adventure through Tuscany.  Please come back often and visit.  For now I’ll leave you with the sunrise shot taken yesterday.  Made with the NEW IQ260 and 240mm lens.  This is turning out to me my favorite combination.  The 240mm lens is one of the best lenses I have eve used.  The sharpness and contrast is second to none.  It’s going to be a long week and we have a great team and attendees from all over the world.


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PODAS Tuscany

Tuscany Contryside

Tuscany Contryside

The PODAS Tuscany workshop officially begins this Sunday and we a full house.  What an amazing and picturesque region of Italy.  I arrived today and met up with our instructor and guide Hans Kruse.  we started the final scouting of many locations (two pictured here).  This a big area and we are centrally located to cover it all.  Stay tuned for the next week as this PODAS adventure and workshop get underway.  Joining us as an instructor will be Art Wolfe and a full support team from Phase One.

Tuscany At Sunset

Tuscany At Sunset


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Here Is Another Example

Before and After of an image from an IQ260

Before and After of an image from an IQ260

Here is another example of dynamic range and recovery.  It’s a self portrait but shows that once again I may have ignored or discarded this image.  Using Capture One 7.1.1 and the tools as well as the file from the IQ260 I was able to make a very usable image.


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The IQ260 Performs

Before and After of the Ice Cave Image, shot in Iceland with the IQ260

Before and After of the Ice Cave Image, shot in Iceland with the IQ260

I recently returned from a workshop in Iceland.  I took the IQ260 with me and was using it the whole trip.  One of the places we visited was an ice cave under a glacier.  While this was avery cool and dangerous place to visit, it presented a prefect test ground for the IQ260 long exposure.  Above is the before and after images taken with the 260.  I did a 12 minute exposure and the resulting image not to mention the histogram looked like it was going to be an image I would throw away.  Well, I knew the back had the dynamic range but wasn’t sure how much it had in regards to showing detail  I also knew Capture One 7.1.1. had the potential to pull good shadow detail in the highlight – shadow recovery tool.  I set out and worked the tools and sliders until I was able to make the image shown on the right.  I also used local adjustments to paint in a bit more detail at the bottom of the image and the color image to enhance the blue tone of the ice.  I know others tried this shot with a DSLR, but no one was able to pull what I did from this image.  If there is one thing I like to do, and that is to push gear to its limits.  The IQ260 didn’t let me down, and Capture One delivered on the final image.