The Kimberley PODAS was one of the more unique workshops PODAS has done to date. Actually based on what we know it was the first cruise based workshop into the Kimberley region ever. Read what Mark Stothard says about his experience by CLICKING HERE.
The Kimberley PODAS as you could see from previous posts was a lot of fun and an amazing journey. Art Wolfe one of our instructors made a post on his blog with images. View it BY CLICKING HERE
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The other morning while in Ellery Creek we did a group photo. All attendees will receive a copy of the file of this image for their use. This is one of those perfect group shots and will bring back memories for a long time. We have attendees from Belgium, USA, Singapore, Philippines, and Australia. This has been a great trip in so many ways.
Tomorrow will be the post for the last day. We will start out the day with sunrise at Ayers Rock and then end the day with a special evening dinner.
Today is a moving day. We packed the support vehicles and boarded the bus for a two hour trip to Alice Springs where we enjoyed a breakfast and some shopping time. It was nice to see civilization, make cell phone calls and check emails. Then it was back on the bus with the final destination of Uluru. This would be a four hour ride but we did have a stop planned along the way.
We took a lunch break at the Stuart Wells Road House, home of the world famous Dinki the singing Dingo. This is another one of those true outback experiences. The owner Bill offers us lunch and while lunch is being prepared he brings out Dinki who is a dingo which is an Australian wild dog. Jim begins this long monologue telling us all about his Dingo – Dinki and how he has become world famous because he sings. Eventually he gets around to asking for a volunteer or more appropriately volunteering someone and he select Elizabeth one of our attendees. Elizabeth is asked to play some keys on the piano and that immediately launches Dinki into a howling (singing) fit. The next thing you know Dinki jumps up on the piano and is banging on keys and howling with Elizabeth. The pictures don’t do it justice but suffice to say the experience was just so sur-real. Everyone enjoyed it though, all of us got some good photos and enjoyed an good lunch.
We were soon back on the road again and arrived at the Ayers Rock Resort where we had a few hours for rest before heading out to shoot the Ayers Rock. After being in the outback for several days we were used to roughing it and the resort is very nice. In addition when we headed over to sunset, we find that there is a table with food and wine and beer set up for us. Now I have to say there is something really civilized about shooting sunset of this beautiful landscape with 20 fellow Phase One shooters enjoying wine and friendship. Ken Duncan being all so resourceful asked some of the local Aboriginal folks that were there to pose for some photos with the rock as a background. These images are just tremendous when viewing the P65 files. All in all it was a great day and many happy attendees. We headed back to a lovely dinner, and a lot of sharing about and good conversation about our adventure so far.
Our third day began like others. Get up early (real early) and be ready to hit the road by 4:15 AM. Our bus ride took us to another unique gorge called Ellery Creek. A lovely large area with a small river and a lake with large cliff like walls. The group quickly spread out to capture their own images. We worked here for several hours before assembling for a group shot. See next blog entry for the group photo.
A breakfast back at Glen Helen was followed by an exceptional program by Peter Eastway. Peter, like Ken is from Australia and does magnificent photography. Peter presented several inspiring slide shows with music of images he has taken around the world. This was followed with presentations on how he has made these images. Peter’s talk was inspirational and set the bar higher for all of us in regards to what we can accomplish with our images.
We are in Australia in the mid summer. Mid-day is very bright and contrasty, not to mention very hot, so during this time we do classroom sessions. So after lunch and a short break we reconvened for a program on the use of medium format technical cameras. On this trip we have a full kit from APLA with gear and lenses. So, we spent sometime going over how this kind of system could be used. After this everyone had time to work on their images with help from instructors.
We are going to depart for an evening session at Ormiston Gorge but we were delayed for about half and hour while a very large thunderstorm passed over. Torrential rains and winds lashed at us for about half an hour. After the storm passed we left or Ormiston and had a wonderful time shooting the many areas the gorge has to offer. It was dark before we left to return to the hotel. On our return we enjoyed an outdoor bar-b-q dinner.
The images you have been seeing in the blog are small resolution images made just so we can get quick posts to our blog and share our workshop with everyone. Once the workshop is over each attendee contributes images for their 30×40 prints and we will then make these images into a web gallery and post it here on our blog as we had done with the Iceland PODAS workshop.
Day four of PODAS will be on the road as we move to the next location.
The alarm went off at 3:45 AM and by 4:15 we were on our way to Ormiston Gorge for sunrise photography. The gorge is where a creek runs through a mountain pass. It could be thought of as an oasis or watering hole. Tall gum trees, tall canyon like cliffs rich in red color and splendid light. Everyone found their own special spots to shoot this great location. We also did a panorama segment where everyone got to shoot a pano of this scene. This was another great morning of photography. We returned to the Glen Helen Resort for breakfast and much needed coffee.
By 10:00 we were in the classroom for an extended introduction to Capture One 6 and the NEW power tools and features. Capture One is the perfect RAW processor for landscape shooters. With the new local adjustment tools all us were making small and local adjustments to make the images taken the 1st day and during the morning to new levels. The keystone correction tool allowed us to correct perspective in out images. Walking around the room and looking at each others laptops all of us were seeing new ways to work on our images.
After an outdoor lunch in beautiful balmy weather we returned to the seminar room and were treated to an afternoon of Ken Duncan. Ken is one of the worlds most successful landscape photographers. Not only does Ken have numerous galleries around Australia, he also has published a number of books. His photography is astounding, his passion for sharing is truly unique. Ken shared his images, his stories and philosophies. Truly an enjoyable and educational afternoon. Ken’s instruction in the field was outstanding. He would take groups to his favorite spots and help attendees compose the perfect picture.
During the afternoon we offered an optional 45 minute helicopter tour of the area. Nine attendees of the workshop opted for this aerial adventure and had the opportunity to shoot the landscape out of a helicopter with the doors off. They all came back wide eyed with stunning images.
After a small break we headed to an overlook to shoot Mt. Sonder. This was an interesting shoot as the vista was gigantic and there were storms moving across the plane. This location begged to be shot as a pano. We even got rained on a bit. After we exhausted all the light we returned for a dinner and great conversation sharing the adventure of the last few days. Many stayed on after dinner to work on their images of day and others headed to bed to prepare for a 4:15 AM departure to Ellory Creek for morning sunrise photography.
What an adventure this is shaping up to be. Check back soon for another update.