PODAS winds down. Thursday was the last day of the PODAS Death Valley experience. After an afternoon of working on images attendees were asked to contribute images to the workshop slide show and also to provide 2 images for their 30×40 prints. We had a final farewell Steak Bar B Q that evening. And, believe it or not we were in the desert and it rained. What are the chances of that happening? After dinner we all returned to the seminar room and we had closing ceremonies. Each attendee received a group shot and a certificate for participating. Many attendees purchased a Phase One system while at the workshop. The first few purchasers were rewarded with special prizes like books and prints from the instructors. Following the formalities everyone settled in for a 20 minute slide show featuring the highlights and works on the attendees during the last few days. Then we all said our good byes. One thing is for sure we all have a number for new friends. The event was a special experience for all who attended.
It’s Thursday and the workshop is winding to a close. The last classroom workshop we decided should be a special one. It was titled, Now That I Got It What Do I Do With It. The concept is that everyone took so many great images what do you do with them when you are home. This part of program all instructors were part of. They focused on book publishing, print making, web galleries, and display prints. Bill Atkinson gave a demonstration of mounting a canvas print that had everyone in awe. perfection mounting to a tee. The afternoon is free time for attendees to prep their images. Each attendee gets 2 -30×40 inch prints and they will provide those to Phase One on jump drives that were provided. Thursday evening there will be a bar-b-q and closing ceremonies as well as a slide show with everyones images and candid shots made during the workshop.
In Phase One’s efforts to make PODAS a remarkable experience we decided that we should have our chief technologist Claus Molgaard participate. The thought behind this was it would do both attendees and Phase One good. The attendees benefit to be ale to talk to and have conversations with Claus. Phase One benefits as Claus gets to see how Phase One systems are used in the field. I know we learned a lot and that every day Claus was on email back to his team on things that could be improved or fixed. But all would agree it was a darn nice pleasure to have Claus and his smile with us. He shot next to everyone and was always there with suggestions and a helping hand. I don’t know of any other company that would send someone like Claus out to the field to see how the gear is actually be used.
On Wednesday Morning we decided to take a field trip with all five vans and everyone to Rhyolite an old ghost town outside of the park. What a fun experience this was. The area was large enough that the group spread out all over. Everyone seeking their own shots. The town consisted of old ruins and a mine. In addition a short trip down the road was an outdoor art museum with sculptures and all sorts of interesting objects to photograph. Fun was had by all. Before we left for the hotel we did a group shot shown on the previous post.
Now would be a good time to tell you that most of the images in this blog are documentary shots of the attendees and what we were photographing. After the event is over we will post images from all attendees on a gallery page.
The rest of the morning was FREE time to relax, work on images and get to know others. As we move through this week it is really fun to see everyone getting a long so well and getting to know each other better. Wednesday afternoon and evening will be a model shoot. We want everyone to experience photographing people and we have four models that will joining us so we can photograph them in this great environment.
It’s Wednesday and at sunrise we visited Rhyolite a ghost town right outside the Death VAlley National Park. It was there that we did our PODAS – Death Valley Experience group photo. We’re all having fun. Lots of stuff to share for Wednesday. Check back for more.
Tuesday begins with the alarm at 4AM. By 4:45 everyone is at the vans and no one is complaining. Maybe we are moving slow and not the most wide awake but everyone is excited about the shoot for the morning. Once again the vans are off to different locations. We have been rotating the instructors in and out of vans and attendees stay in the same van for the whole workshop. Our van went to the Dunes this morning. This is a massive area of sand dunes. It takes around 20 minutes to get there and then another 30 minutes to trek out to a good spot. It’s a hard walk in the soft sand and everyone starts to find their own spot. It seems to take forever but the sun finally rises above the mountain range and lights the Dunes up in glorious warm light. Photography is plentiful and it just feels good to be out there witnessing something so grand.
After a breakfast we were treated to a great program put on by Mark Dubovoy. His lecture on technical cameras and the finer points of photography was inspiring and educatioal.. Mark’s method of presenting was incredible and everyone really enjoyed learning about technical cameras, optics, and swings and tilts. Thanks Mark!
After lunch Claus Molgaard made his presentation on Digital Imaging. The audience was amazed by what he shared. Claus is the person responsible for many of the innovations of Phase One and he educated everyone on sensors types, color, future designs of cameras, lenses and where technology is taking us. This program was so good that it ran over and we had to finally make a mad dash to the vans for sunset.
The sunset was almost non-existent as heavy cloud cover rolled over Death Valley. None the less we were out there and we did get some shots.
Monday was a very busy day. After Monday afternoon’s program by Bill Atkinson everyone headed to their vans and took off to a number of different locations. Two vans including mine went to Artists Drive and particularly the Artist’s Palette. This is an area of Death Valley that is aptly named because when the sun in late afternoon hits this particular mountain area it glows with reds, golds, green, and many hues of blues. The group was all over shooting and some walking quite some ways to get the shot they wanted. Other groups went to the dunes area, Zabriskie point and Badwater. What has been amazing the last few days is how the group of 25 attendees has come together. Unlike other workshops we made a point to keep the group together. This means instructors, attendees and staff have many opportunities to discuss photography, share techniques and to enjoy seeing each others images. Tuesday will be a full day with morning photography, a workshop by Mark Dubovoy on technical cameras, Claus Molgaard on digital imaging technology. After dinner on Tuesday we will hold an instructor panel where the group can ask each and all instructors questions. Stay tuned we have a few more days to go. By the way the images we are seeing are amazing.