The last several days have flown by. This has been a fantastic workshop. While we didn’t have any early morning sunrise shoots, we did have three full days of shooting and some incredible locations as you can see from the images on this blog entry. This was a fantastic group lead by two great instructors, Mark Dubovoy and Michael Reichmann. Micahel lives in San Miguel half the year, and his friend Daniel Ortiz arranged for us to see and go to places many people never see. Daniel is a local real estate agent who has a passion for photography and I owe him a big thanks for making all the local arrangements. At most PODAS workshops we shoot big broad landscapes. At this workshop we shot differently as you can see in the images below. Ruins, old silver mines, churches etc. Were our subjects. Plus we had one morning doing street photography. Tomorrow I’ll post an amazing image by one of our attendees he did during our walk around San Miguel. Thursday we did a full day of classroom work going over Capture One, printing, and a number of other topics. We also ate well as we do at all PODAS workshops. This was a great week and all of us have taken some amazing images.
This PODAS is different from other PODAS workshops. There are no 4AM wake-up calls to rush out and shoot sunrises. While I miss that I also have to say that this is a different PODAS in regards to the focus of the photography we are doing. We aren’t shooting the magnificent landscapes like we do in new Zealand, Iceland and else where. We are photographing the culture and elements that make up this part of Mexico. Today we headed out and shot an area with Cactus, a=canyons and an overlook of San Miguel. This was followed by a lunch at a countryside restaurant and spa. Anyone that knows PODAS workshops knows that you shoot a lot and you eat well. This workshop is no exception. After lunch we had the rare privilege to shoot at the Church Atotonilco. You can see some of the images below. This a most amazing church and truly embodies the Mexican culture and religion. We got a behind the scenes look at places no one else sees. There was a Pilgrimage going on with over a thousand men while we were there and we got to see and photograph this amazing event. After a few wonderful hours here we shot some other local locations and returned to the hotel for image downloading and a wonderful dinner at a local restaurant featuring excellent Mexican fare. So, it was a long day. Tomorrow we head out to an old silver mining town where we have special permission to visit unique locations. On Thursday we will be doing a full day of classroom work. So, stay tuned come back and visit us as we continue another excellent PODAS adventure and workshop.
The 2012 PODAS workshop season kicks off this Sunday in San Miguel, Mexico. This is a Master Class for Phase One owners. Small and close up with personal instruction with Michael Reichmann and Mark Dubovoy. We have a busy schedule starting Sunday night through Friday. You can read about this workshop on our web site. Stay tuned and watch as we explore the beauty in and around San Miguel, Mexico.
Join us on ultimate Photo Safari Adventure with instructor Andy Biggs.
PODAS Master Class
– a workshop exclusively dedicated to Phase One owners
The goal of this workshop is to photograph the breathtaking desert landscapes of Namibia at three unique and beautiful locations. This will be a flying safari,. We will maximize our safari by flying from location to location. This will enable us to carry an adequate amount of camera baggage and eliminate long drives.
– This private flying safari covers fascinating attractions in Namibia and offers stunning landscape from the air.
– We will fly to three amazing destinations in southern, central and northern Namibia: Sossusvlei, Serra Cafema and the deserted mining town of Kolmanskop.
– The Namib Desert may well be the world’s oldest desert. The apricot-colored dunes at Sossusvlei are some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. Herds of mountain zebra, gemsbok and springbok roam the area.
– In all the parks you will have the opportunity to spend quality photographic time.
– Finish on a high note in the magnificent northern landscapes along the Serra Cafema mountain range near Angola.