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The Fun and Great Photography Continues

Waterfall, Rees Valley, New Zealand

The fun continues. This entry covers the last two days. We have been going non-stop and beginning to feel the effects of four hours of sleep a night. Only two more nights to go. We started out on Saturday with a great sunrise with all sorts of nice color. From there we went out and explored Rees Valley where we got some splendid shots of mountain views, rushing creeks, waterfalls and old homes. Then that evening after dinner, Mike Langford presented a program on his photography. Mike’s is well known in New Zealand and his style and approach refreshing.

On Sunday we packed the vans and headed to Mount Cook, with many photo stops along the way. Our new hotel The Hermitage offers a magnificent view of Mt. Cook from every hotel room. We did sunrises, glacier and ice berg tours and heard a great program by Christian Fletcher today. Christian’s work is just magnificent and he is a master of Capture One and Photoshop and shared many of his great ideas. Our spare time has been spent working on Images for the final slide show and spending one on one time with the instructors.

Bottom line is we are having a super time.

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To The Edge Of The Planet

Earnslaw Burn, New Zealand - The Edge Of The Planet

Today we visited the edge of the planet. We have been going non-stop and we begin again at 5AM so there will be no album today. This is an amazing workshop and everyone is just blown away by what we have photographed. We took a helicopter into Earnslaw Burn today (image above) and it was a very amazing place. More images of everyone and everything as soon as I can. We have a full day tomorrow so please be patient.

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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.



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First Ever Chinese PODAS Begins

Sunrise - Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, CA

Today we are coming to you from Death Valley. Yesterday a contingent of Chinese photographers arrived in the USA for a PODAS workshop adventure in Death Valley. I was not sure how this would work but I can say without question that we are off to a fantastic start. Today we left the hotel at 5:00 AM for a sunrise shoot at Zabriskie Poi. Images were excellent and everyone braved the morning cold to shoot some great images. Sunrise and sunset in Death Valley is always something special. After a hearty American breakfast we boarded two special four wheel drive vehicles and headed to the Race Track a remote part of Death Valley that not too many people visit. This mazing place has moving rocks. See the images below and you can see these rocks move and leave tracks where they have moved from.  All a big mystery but as you can see provided us with a lot of great images. After we exhausted the image possibilities there we headed to do our ceremonial placing of the tea pot at Tea Kettle Junction. We also did our group shot here and we will publish the group shot on Thursday. From there we made two more stops before photographing a magnificent sunset where the sun hit the mountains as a nearly full moon rose behind. Oh what a day!!! After arriving back at the resort we all enjoyed a great dinner together filled with toasts and lots of laughs. Not even differences in languages can hamper things when everyone has a passion for photography. It was just simply a great day!!!!!