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.
In addition to the regular PODAS workshops we do we sometimes tag along on some of our instructor workshops and bring along Phase One gear for attendees to use. I am presently in Iceland with Daniel Bergman, Andy Biggs, and Josh Holka exploring many locations and taking some excellent images. One of my goals on this trip other than sharing our cameras was to text the NEW IQ 260 in long exposure mode as well as to put the new 240mm lens. The lens is incredible and I have been pushing the 260 as hard as I can The IQ260 has the capability to do long exposure. So what better place to take it than deep under a big glacier. The image above was a 4 minute exposure in essentially a dark chamber under a glacier. First the experience of crawling around in a glacier is a bit unnerving to say the least. Then you stumble upon this beautiful icicle that had to be 12 feet in the air. You set the camera up in darkness, shine your headlamp onto the icicle to focus and try an exposure. Turns out the exposure was 4 minutes at f-16. It was amazing to see what the sensor saw that we didn’t. The bottom part of the image was pulled from shadow area that on initial viewing was all black. We did a bit of saturation and some highlight recovery. I think the 240 did a good job. If I had a bit more time I may have tried a 6-8 minute exposure and tried to pull the histogram a bit more to the right.
Every year we have hundreds of attendees that have attended the PODAS workshops. We also have quite a few attendees that have been to more than one workshop and a large size group that have been to more than five workshops. We are very proud of this fact. Our goal since starting PODAS was to make a workshop with the best experience possible and we believe we have accomplished this many times over. However, the ebst way to measure something is to see it from the viewpoint of an attendee themselves. Morton Salomonsen recently wrote an article for his blog that describes his experiences at PODAS and with the Phase One cameras provided to attendees at a PODAS. I invite you to see what Morten has to say. More than anything else I invite you join myself and the Phase One team as well as some of our superb instructors on an upcoming workshop in 2013. Details can be found HERE.
PODAS workshops are in full swing and we have a busy fall line up starting with Scotland. We just finished Namibia and will have posts from that workshop soon. We try our best to make regular posts to the blog as we progress through a workshop. We did an Iceland PODAS workshop in June and one our instructors on this workshop Peter Eastway kept a running journal of the trip with images. Peter is from Australia and as all PODAS workshops we try to bring instructors of the highest caliber to share their techniques and expertise. Peter is no exception. In Australia, Peter’s name is synonymous with landscape photography and his web site and magazine Better Photography are favorites of photographers in Australia.
PODAS workshops are all about taking great images, learning more about workflow and managing your images but more than anything else they are fu and you will make some great new friends and have a few laughs along the way. If you ever wonder what it is like to be on a PODAS workshop read Peter’s blog of the adventure by CLICKING HERE.
We hope you consider joining a PODAS workshop and experiencing for yourself why a Phase One camera and Digital Back make a difference in your photography. It’s all about image quality!
In our opening presentations at the beginning of each PODAS we emphasize our goal of providing the best workshop there is anywhere for our attendees. We stress the time we will be together, multiple instructors, and we stress the word fun, because that is what getting out and taking photographs is all about. This workshop accomplished so much more and also all of our goals. There we were amazing photographs, excellent weather, super instructors and some absolutely beautiful work created by the attendees who had come from around the world. We had Australians, Canadians, Americans, Russian, Norway, Germany, Swiss, Great Britain, Denmark and Iceland represented. There was no politics or even talk, everything was photography and it feels good to know that when individuals come together with a passion, nothing else matters. I’d like to thank my team, Peter Eastway, Drew Altdoerffer, Steve Gosling and Daniel Bergman. Without these folks we would not have had a successful PODAS. We are about to announce a few more PODAS workshops for this year and will announce the 2013 schedule this summer. Stop back here, or even subscribe to this blog so you receive the later news.
We had quite an agenda and a long list of places and things to shoot on this trip. Mission accomplished. We have been to glaciers, waterfalls, Icelandic horses, vistas, a cruise through the Glacial lagoon, sea scapes, churches at sunrise, and so much more. This has been a week of keepers. All of us are returning with a lot of images for our portfolios and walls. The instructors Peter Eastway, Steve Gosling have been excellent. Daniel Bergman has taken us places others don’t often visit. My self and Drew were there to assist, teach and support everyone. Just a damn good time. And, picture taking wasn’t all of it. New friends from a round the world joined together for the sake of enjoying the passion of photography. Tomorrow we’ll post the group photo and say a little about the group. Hope you enjoy today’s images.
We made it to Skaftafell with a few stops along the way. We enjoyed a dinner and we left for sunset at the Glacial Lagoon of Jokulsarlon. We spent hours there as the sun set finally at 11:20PM. Then we waited for sunrise that we eventually skipped due to weather that moved in. No one complained as they caught up on some much needed sleep. This is a PODAS and sleep is optional. We did a Capture One tutorial seesion this morning folloed by lunch and time to work on images. This afternoon we will head out to shoot Glaciers and waterfalls. This will be followed by dinner and an early night to bed as we head out at 2:45 AM to shoot icebergs on the beach. We did a Capture One session today and we saw the images being created on this trip by the attendees and they are very good. Below and above are some of the images of attendees and places we visited.