We run PODAS workshops around the world and just recently we completed a workshop in Southwest China. There were a total of 20 people on this workshop. We visited a number of different places. The weather wasn’t as cooperative as we wanted so we switched gears somewhat and still returned with nice images. the shot above is the group we photo for the Chinese PODAS and the images below will give you some candid shots and images of what we shot.
Finally internet that works. I have been stranded on Bali a few days as there were no flights to Hong Kong as it had got hit with a typhoon. I made it to Hong Kong last night and will leave for home tomorrow. So today I am posting the first batch of images from the workshop and I’ll post some more on Tuesday once I am home. Bali is a beautiful Island with some of the friendliest and most gracious people you’d ever hope to meet. We had a great group and a great time shooting our way around the island and many great locations. The shot above was made at Jatiluwih a small village with amazing terraced rice fields. The images below are some candid shots made during the trip. More on Tuesday.
We have been going non-stop at the Chinese PODAS workshop in Bali. We have had a great team, guides, drivers and especially attendees. Like all PODAS workshops the agenda was packed and we covered a lot of ground. Bali is a beautiful island with many rich photographic sites to shoot. This image was made at Tanah Lot a coastal area where a temple was built by the sea. It draws thousands of folks so shooting was rather tough. Anyway here is the shot at sunset. I have a lot of candid shots and more scenics to share when I get home to a faster internet. The upload part of the internet here is below 1 ups so it is very hard to upload and even download. Stop back next week to see the workshop in Action.
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.
Ask anyone who has been on a PODAS and they will tell you don’t expect to sleep much because you will be busy. Today we left at 5AM for sunrise at Badwater. Cool place to shoot as the sun comes up. After a great breakfast Kevin Raber presented the intro to Capture One with Fai Chan’s help as the translator. We had the chance to see how by using Capture One you could turn a plain image into a dramatic shot. We had a great lunch and then were treated to a program by Jeff Schewee. Jeff is a brilliant presenter and filled everyone’s heads with new techniques and ideas. It wasn’t too long and we were back in the vans to shoot sunset at Artist Palette. This place just lights up during a sunset. Then we had a barb b q chicken and ribs dinner for a taste of true america. The Chinese attendees loved it and are having a great time.
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!!!!!
We are in Death Valley now preparing and setting up for a PODAS workshop with visiting photographers from China. This will be our first language specify workshop we have held. While it will have some challenges as far as difference in Languages we are ready. We begin Monday afternoon and will continue all week long returning the attendees to Las Vegas airport on Saturday morning. So, stay tuned and watch as we have fun shooting in Death Valley.