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Headed To The Kimberley

The Phase One set up Kevin Raber is taking with him

The Phase One set up Kevin Raber is taking with him

The PODAS workshop in Kimberley starts next Saturday.  The team is heading off soon to do the prep work for what promises to be a fabulous workshop.  We have shipped 30 some camera systems, lenses and support gear to Australia that will be waiting there when we get there.  Some folks have to carry their gear though.  Take a look at what Kevin carries on a trip like this by reading an article on Luminous Landscape, What Is In Kevin’s Bag.

Postings from this workshop most likely won’t happen until the workshop is over.  We will be cruising with no cell or internet connection and even when we get off the boat we are unsure what kind of connection we will have.  So we will accumulate the posts and make them as soon as we have a good uplink.


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The Andy Biggs Moab Workshop – A PODAS Tag Along

Phase One Cameras All Lined Uo

Phase One Cameras All Lined Up

There are a number of workshops that are not PODAS workshops, yet we will be there.  The first was a workshop held recently by Andy Biggs.  Andy is a Phase One user and a PODAS instructor.  He leads workshops in various parts of the world.  For a number of workshops like these we tag along brining Phase One cameras and lenses that attendees can use and experience medium format digital with.  This workshop covered Canyon lands and Arches National Parks. The light and weather cooperated greatly and we were all able to take great images.  a number of attendees were already Phase One owners.  Many were using ALPA Technical cameras.  The image above shows the group with Phase One cameras ready to shoot a sunset.  The images below are a small sample of the great images we were able to capture.

We have another tag along workshop in Iceland next month and then a Phase One PODAS in Tuscany in April.   Stay tuned to the PODAS blog for some cool information real soon.


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PODAS New Zealand – So Good!

Deer Park Sunrise, Queenstown, New Zealand

Deer Park Sunrise, Queenstown, New Zealand

This has been an extremely good PODAS so far.  The light we have had each day is beyond description.  We have had sun, rain and wind and all of it has brought amazing light and terrific images.  the group we have here is just fantastic.  We are taking great images and having a ton of fun with lots of laughs.  Kind of hard to describe unless you are here, but everyone is just having a super time. We have attendees from all over the world.  The other day (when these images were made), we shot a sunrise on top of Deer Park, then we have some classroom sessions followed by a trip into Rees Valley.  This was followed by a boat ride and dinner.  The images below should show what a great time we are having.  Look for more tomorrow.


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Just a Little Over A week To New Zealand PODAS

Magic Forrest, New Zealand

The PODAS workshops have been happening pretty much back to back. We shipped all the gear to New Zealand yesterday and my team will arrive next Friday to begin preparation for the upcoming workshop there. New Zealand is an absolutely amazing place and we expect to visit and return with some amazing images. The Image above is from a forrest very close to where the Hobit was filmed. Everything there is photogenic.  we will post images as much as we can of our adventure as progresses. In the meantime enjoys some of the images from last year.

 


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PODAS in Page, AZ

Rattlesnake Slot Canyon, Page, AZ

The internet connection is very slow so I can’t post large albums of the great time we are having.  We moved from Monument Valley to Page, AZ on Tuesday. Yesterday we photographed the whole day in slot canyons. All of us have some amazing photos. These canyons and the conditions were made just for the IQ Digital backs. The ability to capture the smallest details to handling dark lighting conditions and holding the details in highlight and shadows can’t be achieved by a DSLR.  More of these great examples will be coming to the blog. Our days have been very full (Typical PODAS) and everyone is keeping up. This morning we shoot Lower Antelope Canyon and then finish the day with classroom and one on one instruction with the instructors. We conclude tonight with a farewell dinner, and a slide show of everyones images plus a lot of candid shots. This has been one heck of an adventure.

 


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Day 2 Monument Valley PODAS

Hunts Mesa, Monument Valley – November 6, 2012

The internet is still painfully slow so I am forced to wait until we get to Page tomorrow to put up images of the workshop in action. I can tell you though that we have had a day of adventure. We shot sunrise for the second time. It’s quite the sight to be in the valley and next to these great rock formations when the sun rises. But, our highlight came when we headed to Hunts Mesa. This is an amazing overlook that few people get to visit. The trek there is over two hours through sand and steep rock faces. We drove out in 4 4WD large vehicles. Our Navajo Indian guides drove expertly over some unbelievable terrain. Wait until you see the images. It was all worth it when we crested the top to see this amazing view. Kind of one of those oh my gosh moments. We had the chance to roam this mesa and shoot sunset which is what the shot above is. Then we got to drive down an equally insane track in the dark. You can’t get a ride like we had even at an amusement park. All in all it was a super day.  Everyone walked off with images that they will cherish for a lifetime. Tomorrow we head to Page, AZ where we will be shooting the slot canyons for the next few days.


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Non Stop – More Great Locations, More great Images

Friday Morning Sunrise, Scotland

The adventure never stops. PODAS unlike other workshops is an adventure.  We go places others don’t go. We shoot a lot and we move a lot. We also have a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. The group from all over the world gets enthusiastic at great light and when they see they images in capture One 7. This has been a fantastic trip and on Friday we were blessed with an amazing sight with sunrise. The image above was made with an IQ180 at the sunrise. Below are some candid shots of the attendees.