On the PODAS Kimberley a group of the Phase One support team as well as some attendees spent a night off the boat doing Heli-Camping. The main goal was to do some star trails and long exposures with the Phase One Achromatic Back . Here is a shot made by Niels Knudsen of Phase One and it shows the Milky Way and was converted to B&W. Great image showing off the ability of the IQ260 to do long exposures.
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.
The Tuscany PODAS workshop has been running for two days now. We have an excellent group of attendees from all over the world and two fantastic Instructors. We kicked off day one after picking everyone up from the Rome airport Upon arriving at the hotel after the drive from Rome we did introductions and handed out Phase One camera systems to everyone. Monday and Tuesday we were up and out the door by 5:45 AM for sunrise images. This is followed by a breakfast and programs at mid morning until lunch. So far Kevin Raber has presented Capture One and 2 workflows and Art Wolfe gave a very inspiring talk on seeing differently. In the afternoon we go out to various locations and stay out sunset. Since Art’s program everyone was using their new found inspiration to see differently and take shots different. Of course we had a nice dinner each evening accompanied by great local wine. The workshops goes until Sunday so check back for more.
The PODAS Tuscany workshop officially begins this Sunday and we a full house. What an amazing and picturesque region of Italy. I arrived today and met up with our instructor and guide Hans Kruse. we started the final scouting of many locations (two pictured here). This a big area and we are centrally located to cover it all. Stay tuned for the next week as this PODAS adventure and workshop get underway. Joining us as an instructor will be Art Wolfe and a full support team from Phase One.
Here is another example of dynamic range and recovery. It’s a self portrait but shows that once again I may have ignored or discarded this image. Using Capture One 7.1.1 and the tools as well as the file from the IQ260 I was able to make a very usable image.
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.
It’s been an interesting week in Iceland as I shoot with the IQ260 and put it through its paces. It handled long exposure super well, it is easy to shoot it from the iPad and it makes great images. The image above was made with the IQ260 and 9 images stitched together. I used the 55mm LS lens to shoot the individual source images and then stitched in Photoshop. Because there was little color in the image I thought it looked great in B&W. You really must see the detail in the full size image to truly appreciate what this camera and back are capable of. Remember the NEW IQ260 will be at all PODAS workshops. Join us and give it a try.