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Our Last Day

The Edge Of The Planet, Earnslaw Burn, New Zealand

The Edge Of The Planet, Earnslaw Burn, New Zealand

Wow, what a week.  It seems like we have done so much.  We topped the week off with a helicopter flight into the Earnslaw Burn.  This is a place that is truly edge of the planet. No words can describe what it is like to fly into this location that in itself is on top of a mountain.  Then you are standing there and surrounded by thousand foot cliffs with waterfalls.  We even witnessed at an avalanche that was quite dramatic. We spent several hours at this location and as you can see below there were amazing photo opps.  We then headed back to the hotel to work on images but not before we made a stop to shoot the Lupins, a wildflower growing all over the place.  We concluded the night with a wonderful dinner with lots of laughs and then a visit by the Hobbit cast.   Over all it was a very special day.


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The Journey and Fun Continues

Lonely Tree, Nevis VAlley, New Zealand

Lonely Tree, Nevis VAlley, New Zealand

We have been having a very busy few days.  We went into the Nevis Valley and the Wanaka Area.  We have had amazing light and weather.  Always seems to be the right conditions for where we are.  The photography and agenda has been non-stop.  Our instructors have been great and everyone is learning and also taking great images. It’s great when you have a group of twenty shooters and everyone comes back after a shoot with different images.  We still have a trip into Earnslaw Burn so watch for those images 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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New Zealand PODAS Day 2

Sky On Fire, Queenstown, New Zealand

Sky On Fire, Queenstown, New Zealand

I am not sure how you describe the light that we have been blessed with so far on this PODAS.  Once in a while you get a good sunrise or sunset.  So far every session we have been out on has provided us the most incredible light I have worked in for quite some time.  You know you are on the light when attendees of the workshop are cheering.  Our morning sunrise was at a pass not too far outside of Queenstown called Skippers.  Just absolutely amazing clouds and layers and color.  We then had classroom sessions with a very inspirational program by Jackie Rankin and in the afternoon we did a Capture One 7 session with Kevin Raber.  After our classroom sessions we headed off to the Skyline on top of the big mountain in Queenstown.  We enjoyed cocktails and dinner.  As we ate we watched a storm go by and thought we might miss the sunset.  But, low and behold in one hour the whole place changed to the most incredible clouds and color you could ever imagine.  Literally the sky was on fire.  And, we even had rainbows.  New Zealand is turning out to be an amazing place and attendees are getting some astounding images.  we have several more days of shooting.  Check back to see more.


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PODAS New Zealand Our First Night

Sunset from Deer Park, Queenstown, New Zealand

Sunset from Deer Park, Queenstown, New Zealand

The PODAS New Zealand workshop started as all our workshops do at full speed.  We have a jammed packed week planned and we will be doing helicopters, boast and much more to get to some of the amazing places we have planned to photograph.  All the attendees for the workshop arrived and received their cameras and gear for the week.  We had an orientation and introduction and dinner.  then we headed out to a mountain top overlooking Queenstown.  The peak known as Deer Park has been used in the Lord of The Rings movies.  The sunset was setting and all of a sudden we had this beautiful burst of color yielding an amazing sunset.  We ail try to keep you up to date on all our activities as the week progresses.


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PODAS New Zealand Starts Tomorrow

New Zealand Landscape

New Zealand Landscape

All the gear has arrived and been checked out and is working.  The meeting room is set to go.  And, we are ready to begin PODAS New Zealand tomorrow (Monday – NZ Time).  We have a lot of places to shoot over the next few days that include drives into magnificent Valleys, on top of mountains, on boat rides and one very special place that is only accessible by helicopter.   So as we begin this PODAS we ask that you stay tuned and follow our adventure.