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More Of Our San Miguel PODAS Workshop

Doorway, Sam MIguel, Mexico

The last several days have flown by.  This has been a fantastic workshop.  While we didn’t have any early morning sunrise shoots, we did have three full days of shooting and some incredible locations as you can see from the images on this blog entry.  This was a fantastic group lead by two great instructors, Mark Dubovoy and Michael Reichmann.  Micahel lives in San Miguel half the year, and his friend Daniel Ortiz arranged for us to see and go to places many people never see.  Daniel is a local real estate agent who has a passion for photography and I owe him a big thanks for making all the local arrangements.  At most PODAS workshops we shoot big broad landscapes.  At this workshop we shot differently as you can see in the images below.  Ruins, old silver mines, churches etc. Were our subjects.  Plus we had one morning doing street photography.  Tomorrow I’ll post an amazing image by one of our attendees he did during our walk around San Miguel.  Thursday we did a full day of classroom work going over Capture One, printing, and a number of other topics.  We also ate well as we do at all PODAS workshops.  This was a great week and all of us have taken some amazing images.


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It Was A Grand PODAS Tuesday

Church Doorway, San Miguel, Mexico

This PODAS is different from other PODAS workshops. There are no 4AM wake-up calls to rush out and shoot sunrises. While I miss that I also have to say that this is a different PODAS in regards to the focus of the photography we are doing.  We aren’t shooting the magnificent landscapes like we do in new Zealand, Iceland and else where. We are photographing the culture and elements that make up this part of Mexico. Today we headed out and shot an area with Cactus, a=canyons and an overlook of San Miguel. This was followed by a lunch at a countryside restaurant and spa. Anyone that knows PODAS workshops knows that you shoot a lot and you eat well. This workshop is no exception. After lunch we had the rare privilege to shoot at the Church Atotonilco. You can see some of the images below. This a most amazing church and truly embodies the Mexican culture and religion. We got a behind the scenes look at places no one else sees. There was a Pilgrimage going on with over a thousand men while we were there and we got to see and photograph this amazing event. After a few wonderful hours here we shot some other local locations and returned to the hotel for image downloading and a wonderful dinner at a local restaurant featuring excellent Mexican fare. So, it was a long day. Tomorrow we head out to an old silver mining town where we have special permission to visit unique locations. On Thursday we will be doing a full day of classroom work.  So, stay tuned come back and visit us as we continue another excellent PODAS adventure and workshop.


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PODAS Mexico Is Underway

San Miguel Sunset

Our first PODAS workshop for 2012 kicked off last night with a reception at Michael Reichmann’s home in San Miguel, Mexico. This is a Master Class and what that means it is for Phase One owners and PODAS alumni. We have a small group compared to our regular PODAS workshops, and we are more focused on advanced photography and post processing techniques. Today (Monday) we started off with a tour of San Miguel and then a few hours of photographing the people and streets in this marvelous slice of heaven. Truly a unique city with wonderful people, color and photo ops around every corner. After a lunch at a great restaurant in town we headed to an abandoned hotel to shoot. This hotel is 60% finished and then was abandoned. Lots of great angles and piece of architecture to shoot. We followed this up with a roof top sunset and one of the most magnificent homes in San Miguel and then topped the night off with a great Italian dinner. Stay tuned as this is just the first day!


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San Miguel PODAS Workshop Begins Sunday

San Miguel Doorway. . . image by ©Kevin Raber

The 2012 PODAS workshop season kicks off this Sunday in San Miguel, Mexico.  This is a Master Class for Phase One owners.  Small and close up with personal instruction with Michael Reichmann and Mark Dubovoy.  We have a busy schedule starting Sunday night through Friday.  You can read about this workshop on our web site.  Stay tuned and watch as we explore the beauty in and around San Miguel, Mexico.


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Announcing PODAS Mexico Master Class, March 4-9, 2012

Exclusively for Phase One owners!
Want to explore beautiful Mexico with Michael Reichmann and Mark Dubovoy? Then this is the workshop for you!

This PODAS Master Class brings together two of our most popular instructors, Michael Reichmann and Mark Dubovoy, in a unique environment with a focus on advanced medium format photography and technique.

This workshop is limited to 12 attendees and will be held in beautiful San Miguel, Mexico. This amazing village will just charm you with its quaint streets, and photographic downtown. No matter where you walk or look there will be a great photographic opportunity. We will be doing a number of excursions to some magnificent locations where we can take our time and work towards an absolute perfectly images.

Read more and register here