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PODAS Monument Valley Ends

The PODAS Monument Valley Group

What a trip! It was adventure, photography, great instruction all the way. We packed a lot into a week and that is what PODAS is all about. No sitting around time allowed.  We were either shooting or in the classroom. The images created by this group are amazing. I’ll post some of those later this week. Everyone had a great time and the instructors, Tim Wolcott, and Jack Flesher were amazing. The Phase One team that was along also was top in their game. Many morning we were up before sunrise and to bed late evening. It was a great group with attendees from all around the world. We have two weeks before we start a PODAS in New Zealand. So, keep checking back fro more image from both Scotland and the Monument Valley PODAS workshops. If you have never been on PODAS give some thought to joining us next year as we have some great events on the calendar.


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Monument Valley and Page PODAS Workshop In action Part 1

Clint’s Secret Spot, Monument Valley

We are all now home safely from what was an amazing week of adventure and photography. Lots of great times and new stories as well as new friends. Normally I try to post candid galleries as the workshop is going but the internet speed at the two hotels we stayed at just made that impossible. So I present now part 1 of the candid image galleries. I’ll post another gallery tomorrow so please come back and visit. Enjoy!

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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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Slot Canyons and Monument Valley Only A Month Away

Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ

In a little over a month PODAS will be headed to Arizona for a Monument Valley and Slot Canyons workshop. This will be an amazing trip as we have arranged to go some very cool places. We will shoot for two days in Monument Valley and two full days in Page, AZ. This is an image captured in Antelope Canyon. Shot with an IQ 180 it has amazing detail. More than that thought, the IQ system from Phase One has a huge dynamic range allowing you to capture details in highlights as well as shadows all on one exposure. For photography in conditions like this it can’t be beat. Although we are booked for this trip I can always work on adding more people if you are interested. Check out the details of the workshop HERE

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Slot Canyon Photography and PODAS Workshop

Ghosts Of Antelope Canyon

The Monument Valley PODAS workshop is filling fast and we have only a few spots left. Have you ever wanted to shoot images of the slot canyons?  A normal DSLR can’t do it the way a Phase One IQ camera system can. The dynamic range inside these canyons is out of bounds for the DSLR. Yet with a Phase One system you’ll have details in the darkest shadows and  bright highlights and everything in between. And, when you see the way Capture One handles these images you may never use the other image processor again. This will be a trip to remember with majestic Monument Valley and the beauty of the slot canyons. Everything is taken care of for you.  We have two great instructors and a super US based Phase One team to take care of you.  All you need to do is get to Flagstaff.  We handle everything else. You get a camera to use, expert instruction and a chance to shoot real beauty. Plus we’ll even make 2 wall size photos for you. Sign up today!

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Mark Your Calendars

One of the many shots to be had in Monument Valley

Plans for the PODAS in Monument Valley and the Slot Canyons is shaping up.  The dates will be November 3 – 9th, 2012.  Tentative plans are for attendees to be picked up at Flagstaff airport no later than noon on the 3rd.  You’ll be driven in PODAS vans to Monument Valley and will be staying at the View hotel.  We will do a welcome and shot the sunset.  The next morning will be sunrise shoot and photography in the Monument Valley area.  we will have access to areas most people don’t visit so your images will be different and amazing.  We will do another sunrise and more photography with a classroom session on Monday.  Tuesday sees us heading to Page, AZ to shoot the sights there.  we will be staying at a Marriott Hotel there and will be doing some local spots like Horseshoe bend, Lake Powell scenics, and more.  the highlight though will be some very special shooting excursions into the slot canyons.  We will do both upper and lower Antelope canyon plus about 4 others that are special access only.  We will also have a few classroom sessions and time to work on your images thrown in.  More details will be announced soon.  While anyone can go visit these areas, not everyone can see what we will be seeing, much less photograph with the best gear in the world.  As with all PODAS workshops we will have top notch instructors, everything is included – meals, singe occupancy rooms, a loaner IQ 160 to use, and much more.  Stay tuned and mark your calendars.