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.
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.
At a PODAS we will use whatever means needed to get to the spot to take amazing images. This is a teaser for images yet to come from Earnslaw Burn in New Zealand. There is something about seeing a place like this accessible only by helicopter but even more impressive to see 20 Phase One cameras and photographers shooting in a place like this. Watch for more soon. There are so many good images from this workshop.
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.
This was shot today in Nevis Valley, New Zealand. Kind of cool because it matches our logo so nicely. The NZ PODAS is going extremely well. will have a big post with images soon.
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.
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.