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Art Wolfe – PODAS Instructor Shares A Phase One Story

Art Wolfe, Phase One user and PODAS Instructor

Art Wolfe who is well known photographer and PODAS instructor recently took his Phase One system on a hike and discovered some ice caves. Enjoy Art’s adventure and the incredible images he shot on this hike. Art will be teaching with Phase One on two workshops in 2013. He will be with us at the Kimberley PODAS and Tuscany PODAS. READ ART’S BLOG BY CLICKING HERE

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Announcing PODAS Namibia Master Class, Sept 23rd – Oct 3rd, 2012

Join us on ultimate Photo Safari Adventure with instructor Andy Biggs.

PODAS Master Class
– a workshop exclusively dedicated to Phase One owners

The goal of this workshop is to photograph the breathtaking desert landscapes of Namibia at three unique and beautiful locations. This will be a flying safari,. We will maximize our safari by flying from location to location. This will enable us to carry an adequate amount of camera baggage and eliminate long drives.

– This private flying safari covers fascinating attractions in Namibia and offers stunning landscape from the air.
– We will fly to three amazing destinations in southern, central and northern Namibia: Sossusvlei, Serra Cafema and the deserted mining town of Kolmanskop.
– The Namib Desert may well be the world’s oldest desert. The apricot-colored dunes at Sossusvlei are some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. Herds of mountain zebra, gemsbok and springbok roam the area.
– In all the parks you will have the opportunity to spend quality photographic time.
– Finish on a high note in the magnificent northern landscapes along the Serra Cafema mountain range near Angola.

Read more and register here

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A Magical Day

Eearnslaw Burn, A magical place

I don’t even know how to describe the day we had today. I have had a few life changing days because of seeing some spectacular places on this planet and today was one of them. First let me say New Zealand is an amazing country. It is beauty no matter where you look. Mountains, waterfalls, lakes and just about anything you can think of. Throw in really nice people and it is a great place to visit. We will do more PODAS workshops here and trust me you don’t want to miss them.

Today we visited a place that I can only describe as the edge of the planet. It is very remote and very high up into the mountains. You can get there by helicopter which is what we did. Mike Langford and Jackie Ranken our local guides and instructors know places no one else does and this was one of them. All 31 of us were shuttled by helicopter to Earnslaw Burn which is so spectacular. We are flying in and we go around a bend in a valley way up in the mountains and we are greeted by a scene that is hard to explain. Imagine cliffs thousands of feet high with glaciers on top.  As the glaciers melt they form waterfalls and not just one but dozens. And these flow down these cliffs. The pictures above and below will tell the story best and save me a lot of typing. Bottom line is we had a day none of us will forget. We spent hours in this fairy tale land shooting everything. And, it was good to sit down and take it in too, because half the experience was just being there.

We flew out and were dropped off by our vans. We had lunch and we were off to another magical place. Mike and Jackie know this enchanted forrest. I’m not kidding when I say that. The light and color in this forrest was unlike anything I experienced before. And, to top all of this off, we came back had an elegant dinner and then were blessed with a marvelous talk by one of our instructors, Ken Duncan. Ken’s work is amazing and inspiring. His generosity in how he shares his talent and passion is truly special.

A PODAS workshop like we say is unlike any other. As you look at these images you can see the attendees are having a great time.  The amazing part is we are not finished yet.  We have days more of shooting.  We have planes taking us to the top of a glacier at Mt. Cook with helicopters shuttling us out. We have a zodiac trip planned in a lake full of icebergs plus more talks by our instructors. It’s a bit overwhelming, but it is PODAS and as anyone who has been on a PODAS will tell you it is non-stop photography, learning and fun for a week. Sleep is optional.

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Great Group, Great Times, Great Images – The Chinese PODAS

The Dunes Area, Death Valley, CA

So we are on our way at 5 AM again. Today we head to the dunes for sunrise. And, what a beautiful sunrise it was. We are having a lot of fun and the Chinese attendees are enjoying what Death Valley offers up photographically. We had a great big breakfast followed by a morning program.  After a burger cookout we headed to Beatty, NV for a taste of the true west. This was followed by shooting in Rhyolite Ghost town and capped off with a fantastic sunset. We closed the evening with a dinner of prime rib or turkey and a pasta bar. Bottom line we are taking great images, making some fantastic new friends and having lot of fun.



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A Full Day Of PODAS

Artists PaletteAsk anyone who has been on a PODAS and they will tell you don’t expect to sleep much because you will be busy. Today we left at 5AM for sunrise at Badwater. Cool place to shoot as the sun comes up. After a great breakfast Kevin Raber presented the intro to Capture One with Fai Chan’s help as the translator. We had the chance to see how by using Capture One you could turn a plain image into a dramatic shot. We had a great lunch and then were treated to a program by Jeff Schewee. Jeff is a brilliant presenter and filled everyone’s heads with new techniques and ideas. It wasn’t too long and we were back in the vans to shoot sunset at Artist Palette. This place just lights up during a sunset. Then we had a barb b q chicken and ribs dinner for a taste of true america. The Chinese attendees loved it and are having a great time.

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Check Out The Video From The UK PODAS Workshop

Recently Phase One held a Fashion and Portrait PODAS workshop in the UK.  It was our first time at doing an event focusing on fashion and portrait.  The event was held at the beautiful Weston House.  The instructors Drew Gardner and Miss Aniela did a fabulous job.  This was a 3 day all inclusive workshop.  All PODAS workshops are inclusive.  All you need to do is get to the airport after that everything is included.  Miss Aniela (Natalie) has posted a blog entry as well as a video of the event.  Check it out by CLICKING HERE.