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One More Day and We Start

A Tuscany Sunrise

A Tuscany Sunrise

The last two days have been very busy prepping for the PODAS Tuscany workshop that officially kicks off on April 21st.  Tuscany is a landscape photographers dream.  The villages and landscapes are exceptional.  Tuscany also takes on a whole new look at dawn and sunset.  This will be where we spend most of our time focusing our photography.  We have early morning shoots as well as sunset shoots planned from Sunday through next Saturday.  I’ll be posting images as often as I can so you can share our adventure through Tuscany.  Please come back often and visit.  For now I’ll leave you with the sunrise shot taken yesterday.  Made with the NEW IQ260 and 240mm lens.  This is turning out to me my favorite combination.  The 240mm lens is one of the best lenses I have eve used.  The sharpness and contrast is second to none.  It’s going to be a long week and we have a great team and attendees from all over the world.


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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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New Zealand Sunrise

Saturday Morning Sunrise in Queenstown, New Zealand

Saturday Morning Sunrise in Queenstown, New Zealand

Myself and the rest of the Phase One team have arrived in New Zealand. After a good night of sleep we are now prepping out the gear and putting things in order for the workshop starting on Monday. Stay tuned here through out the week as we share our New Zealand adventure here on the PODAS blog. In the mean time enjoy the sunrise from this morning. We walked out on our deck to take this shot. I think it is a sign of things to come.

 


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Non Stop – More Great Locations, More great Images

Friday Morning Sunrise, Scotland

The adventure never stops. PODAS unlike other workshops is an adventure.  We go places others don’t go. We shoot a lot and we move a lot. We also have a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. The group from all over the world gets enthusiastic at great light and when they see they images in capture One 7. This has been a fantastic trip and on Friday we were blessed with an amazing sight with sunrise. The image above was made with an IQ180 at the sunrise. Below are some candid shots of the attendees.


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Finishing Up PODAS Iceland

Glacial Lagoon Moon Setting, Iceland

We had quite an agenda and a long list of places and things to shoot on this trip.  Mission accomplished.  We have been to glaciers, waterfalls, Icelandic horses, vistas, a cruise through the Glacial lagoon, sea scapes, churches at sunrise, and so much more.  This has been a week of keepers.  All of us are returning with a lot of images for our portfolios and walls.  The instructors Peter Eastway, Steve Gosling have been excellent.  Daniel Bergman has taken us places others don’t often visit.  My self and Drew were there to assist, teach and support everyone.  Just a damn good time.  And, picture taking wasn’t all of it. New friends from a round the world joined together for the sake of enjoying the passion of photography.  Tomorrow we’ll post the group photo and say a little about the group.  Hope you enjoy today’s images.