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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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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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PODAS Scotland Is Running Full Speed

Stalker Castle, Sunset, Scotland

We kicked off the PODAS Scotland workshop on Sunday. After a midday airport pick-up and drive out to Glencoe where we are based for this workshop we kicked off the workshop. There are a total of 21 of us all shooting with Phase One IQ systems and some with technical cameras. The week is jammed pack as are all PODAS workshops. The weather on Monday was great and we took full advantage of it. We topped the day off though at a remarkable sunset behind Stalker Castle. It was one of those one in a hundred colorful sunsets. The images everyone have made during the day are amazing. Watch for more as the week progresses. Enjoy.

Please note.  We will try to post a gallery of photos from the workshop later. Internet connection issues is preventing us from posting a gallery at this time.

 

 

 


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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.


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Still So Much To Do and See

Glacial Lagoon of Jokulsarlon

We made it to Skaftafell with a few stops along the way.  We enjoyed a dinner and we left for sunset at the Glacial Lagoon of Jokulsarlon.  We spent hours there as the sun set finally at 11:20PM.  Then we waited for sunrise that we eventually skipped due to weather that moved in.  No one complained as they caught up on some much needed sleep.  This is a PODAS and sleep is optional.  We did a Capture One tutorial seesion this morning folloed by lunch and time to work on images. This afternoon we will head out to shoot Glaciers and waterfalls.  This will be followed by dinner and an early night to bed as we head out at 2:45 AM to shoot icebergs on the beach.  We did a Capture One session today and we saw the images being created on this trip by the attendees and they are very good.  Below and above are some of the images of attendees and places we visited.