The Dolomites in Italy have some of the most spectacular peaks on earth. The region is truly an alpine paradise for the outdoor fanatic and landscape photographer. The striking originality of the Dolomites landscape lies in the contrast between the upper and lower parts of the mountains. Below around 2,000 meters are gentle rolling mountains covered with verdant forests and lush green meadowland scattered with old wooden barns. Enchanting villages complete with picturesque churches either nestle in the nooks and crannies, or perch precariously on the steep hillsides.
The Dolomites feature an incredible variety of diverse landscapes – from lush valleys to towering peaks – that offer breathtaking panoramas at every turn. These beautiful mountains offer endless opportunities for exploration and stunning photography. Throw in amazing light and clouds and you’ll have a computer full of wall worthy images on your return home.
All attendees will be loaned the state-of-the-art Phase One IQ160 camera system (featuring the Phase One DF camera, the 60 megapixel IQ160 digital back and an 80mm LS lens) to shoot with during the workshop. In addition we will have several sets of the full line of Phase One lenses available so you will always have the right lens for the location we visit. As a PODAS workshop attendee, you will have a no-worries trip. We'll pick you up at the airport, provide transportation during the event, a single-occupancy room, the best instructors in the field, all your meals and beverages, a camera bag that is yours to keep, a license for Capture One Pro that is yours to keep, 2-30x40 prints of images you shot during the workshop. The only things you need to bring to this workshop are a sturdy tripod, CF cards and your computer. Everything else is taken care of.
Hans Kruse is an experienced Danish landscape and nature photographer as well as a great instructor on fine art landscape shooting. Hans‘s creative eye and years of experience has allowed him to capture the beauty of this region unlike any other photographer. Hans knows all the unique spots in the Dolomites that you wouldn’t normally go to. Hans has carefully selected the locations that we will visit to make sure that you will have the best opportunity to capture truly stunning images.
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Ken Duncan is well known as the pioneer of Limited Edition Photographic Art in Australia. After a visit to New York in the early 1980's, Ken returned home with a dream to have photography widely accepted as an art form in this country. Ken is truly passionate about his craft. Always striving for excellence, he travels extensively throughout the world in search of the stunning panoramic landscapes - or Panographs - for which he is best known. Recognised internationally as a gifted and prolific landscape photographer, Ken still chooses to describe himself as "... an average photographer, with a great God - merely an interpreter of God's creation". The art, he says, is in seeing, capturing and presenting these images to others. And this Ken does with his own unique style and his exceptional ability to capture the very spirit of a place at a given moment in time.
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PODAS workshops are well known for accomplishing a lot in just a few days. This workshop will be no different. Locations shots each day are based on weather and light. The Dolomites have their own unique light and we will take advantage of the light to capture the best light on peaks and mountains as well as the beautiful valleys. This is a no worries workshop for you. We will pick you up at the Milan Malpenasa airport and return you to the airport when the workshop is over. Everything in between is covered.
Upon arrival to our workshop hotel you will check in and then we will begin our fun. After an introduction to the agenda, you will be given a Phase One camera IQ 160 system that is yours to keep throughout the workshop. If you are not already familiar in working with a Phase One camera, we will make sure you get proper instructions on how to operate the camera so you are ready for an early morning shoot the following day.
Our itinerary will be flexible as each days shooting locations will be based on weather forecasts and cloud cover to determine the best locations. You can count on early morning sunrises while the light is emerging and sunset shoots until the sun sets behind spectacular mountain peaks. We will be shooting at these locations, Carezza and Lago di Carezza, Val Alpe di Siusi, Passo Sella, Passo Fedaia, Passo Pordoi, Passo rolle and Val di Funes.
After sunrise shoots we will enjoy a breakfast and move into the classroom for one of many lectures. These lectures will include composition, photographic philosophies of both instructors, processing and post processing as well as basic and advanced lesson in Capture One. We will also have a lecture on “Now That You Have Got It What Do You Do With It”. We will spend each afternoon until after sunset shooting at some amazing locations. Followed by a dinner and an opportunity to continue conversations on photography and techniques. There will be plenty of time for one on one print critiques as well as towards the end of the workshop a critique of the group’s favorite images. This will provide an amazing learning experience that will surely improve the way you see and shoot.
PODAS workshops have a certain magic that develops over the days we are together. You’ll learn, share, make new friends and have a few good laughs. We emphasize you’ll have fun and more than anything else you’ll learn some new techniques and return home with some wall worthy images.
Join Hans, the Phase One team members and your fellow photographers for an amazing opportunity of shooting and learning in one of the most beautiful areas of Italy.Register today to be part of an amazing PODAS photo adventure to one of the most extraordinary locations in Europe. This trip and the sites we will see will take your breath away
If you have any questions please contact PODAS President Kevin Raber at email@example.com or call +1-516-971-0961
What to bring
Once you’ve registered, we will stay in touch with you preparing you for the workshop. Your fee covers everything: transportation to and from photographic locations, instruction, hotel room, meals and beverages.
All you need to bring is a sturdy tripod, CF cards and your laptop.