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PODAS Done and Dusted

7 Dec 2011 at 3:46pm

Well it’s over. I am typing this from my hotel room overlooking the flat landscape of Melbourne and feel a little buggered. PODAS was amazing and to say we all had a great time is an understatement. The whole thing went so smoothly, it was 5 star all the way and I do believe I have porked on a few extra kilos of executive muscle! But it doesn’t stop here. I am Meeting up with Nick Rains and his wife Janelle tomorrow in Tasmania to begin our Freycinet workshop. I get a couple of days to relax to recharge the batteries and we are into it. Home is a distant memory but I long to get back to see my family. Being away for 2 weeks is a bit too long for me. I could never be a FIFO worker.

This image was in a fantastic valley, actually there are fantastic valleys everywhere in NZ. I am itching to get back and spend some real time there and hatching some plans to relocate for a few months. It is a photographers paradise but to really get the shots you need to have time on the ground.

Jackie Rankin and Mike Langford, two extremely talented shooters showed us around and are just full of fun and great ideas. I really enjoyed my time with them. The big Kenny D became a good mate on this trip. He was great company and such a humble guy. What he has achieved in this industry is amazing and I really enjoyed all the man hugs he gave me! He is such a huge guy it’s like hanging with Chewbacca from Star Wars.

And I have some new mates too. My Phase one family, Ulf, Warren, Jacob and the big daddy of them all Kevin Raber. Kevin did an awesome job of organising the show and was a great motivator. He calls it Podas Bootcamp but we renamed it Po-daddy Bootcamp after Kev. He is a great shooter and really competitive, I explained I didn’t have a competitive bone in my body, as you know, and then fun and games started! I’m going to miss that american twang, even though half the time I didn’t know what the hell he was saying!! On ya Maaaaate!

So if you are thinking of going on a PODAS, do it. The value for money is incredible and people were saying, how are Phase doing this, it must be costing them a fortune. Great locations, great hotels, great company and the best camera system in the world.

I’ll be back! Well hopefully!!!

Mount Cook, it is so huge, you just can’t capture it. Missing it already.

Go to the PODAS Blog for more photos and cool stuff.

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Australia Day Rotto True North Workshop

27 Jan 2011 at 10:35am

Had an awesome day out on True North yesterday. The workshop was well received and everyone went home happy. We had a ball too and it was great to meet so many people for the first time.

Big thanks goes to the True North Crew and Skipper Brad. Thanks for giving up your Australia Day AGAIN, it was brilliant service as usual. I always feel a sense of loss when I get off True North, sort of like chopping off a leg, you just don’t want to do it. To those people who signed up for a cruise, lucky buggers, it you need personal photo tuition please let the owners know, I am more than happy to help out, although I think Markie will put his hand up for that, Doh!!!

Also a huge thanks to the Sponsors, The boys at Team Digital, Epson, Roddy Thomas and the amazing F-Stop bags and Fitzgerald Photo labs. Trev, hope your feeling better mate, migraines and sea sickness aren’t fun but it was good to know you only spewed twice. Good effort!!! I felt sorry for you mate I really did.

Now to the photo competition open to only those on the boat

1st Prize Epson 1900 printer valued at $1000 or the equivalent value off another Epson Printer (I would Buy the 4900)

2nd Prize an awesome F- Stop Bag. The best bag I have ever owned

3rd Prize a 14×50” Acrylic mounted print – valued a bit over $400.00

So what do you do?

Send your resized photos (max of 3) to Ben at Team Digital. Make them 1500 pixels wide @ 72dpi and the email address is ben@teamdigital.com.au

You have until the 4th of February to get your images in. We will select the top 10 shots from the day and they will be posted on my blog. You will then be able to vote for the top three and these will become the winners by popular vote.

The shots have to have been taken on the day and we will be checking to make sure this is adhered to.

Here is a shot of Flemming Bo Jensen an F-Stop bag evangelist shot on the island yesterday with my Phase one P65+ and the Amazing Elinchrom Ranger Quadra lights.

See the boys at Team Digital for all these products. Ask them about the new Phase One IQ180 digital back.

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