Tim Boyer Photography

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Palouse Harvest Workshop Report & Images

Landscape PhotographyTim Boyer
My first stop for the harvest workshop, a red barn and a harvester, blue sky and some clouds! What more can you ask for.
My first stop for the harvest workshop, a red barn and a harvester, blue sky and some clouds! What more can you ask for.

Well, we had one 104 degree afternoon, some rain, a lotta sunshine, and I think we each took several thousand images. It was nice to have some clouds in the sky to breakup all that blue. While I love the Palouse in any season, I like the harvest time best.  I think it's because I like the gold and yellow hues.  I used the 70 to 200 mm zoom as much as, if not more than the 17 to 40 mm wide angle zoom.  I like isolating the subject with the telephoto lens.  Like the image below where I was able to keep some telphone poles out of the image.

I photographed this tree last year, and wanted to come back. I'm glad I kept good notes last year! This year with the clouds it looks so much more dramatic.
I photographed this tree last year, and wanted to come back. I'm glad I kept good notes last year! This year with the clouds it looks so much more dramatic.
I explore a new area of the Palouse everytime I'm there and with 4,000 square miles there's still a lot to discover. This reminded my of Dorthy and maybe living in Kansas after the tornado took her to OZ.
I explore a new area of the Palouse everytime I'm there and with 4,000 square miles there's still a lot to discover. This reminded my of Dorthy and maybe living in Kansas after the tornado took her to OZ.
This is my favorite image of the Uniontown Wheel Fence. I like the spiky wheel, and I think the whole fence looks better with golden wheat behind it.
This is my favorite image of the Uniontown Wheel Fence. I like the spiky wheel, and I think the whole fence looks better with golden wheat behind it.
Steptpe Butte and the Baylor Road Tree after sunset.
Steptpe Butte and the Baylor Road Tree after sunset.
I got a chance to talk to one of th e owners in May, so it's special to see a farm still being worked by the 5th generation.
I got a chance to talk to one of th e owners in May, so it's special to see a farm still being worked by the 5th generation.
It really did rain a few minutes later, but not very much, just a passing storm.
It really did rain a few minutes later, but not very much, just a passing storm.
Sunset from Steptoe Butte finally I got some great light with clouds after several visits.
Sunset from Steptoe Butte finally I got some great light with clouds after several visits.
Rain clouds giving out a downpour in the distance, just glad it wasn't on us.
Rain clouds giving out a downpour in the distance, just glad it wasn't on us.
Gotta love a clear morning and beautiful light!
Gotta love a clear morning and beautiful light!
My favorite truck inthe Palouse (so far). I think I've been here four times now.
My favorite truck inthe Palouse (so far). I think I've been here four times now.

This is the  full frame shot of the  Palouse 10 to 15 degrees off the sunset.  I know I wanted the center section for the final image.  I was using the 70 to 200 mm lens at 200mm, trying to isolate the rolling hills.

Here's a full frame view of the sunset from near Kamiak Butte.
Here's a full frame view of the sunset from near Kamiak Butte.

Here's the  final image after cropping out some of the sky and all of the foreground.  To isolate the subject, either use a longer lens or you can crop in post processing later as I did here.  I use both techniques, but here I cropped because I wanted the the whole width of the hills.  I also took a four frame pano of this scene which woudl be a third way to isolate just the rolling hills in filtered evening light.

Here's teh cropped version that I knew I would get out of the image I took above.
Here's teh cropped version that I knew I would get out of the image I took above.

It was a great trip, plenty of photographic opportunities and  I think everyone had a great time. I'll be leading another workshop next year the workshop dates will be July 25th through 29th with 4.5 days of photography, four sunrise/morning sessions and five afternoon/evening session.  We get up early and stay out pretty late so a break in the middle of the day offers a good chance to catchup on some missed sleep.

Enjoy!         Thanks         Tim