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Palouse Harvest Workshop Report & Images

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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

Palouse Workshop Report

Landscape PhotographyTim BoyerComment

It's hard to beleive that my four days in the Palouse are over and I'm headed to Malheur National Willfie Refuge today.  Here are a few images from the last four days of  early mornings, late evenings that included a whole bunch of  photography and a few laughs along the way.  

A classic Palouse sunset from  Steptoe Butte started the workshop off in the  right way.
A classic Palouse sunset from Steptoe Butte started the workshop off in the right way.
The Palosue sunset from Steptoe Butte but faced nearly into the sun producted these warm colors.
The Palosue sunset from Steptoe Butte but faced nearly into the sun producted these warm colors.
Palouse Falls at sunrise.  A very early morning, but worth the long drive and sleepy eyes.  A magical place.
Palouse Falls at sunrise. A very early morning, but worth the long drive and sleepy eyes. A magical place.
Wheat Patterns and blue skies.
Wheat Patterns and blue skies.
Sunrise from Steptoe Butte on a windy day.  Use teh  car as a wind break and  push the ISO up for a faster shutter speed!
Sunrise from Steptoe Butte on a windy day. Use teh car as a wind break and push the ISO up for a faster shutter speed!
Palouse patterns from Steptoe Butte.
Palouse patterns from Steptoe Butte.
Two shapres of Green.  Really two different crops and more blue shies -- where are the clouds?
Two shapres of Green. Really two different crops and more blue shies -- where are the clouds?
Kamiak school house.
Kamiak school house.

What a fantastic place!  We had blue skies and very few clouds, the clouds would have added something to the sky, but for a guy who lives on the west side of the state, all sunny days are a bonus!    Just a short post I'm off to Malheur for a 3-day bird photography workshop.

Enjoy!   Thanks   Tim

Fall Harvest in the Palouse

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While this was my second time photographing in the Palouse, I enjoyed it so much more this time.  It was fun to drive around and explore the backcountry roads and there was a fair amount of excitement anticipating what was coming around the next curve in the road, or over the top of the next hill.  One of my favorite experiences was driving up a hill and reaching the crest.  The wide open landscape was exposed slowly, the sky, the distant hills, then the wheat fields in front of us.  Then I'd  hear a wow, or a that is so cool, or a oh my God!  It's that kinda place.  Beautiful, expansive, wide open sky and wide open for exploration, the creative mind can flow and wander the opportunities are boundless.  This trip was about exploring the back roads, to see more of the less traveled landscape.  I'm not sure I did it as much justice as it should have, but I'm already planning my next trip, to photograph the iconic places, and to explore more of the open, vast terrain.  

Steptoe Butte and  a lone tree.
Steptoe Butte and a lone tree.

Images for Steptoe Butte

Pan blurr of thte  Palouse wheat fields from Steptoe Butte.
Pan blurr of thte Palouse wheat fields from Steptoe Butte.
A mix of harvested wheat and green fields from Steptoe Butte.
A mix of harvested wheat and green fields from Steptoe Butte.
Harvester from Steptoe, taken with a 400mm lens.
Harvester from Steptoe, taken with a 400mm lens.

Finally some golden light on golden fields.  It was worth the wait!  I used the 100 to 400 mm lens from just below the summit of Steptoe to isolate the textures I liked the most.

Harvested fields from Steptoe Butte.Golden light filtered through the end of a dusty day.
Harvested fields from Steptoe Butte.Golden light filtered through the end of a dusty day.
End of the Day harvested wheat field textures from Steptoe Butte.
End of the Day harvested wheat field textures from Steptoe Butte.

Most of the fields had been harvested already, and it rained the prior day to our visit, so there was no harvesting as the wheat was drying.  On day two, however, we came across some harvesters close enough to the road.  Next year I'll get this with a wide angle, and I'll be there earlier!

Harverster coming aroudn the corner.
Harverster coming aroudn the corner.

I don't  shoot cars very often, but I liked this truck, its rust, the well used condition, the old wooden tool box on its flatbed, we spent about an hour getting the details, finding angles and just enjoying it.

A retired old Chevy truck abandon on a back country road.
A retired old Chevy truck abandon on a back country road.
The golden windmill.
The golden windmill.

The Palouse is famous for all of the lines, forms, textures, that create endless composition possibilities.  There's just so much, the hard part is focusing in and isolating just one part.

Patterns textures and abstract shapes.
Patterns textures and abstract shapes.
Harvested fields and tilled Earth.
Harvested fields and tilled Earth.
Tilled barren ground and  harvest wheat fields detail.
Tilled barren ground and harvest wheat fields detail.
Bi-plane crop duster getting ready to come aroudn and take another pass.
Bi-plane crop duster getting ready to come aroudn and take another pass.

The old barns and classic reds are there, but I like the older barns with the original rusty brown red, not the newer bright red.

Just another red barn out in the wide open sky.
Just another red barn out in the wide open sky.
Red barn detail.
Red barn detail.
The reamining building of the town of Wilcox.
The reamining building of the town of Wilcox.

Three days in the Plaouse is only enough to scratch the surface.  I'm going back next month, and then I'm going back in the winter too.  I want to see how it all changes.  I'm planning workshops for next year, email me (tboyer@seanet.com) if you're interested, the details will be on the website in a few weeks.  In May, 2015 we'll do the classic green hills, flowers and all of the iconic locations, in late July, 2015 we'll do the harvest of golden wheat, we'll look for opportunities to get close to those big harvesters and get some dramatic compositions.  It will be fun, and there will be some places we'll have as destinations for a specific photo opportunity. But, I think the exploration of the Palouse is part of the experience, so we'll  leave room and time open for just seeing what unfolds before us on the back roads of this incredible landscape.

Enjoy!

Thanks

Tim