The Palouse region of southeast Washington state was never on my radar as a place to visit until I saw a few images that really caught my attention. Then when I finally went and saw the area first-hand I asked myself why I hadn’t gone sooner because of the endless beauty. You will have the same reaction.
The region is a slice of Americana pulled back from years ago to go along with some of the most beautiful farmland landscapes found in the country. The rolling hills of wheat, canola and other grain fields seem to go on forever. Add to that a patchwork of brown tilled soil and the different shades of green filling the area can fill you with awe when you finally experience it. Add old barns and abandoned old houses and trucks and you feel like you have stepped onto the movie set from long forgotten days.
What’s great about this area is that every year the fields are different. With doing crop rotation on a three-year cycle, the patchwork and colors are different every year. But different can be nice.
It might seem like a trip here might not be that interesting, but it’s actually a great place to work on compositions, techniques and lighting. A shoot at one spot in the morning can be completely different in the late afternoon / early evening.
Find out for yourself while capturing both the beauty and uniqueness of the region National Geographic Magazine described as “A Paradise.” This area is the embodiment of scenic beauty where crop patterns create a patchwork of colors and textures as far as the eye can see on the undulating hills.
Here, you will be able to tell a story with images of a lifestyle that has thrived for well over 100 years. And every stop we make will be different from the previous, whether it be the unique colors and patterns of the crop formations, old red barns, an antique truck in a field or a lone tree on a hillside.
June is prime time in the Palouse. The fields are a blanket of vibrant shades of green and yellow and from perches high above we’ll be able to see it all. At the best overlook in the region, Steptoe Butte, we’ll spend ample time at sunset photographing the fields below.
There are few set places for shooting in this region. This workshop is all about exploration of back roads opportunities as a field that had one look one year can be totally different the next.
For the majority of the workshop we will be up before dawn and on our way to locations to catch the hills, fields and Americana for sunrise and several hours afterwards. Based on weather we will mix the afternoon hours with a variety of back road explorations. We will be out until sunset, which will always be different, whether it be from the top of Steptoe Butte to finding a nice barn to situate in front of the beautiful colors in the sky.
Here are a few of the photo opportunities and locations we may visit:
- Steptoe Butte: Standing 3,612 feet, photographs from this vantage point are where the best overviews of the area can be taken
- The Artisan: An old barn with more than 1,000 wagon wheels welded together to create its fence
- Barns: Red barns set against the green rolling fields provides a contrast unlike any other
- Farm Equipment: Both old and new can be found in the fields
- Solitary trees: Single trees are set in some perfect spots on the rolling terrain
- Old Trucks: There are numerous old deserted trucks left on land almost knowing photographers would love the scene
* Hotel, ground transportation and all meals included in cost
* Pick-up and drop-off from designated airport
* Hands-on help in the field and in-room digital instructional programs
* Hand-outs related to the particular trip as well as other photo tips and information
* Our aim is to help you capture great images in a relaxed atmosphere and teach material that will help you take better photos the next time you go into the field