The Palouse is a destination for photographers from all over the world. A region in Southeast Washington, Westcentral Idaho, and Northeast Oregon covering over 4,000 square miles, the asymmetrical dune-like hills were formed 1 - 2 million years ago from windblown dirt and silt, resulting in an extremely fertile soil called loess.
Once an extensive prairie grassland, settlers moved in during the late 1800s and began farming. Today, nearly all of the Palouse is planted in crops from wheat and lentil to garbanzo beans and canola. From spring to fall, the area can be a riot of color from brown and green to yellow and red. There is plenty of activity in the hills from planting to harvest.
In spring the Palouse revives. The land and people waken from their winter slumber. The mood of the hills changes from restful to active. Everything is in motion. The shapes and forms of the rolling hills warm to the color of summer.
The workshop will be based in Colfax, WA. Nearest airports are Pullman, WA or Lewiston, ID, though Spokane is close by to the north. From Colfax we will explore the roads and byways, photographing patterns, textures, forms, and shapes in addition to the farms and barns scattered around the county. We'll visit famous Steptoe Butte and Kamiak Butte. I'll work with you to explore using your senses and perception along with camera technique to expand and improve technique and awareness to make better photographs. I'll help you with composition, understanding the Exposure Equation, the best way to use the histogram, understanding white balance, using filters, as well as creative techniques like long exposure, time lapse, HDR, off-camera flash, and in-camera manipulations. The goal is for you to become more familiar with, and more skilled at, your own shooting preference, and to help you discover what that may be.
We'll meet in the late afternoon of June 9 at our hotel in Colfax before we go to dinner. Those who arrive early the town of Colfax is photogenic and provides a lot of subjects as you walk downtown. Departures are the morning of June14.
Instruction, in-the-field and online image review and feedback
Snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments
Admission to sites
Transportation to and from Colfax, WA
Transportation on site (carpooling encouraged)
Personal items and optional activities
Trip insurance (recommended)
Fees for activities not covered in itinerary