There is a reason photographers flock to The Palouse each spring. This lush farming region in Southwest Washington and North Central Idaho was created by wind driven deposits of deep glacial loess (ground rock dust that forms incredible soil). The result is a landscape of undulating dune like patterns of deep greens, yellows and browns dotted with barns small historic towns. It’s a bit like Tuscany, but with a Pacific Northwest flair. Blend the farming culture with the presence of Washington State University and you have quirky, fun locals in overalls that enjoy a good latte before a fresh, farm to table gourmet breakfast. The cultural and photographic opportunities here are never ending.
Our home base and classroom will be right in the heart of the Palouse in picturesque Colfax, WA. We’ll use my 12 passenger Mercedes Sprinter Van (El Jefe) to explore this regions spectacular sights. From small farm towns that seem frozen in time to lush rolling hills, high vistas, churning wind turbines and a spectacular raging 200 foot waterfall. We’ll photograph this intensely photogenic region.
For those of you like me that like to research a location in advance: Look into Steptoe Butte’s incredible view down over this rolling hill country (it’s like having an aerial view on demand from the van), the town of Palouse itself and Palouse Falls State Park. Also look up the Missoula flood events that formed the scablands we’ll see at Palouse Falls. The geologic history here is amazing. I’ve also timed this workshop to coincide with a full moon setting and rising in good light Friday through Sunday.
Outside of class time time, we’ll do sunset and dawn shoots in the locations listed above as well as scouting and following the light and weather conditions through the region. Along the way we’ll cover advanced techniques like HDR, panoramic mergers, focus stacking and long exposures. Of course you’re always welcome to head off and photograph something that piques your interest more.
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Planned Course schedule:
Friday Day 1 (9:00 am start):
Meet n' greet
Course “Palouse as a Location, Light & Weather Forecast”
Course “The Scene: Things to Think About Without a Camera”
Student portfolio reviews/critique
Steptoe Butte for Moonrise and Sunset
Saturday Day 2:
Sunrise and Moonset (optional)
Breakfast and shoot in the town of Palouse
Course “The Exposure: Working with Your Gear to Get it Right”
Course “RAW Processing” Demo and Interactive
Student day one image reviews
Scouting Drive and Sunset Moonrise Shoot
Sunday Day 3:
Sunrise and Moonset Location TBD (optional)
Course “Focus Stacking for the Landscape”
Course "Finish Editing: Demo and Interactive”
Student day two image reviews
Drive to photograph scablands and wind turbines
Sunset shoot at Palouse Falls. Monday Day 4
Morning trip to Kamiak Butte
Discussion “The Image: Combining Vision, Composition, and Exposure to Tell Stories”
Course “Developing Your Own Creative Vision”
Open Editing Session
Student day three image reviews
Afternoon shoot and sunset where the light leads us
• Participants who reserved their position with a deposit instead of the full fee will receive an invoice for the balance remaining no later than 60 days prior to the workshop. The balance must be paid in full 30 days prior to the workshop to hold your place.
• All workshop payments are fully refundable less a 10% fee up to 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop (April 17th). Workshop payments are 50% refundable from 29-14 days prior to the first day of the workshop (May 3rd). Any cancellation within 14 days is nonrefundable.