There is a reason photographers flock to the Palouse each spring. This lush farming region in southeastern Washington and northern 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, beautiful trees and 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 who 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 in picturesque Colfax, Washington, in the heart of the Palouse. We’ll use my Mercedes Sprinter Van — better known as El Jefe — to explore this region’s spectacular sights. Along with my co-instructor Rick LePage, we’ll photograph this intensely photogenic region, 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.
Day 1: Friday, April 29 (9 am start): • Meet and greet • Course “Palouse as a Location, Light & Weather Forecast” • Course “The Scene: Things to Think About Without a Camera” • Student portfolio reviews/critique • Lunch • Steptoe Butte for Moonrise and Sunset
Day 2: Saturday, April 30 • Sunrise • 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 • Lunch • Scouting Drive and Sunset Shoot
Day 3: Sunday, May 1 • Sunrise Location TBD (optional) • Course “Panoramic Capture” • Course "Finish Editing: Demo and Interactive” • Student day two image reviews • Lunch • Drive to photograph scablands and wind turbines • Sunset shoot at Palouse Falls.
Day 4: Monday, May 2 • Morning trip to Kamiak Butte and forest • Discussion “The Image: Combining Vision, Composition, and Exposure to Tell Stories” • Open Editing Session • Student day three image reviews • Lunch • Afternoon shoot and sunset where the light leads us • Dinner