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Friday, August 26, 2011

Barns, Barns and more Barns

Yes, there was no shortage of barns to shoot in the Palouse.  Although most of the time when we stopped to shoot a barn it wasn't in the best of light, we made the best of it and just tried to create good compositions.  The barns all seemed to be unique, either because of their shapes, color, condition or location.

This one on the left was different because of its round shaped roofline and because there were a couple of llamas in front of it.

  This one on the right was another of the many barns that had seen better days.

Go figure another "red" barn.  Which did beg the question as to why red became the default color for barns.  I was thinking it had to do with the availability of red pigments for paints back in the day.  Anybody have any other ideas?

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Leaning Barn

This is one of many old barns in the Palouse.  We called this one the Leaning Barn because it is about ready to fall down under it's own weight.  To give credit where it is deserved, my composition was inspired by seeing a similar image from John Barclay.  I have other images that included the whole barn, but this one seems to emphasize the frailty of this structure. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We found some clouds

Canon 5D Mark II, EF 100-400, 1/125 sec F8  ISO 100
Towards the end of my week in the Palouse we finally were blessed with some clouds.  They really do add interest to photos that include the sky.  I liked the feeling of movement in both the cloud pattern and in the wavy lines of the field.  

Monday, August 15, 2011

Steptoe Butte View

Canon 5D Mark II,  EF 100-400,  1/90 sec at F11  ISO 400 0
Here is another example of the patchwork quilt look of the Palouse.  The contrast between the color and the patterns are amazing.  This one was taken from Steptoe Butte in the morning time.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Three Trucks

The Palouse has more than just great views of landscapes that look like patchwork quilts.  There are also old trucks and cars to photograph.  This scene caught my attention both because of the juxtaposition of the trucks and the fact that they were painted three different colors.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Single Tree in the Palouse

This photo was taken from Steptoe Butte, which is the highest point in this part of the Palouse.  I think it is about 3000 feet above sea level.  Anyway, the views are amazing.  The patterns of color and undulations of the terrain are beautiful.  It almost doesn't look real when you first see it.  This was one of millions of different isolated compositions viewable from the butte.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Palouse Barn

I should mention that I am in the Palouse as part of a group photo tour with professional photographers John Barclay and Dan Sniffin.  They are a great couple of guys and it has been a lot of fun so far.  We have been doing a lot of photography.  In fact, I don't remember ever having spent so much time during a single day doing this much photography.  The first day alone I took close to 650 photographs.  Now I'm not saying they're all going to be keepers, but being around the professionals, as well as, the other photographers in our group has already helped me in how I am approaching my photography.  I am confident that this will only help me improve.  

On Day 1 in the late afternoon we went to this spectacular red barn.  Barns don't get any better than this, as far as, photography subjects.  This property was gorgeous.  Anyway the above photo was one of my takes on the subject.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Palouse

Just got to the Palouse country in Eastern Washington.  This is a major wheat growing area and the landscape is made up of rolling hills that create a beautiful carpet of colors and patterns.   Looking forward to getting many photos that capture the beauty of this area of the country.  The above photo was taken earlier today and shows an example of the landscape.