Date: Sunday, August 9th thru Thursday morning, August 13th
Cost: $950.00 (includes Washington State Park Pass)- Limit of 6 Participants
Registration is currently on pause due to COVID-19. I hope to open registration no later than mid-June.
The Palouse is located in the southeast corner of Washington and known for picturesque rolling hills of grain, old barns, farms and machinery. Landscape photographers flock to the Palouse early every summer to photograph the lush landscape. I have photographed the Palouse several times, but always in June when the fields are green. This year I’m going during the harvest season when the fields will be golden brown. Crop lines and puffy white clouds will give us an always interesting visual palette.
We will visit a variety of shooting locations during this tour, including Steptoe Butte State Park. With the exception of state parks, the majority of our shooting locations will be on private property. We will be respectful of private property at all times and most of our shooting will be done from the side of the road.
Shooting times: With over 14 hours of daylight each day, and an emphasis on opportunities for night photography, we will not be up for sunrise each day. I will however be keeping an eye on conditions and if a good sunrise is likely then I expect we will take advantage of the opportunity.
Typical Itinerary: We will have long days that are designed to maximize our photographic opportunities. During a typical tour in the Palouse you can expect to drive between 1200 and 1500 miles and be on the road 10 to 12 hours a day.
Our workshop will have an emphasis on night photography and I’m hoping we will be able to get in more than one night of light painting and possibly even one night shooting the Milky Way. If you have an infrared converted camera the Palouse is a great location for Infrared. If you do not have an Infrared, shooting for Black and White is also a great alternative to normal color photography.
Optional: If you have ever wanted to photograph from the air, the Palouse has to be hands down one of the best areas in the country for doing this type of photography. While not an official part of my tour, I can help you arrange time to fly with an experienced pliot, either with a small group of up to 3 people or solo.
We will meet in the hotel lobby on Sunday at 4:00 pm for an early dinner and an evening shoot. The last day will consist of a morning shoot and we will finish in time to return to the hotel for checkout.
Each participant should have at least a basic understanding of their gear and exposure (f/stop and shutter speed). I’m always available to help my clients during workshops and tours, but you will gain maximum benefit from this trip if I’m filling in the missing pieces of your knowledge and not teaching the basics. If you are unsure of all of your camera functions, please bring your camera manual with you.
Main camera and backup camera if you have one. The Palouse is a very dusty environment, keeping lens changes to a minimum will help keep your sensor clean.
Tripod is recommended.
Lenses – Wide Angle thru Telephoto (up to 400mm)
Remote Shutter Release
Drone – With the exception of nearby airfields, many areas in the Palouse are well suited for Drone Photography
A laptop is optional. We will not have any scheduled time set aside for classroom sessions. But I will be available for any client that needs help or Photoshop, Lightroom or image critique.
You will be in a rural area of the state of Washington. Most of your shooting will be from the side of the road. The majority of roads will have very little traffic, however, it is the responsibility of the participant to maintain situational awareness and keep themselves safe at all times. In the event of an emergency, immediate medical care may not be readily available.
Each participant will be required to sign a liability waiver in order to participate.
Payment Policy: To register just email email@example.com and I will send you a PayPal Invoice. If you would rather pay by check, just let me know and I’ll send you my mail address. Payment is for guide and instruction services only. Transportation, Meals and Lodging are the responsibility of the participant. Due to the short registration timeframe, payment in full will be necessary to secure your spot.
Lodging: I have reserved a block of rooms at the Best Western University Inn in Moscow, ID. The hold on the rooms will expire 30 days before the start of the tour.
Weather: The Palouse is typically a very dry region but showers and storms are possible. High temperatures can be in the 80s or 90s and lows can be in the 50s. The climate is typically dry and dusty.
Cancellation Policy: Full refund if the workshop is canceled. Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, should you need to cancel for medical reasons I will offer a full refund. Please do not make flight or hotel arrangements until I notify you to do so.
No Drama Workshop Policy: Please read the section on my website regarding my desire for a no drama environment.
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