Morning comes early in The Polouse at this time of year. Several mornings we had to get up at 3 a.m just to be at our site for sunrise. Most of the shots that look like we are very high in the air are shot from Steptoe Butte which is about 1000 feet above the countryside (over 3600 feet high), and offers a fantastic view of all the farmland.
As the sun comes up the light plays off the hills creating a very nice effect. The white farmhouse helped create somewhat of a point of interest for your eye to go to.
Here in the foreground are lentils (I think) with wheat in the background, then the hills. The challenge is not to be overwheled by the color and shapes, and to try and get something in the frame. On this shot i kind of got a tree, but it is mostly behind the hill.
Here is a good example of the lure of shooting in this area. The clouds moving overhead create many shadow and highlight areas. Believe it or not, the soil has a slight purplish hue to it. (we could not find out why) The colors and shapes of the fields cause you to snap away. A judge may ask "so what is your point of interest?"
I started to look for anythiing to create a point of interest. Here a lone utility pole in the middle of a canola field. The clouds were nice and the shadow was kind of mirroring the shape of the clouds. When you first see a field of canola it is overwhelming. The color just about knocks you over.
This is a very simple scene with only 3 components. I used the cloud as the point of interest, and the telephoto lens did a nice job of compressing the picture to give it a nice effect.
For this image I wanted to take advantage of the heavy clouds that were rolling in. The canola field up against the bare field was creating a nice color combination. that along with another utility pole made somewhat of an anchor, and gave the shot some interest.
The Palouse is dotted with many old barns. The farmers try and keep them, but the cost is to high. Here in a sea of wheat is a lone barn from days gone by. (hmmm, might make a better B&W?)
Late afternoon by an old barn, the wheat in the foreground was catching the sun and shinning a nice golden color. Obviously when shooting the old barns it was easy to compose a point of interest.
This image was taken of a farmer cutting Alfalfa. Our guide Jack Lien told us that August is generally the start of the harvest on the Palouse. Maybe someday I will go back and try to capture the golden wheat has it is harvested, for now it is back to my edits...
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