Join Justin Reznick for an in-depth discussion in this video Describing the Palouse region of Washington State, part of Landscape Photography: Washington's Palouse Region.
- Here we are in the Palouse, an incredible region of rolling hills found in south-eastern Washington, parts of Oregon, and Idaho as well. We're gonna start our adventure on Steptoe Butte State Park. Now, what's really unique about the Palouse is the ability to have an incredible vantage point, and Steptoe Butte is the heart of it. We have 360-degree views. Not only that, but we have a road which spirals up to the top of the butte. We can use many different pull-outs to change our angle photographing the hills, and to embrace the sun.
We can shoot away from the sun or in to the sun, and the angle of the sun will give us different colors. So Steptoe Butte is a great place to start our adventure. Now, we're gonna be photographing these rolling hills. They were formed millions of years ago via floods and glaciers. Very fertile soil came out of this, and as a result, it's incredibly productive for wheat, barley, garbanzo beans, lentils and green beans. The different crop cycles provide different colors.
In June, we get incredible shades of greens. We're here in November, we're gonna try something different. We're gonna embrace the browns. Now, it's a crisp morning, but it's sun's out, it's beautiful and we're gonna try to use our long lens to pull out details. Now, it's a very expansive view, but shooting this expansive view is not necessarily gonna be the best thing for us. And we're gonna really learn how to use that long lens to pull out and isolate interesting subjects. We're also gonna use some of the backroads in the Palouse and try and find interesting trees and abstract images within the hills themselves.
We're also gonna take a trip to Palouse Falls. We're gonna take a look at the most spectacular waterfall in Washington, and see what we can do there. As I've mentioned, we're gonna start on the very top of Steptoe Butte. I've got the long lens on my camera, got the winter coat on, and we're gonna stay out here in the cold and see what we can do.
Then Justin revisits the landscape, shooting panoramas and composites he'll stitch together in post. Next, he reviews the gear he uses, and then treks to Palouse Falls to photograph a waterfall, and explains the special exposure considerations for sunrise shots. In the last chapter, Justin reviews the final images from the trip and shares tips for aspiring landscape photographers.