Palouse Workshop

Palouse Wildflowers
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A hidden gem for landscape photographers lies just south of Spokane, Washington. Known as the Palouse, this 3,000 square mile area features wonderful rolling hills similar to the famed area of Tuscany, Italy.  The area is almost 100% farmland, with wheat being the principle crop, which creates beautiful patterns and colors throughout the region.  While the area is one of those iconic places to shoot, there really isn’t the typical iconic spots to shoot, instead it offers unlimited opportunities for a variety of landscape images.

May is an ideal time to travel there, as the new fields of wheat in the region turn the hills a beautiful green with splashes of color from wildflowers mixed in.  These are large farms so there isn’t much civilization around, but dotting the landscape are barns, windmills, old tractors and other interesting subjects.

Pixels Foto & Frame is offering a workshop to this region, led by Master Photographers Wayne Fox and Randy Collier.  Join them as they explore the region scouting and planning locations to capture in the best light. You will get an idea of how they scout new locations, including using tools such as the iPhone and iPad to calculate sun positions relative to foreground objects, as well as other tips on how to maximize the quality of your captures while in the field.  There will be at least one session on optimizing your images using Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw, and other subjects the group find interesting.  They will cover their 10 tips to getting better landscape images during the trip and there is sure to be plenty of time while traveling together to discuss other subjects related to landscape photography.

We’ll start the adventure by meeting at the Spokane Airport at @2:00 pm on Monday, May 21st.  From there we will head south into the Palouse, looking for a nice location to shoot that evening, as well as scouting for a sunrise location the following day.  That evening we will check into the Wheatland Inn in Colfax, Washington which will be our base for the three nights.  Morning and evening shoots each day are planned.  After shooting Thursday morning we’ll head back to the hotel to check out, then back to Spokane in time for afternoon flights home.

Total cost per person is $975, which includes nearly everything but airfare … transportation from and back to Spokane, hotel, dinner the first and third evenings, and a lunch each day.  Class is limited to 8 attendees so it will sell out quickly –  call Pixels today to reserve your spot, at 801-233-9090.

To get a nice idea of what the region has to offer, check out this Google image search.

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