Category Archives: Palouse Landscapes

Vary the Orientation in Your Images

Clouds over Red Barn 1

As I am sitting in rainy Seattle, I am daydreaming about some of my special sites for photography. Admittedly,  a cloudy sky with an old red barn and abundant wheat crop is one of my favorite views. I can think of no better place for that experience than the Palouse region of eastern Washington.

When you find a scene that you particularly relish,  I would encourage you to shoot it from all angles. In addition I always make a composition in both a landscape and a portrait format. I think each of these can tell a different story or give a more complete story about the scene if both are included. I know this is a simple tip but one that I think will enhance your ability to portray the scene that provided meaning for you.

Clouds over Red Barn 2

Enjoy your time as you visit the Palouse and take in all the beautiful scenery of this photo rich area.

Isolate Your Subject for Impact

Old Barn in Wheat Field - ©Gary Hamburgh 2010 - All Rights Reserved

One of my favorite things about photographing in the Palouse is the wide expansive vistas that are available. It makes it very easy to isolate a subject without a lot of wires and clutter around.

The barn in this image was taken in the afternoon and was very easy to shoot from any angle because of the great openness surrounding it. As many times occurs in the Palouse, clouds come up in the afternoon which add to the image. This ability to isolate the subject creates a striking image with simplicity.

To experience this simple beauty, I would suggest a trip to the Palouse area of eastern Washington. Harvest is just starting to get into full swing in the next couple of weeks so the images should be amazing.

Communicating through Your Photographs

Morning View from Steptoe Butte - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2010 - All Rights Reserved

I was reading a post by my mentor Scott Bourne on Photofocus this morning. The article is entitled “Five Ways to Get People to Connect with Your Photographs ” and I found the thoughts to be very interesting and useful.

As I read it through a couple of times, I felt the urge to share his thoughts so you can incorporate them into your image making. I believe if you give these ideas a try your work may become more provocative to the audience that views it.

Utilize Patterns for your Composition

Patterns - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2010 - All Rights Reserved

One of the ideas I like to use as I am compose images in the Palouse, is to simply look for patterns in the fields. These simple patterns can create very striking images as the lines lead you through the image and are also pleasing to the eye.

I also like to visualize these images in both color and black and white. The two images in this post provide an example of the composition that is available by just looking at the patterns that the farmers have created in the fields.

Patterns b&w – Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2010 – All Rights Reserved

As you travel the Palouse making images, remember this simple concept to enhance your photography. The images in this post were created during the recent workshop that I co-directed with Scott Bourne.

Photography Exposure Tips

Clouds above the Hills - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

At times a particular scene can be difficult to expose properly. I came across an article by Scott Bourne that addresses some of the issues and gives some valuable tips. It is entitled Advanced Photography Exposure Tips and can be found at Photofocus.
I think you will enjoy reading the article and will find the tips to be valuable as you create your own images.

Viveza 2 – Great Selective Tool

Morning Light on Rolling Hills - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2008 - All Rights Reserved

Last month I attended a convention in Reno where Nik software was being displayed and demonstrated. After attending the session, I purchased Viveza 2 which is designed for precise selective photo editing.

The software uses control points that select based on color, tonality, and texture of the object they are placed upon. Several control points can be used and they communicate with each other so a precise and natural selection is obtained.

The selective process is simple, fast and accurate. It makes it unnecessary to create complicated masks and selections. Some of the new features in this version include shadow adjustment, structure and levels and curves.

The images below show a before and after example based on using the program.

Flowers on a Hill - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2008 - All Rights Reserved

Before

Flowers on a Hill - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2008 - All Rights Reserved

After
I highly recommend this product and it can be used with Photoshop, Aperture and Lightroom.

Adding a New Perspective to Your Landscapes

Rosalia Railroad Bridge - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2010 - All Rights Reserved

A few weeks ago I was mentioning to my mentor Scott Bourne that I would like to purchase a fisheye lens to add a new perspective in some of my images.

He asked me if I had used the Lensbaby with its fisheye attachment. I had to say that I hadn’t used the Lensbaby at all. My feeling was it just wasn’t my style. He suggested I try it with the fisheye attachment if I wanted to capture that look. I decided to try it out on my next trip to the Palouse actually believing it probably wasn’t what I needed.

The picture at the top of this post shows one of the images that I took with that setup. I was presently surprised as it definitely gives the perspective I was looking for. I am very happy with that setup for fisheye images. I might mention that it is not useful for all shots but from time to time it does provide an interesting perspective.