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Beauty and Change in the Palouse

Cupola Acts as Chimney for Clouds by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Cupola Acts as Chimney for Clouds by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

I just returned from spending the last four days in eastern Washington. The colors in the Palouse region are about three weeks later than normal according to several of the local farmers. Fortunately colors were vibrant adding to the beautiful patterns and textures for which this region is known.

The picture at the beginning of the post illustrates one of the many barns in the region and the clouds helped to enhance this image as they appear to be coming from the cupola at the top of the barn. As you can see I was being treated to some excellent early morning conditions.

The image below illustrates one of the changes that you find in this region. Grapes are being planted adjacent to some of the wheat fields. This pattern is more prevalent just south of the actual Palouse region around Walla Walla. It does add a new pattern and texture to the familiar agricultural landscape.

Vineyards Add to the Palouse Patterns by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Vineyards Add to the Palouse Patterns by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

During my entire trip, I had beautiful weather and vibrant colors. Hopefully you will take the time during this green season to enjoy the beauty of eastern Washington.

Transition between Seasons Provides Interest

Winter Wheat Leads to Barn by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Winter Wheat Leads to Barn by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

One of my favorite times of the year in the Palouse is early spring. As the winter wheat starts to show through the dark, rich earth we know the winter is behind us. This transition usually takes place during March and early April. The bright vibrant colors for which this region is known are not present yet.

I think it can be a great time to photograph some of the barns and homesteads. Even though the abundant crops are not seen there are patterns in the plowed fields of earth and tracks in the stubble that are left over from the previous year’s harvest. The skies are usually clear and because of the moisture in the fields there is very little dust to mute the colors of the sky.

The photograph at the top of the page pictures a barn surrounded by winter wheat in morning light. The image that appears below shows an evening glow on the winter wheat. Once again the Palouse has beauty and much to offer at almost any time of the year.

Evening Light in Early Spring by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights REserved

Evening Light in Early Spring by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights REserved

Tips for Aperture Users

Morning Light at the Barn by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Morning Light at the Barn by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

I use Aperture in my workflow to manage my images. In a recent article by Scott Bourne three useful tips are given that I use on a regular basis as I work with images. Take a look at Photofocus and add some valuable tools to you workflow in Aperture.

Return to a Favorite Spot and Have Fun

Winn Road Barn in Snow by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Winn Road Barn in Snow by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

One of my favorite barns to photograph is near the town of Weston in eastern Oregon. I have photographed it at all times of the day and during all seasons of the year. I have met the Winns who now live on the property where the barn stands. The following  description will provide some history about this beautiful and well preserved structure.

Wind Road Barn in Snow Close by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Wind Road Barn in Snow Close by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

From Highway 12 going south toward Weston, take the Winn Road left off the highway. The barn sits in the valley to the right and is visible from the road. Ralph Moon built the barn for about $2500. The owner, George W. Winn hand sawed every board that built the barn in the spring and summer of 1916, using his harvest crew. The lumber was clear grain Douglas fir delivered for $11 per K, the ground was scraped flat,, and a foundation was laid in April. The barn was completed for hay storage by harvest time. Half the barn had 10 stalls for horses and the other half had 25 cow stanchions. The original shake roof lasted over seventy years and the red paint originally used was a mixture of white lead paint with red ochre and linseed oil added: very durable. There are no posts in the entire structure which is now used for storage.

I enjoy photographing this barn from many angles and positions. All the photos in the post were taken on a winter day which is one of my favorite seasons to shoot this barn.

Winn Road Barn in Snow 1 by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Winn Road Barn in Snow 1 by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

If you are ever in this area be sure to take the time to view this unique and well preserved structure from the past.

Add “pop” to your images – EFX Color Pro revisited

Red Barn near St. John by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Red Barn near St. John by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Sometimes you capture an image that you like because of the composition but the conditions don’t show the vision that you pictured in your mind. I have found that using EFX Color Pro by Nik software can add some “pop” to an image that otherwise would be very ordinary. I talked about this package in an earlier post but I just want toe reemphasize its usefulness.

The original image at the top of the page shows the finished image that I had hoped to achieve. I will go through the workflow that I used to create this image. The first photo below shows the image as I captured it in camera. I liked the composition and the basic elements, but I knew there were several things that needed to be done to satisfy my eye.

Red Barn near St. John original

Red Barn near St. John original

First I imported the image into my Aperture library and added a bit of vibrancy and straightened the image slightly. Next I removed the telephone pole in the left side of the image using Photoshop CS3. At that point the image was ready for a little extra “pop” . I used the EFX Color Pro plugin for Aperture in my workflow to help me accomplish this. The first step was to add the Tonal Contrast filter to the image which gave me the result as it appears below.

Red Barn near St. John with tonal contrast filter

Red Barn near St. John with tonal contrast filter

My final step was to add the polarizing filter that is available to give a bit more definition to the clouds. The final image is shown once again below and I think these slight modifications create more impact.

Red Barn near St. John by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Red Barn near St. John by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Remember as you are shooting, always capture the best image you can in camera and then provide slight modifications to add the impact you seek. I have found EFX Color Pro by Nik software to be an extremely helpful package for this purpose.

Diversity in the Palouse

Old Red Barn and Corral by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Old Red Barn and Corral by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

At the mention of the Palouse region of eastern Washington, a picture of rolling hills and wheat fields usually enters our mind. This region is well known for the beautiful patterns and textures that accompany the dry land farming that takes place.

As you become more familiar with the region, you will find that much of the land is used for raising cattle. The lush agricultural fields are left behind for an arid and rocky landscape that is the home to cattle ranches. The barn that is shown at the top of this page is located on a ranch that is ten miles northwest of the small town of St. John. About a mile from where I photographed this barn, I met a rancher and his grandsons as they were herding ten bulls into a field for breeding with about one hundred and fifty cows. He told me the story of how his great grandfather had settled this land in the late 1800’s. His family has lived in the region in the same house for four generations.

Hopefully you will visit this Palouse and experience the tremendous diversity that exists with the land and its inhabitants.

Show Your Work

Red Combine at Work by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Red Combine at Work by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

As I have worked over the last few years with my mentor Scott Bourne, he reminds me of three things that will help you to become more successful. They are the following:

1. Show your work

2. Show your work

3. Show your work

He says this to provide emphasis of how important it is to show your work. Getting your work in  front of people is so critical to your success in selling. Remember that no one will probably show up at your front door looking to buy your work.

Find any avenue that you can to show your work. I will be showing my work at Walla Walla University in an exhibition for alumni weekend in a couple of days. I taught at the university for thirty four years so many of my former students and colleagues will come by to see my work. It will  provide a good opportunity to display  my work as well as let people know about the business that I am now involved in.

Below are some of the pieces of artwork that will be displayed during the exhibition. They will all be large gallery wrapped canvases.

Chocolate and Caramel Mounds by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Chocolate and Caramel Mounds by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Fading Light by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Fading Light by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Wheels in the Wheat by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Wheels in the Wheat by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Evening Light in the Palouse by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Evening Light in the Palouse by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Winn Road Barn in Snow by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Winn Road Barn in Snow by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

Remember look for any opportunity you can to follow the advice of “Show your work”.