Ready for Harvest - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2010 - All Rights Reserved
It is just about time for me to head over to the Palouse for one of my favorite times of the year. In talking with the farmers in the area, they feel we are just about a week to ten days away from the wheat harvest. If you ever want to capture some great images with large tractors, awesome skies and the actual work that is involved during the wheat harvest, make plans to get to the Palouse during this month.
Combine at Work -©Gary Hamburgh 2010 - All Rights Reserved
As you prepare to go to this region for photos, plan ahead for the heat which can get into triple digits at times. In addition the conditions are very dusty during harvest in the dry-land farming areas so be prepared to protect your equipment. Even with some extreme conditions, I think you will be rewarded with great images, make new friends and have the opportunity to develop an appreciation for this beautiful region.
I know I will be going over so maybe we will run into each other.
Sunlight Plays on the Hills - ©Gary Hamburgh 2010 - All Rights Reserved
I enjoy learning all I can about lighting. Recently, I have been interested in doing some portraiture both indoors and outdoors. My main goal is to include images of people into some of my landscape shots. As I have been reading and exploring various sources, I came across a book and DVD combination that I have found to be very useful and fascinating.
I purchased this kit that includes a book and dvd at a Kelby training seminar that I attended in Seattle a few weeks ago. It written, produced and marketed by Scott Kelby. The book is entitled “Photo Recipes Live: Behind the Scenes, Pt 2: Lighting Techniques. ” It is available at www.kelbytraining.com. The material presented is easy to understand, very informative and gives ideas about various lighting setups. Hints about how to provide lighting at a reduced cost are also provided throughout the book and accompanying dvd.
I feel anyone wanting to learn more about lighting from an author who is knowledgeable, as well as interesting to read and listen to, will benefit from this kit.
Wheels in Winter - ©Gary Hamburgh 2004 - All Rights Reserved
I receive questions all the time asking “what is the best time to photograph in the Palouse?”. My answer is that it depends what type of images you are looking to capture. Each season has its own kind of beauty.
When I first began shooting in the Palouse, I didn’t enjoy the winter season because of the lack of color and textures. During winter the landscape can look very bleak and isolated. I gave myself a project to depict the winter landscape in a more meaningful way to me.
An example of this is the image at the top of this post. I used the leading lines of the irrigation equipment to take the viewer to the hills and sky. Also the equipment shows something which is very useful at times but is lying dormant during the winter season. The winter wheat in the area is also lying dormant in the ground waiting for spring.
I now really enjoy shooting during the winter season as I try to capture the beauty of that time. I would caution you as you travel the Palouse in the winter to be careful of the extreme cold that may be present. Consider how you will protect your equipment and yourself. Also consider your driving skills as the road conditions may be less than ideal.
Fall Reflection at Bennington Lake - ©Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved
As we come to the end of 2010, it is a good time to reflect on what we accomplished this year and set new goals for the coming year. As I was involving myself in this process, I read a post by my mentor Scott Bourne.
I would like to share this post with you that is titled “New Years Resolutions – A Photographer’s Goals”. I found the article to be informative and very helpful to me.
I wish each of you a happy and successful New Year. I hope that you will have the opportunity to visit the Palouse and perhaps even attend my workshop.
Morning Light on Rolling Hills - ©Gary Hamburgh 2010 - All Rights Reserved
Please join me The Palouse Guy for a workshop in the Palouse. I will be teaching a workshop with Ara Roselani this spring from May 25 – May 29. Go to the workshop tab at the top of page for more details and a registration form.
I hope to see you as we explore and photograph this amazing area with great landscapes and barns.
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.
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.