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Harvest Is Fast Aproaching

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.

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.

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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.

Mild Winter in the Palouse

Glowing Fence Posts - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2010 - All Rights Reserved

As I visited the Palouse today, I was surprised at the look of winter in the area. Typically at this time of year there is snow on the ground and the temperatures are very cold. As you can see from the image at the top of this post there was no snow and the temperature was very moderate.

The winter wheat is showing through the ground and as I spoke with a couple of farmers in the area they mentioned it almost seems like spring has come. Also I was able to drive to the top of Steptoe Butte in my car. I haven’t been able to do that for several years during January.

With the mild weather and some clouds in the sky, I had a great time visiting and photographing the area. Once again, it seems the Palouse is a great region to photograph at any time of the year.

To be Simple

To be Simple is to be Great!

While on Christmas vacation, this sign caught my eye in a restaurant. It isn’t a great image but I liked the message. This is a meaningful message to me in life as well as in photography.

I have posted messages about simplicity before but the sign at the top of this post reminded me again of the importance of simplicity in your photos. The picture below is very simple but allows me to wonder what is the story behind this deserted homestead. I ask questions like “did anyone ever live here?’, “where did they go when they left,?”, or “do their descendants live in a newer house and farm the land in the background?”

Deserted Homestead - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009- All Rights Reserved

In a simple photo, the viewer gets the message of what you feel is important in the image. If they want to they can fill in the blanks or read between the lines. When you look for simplicity many times it is just as important to know what to leave out of the composition as it is to know what elements to include.

Remember, keeping the concept of simplicity in mind as you create your compositions may provide you with stronger message in your images.

Creating Depth in Your Landscapes

Fog on a Winter Morning - Copyright Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved

When shooting landscapes in the Palouse, I like to use the layers of the rolling terrain to add depth to the image. As you can see in the image at the top of this post the contours of the hills help to show that the fog is in the distance. To me it is important to create as much depth as I can in a landscape by showing foreground as in the first layer of the field,  midground where the barn is located and finally the background where the fog is viewed.

Using layers to create more interest in your landscapes gives your eyes the chance to keep moving through the image. The contours in the Palouse allow you to utilize this technique very effectively.

Use Changing light and conditions to add interest

January Morning at Winn Barn - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

I am always looking for a different perspective of photographing familiar areas and subjects. One of my favorite barns is located on Winn Road near Weston, Oregon. This is about one hour south of the Palouse. I visit this barn at all times of the year and at various times of the day. I am rarely disappointed in the images I capture at this spot.

On a January morning, I arrived at this barn about 30 minutes before sunrise and prepared to capture the barn at sunrise. To my delight as the sun was rising a fog filled the area where the barn was situated. I took my first image which is shown at the top of this post. As I waited the light was changing as can be seen in the image below. I also liked the black and white version of this image so included it as well.

January Morning at Winn Barn 2 - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

January Morning at Winn Barn 2 b&w - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

Finally as the sun got higher in the sky the fog lifted and the barn and its clouds were very visible as seen in the final image.  As you can see, by remaining in place I was able to capture several different images with a variety of moods of the same composition.

January Morning at Winn Barn 2009 - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

I would suggest trying this procedure as you may be amazed at the image that is available with just a change of light or conditions.

Early Morning Skies

Clouds Fill the Morning Sky - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

Clouds Fill the Morning Sky - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved

I was driving the road between Palouse, Wa and Potlatch, Id for a sunrise shoot of a barn I had spotted the day before. As I came around a corner the image at the top of this post came into view. I immediately pulled over and setup up my tripod and camera to capture the sky and the early morning light on the grasses.

I love to travel the roads of the Palouse in the early morning to experience this kind of beauty that exists in the land and skies of that area. After taking this image, I proceeded to the barn and was still early enough to get some good images. I guess I would say to be ready to alter your plans and be prepared for the outstanding vistas that you may encounter.

I love to travel the roads of the Palouse in the early morning to experience this kind of beauty that exists in the land and skies of that area. After taking this image, I proceeded to the barn and was still early enough to get some good images. I guess I would say to be ready to alter your plans and be prepared for the outstanding vistas that you may encounterI was driving the road between Palouse, Wa and Potlatch, Id for a sunrise shoot of a barn I had spotted the day before. As I came around a corner the image at the top of this post came into view. I immediately pulled over and setup up my tripod and camera to capture the sky and the early morning light on the grasses.
I love to travel the roads of the Palouse in the early morning to experience this kind of beauty that exists in the land and skies of that area. After taking this image, I proceeded to the barn and was still early enough to get some good images. I guess I would say to be ready to alter your plans and be prepared for the outstanding vistas that you may encounter.