Rich and I attended a photo workshop in the Palouse area of Washington state. We've been there before, but because this workshop had two leaders - Rad Drew and John Barclay - we thought it offered us many new learning opportunities both with the DSLR and the iPhone, so we signed up! We were not disappointed. We were extremely impressed with their organization, knowledge, and enthusiasm, and we experienced an excellent week of learning and camaraderie.
Usually what comes to mind when you think of the Palouse is beautiful rolling green hills and pastures. So why is the first photo in this blog old trucks? It turns out there are lots and lots of old cars and trucks in this farming area. Our first stop on the first day of the workshop was in Sprague, Washington where we visited a really interesting collection of old trucks, then drove about half a mile to a cool fenced area with many antique cars.
Most people think I'm crazy, but I love old cars and trucks - specifically the bright colors of rust you often find on these vehicles. Just look at how fun these images are!
And the amazing colors you find!
So, we spent the whole first morning taking pictures of rust, broken windows, fenders, and grilles. Then we were ready for lunch and a break. Little did we know that John and Rad had a monster afternoon planned for us with visits to an old (falling down) schoolhouse, some typical beautiful green Palouse landscapes, some cheerful, yellow canola fields, and a sunset shoot for Steptoe Butte.
Here's the old schoolhouse, which John said was actually standing when he was here last year.
Some landscapes from the Clear Creek area, then some beautiful green, rolling hills, and some bright yellow canola.
Finally, near sunset, we drove up to Steptoe Butte to shoot the fields and the unique patterns created by the various fields - wheat, canola, and brown fallow fields. It's an amazing sight, and it's different every time I go there. The light changes, the fields change, and the weather changes. On this particular night, it was lovely!
An exceptional day photographically. We'd seen so much! And we were exhausted!! We headed back to our hotel arriving around 9:30.