Every year we try to make a pilgrimage to the Palouse region in Washington, not just to encounter the stunning landscape but to take a break from street photography. An unspoken rule in the industry says that in order to be a successful photographer you need to focus on one area of photography. There is no question that this approach is highly marketable but I strongly disagree with such an approach. Taking a break from your usual visual interests not only allows your seeing to expand but also allows you to rest visually.
This year’s trip to the Palouse was very special for two reasons. First, I was privileged to lead a private workshop with a small group of amazing people and photographers. Second, the weather conditions we encountered this time provided us with a remarkable range of light and visuals. It fact the light got so crazy that while processing our images we had to tone down saturation (Vibrance, usually –10), otherwise we might be accused of some sort of colour manipulation.
Fortunately, we had the right tool for the job thanks to the amazing team at Fujifilm Canada and the cooperation of BIGHEADTACO. We travelled around the Palouse with the Fujifilm GFX50S medium format beast coupled with the GF 120mm F4 OIS and the GF 32-64 F4 zoom lenses.
Over the course of five days we captured stunning sunrises and sunsets.
Unfortunately, three days in a row, rainbows blocked our stunning vistas so we had to include them in our compositions 🙂
Did I mention some crazy lighting?
Most people associate the Palouse just with landscape photography but the region offers great street photography opportunities.
With our group, we visited and photographed the annual Hot Rod show, which is where my students had a primer on street and portrait photography. In fact, one of my students shot the best street photography image I have seen for a very long time – stay tuned because we will share it here in one of our upcoming posts.
We also visited a derelict house we found a few years ago. The GFX and the right lighting allowed us to complete the “The Forgotten Place” series, which we will share with you shortly.
All images are processed in LR, the Fujifilm Astia, Velvia and Classic Chrome.
There is much, much more to come in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.
And don’t forget about our upcoming Vancouver Street Photography Workshop! There are still 2 spots left. I promise, NO rainbows!
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