Palouse in Spring

It had been a while since last photographing the Palouse, in fact it was while still shooting film. What fun it was to return with modern state of the art digital equipment. The rolling hills, farms, and old cars were as beautiful as remembered. There were not as many fields of canola and mustard flowers as some years.
Palouse in SpringWe did find several really vast scenes of yellow. We had a beautiful blue sky, so in this variation the sky was featured more than the canola. An aperture of F11 was chosen to ensure sharpness from near to far. It really is vital you know where to go in this are area, there are 3,000 square miles to explore, and its very easy to spend all your time driving around looking for the best locations. More to come as I process images: Red barns and wheat fields!!!

Equipment & Settings:
Gitzo Tripod
Really Right Stuff ballhead
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 24-105 @ 65mm, Fll, 1/320 sec, ISO 100

Telephoto Lenses for Landscapes

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve watched photographers walk up to a grand scene and without even thinking, grab a wide-angle lens and shoot. Just because the scene in front of you is expansive does not mean a wide angle is automatically the best choice.
telephoto_lense_123211_wTelephoto zoom lenses are perfect for optical extractions. Simply using a telephoto lens to isolate interesting compositions within the grand landscape. Many times the graphic lines within the overall scene are far more interesting than the whole scene. Simply choose whatever focal length lens allows you to compose a strong composition. Force yourself out of your comfort zone, try a few different compositions with a telephoto, and open up a whole new way of seeing.

A polarizing filter is a good idea for removing distant haze. Also check your live view to confirm focus is perfect, and stop the lens down enough for the appropriate depth of field for the scene. Lastly, lock your mirror up to reduce any vibration.

Equipment & Settings:
Canon 1DS-Mark II camera
100-400 lens at 400mm
Shutter speed 1/30th sec
Mirror locked up
Gitzo Tripod, Really Right Stuff Ball Head

For great opportunities to use telephoto lenses in a landscape setting, check out the two photo tours below:
Spring in the Great Smoky Mountains
Palouse Farm Country