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Photographing the Palouse area of Eastern Washington is all about the shapes, patterns and textures of the landscape. Finding a composure that combines the right shapes and textures into a cohesive image, then having the right light... that's the key to success in this area.
On this night we were photographing during the evening from the elevated location on Steptoe Butte, which allows us to photograph wide open sweeping landscapes, or in this case, put on a telephoto lens and isolate a small portion of the scene. The time right before sunset is often the best time in this area, when the sun provides great side lighting which accentuates the hills and gullies of the fields. This shot was taken about 45 minutes before the start of sunset, providing direct light on the landscape with a nice warm color temperature. I shot various compositions of this area, but kept coming back to this one tree and the dirt path leading up to it. This is the one that I ultimately settled on as my favorite from the series.