— Dane Creek

Palouse!

This Friday I’m headed to the Palouse region of Eastern Washington to take some photos of fields. I’m very excited and incredibly apprehensive.

I’m excited because I grew up in central Canada, where there are plenty of wheat, Canola, and flax fields around. I have a fondness in my heart for wide, flat, images, and really miss some of the summer sunsets from back home. Unfortunately I moved away long before I developed a serious interest in photography, so my field shots have generally been limited to winter trips for the hoildays. The Palouse region will finally give me a chance to do some serious farm photography.

I’m apprehensive because the region is a destination for photographers and everyone comes back with the same kind of shot. As I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, it’s easy to come back with tulip shots from this part of the state. I’m terrified that I’m going to arrive, take a bunch of really pretty shots, but have none that stand out from the pack.

What am I going to do about it?

Well, for starters, I’m trying to convince myself that I get like this before every trip and that I’m bound to come back with one special image.

I’m also making a focused effort to avoid the cliche shots of rolling fields. I’m going flying with a private pilot to try and get some aerial shots for variation. I’m going to try some extreeeeeemly wide and thin panoramas. And I’ll likely do a lot of black and white work.

We’ll see what happens!