PALOUSE HARVEST DAYS
SEPT 5-10, 2021
(6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS)
with Jeremy Woodhouse
Sunset from Skyline Drive
After having made 3 tours to the Palouse in as many months to record the change in the seasons and, most recently, to photograph the beginning of the annual wheat harvest, I felt that there was one more opportunity to round out the story.
I will be returning on 5 Sept, 2021 to witness events as the annual harvest wraps up. Things that you will expect to see (and photograph) will include the annual "Threshing Bee", where old fashioned combines drawn by up to 30 horses will harvest spring wheat.
We will spend the day with a farming family shadowing then as they get about their daily business. With any luck you will get to ride in a tractor of some sort—and these are serious machines.
There will be plenty of opportunity to photograph the landscape which will include some of the most iconic barns and grain elevators in the region. We will be up with the sun and will always try to have you somewhere photogenic for sunset.
To end the tour we will spend our final day at the Palouse Empire Fair finishing the day off at the Rodeo.
The most pleasant months of the year for Palouse are September, July and August. In Palouse, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. August is the hottest month for Palouse with an average high temperature of 83.6°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Washington. January is the snowiest month in Palouse with 14.6 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall. Days with noticeable humidity are rare throughout the year.
1 SPOT OPEN
TOUR COST: $1,795
6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS
GROUP SIZE: ONLY 6
Tour Price Includes
- Ground Transportation
- Steptoe Butte State Park Entrance Fees
- In-Field Photography Instruction
- Post-processing and Image Critique
Tour Price Excludes
- Transportation to/from your home to Spokane or Colfax, WA
- Entry fees to the Palouse Empire Fair
- Entry fee to the Rodeo
- Meals and snacks
We will stay in the town of Colfax at the Best Western Wheatland Inn (509) 397-0397.
You should make your own booking. Rates are at the following link. Please contact them directly to make your reservation from 5-10 Sept, 2021, (5 nights).
Dress for the Weather
Personal Gear List
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat
- Layers for cooler mornings
- Waterproof Shell in case of rain
- Sturdy hiking shoes
Photo Equipment Checklist
- Sturdy tripod and ballhead
- Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body
- Wide angle lens in the 16-35mm range
- Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm
- Long telephoto lenses in the 100-600mm range. You will want a lens that is longer than 200mm for many of the locations we visit! A 100-400mm or 150-600mm will be perfect
- Circular polarizer filters and ND filters for your lenses. If you like shooting with grads, bring them along. A 6 or 10-stop ND filter will be useful for creating very long exposures.
- Backpack to carry your gear
- Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies
- Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.
- Instructors will wear masks while teaching at close range
- Clients are encouraged to wear masks whenever they are at close range
- Where possible, we will practice social distancing. Tripods 6ft apart.
- You are encouraged to wash hands frequently and use hand sanitiser.
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