THE PALOUSE, MAY 21-25, 2021

MAY 21-25, 2021


with Jeremy Woodhouse


Palouse Falls


Mid-May is the perfect time to photograph the rolling hills of the Palouse in Eastern Washington! The landscape is awash with vibrant colors, the canola crop is blooming yellow, wildflowers are abundant, waterfalls are flowing, and the weather is very pleasant.


The exact itinerary will be kept flexible to account for the weather and current conditions. We will optimize our time for the best possible photography. The itinerary below is just an example of what you can expect. If we shoot the night skies, we may skip sunrise the following morning.

Day 1: Fri, 21 May—Pullman, WA
Meet at 5PM in Pullman, WA. For sunset, we'll head out towards Kamiak Butte and Marvin Wells Road.

Located in the Pacific Northwest’s scenic Palouse region, our hotel is just a few minutes from Washington State University and five miles from Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport; Our free shuttle service to and from the airport eliminates the hassle of travel. 

Day 2: Sat, 22 May—Pullman
We leave well before dawn and make our way up to Steptoe Butte (we will need to buy a $10 Washington State Park Discover Pass). This high vantage point affords 360-views of the surrounding countryside and you can shoot everything from wide angle to telephoto as the morning light accents the vibrant green fields below.

After returning for breakfast we will head out again in search of old houses, barns, and wildflowers to shoot. Depending on the weather and the photography opportunities, we may return to the hotel for a rest or we may continue to explore the country roads..

Day 3: Sun, 23 May—Pullman
We are up early for sunrise and will head out to a location to photograph an iconic tree against the sunrise—Steptoe Butte will be seen clearly in the background.

After returning for breakfast we will head out again in search of old houses, barns, and wildflowers to shoot. Depending on the weather and the photography opportunities, we may return to the hotel for a rest or we may continue to explore the country roads.

After an early dinner, we will head to Palouse Falls to photograph the sunset over the deep canyon. If the conditions are good we will remain for a while to photograph the Milky Way over the Falls.

Day 4: Mon, 24 May—Pullman
Since will have arrived back late from the night's shoot at Palouse Falls, we will take it easy this morning.

After breakfast we will spend our time meandering through the scenic landscape looking for more barns, abandoned farm equipment, windmills, grain elevators, and whatever else takes our fancy as the light and the conditions change.

Day 5: Tue, 25 May—Pullman
Earlywake up for sunrise. We do our final morning shoot in the Palouse and then return to the hotel for breakfast.  The workshop will conclude by 11AM before you are free to move on to your next destination.



Wildflowers around Steptoe Butte


If you are flying in, we recommend going through Spokane WA (GEG). From there, it is a 90-minute drive to Pullman where we will be meeting for the workshop. Please be in Pullman, WA no later than 5PM on Friday May 21 and meet us at the Coast Hilltop Inn.

Lodging is not included in the workshop fee so you have the option to stay wherever you like.  The group will be based at the Coast Hilltop Inn.  Please call them at 509-332-0928. You will be responsible for all of your meals.

Our goal is to maximize your photography while you are here. This will mean long days without much sleep. We will use the middle of the day for rest breaks and post-processing sessions.

You will be expected to have your own transportation during the workshop. 

The workshop will conclude by 11AM on Sunday May 25th.

Arrival, Departure

​Arrival & Meeting Place 
Meet at 5PM in Pullman, WA at the Coast Hilltop Inn

We will finish the photo shoot after the sunrise on Friday 25, May, 2021 after which you are free to return home or move on to your next destination.


The best time to visit the Palouse is between May and August. In May and early June you will see a mix of green fields and freshly planted fields. By mid-May the canola fields will be bright yellow and May is also one of the best months to see wildflowers.

In May sunrise temperatures can be below 40° F, especially at the top of Steptoe Butte, so you will need warm layers. In mid-May and early June there will be  a much better chance of having some clouds which is always better than bald blue skies..


Spring in the Palouse, WA

Palouse Hot Spots


TOUR COST: $1,895


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Tour Price Includes

  • All Ground Transportation
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • In-Field Photography Instruction
  • Post-processing and Image Critique

Tour Price Excludes

  • Transportation to/from your home to Spokane or Pullman, WA
  • Lodging
  • Meals and snacks.
  • Beverages
  • Washington State Discover Pass (we will need one to visit Steptoe Butte)


    We will stay in the town of Pullman at the Coast Hilltop Inn (509) 332-0928.

    You should make your own booking. Rates are at the following link. Please contact them directly to make your reservation from 21-25 May (4 nights).

    Dress for the Weather

      Personal Gear List

      • Sturdy hiking footwear, hiking socks, and long pants
      • Warm jacket, hat, and gloves for cool mornings
      • Headlamp
      • Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder
      • Hiking poles if you like having them
      • Bug Spray

      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
      • Remote cord for your camera
      • Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.

        Covid-19 Precautions

        • 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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