Best of the Palouse Trip

I’m finally back in Seattle.  Joel and I had a wonderful time at The Palouse.  The weather was mostly pleasant, punctuated by occasions of freezing winds.  We spent hours driving the back roads of this beautifully sculpted landscape, looking for dilapidated barns and abandoned farm machinery.  Be sure to have 4 wheel drive, especially for the primitive roads after rainfall.  Steptoe Butte offers a great vantage point for dawn and dusk photography.  I found the best views were possible by driving about 1/2 way up the butte.  At the very top, the breadth of the landscape is stunning, but the hills begin to lose some of their definition, as though one were looking down on them from an airplane.  As I mentioned in a previous blog, the fields are probably 2 weeks from peak spring color.  Schedule willing, I’ll be returning to capture more of that breath-taking beauty.  Below are my favorite images from the trip.  I hope you enjoy ‘em!  If you want to see additional photos and read more about the trip, please see my previous four blogs.

Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 45-200mm (90-400mm equivalent) f/4.5-5.6

Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 600mm f/4L IS

Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 7-14mm (14-28mm equivalent) f/4

Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 600mm f/4L IS

Panasonic GF-1, Panasonic 45-200mm (90-400mm equivalent) f/4.5-5.6

14 Comments
  • vivek Manchanda
    April 11, 2010

    Flawless !

    • Mahesh
      April 11, 2010

      Vivek, thank you very much for the kind words, bud! I’m glad you liked the images. :D

  • Joel
    April 11, 2010

    Great pix. Love the crispness and the sky of Palouse Falls, and the colors and contours of the rolling hills. The red barn adds snap to the picture, and makes it stand out from the other (beautiful) field pix.

    • Mahesh
      April 11, 2010

      Joel, thanks bud! We had a great time, didn’t we? You and I are gonna have to go back in August again, when the wheat fields are ripe.

  • Kalpana Kanal
    April 11, 2010

    Wow! Fabulous. Where it this place?

    • Mahesh
      April 12, 2010

      Kalpana, thanks a bunch! This is Eastern Washington, about 60 miles south of Spokane and a 4 1/2 hr drive from Seattle.

  • Conrad Tan
    April 11, 2010

    Duuuuude these are sick! So very very nice Mahesh. I’m diggin the waterfall and the mulicolored fields.

    • Mahesh
      April 12, 2010

      Conrad, thanks man! I’m glad you saw these. The scenes will be even better when you and Ant come for a visit! :D

  • George
    April 12, 2010

    Mahesh: Your sense of composition is flawless and puts the rest of us mortals to shame!

    • Mahesh
      April 12, 2010

      George, thanks for your very kind words. It’s difficult to take a bad picture in Eastern Washington. :D

  • norm
    April 12, 2010

    You have amazing talent, Mahesh. Seeing your photos is a wonderful way to start the day.
    thanks for having me on the list!

    • Mahesh
      April 12, 2010

      Norm, thanks a lot for stopping by and commenting. It’s my pleasure to bring a little joy into your busy day. :D

  • Ann & Dileep Bhandarkar
    May 4, 2010

    Mahesh,
    you are the best! love your incredible new lens’ pics and the Palouse are magical. Your eye sees things the rest of us miss but looking at your work gives us inspiration and teaches us to look more carefully.
    Thank you for that.
    hope to see you soon,
    Ann & Dileep

    • Mahesh
      May 9, 2010

      Ann and Dileep, thank you so much both for the comments here and through e-mails. Photography is a strong passion of mine, and it’s wonderful to know I have a few fans out there. I hope to see you out in the field again very soon. As requested, I’ll add your e-mail to my mailing list.

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