Photographing the Palouse Falls in Washington

The iconic composition
The iconic composition

Most photographers go to the Palouse region of southeastern Washington state for the magnificent fields of wheat, barley, and peas.  Palouse Falls State Park is a bit out of the way, but well worth the side trip.

While staying in Walla Walla, Mary and I made the hour and a half one-way trip to the Palouse Falls State Park.  We did not go for the hiking, but to get a few photos of the falls.  Because it was mid-day, Mary and I both shot with our infrared cameras, converted the images to black and white, and processed them using Nik’s Silver Effects Pro.

From the covered look out, west of the falls
From the covered look out, west of the falls
Don't forget to try portrait orientation as well
Don’t forget to try portrait orientation as well
Looking down river from the fallas
Looking down river from the falls

Getting the iconic composition (cover photo) is not as easy as it seems.  First, you will have to stand on a small outcrop with no fence and a very long and steep drop off that is not for the faint of heart on a windy day.  The outcrop is only about 4′ x 4′ with room for two tripods or so.  Second, you will need an ultra-wide angle lens.  I had a 16 mm on a full framer and barley got the whole scene.  Mary was using an APS-C sensor and could not compose the entire scene in one frame.  You could also stand to the right and make a panoramic, I suppose.

Stand her for the iconic composition
Stand here for the iconic composition (see cover photo)

We are spending the rest of our trip chasing the light in the Palouse from Steptoe Butte and other locations.  Check in with us next week to see what we found.

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