Four Seasons Photo Tours


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) And other useful information 

How do I register for a Palouse Country Photo Tour? We have made registration simple: Identify the particular photo tour or workshop you would like to attend and complete the “Registration Form”. If you are interested in attending one of my photo tours I recommend you email us to confirm availability as our tours will fill up fast.          
Email:
palousetours@comcast.net or fourseasonsphoto@comcast.net   


What are my payment options? 
At this time, we are only accepting checks or money orders. To keep the cost of your Palouse Photo Tour/Workshop reasonable, we are not processing credit cards.   

What is included in a Palouse Country Photo Tour and Workshop?             
  • 5-days of being led to some of the best photo locations on the Palouse. Each day we head out into the field at 4:30-5:30 am and return back to the motel around 11am for a much needed break. We head back into the field around 3 pm until past dusk. Overall, we get in 12-14 hours of shooting daily.
  • In the field photo instruction: While the majority of participants attending a Palouse Country Photo Tour are seasoned photographers needing little or no instruction, I will offer individual assistance to anyone needing help with composition, lighting, or operating their camera so they can maximize the experience. I do not photograph during a scheduled Palouse photo tour or workshop, thereby making myself available to participants to answer questions or provide in the field instruction.
  • Access to our private farm, loaded with numerous photo props including vintage vehicles, farm equipment, and a barn. With a 360 degree panoramic view of the Palouse, this is also an excellent location to capture stunning images at sunrise and sunset.  
  • Learn the history of the Palouse. While traveling and photographing the Palouse, your tour leader will give you an insider’s look into the history of the region and tell unique stories about the people that make the Palouse their home. At the end of your tour you’ll also receive a comprehensive narrative of the Palouse Region to remind you of what you’ve seen.
  • Critique of images after the workshop. I believe that learning should not end on the last day of the workshop so everyone is encouraged to submit images captured during their Palouse workshop for a final critique. Whether it is 1-week or a couple months after the workshop, I am willing to objectively critique your images and give you written feedback to help improve your photographic skills.   
Motel, meals, and local transportation are not included in the fee. Is transportation provided? No!

Unless otherwise stated in the tour/workshop description, each participant is responsible for their own transportation. To minimize congestion on the limited access and back roads we encourage carpooling.  If someone needs local transportation during the photo tour arrangements may be made to ride with other participants. You will be expected to compensate the driver and contribute towards gas. Please understand, the photo tour fee does not include transportation and riding with others does not constitute a fee for hire. The tour leader will also share in carpooling so if you need transportation, check with us as soon as possible.

What is the itinerary?
  • On the first day we are scheduled to start our tour/workshop at 5pm; however, if everyone is ready to head out into the field earlier, we could move that up to 4pm so please make sure you contact me upon your arrival. Prior to the start of the tour/workshop, we will gather in the lobby of the Wheatland Inn-Best Western to review our schedule and give everyone a chance to meet each other.
  • Each morning we will leave the motel at 4:30-5:30 am and return around 11 am for a much needed rest. In the afternoon, we will begin shooting around 3 pm until after sunset.
  • On the last day, we will head out into the field at 5:30 am and return to the motel between 11am -12 noon.
Is lodging included in the Palouse Country Photo Tour/Workshop? No!

How do I handle lodging reservations? We have made arrangements with the Wheatland Inn-Best Western, located in Colfax to hold a limited number of rooms at a special rate. Please understand the special rate is offered on first-come basis so we recommend contacting the motel and make reservations after you have registered for your Palouse Country Photo Tour/Workshop.

Wheatland Inn-Best Western     
701
N. Main
Colfax WA 99111
(509) 397-0397 Hotel Amenities:
  • Exercise facility
  • Heated Indoor pool and hot tub
  • Guest laundry
  • Computer and printer available in the lobby
  • Computer modem hookups in each room
  • Continental and hot breakfast served each morning before we depart the motel
Is there other lodging available in Colfax? Yes!

Wheatland Farm Bed and Breakfast
-Palouse Country Photo Tours is based out of our Wheatland Farm B&B located in the heart of the Palouse Region. If you are interested in a custom photo tour, a scheduled tour/workshop, or would like to photograph the area on your own, consider staying at the Wheatland Farm B&B. Catering to photographers, the Wheatland Farm B&B offers a relaxing setting in a large ranch house surrounded by endless rolling fields of wheat just outside your door. (www.wheatlandfarmbandb.com) Directions to Wheatland Farm B&B: 6551 SR 272Garfield WA 99130(360) 481-4575 
  • Turn left at the third traffic light in Colfax onto SR 272 (also known as the Colfax–Palouse Rd).
  • Drive 6.3 miles on SR 272 and our long driveway is on the right side of the road. You will see a lot of trees going up the driveway
 Note: Even though the address states 6551 SR 272 Garfield, we are not in or near the town of Garfield. Follow the directions above or us your GPSWhen and where will we have our meals? Depending on the motel or lodging you select, breakfast may be available before we depart for the morning shoot. As mentioned in the itinerary we return to the motel each day around 11 am to noon. You are on your own for lunch and can select from a variety of local or fast food restaurants in Colfax. During the evening (dinner), you are again on your own, however, I encourage that everyone get together and have dinner as a group. The cost of meals is not included in your fee, however, refreshments will be provided throughout the day.   
  • A fun and relaxing evening: Midway through your Palouse photo tour, you will be invited to a special barbecue (BBQ) dinner at our farm. You are not required to bring anything, unless you have a favorite wine or dessert. During that time we will also invite participants to share their favorite images and hidden photographic skills with the group.  
Will snacks and refreshments be provided? We will provide bottled water and soft drinks and a variety of snacks. Remember if you have special diabetic needs you are responsible for your snacks, however, if you let us know early on we will attempt to bring snacks for you.   What equipment should I bring? We have put together a detailed list of photo equipment, gear, and belongings participants should bring when attending one of our photo tours or workshops. A few weeks before your scheduled tour we will also send you a checklist of recommended photo equipment and personal belongings you should bring and also confirm any other arrangements you have requested. 
  How should I dress?  For a “Best of the Palouse” photo tour or workshop: Come prepared for all kinds of weather (rain, cold, wind, and heat). Considering we begin our morning shoot long before sunrise you should be prepared for cold mornings. Although the weather on the Palouse is usually stable from June through September, it is always a good idea to be prepared for rain. ·         Layered clothing
·         Sunglasses
·         Cap/hat
·         Rain gear
·        Gloves
·        Hiking boot or good walking shoes 
·         An extra pair of walking shoes  Check out www.weather.com for current forecast.  

Do you offer private or custom Palouse Photo
Tours or Workshops? Yes!Living on the Palouse fulltime, I am available to offer 1-5 day Palouse Photo Tours or workshops throughout the year that meets your unique needs. If you are interested in shooting the Palouse region during spring, summer, fall or winter, contact me to arrange a custom photo tour. I can arrange a custom photo tour for a set fee (to be negotiated depending on your needs). Previously scheduled tours and workshops have priority over custom tours and availability may be limited.  Please contact us as soon as possible if you would like to arrange a private Palouse Photo Tour.When is the best time to photograph the Palouse?  I am constantly asked by prospective clients; when is the best time to photograph the Palouse. That is like asking me to name my favorite child. For me, the Palouse landscape is constantly changing and each day brings new challenges and opportunity. Given, I offer several Palouse Country Photo Tours and Workshops; it is, however, a reasonable question. I am also asked; when is the best time to photograph canola, when am I most likely to find clouds in the Palouse sky, when is the best time to capture the wheat fields turning from deep green to shades of gold, or when are farmers most likely to be working their fields? Then I am asked by the seasoned photographers, can you take me to locations on the Palouse to find well-defined lines, shapes, form, texture, and bold colors (known as "Elements of Design"). The following is a brief summary of why these are good questions, and what I tell everyone when trying to decide on a particular Palouse Country Photo Tour. A fundamental difference between a successful landscape photographer and a struggling amateur is the successful landscape photographer understands the "elements of design" and has mastered the art of "Seeing". Deciding when to photograph the Palouse can best be answered if you have an understanding of those two essential yet fundamental principles. Also, essential to deciding when to photograph the Palouse is knowing how crops develop. As crops develop (grow) they magically create lines, shapes, form, texture, and color (elements of design). The following is a list of common crops grown on the Palouse along with some of their growth characteristics. Understanding when these crops are planted (sowed) and their growth cycle, will help in knowing what to expect, and more importantly, what 'elements of design" will be most prominent. 
  • Wheat: The growth cycle of wheat has the following divisions; germination, seedling, leaf development, head development, and, finally, full maturity. Wheat has two distinct growing seasons, Winter and Spring.
  • Winter Wheat: Planted in September or October, winter wheat sprouts before freezing occurs, then becomes dormant until the soil warms in the spring. Winter wheat is an excellent subject to photograph in the spring in contrast against freshly plowed ground and continuing until maturity (harvest).
  • Spring Wheat: Planted in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked, spring wheat offers the photographer an endless opportunity to capture images from  sowing (planting) all the way to maturity (harvest).
  • Barley: Barley is an annual crop planted in the spring and harvested in late July or early August. Growing up to 30 inches in height, from a distance, barley looks similar to wheat. Barley is an excellent subject to photograph as it starts to ripen and change colors from a deep green to an almost silver to gold appearance.
  • Canola and Mustard: There are two types of canola grown on the Palouse, fall and spring varieties, although the majority of canola grown on the Palouse is the spring variety. Flowering of the canola plant usually occurs in early to mid June, and continues for 14-21 days. A popular crop among photographers, canola offers many opportunities to capture a vibrant yellow plant/flower against a deep green field of wheat. Mustard is similar in appearance to canola and offers the photographer the same opportunities. The secret is knowing what farmer planted a field of canola or mustard and when it will be in full bloom.
  • Garbanzo beans: Also known as chickpeas, garbanzo beans are becoming increasingly popular among farmers. The garbanzo bean is a low growing plant similar to lentils and peas. The plant has white flowers with blue, violet or pink vines.
  • Lentils: The Palouse constitutes the most important lentil producing region in the United States. Lentil plants are slender, semi-erect annuals with multiple leaves. Plants normally reach 12-20 inches tall with flowering beginning on the lowest branches, gradually moving up the plant and continuing until harvest. Flowering can be white, lilac or pale blue.
  • Dry peas: Planted in early spring this low growing bush plant is deep green with reddish-purple or white flowers. During the early growth stage, the pea plant offers many great photographic opportunities to capture images with lines, patterns, and texture.
Understanding the development of these crops will help in "seeing" the elements of design, essential to capturing many great landscape images. Example; crops that grow close to the ground or are in the early development stage, produce lines. Lines are the strongest of the elements of design and without lines, there is no shape. Without shape, there is no form. Without shape and form, there is no texture. Without line or shape, there is no pattern. Remember, one of the key factors of crop development is weather. When planning your Palouse photo visit and shoot, feel free to contact us regarding not only the weather conditions but also the conditions of the fields. Map of the Palouse available: We have a detailed map of Whitman County (Palouse Region) showing all primary and primitive roads in the area. To navigate without this map seriously limits your chances of finding many of the prime photo sites. Cost of the map is $20 plus shipping and handling. If you want a map listing at least a dozen of the best photo sites in the region along with the best time to photograph the area, the cost is $35 plus shipping and handling.  What are some of your favorite links?     
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