Welcome to George’s Palouse Photo Tours
I personally invite you to come join me on one of my breathtaking photo tours and workshops of The Palouse, our own Tuscany of the NW. We will photograph all the iconic locations, along with some of my favorite locations. I have over 250 great locations marked by GPS. I will provide one-on-one assistance to ensure you capture the best possible images. Post processing instruction will also be offered during five-day tours. I will make sure we are at the right location at the right time to get images you will be truly proud of. Photographing "The Palouse" is truly a remarkable adventure. The adventure starts the minute you register for your tour. Start your adventure TODAY!
2017 Palouse, WA Photo Tour Dates
Where is the Palouse?
The Palouse is among the most photogenic areas in the world, dotted with rural towns nestled among the rolling hills of green and yellow to magnificent pastoral vistas that continue as far as the eye can see. Tucked away in southeastern Washington and northeast Idaho is a majestic region, known as “The Palouse.” This is rural Americana farming at its best, but the old landmarks and way of life are rapidly changing. There is a very compelling reason for you to visit this extraordinarily photogenic corner of America – now! Within a short time, the majority of its treasured landmarks – those architecturally beautiful hand–hewn wooden barns, silos and out buildings of a bygone era will be gone. Scores of these weathered, abandoned and beautifully-deteriorating agricultural structures will collapse and be bulldozed onto the scrap heap of history.
We will be photographing rolling landscapes, dramatic cloud formations, unusual patterns created by plowing and crop rotations, rustic rural barns, abandoned vehicles and farm equipment (new and old) and much more. The graceful rolling hills and scenic views are breathtaking. The crops rotate each year giving a fresh look each spring with bright, rolling vistas of green and yellow. Late June/early July, the vibrant yellows of blooming canola fields (rape seed) are contrasted by the rolling chartreuse hills of wheat and lentils, saturating the fields with explosive color. Wildflowers are abundant this time of year.
A highlight of the Palouse is the splendid vantage point on top of Steptoe Butte, providing a commanding view of beautifully-cultivated landscape for miles. Your images will be similar to those that can be taken from an aircraft-although we have the advantage of our two feet on the ground, stable tripods, and long lenses to capture select patterns, details, and the landscape at its very best, in the long low light of sunrise and sunset.
Some of the most graphic, powerful images in the world can be taken on this tour. This tour/workshop is designed for peak spring colors. At first glance, the Palouse appears deceptively easy to photograph, but with 4,000 square miles to explore, you want a knowledgeable guide and professional instructor to have you in the right place at the right time. Otherwise, you will spend your limited time driving around wondering where the iconic shots are instead of taking those great photos.
We’ll headquarter our workshop at the Best Western Wheatland Inn, Colfax, WA where I have a block of rooms set aside at a special rate. Note: Private tours will work out of whichever motel in the area that I can find open rooms in for your tour dates.
For more details of my Tours/Workshops, see my FAQ Page.
If you have been envious of other people’s images of the Palouse, it's time for you to LIVE IT, yourself. Come join me this year for an experience of your lifetime - envision yourself in the middle of the Palouse, looking through YOUR viewfinder and seeing all those iconic images in front of you. The rolling hills of wheat, barley and lentils, hundred miles of roads punctuated with 100+ year old barns, sunrises and sunsets like no others you ever seen before. Yes, this is a photographer's mecca, one in which you must visit in person to fully appreciate its beaut, to make others envious of your images of the Palouse.
For Tour fees and Deposits, go to my Tour Fees Page
See more Palouse images in my Gallery