Hearing that this year could be a great year for canola, my wife and I took a five hour drive at the end of June, with some good friends of ours. Staying in Colfax for several days, we were blessed with field after field of yellow.
Driving hundreds of miles on dirt roads gave us many great photography opportunities. I used my years of knowledge, GPS and maps to navigate the maze of farm roads.
For the grand landscape, I used the EOS 5D Mark IV and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, along with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II IS USM lens. Since the fields are an expansive area, the EF 100-400mm was a better choice of lens (especially when shooting from Steptoe Butte). As we traveled on, I was also on the lookout for other photographic subjects, such as barns, farm vehicles, and roads in and around the canola fields.
While exploring the landscape, I made sure to observe the details like parts of an abandoned rusted truck out in a field, or a wooden flag on the side of a barn.
Every time I visit the Palouse, it is magical and really never the same. I am looking forward to my next adventure.
Photography Tips for a Landscape Adventure:
- I recommend using a full frame camera and a tripod.
- Watch your depth of field and photograph in aperture priority.
- Try the built-in HDR. After the camera combines the HDR images, take the final HDR JPEG and process it in a RAW converter.
- Morning and evening are the best times to photograph but watch for interesting clouds especially developing in the afternoon. Use a Polarizer.
Canon Explorer of Light - Darrell Gulin
Darrell Gulin discusses his career and passion for photography in our series of videos introducing our Explorers of Light.
For more information on Darrell, please visit his Explorer of Light bio page.