Photographing the Palouse in Eastern Washington
Meet our featured photographer! His photos have been used on the cover of the 2016 Pullman Activities Guide, the cover of our 2015-2016 Pullman Street Map, and he has graciously allowed us to use some of his photos in advertising.
Dennis Sabo is an internationally honored photographer specializing in contemporary abstract, landscape, and seascape photography. His award-winning work has appeared in various publications and institutions, among them National Geographic, NOVA, PBS, Canon, Hilton Hotels and the Anthology of Appalachian Photographers.
His fine art natural world Metal Print abstracts and landscapes is often sought out by home decor and interior designers and has been included in solo and group art gallery exhibitions, commercial installations and private home collections throughout the United States and internationally.
Says Dennis, “When I capture an image it is my hope that it evokes an emotional experience for the viewer. Perhaps it is how the subject is bathed in light, perhaps it is the lines of the subject that draws you in, or simply it is an image that you enjoy viewing. I challenge myself to capture common subjects that are often overlooked and then refine the photograph into an interpretive collage of color, motion, and textures.”
Today light, color and form play pivotal roles in Dennis’s photography as does the actual medium he has chosen most often to display his work, Metal Prints. Metal Prints represent a new art medium for preserving photos by infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets. Colors are vibrant and the luminescence is breathtaking. Detail and resolution are unsurpassed and the artwork is at an archival quality.
Prints can be purchased directly on his website at www.dsabophoto.com
Original and Limited Edition Metalprint and Giclee Canvas Gallery Wrap artwork can be purchased by contacting Dennis directly.
Contact: Dennis Sabo: email@example.com
Houzz Designs: www.houzz.com/pro/dsabo38/dennis-sabo-photography
The Palouse area is a photographer’s dream located in Eastern, Washington. And 2013 saw the largest planting of Canola in Whitman County! The gently rolling hills of wheat, barley, peas, lentils and canola mean spectacular panoramic views and the wildflowers and country roads dotted with 100+ year old barns mean you will never be short of subject matter. May and June are the best months to capture the yellows and greens, July and August for the gold and brown.
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Canadian Camera Magazine in 2011 published this article!
Principles of Ethical Field Practices
NANPA believes that following these practices promotes the well-being of the location, subject and photographer. Every place, plant, and animal, whether above or below water, is unique, and cumulative impacts occur over time. Therefore, one must always exercise good individual judgment. It is NANPA’s belief that these principles will encourage all who participate in the enjoyment of nature to do so in a way that best promotes good stewardship of the resource.
Do not enter structures which appear to be abandoned. Do not walk into fields (currently growing or not), without permission of landowners. Please respect the property of others.
Environmental: knowledge of subject and place
- Learn patterns of animal behavior–know when not to interfere with animals’ life cycles.
- Respect the routine needs of animals–remember that others will attempt to photograph them, too.
- Use appropriate lenses to photograph wild animals–if an animal shows stress, move back and use a longer lens.
- Acquaint yourself with the fragility of the ecosystem–stay on trails that are intended to lessen impact.
Social: knowledge of rules and laws
- When appropriate, inform managers or other authorities of your presence and purpose–help minimize cumulative impacts and maintain safety.
- Learn the rules and laws of the location–if minimum distances exist for approaching wildlife, follow them.
- In the absence of management authority, use good judgement–treat the wildlife, plants and places as if you were their guest.
- Prepare yourself and your equipment for unexpected events–avoid exposing yourself and others to preventable mishaps.
Individual: expertise and responsibilities
- Treat others courteously–ask before joining others already shooting in an area.
- Tactfully inform others if you observe them engaging in inappropriate or harmful behavior–many people unknowingly endanger themselves and animals.
- Report inappropriate behavior to proper authorities–don’t argue with those who don’t care; report them.
- Be a good role model, both as a photographer and a citizen–educate others by your actions; enhance their understanding.
*Retrieved from http://www.naturephotographers.net/ethics.html
The Seasons of the Palouse
No matter when you come, you are bound to find great photography opportunities. Below is a general calendar of our most popular times and the subject matter available at those times. Please keep in mind, this calendar may vary by 1-3 weeks depending on the weather. Please feel free to call for a more precise idea of what to expect for the current month.
Wildflowers begin blooming on Kamiak Butte. Our local wildflower expert, Jim Roberts, says, “The first ‘peak’ usually takes place in the first or second week of April when the Grass Widows, Yellow Bells, Spring Beauties, Buttercups, Glacier Lilies, Mountain Kittentails, Bulbiferous Prairiestars, Desert Parsleys, Western Serviceberry and other flowers are all in bloom. The Grass Widows are numerous everywhere you look, interspersed with all the other blooming flowers. It is quite spectacular.” In mid-April you can expect to see Arrowleaf Balsamroots (similar to sunflowers), Indian Paintbrush, Shooting Stars, Larkspurs, Ballhead Waterleaf, Moutain Bluebells, Smallflower Prairiestar, and many others.Look for the wildlife to start coming out at this time also. Watch for new fawns, ducklings, and goslings on the road, in addition to our famous Palouse Moose who comes out every spring to graze the young wheat. For quick tips on photographing wildflowers click here.
More wildflowers start coming out, including Piper’s Windflower, Calypso, Western Groundsel, Heart-leaved Arnica, Prairie Smoke, Western Meadowrue, Columbia Puccoon, Low Oregon Grape, Pussytoes, Western Soloman-pulme, Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal, and many others. For Quick Tips on photographing wildflowers click here. In Addition to wildflowers, the flowering trees begin to take off. Lilacs, Dogwoods, Cherry trees and more fill side streets and the University campus with color and sweet scents. Late May and early June are the best times to come for the bright yellow canola and rape seed fields. The window is relatively short so it is best to call and see before departing. There aren’t many canola fields on the Palouse but you can find some West or South. On Highway 26 you will see some fields around Dusty and LaCrosse and South around Lewiston on the prairie the fields are brilliant yellow.
Our most popular month for photographers, this is when those expansive fields of wheat start to show their many hues of green. The second week of June through the first week of July are the best times if you are looking for the deep green colors on the undulating hills. This is a great time for photographing both panoramas and individual wheat shocks. The bright greens make a lovely background for the 100+ year old barns and homesteads.
Wheat harvest begins in mid-late July. July is a transition month and the fields will change from their brilliant green to a soft, golden yellow. If you want photos of massive machinery in the fields this is the time. Even if you aren’t here for photography, this is a great place to just sit and watch the wind ripple through the amber fields in the evening. Harvest is usually finished for wheat and barley in mid-late August but lentil and chickpea harvest can sometimes go through September.
If you are too late for harvest you can still see the farmers in action, preparing their fields for next year’s crops. Watch as the fields of yellow stubble are transformed as they are ploughed under to reveal the dark, black soil that is so perfect for agricultural use. This transition signals the oncoming of a new, and equally beautiful season: fall.
Fall is a beautiful time on the Palouse. The expansive deciduous trees on the Washington State University campus create a multi-colored carpet of crunchy leaves. The trees in downtown Pullman change their colors as well all along Main Street and Grand Avenue creating a welcoming tunnel of color. Drive through the residential neighborhoods or take a picnic in one of the 14 city parks and watch the migrating geese and ducks.
November – March
Winter is a quiet time on the Palouse and a snowstorm is usually just around the corner. On a clear day the view is spectacular. What once was green and gold is now dusted with snow, accentuating the contours of the land. While usually very cold, this is the most dramatic time of year when you can see the shapes of the land more clearly. There is never a bad shot on the Palouse!