Palouse Panorama

I’m having such a great time going through all my images from my trip to the Palouse.  Especially the images of the rolling hills as seen by looking down from Steptoe Butte.  No matter which direction you look, you’re treated to views just like this one.

This shot is a panorama of seven vertical shots stitched together using the new panorama merge function in Lightroom CC.  I’ve also been playing with the new Dehaze function which was just released the other day.  I’m finding it to be quite useful, and applied a touch of it to this image.  It’s amazing that so much can be done now in Lightroom without having to jump over to Photoshop.  How did we live without Lightroom in the past???


 

Rolling Hills of the Palouse

This is the landscape I flew across the country to see.  The Palouse region of Washington state has been on my photography bucket list for some time, and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to visit the area with the NxNW crew last week.  We had an incredible time and got to see some truly stunning landscapes.

One of the iconic locations in the Palouse is Steptoe Butte.  It’s basically a small mountain of about 3,600 feet in elevation that provides panoramic views of the surrounding farmland, hills and distant mountains.  Driving up the road to the top you’re treated to beautiful vistas in every direction, providing unlimited photographic opportunities.  Pictures just don’t do it any justice, but of course I had to try.

On our first full day in the area, we drove up the butte at both sunrise and sunset as the light is remarkably different in the morning versus the evening.  This particular image was taken just before sunset as the low light of the sun casted shadows across the hills.  Just spectacular.