Adapt or Perish…….

3 years ago 3
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Be Prepared!  That is the Boy Scout’s Motto and as a photographer you have to live by that motto too!!!  Jack and I arrived in the Palouse to a surprise, less risk green fields than I’ve ever seen!  It seems the winter was long and hard and the price of wheat has also dropped, so less fields have been planted and lots of ground lies brown and bare.  The long fields of view with rolling green hill after hill are simply not here, this year.  What to do?  Thankfully  Jack and I are prepared and with a lot of scouting have still found enough lush fields, old rustic barns and Americana to produce some great images.


My point to this blog entry is not to boo hoo about the less than ideal conditions, but to make the point that as a shooter, you have to learn to make lemonade out of lemons!  This is still a strikingly beautiful place with lots of very interesting things to compose and photograph.  The next time you find yourself challenged by conditions, step up to the plate and find a way to make it work for you!



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One of the biggest impediments to good photography is “expectations”!  We go to a location expecting to see something we are familiar with,  and it throws us when that’s not what we see.  When you don’t see what you were expecting, expect to find something you never expected!!!! (lots of expecting words!)  It’s disappointing to not get what we want, but sometimes if it offers a great opportunity to prove you are truly a shooter and you can find something you may like even better!  Kicking and screaming won’t change the circumstances, but putting on your thinking cap may well produce unexpected, but wonderful images.  I certainly intend to prove that this week!!!  Come along and we will see!  My bet is we will!!!



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….and laugh!

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3 Responses

  1. Jim in Bloomington says:

    Always uplifting. This is a life lesson for me as much as one about photography. Thank you.

  2. janel says:

    Funny you should write this because during my visit, having never been there before, I thought that all that brown..all those areas not planted was the way it always is. You are right about perspective and expectations. Nonetheless, the Palouse is a treasure and the contrast of the brown and greens, made the term “earth tones” truly ring true.

  3. John Barclay says:

    Hey Bill, I was there early this year leading two groups. I was surprised by what I found too, but, fell in love with the new story I’d not yet photographed! I ended up with TONS of stuff I love! And my groups had a great time too!

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