Rad A. Drew Photography: Lush Palouse 2020

Continental Divide at Dawn

Continental Divide at Dawn
Continental Divide at Dawn

Lush Palouse 2020

June 22-27, 2020


iPhone and Traditional Photographers

New Growth
© Rad A. Drew

For a number of years I've lead photo workshops in the Palouse. In 2019, for the first time, we based our trip out of the Pullman/Moscow area, very near the Washington/Idaho state line, instead of Colfax, WA, and it was a huge success! 

In 2020, we'll be staying in Moscow, ID, adjacent to Pullman, WA, which puts us close to many favorite locations, and gives us flexibility to plan our days, and the ability to adapt to changing weather conditions. And, as an added bonus, this area offers many quality dining venues for us!  

Shadow Valley Motors
© Rad A. Drew

We'll visit many of our favorite locations in and around Colfax,  like Steptoe Butte, and we'll introduce new locations in the Pullman/Moscow area and along the border. As always, I'll be scouting well in advance to find some new locations to add to our list of tried and true favorites. 

© Rad A. Drew

Photographing the Palouse in the spring when it is at its most luscious is a rare treat. If it was just the clouds and rolling fields, that might be enough. But add to that the contoured tapestry of yellow canola fields, brown fallow fields, and green wheat blowing in the breeze and it will take your breath away! 

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The image below shows the beautiful contours of the rolling fields, and the lovely contrast of winter wheat next to yellow canola under a beautiful blue, cloud-filled sky. This is one of many looks that we appreciate in the Palouse in spring.

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Our days will be spent photographing the landscape including beautiful barns, abandoned farms, windmills, farm equipment and retired work trucks, and other vehicles in various stages of decay. 

Weather permitting, we'll catch at least one sunrise and one sunset from atop Steptoe Butte, a 3,612 feet high butte that towers over the surrounding countryside affording a birds-eye view of the fields below. And, there are always treasures, like this old car, to be found.

© Rad A. Drew

The quality of the light is extraordinary and because it's ever-changing in the way it illuminates the landscape, it creates unique challenges for photographers. Watching the sky and looking for cloud shadows is one of the great fun challenges in the Palouse!

The image below was made with my Fuji X-T1 converted to Infrared. The cloud shadows created a spot-light-like effect on these three trees. If you enjoy making IR images, the Palouse offers a candy store of opportunities!

© Rad A. Drew

We'll stop in small towns for lunch and breaks, and have the chance to do some street photography, western style. You might find Norman Rockwell moments, like this image of a barbershop in Colfax, WA.

Hair Cut, Colfax, WA
© Rad A. Drew, iPhone 6 Plus

Learning Opportunities
You'll have learning opportunities in the field and in the classroom. The majority of our time we'll be in the field, exploring composition, and working with various camera settings for traditional cameras, iPhone, and infrared to achieve desired results. We'll have at least two classroom sessions where I'll share processing info for iPhone, and also, share how I use Topaz Labs software for processing RAW files, fine-tuning "straight" landscapes, and creating more artistic renderings using textures and filters.

More information about what camera equipment to bring, along with what iPhone apps and accessories you'll want to have, will be provided to those who register.

About the Leader

Rad A. Drew
Rad A. Drew lives with his wife, metalsmith, Nancy Lee, in historic Irvington, Indiana, on the east side of Indianapolis.

Although a traditional camera photographer much of his life, since 2010 he's embraced the creative power of the iPhone and in 2014, began making infrared images. His creative iPhone images have received numerous awards and have made their way into galleries and juried international competitions showing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, New York, Toronto, Collingwood, Seattle, and Melbourne. He is author of the fine art books, In Good Light, Images of the Circle City and Rural Indiana, A Beauty all its Own, and is a contributor to today’s most comprehensive volume of iPhone instruction, The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone.
Rad teaches individuals, corporations, and organizations. His destination tours are great ways to learn while photographing beautiful areas of the world. For more information contact Rad directly or visit his web site, www.RadDrewPhotography.com.

Retired Farm Truck, © Rad A. Drew

Trip Synopsis 

Participants will do best flying into Spokane, Washington, and driving to Moscow. 

Monday will be a day for everyone to arrive. We'll kick things off with a meet and greet session at 5:30 PM at the hotel, then spend Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 4 full days – photographing area sites and spending time in the classroom on processing. Our trip will conclude on Saturday with a sunrise shoot followed by brunch. Additional information will be provided to each person after registration. 

© Rad A. Drew

Accommodations and Ground Transportation

Each participant is responsible for meals, hotel, and air and ground transportation. We'll travel caravan style. A list of participants will be shared in advance so you may choose to share rental cars.

June 22-27, 2020
We'll stay at the Best Western Plus University Inn in Moscow, Idaho, just across the state line.

© Rad A. Drew, Lumix DMC LX7 Infrared

There are two ways to reserve your room. 

Use this link especially created for us to reserve rooms for our trip.


Call 208-882-0550 or 800-325-8765, and mention the Rad Drew Photography Workshop

Please use the link or call directly as travel websites and the general Best Western International reservations site will not have information regarding our group rate.

Fees and Registration

The cost is $1,695 per person, limit of 12. A $500 deposit via Paypal will hold your spot, with the balance due 60 days before the event. Use the PayPal button below to make your deposit, balance, or full payment.

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