Friday, June 14, 2013

The Palouse

While attending the AVISTA NAIA World Series at the end of May we kept looking to the north. The World Series host cities of Lewiston, ID/Clarkson, WA set at the southern edge of the famous photographic region of the Palouse.

The World Series ended on Thursday, and we put the "if needed" day of Friday to good use. We drove across a good part of the western Idaho panhandle and eastern Washington. Early evening found us perched on the southwest slope of Steptoe Butte.

Steptoe Butte is the remnant of an ancient volcano and it provides a great way to gain elevation above the rolling Palouse hills. Our vantage point was about 500 ft above the surrounding hills.

These hills are windblown dust dunes resting upon a volcanic basalt plateau that is up to 6,000 feet thick in places. You can quickly go from the gently rolling hills to deep jagged canyons of the Snake River basin carved out of the ancient lava.

Here are three images that are a brief reflection of the Palouse hills. The first (Blue, White & Green) is a road-level image while the others are shot from the butte.

Blue, White and Green

Gentle Curves

Lone Tree

After just a few hours of driving around the region I know that I have but scratched the surface. I know that this a place I will visit again!


Blue, White & Green: D7000 w/ Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8

Gentle Curves and Lone Tree: D7000 w/ Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8

Post in ACR 7 & Photoshop CS6

Sunday, June 9, 2013

NAIA World Series

We spent the week covering the AVISTA-NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. The host school is Lewis-Clark State College and they have a great stadium and do a great job organizing the event. When the home team is playing (it's a perk of being the host) they easily draw 4,500 - 5,000 to watch.

Nine teams qualify through regional First Round site and join LCSC for a 10-team double elimination tournament.

It's nice venue to watch baseball and it has numerous good locations to shoot the game when on assignment.

Faulkner University was the eventual winner, going through the tournament undefeated.

Here are some action highlights from the week. Enjoy!

The tools: Nikon D7000 & D90; Nikkor 300mm f/4 (w/ TC14II for some shots) & Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8

Processing: PhotoMechanic, ACR7, Photoshop CS6

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Outside the Lines

We're back from spending a week in the interior of the Pacific Northwest.

The NAIA holds the Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID

It was a week of good baseball and beautiful surroundings. There are several postings worth of images to share.

This first set is images from 'outside the lines'. I was covering the tournament for some of the teams, but there are lots of opportunities for looking away from the game action.

Tools: Nikon D7000 or Nikon D90. Lenses include Nikkor 300mm f/4 (sometimes with TC14II) & Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8

Post in Photo Mechanic, ACR 7 & Photoshop CS6