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The Palouse – 2015

Road Runner Photography Tours is pleased to announce its 2015 Palouse, Washington Photo Tour, from May 31 to June 4, 2015!

With years of experience in the region, Don and I have mapped over 1800 miles in the beautiful location. This tour will have a maximum of 8 participants, so spaces will fill up quickly. We keep our tours small, so that each participant can receive the attention they need to capture beautiful images and so the group can stay flexible when responding to changing weather and lighting conditions.

If you are looking for an early summer photo adventure through the heartland of America, this tour is for you!

For more information and to register for this tour, click here. Early bird special ends November 16, 2014 at midnight.

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A Perfect Shave




Standing in front of this bathroom sink I could envision the farmer who lived in this house shaving. Who knows, perhaps he had a beard and rarely shaved, but it’s what I thought about when I composed this shot. I used Perfect Photo Suite to edit and process this image. I shot this old farm house during our Palouse Tour last June. We plan to go back to the Palouse in June 2015 and would love to share the beautiful landscapes, abandoned houses and old trucks with you. The Palouse is wonderful location and never disappoints.

Speaking of Perfect. Our friends at OnOne Software are updating Perfect Photo Suite this fall and we wanted to be the first to tell you about it! We have not had a chance to get our hands on a beta version yet, but the new features sound exciting! Lightning fast RAW previews, improved selection tools, a Smart Photo feature that lets you reedit your photos with previous settings intact are, just a few. Of course there are discounts for existing users and introductory pricing for new users.

Click here to check out OnOne Perfect Photo Suite!

What a Difference a Year Makes…

Twelve months, 365 days, one year… lately one year seems to pass so quickly… I feel like I just took down the holiday decorations and we are already halfway through the next year… time is definitely flying for me…

This past June, RRPT went on its second photo tour of The Palouse region of Washington state. This area is simply extraordinary, presenting so many photographic opportunities. Although it may seem easy to navigate, it actually takes planning and mapping to locate the real gems hidden in the vastness of rolling fields of grain.

Two years in a row, Don and I have continued to populate our maps with all of our “finds”. We use this system to ensure our guests get the most bang for their buck when traveling with us. We usually arrive at a tour destination a few days early and spend long days checking out our favorite spots from the year before to make sure that they still exist, as well as travel new areas to continue to develop our population of subjects. For perspective, in 2013 we did 1800 miles, this year we did 1750 miles.

So this was how we approach this past trip… hit the road, search, map, continue. It is amazing to see the constantly changing landscape. We found abandoned cars no longer existed (likely sold as scrap); regal trees toppled by weather; farm houses that last year were bustling with activity now lay abandoned; barns and other structures that stood proud now felled by time.

Here is simply one example of the toll of time… This was such a find in 2013! A great foreground of wildflowers, a barn sitting right at the top of a ridge, and a vast sky.



Definitely on the hit list this year… we drove up a very tight dirt road and found… planted fields, no wildflowers, not a one, and that time had ravaged the building, leaving only the roof intact.




These experiences really highlight the beautiful of returning to locations time and again. With each successive trip you get to witness change; change made by nature and by man.

Next year (2015), we plan to head back to The Palouse. This time we plan on experiencing the harvest! Fields of grain ready to harvest, so beautifully described in America the Beautiful, “O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties. Above the fruited plain! ” On this trip, we will experience the farmers harvesting and bailing the grain. The winds will carry the dust of longs days of hard work creating rich sunsets. 

If you are interested in being on the mailing list to receive updates on Harvest 2015, Palouse WA, click here and complete the contact form. Please indicate the trip you are interested in.

Below are some additional images from our tour. Enjoy!!

Sometimes it’s better in Black and White


Here is a slightly different take on the Palouse Barn from my prior post.  With the sweeping clouds above the barn, I think this one looks better in Black and White.  I had pretty much finished processing the color version when it occurred to me that it might look better in Black and White.

Lines and Light

Recently back from a trip to The Palouse and finally sorting through thousands of images. In processing my images, I have come to realize The Palouse is a sumptuous study of lines and light. The vastness of the landscape, spotted with stunningly dilapidated barns and trucks, is the perfect inspiration for artistry. The amazing thing, at least to me, is that some images scream out to be pure, while others scream out to be abstractions of themselves; be it color, texture, or tone.

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There is something for everyone is this amazing region of the United States and I for one cannot wait to get back. We are planning a photo tour there next June! Stay tuned for more information about our 2014 Photo Tour schedule.