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Spring Palouse

Spring Palouse
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-16
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-02 18:42
Viewed: 3202
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am back to archives after 4 inches of snow and a gallstone attack. I wish I were young again and in a time when they invented the cure-all for old age:-)

The Palouse lies in the rain shadow of the Cascades and has a generally semiarid climate. This climate is similar to that of the annual grasslands of California, yet the Palouse historically resembled the mixed-grass vegetation of the central grasslands, except for the absence of short grasses. Such species as Agropyron spicatum, Festuca idahoensis, and Elymus condensatus, and the associated species Poa scabrella, Koeleria cristata, Elymus sitanion, Stipa comata, and Agropyron smithii originally dominated the Palouse prairie grassland.

"Some photographers are of the belief that landscape work is primarily wide angle. If I go through my files I find that more often than not I shoot landscape with long lenses. I like the perspective compression and also the selective viewpoint that telephoto shots provide."

Sigma 70-300
ISO 320
Hand Held

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-04-02 18:48]

Hi Bob,

Before I read the notes I was thinking that spring had come to you up there. Guess not - that snow just doesn't want to say good-bye. A beautiful landscape with the wonderful rolling hills and the trees in the distance. A beautiful blue sky - reminds me of ours - not a cloud to be seen. If you find the cure for old age, please share it with me. My knee seems to think it needs more rest and still won't let me walk - grrrrrrrrrr.


What an eye-grabbing sight, Bob!
The layers of colors on the earth merge into the blue sky in a smooth and harmonious composition of infinite beauty. The real genius at work here for sure.
Thanks for sharing this superb picture from your archives.

hello Bob

beautiful 3 layared Landscape photo of the Palouse,
the foreground, the middle of the image and the sky,
shot always with fine POV and DOF, eye pleasing scenery,



Hello Bob,
you have captured a very nice rythym with this image. The in and outs of line and hue are well exposed to the audience,
Well Seen...

Hi Bob,

nicely done this landscape with fine colours and perpective.
Sometimes I do landscape with tele.


Hello Bob,
An expertly captured shot of a grassland with differnt colour zones. Wonderful composition and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing this.
Greetings from London.

Hello Bob! Wonderful landscape. Nice natural colours. Very good long perspective. Interesting panorama. Well done!

Ciao Bob, fantastic landscape, great graphic, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Bob,
splendid landscape of this marvellous mountain, i remember the italian landscapes in Toscana Lazio, great view with superb sharpness and lighting, very beautiful natural colours in a nice composition.
Best regards

Hi Bob, an expertly taken landscape capture with a telephoto lens with nicely composed surface structures,like hils and zones having different colours.An artistic composition indeed.
By the way,yo do not believe movies all time because many of them are not objective since some productors are nationalist. We, almost all Turks are peacemaker and humanist peoples.
All the best MF!
TFS this beautiful scene and have a nice day!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-04-03 2:58]

hello Bob,
You did well to find this picture in your archives. Very graphical shot with the different layers of colors. I like also the format you have chosen.
I like a lot.
Have a nice day

Thanks for this startling gem of a landscape from your obviously rich archives Bob, the "startling" part stems from your choice of compressed perspective not frequently seen in landscape shots. The effect is really pleasant here however, the horizontal colour layers of near and far regions almost on top of each other, producing a rich colour contrast in addition to layering of different structural details. A soothing effect for the eyes my friend!

Hey, Bob,

wow, what a beauty!! I like the great variety of colours you have here. haha, one feels so tiny and learn to be humble in this vast horizon : ) thanks for sharing. have a great weekend!

Man Yee

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2009-04-03 7:46]


A sweet image of a time with much nicer weather. The lovely openness, sharp contrast, and gentle curves are so characteristic of your turf (and so different from mine!). I agree completely with your long lens philosophy. As you show here, the telephoto compression is sometimes critical to the success of the shot. If your dark/light contrast was spread wide, the shot would not work the same way. Many of the western images from my previous film SLR life used the same approach. When the country you're shooting is so big, sometimes you just need to squeeze a lot of it into one image.

Hope the gallstones melt away as fast as the snow. You need to be out there tromping around and chasing more of this kind of shot.

Best of luck,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-03 8:45]

Hello Bob,
Fantastic game of lines, structures and colours. Very pleasant landscape. This is great quality!
Excellent POV and composition.
Have a good weekend,

Hello Bob,
This is an amazing landscape with unique effect of the sand dunes & superb flowering foreground. TFS

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-04-03 9:52]

Bob, What a shot. Superb landscape. I like the different shades and colors. Great work. Ganesh

Hi Bob,

The point of view takes our eyes toward the trees in the background which is giving depth to the picture. The different types of curves are asset to the composition. The quality of the light is enhancing the colors of the scenery. Have a nice day.


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