Palouse Tour 2017

Join Wayne Bennett and Deborah Sandidge for a photographic tour of the Palouse, the wonderfully graphic landscape of Southeastern Washington State.  The topography of the Palouse was formed millions of years ago and is a virtual wonderland of rolling hills, interspersed with picturesque barns and farm buildings. We will explore the back roads of the Palouse, discovering the magic of the terrain.
We will also spend time learning the following: long exposure techniques, time lapse techniques, image stacking, light painting, night photography (depending on the moon phase) and IR photography. We will spend time teaching you how to incorporate “motion” techniques into your photography. This opens up a whole new dimension to your photographic techniques.



Palouse Tour

$1395 US

  • Six Days
  • Two Tours 1 – 6 June 2017 and 6 – 11 August 2017
  • Book By TBA
  • Limit 10 People
  • Hotels at Reduced Rates
  • includes field instruction, image review and critique sessions
  • Meals and Ground Transportation Not Included
Register Now!

Palouse Tour 2017


Join Wayne Bennett and Deborah Sandidge for a photographic tour of the Palouse, the wonderfully graphic landscape of Southeastern Washington State.

The topography of the Palouse was formed millions of years ago and is a virtual wonderland of rolling hills, interspersed with picturesque barns and farm buildings. We will explore the back roads of the Palouse, discovering the magic of the terrain.

We will also spend time learning the following: long exposure techniques, time lapse techniques, image stacking, light painting, night photography (depending on the moon phase) and IR photography. We will spend time teaching you how to incorporate “motion” techniques into your photography. This opens up a whole new dimension to your photographic  techniques.


Palouse Tour

$1395 US

  • Six Days
  • 1 – 6 June 2017 and 6 – 11 August 2017
  • Book By TBA
  • Limit 10 People
  • Hotels at Reduced Rates
  • Includes field instruction, image review and critique sessions
  • Meals and Ground Transportation Not Included
Register Now!

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Learn About the Tour Leaders



The graphic design of the landscape in the Palouse lends itself to all of these techniques.

We will a be visiting the Wheel Fence and Steptoe Butte. The Palouse will give you the opportunity to express your creative side and create imagery you will be proud to share with others.

Tour Leaders

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Wayne Bennett


Wayne has been a professional photographer for 25 years, specializing in wildlife and nature photography.


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Deb Sandidge


Deb Sandidge is a professional photographer, author and instructor specializing in world travel and artistic imagery.


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Important Information

When you register for this Tour, you will receive all of the pertinent information concerning meeting locations, hotel discount codes, a detailed itinerary of the Tour and other details. You can register by clicking one of the registration buttons on this page or clicking here.
Payment is due in full 30 days prior to the beginning of the tour.  Payment includes a $250.00 deposit, which is non-refundable if cancellation is less than 30 days before the beginning of the tour. Expenses, including transportation, accommodations and meals are the responsibility of the participant. Click in the Payment Registration area for detailed information about payments.
A $250.00 deposit is included in the total payment amount. This is refundable if cancellation is made more than 30 days before the beginning of the tour, but non-refundable if cancellation is made within 30 days of the beginning of the tour. Trip insurance is advisable.
There are certain risks associated with going on a tour of this nature.  This tour is designed to be enjoyed by healthy people in average physical condition.  Prior to taking part in this tour, you will be required to sign a Tour Waiver.  You must acknowledge that you accept the terms of the Tour Waiver when registering.  You will sign a copy before we start the tour.  It can be read here.
Here’s a suggestion list of what you might bring to the Palouse. We will do our best to help you with your gear in the field, however you should be familiar with your gear and accessories. If you’re using something for the first time, practice using it and make sure you have the user manual/batteries on hand.

Cameras

  • DSLR Body or mirrorless camera
  • Optional: Back-up camera body
  • Optional: Infrared camera body

Lenses

  • lenses ranging from 24mm to 300mm, prime or zoom. I have never found the need for anything longer than 300mm.
  • If you have wider lenses, like a fish eye, do bring it.
  • Macro lenses are a possibility depending on the amount of wildflowers around. If you don’t have  a macro lens, extension tubes will work or the Canon 500D filter for macro will work.

Filters

We recommend Singh-Ray filters, but any filters of your choice will suffice.

  • Polarizer
  • Solid Neutral Density Filters (Optional; for long exposures)
  • Graduated Neutral Density filters, such as the 2 stop reverse graduated ND
  • Variable neutral density filter
  • For long exposures (5 stop and 10 stop, or 15 stop suggested)

Accessories

Tripod & Head

Make sure you have a tripod that is sturdy but light enough to carry with you. We recommend an L-bracket for you camera. When using the L-bracket you can easily switch from horizontal to vertical orientation and the center point of the lens will remain unchanged.

Camera/Lens Mounting Accessories

Remember to bring the tools needed for for your tripod and tripod head. If your tripod head has a specific mount, please make sure to bring these with you.

Cable (remote) release 

This will let you trigger the shutter without touching it, preventing camera shake. The lock function allows you to use Bulb mode for exposures longer than 30 seconds.

Intervalometer

If you use a Nikon camera, most of the newer models have a built-in intervalometer. Other brand users may need to purchase an intervalometer separately. (For time-lapse, and image sequences).

Blower bulb

Microfiber cloths for cleaning lenses and cameras

Sensor cleaning kit (optional)

Memory Cards

Bring enough memory cards so that you don’t need to erase/reuse cards during the trip. If you reuse cards, and back up incorrectly, you risk losing images.

Laptop Computer

We suggest bringing your laptop and a card reader for image review sessions.

Editing Software

Make sure your laptop computer is updated with the latest versions of any editing software (Lightroom/Photoshop, etc) and any plug-ins that you use.

We may be teaching more advanced techniques such as High Dynamic Range Photography, Panoramic Photography, Time-Lapse Photography and Long Exposure Techniques during the tour.  Some of the shoots will be during sunrise and sunset where it is important to know how to operate your equipment.  To this end, you should have a working knowledge of how your camera and other equipment functions (bring a manual if necessary).  You should have an understanding of exposure.
The part of Washington and Idaho we will be visiting does not require a great deal of walking or hiking, however there will be some walking involved. Most of what we will be shooting will be near our vehicles, except for Palouse Falls State Park.
We will be headquartered at the Fairfield Inn in Moscow, Idaho in the heart of the Palouse.  Flights into Spokane, Washington will probably be the easiest for air travel.  Moscow is an easy drive from Spokane, driving south to Pullman, then 10 miles east to Moscow.

The Fairfield Inn, Moscow has arranged a group rate of $109.00 plus taxes. Just call the hotel at 208-882-4600 and mention Bennett-Sandidge Group to receive this rate.  They have rooms with King beds and two Queen doubles for the same rate.  Rooms will be held at this rate until 30 days prior to the start of each tour after which they will be released and the rate will probably change.

We will meet for an introductory session on June 1 and August 6 at 7 PM and the actual tours will begin early on June 2 and August 7. We will explore this region through noon on June 6 and August 11.

This will be a fun and educational tour for all involved.

The cost for each tour is $1395.00 per person. All participants will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Moscow, meals and accommodations. Payment can be made through PayPal using the link provided.

All participants will be asked to read and approve the tour waiver and sign the waiver before commencement of the tour.