When to Go
Palouse, Washington is located in Southeastern Washington State, and it is surrounded by Lewiston, Spokane and Clarkston. Unlike these larger areas, this quaint little town features scenic wheat fields, rolling hills and the Palouse River. One of the most famous sites in this area is the Kamiak Butte, which is a natural area that features 30 different animals, over 130 bird species and over 170 plant species. While nearly everything in this area is beautiful, you need to know a few things before you plan on photographing Palouse, Washington.
During the spring, Palouse is awash in blooming wildflowers, which oftentimes mix with late spring snows. So, the spring is one of the best times to head to this area. Shoot for sunrise and sunset, especially if you are planning on photographing Kamiak Butte. The butte is a mixture of green grasses highlighting the mix red stone. Sunrise highlights the stone as the sun rises, and sunset adds pinks, blues and orange to the mix.
If you are planning on shooting during these times, increase the ISO as opposed to using the flash. Shoot for at least 1/800, but you may want to go as high as 1/1600. Adjust your white balance so that your colors look more natural. For shooting at sunrise or sunset, use the cloudy (warm) or shade (blue) settings. Experiment with both. Shoot a few pictures in one setting and then try the other. See which one looks better.
Keep your eye out for rain storms, as well. They are common during the spring and summer. The clouds will create areas of light and shadow on the green fields and hills. Find a high location, and shoot across the expanses. Or, point the camera slightly downward to show more depth.