June is a great time to be in the Palouse. Here in this region of Eastern Washington and Western Idaho, we easily forget the names of our subjects and create images concentrating instead on the basic elements of composition - line, shape, form, texture, color and perspective. Our Tour this year was in the first week of June an

Here's a great shot by Joe Campbell. Joe has placed the barn so that it stands out easily when surrounded by it's complimentary color. His horizon is is placed in the lower third of the image and while the sky is very dramatic, it doesn't detract from the main subject.
Emily Wilson's eye was attracted to this clever arrangement of a "penny-farthing" bike and Koho Hockey Goalie Sticks mounted on a shingled wall. The curved shape of the bike stands out very nicely against the horizontal lines of the wall and the inclined lines of the sticks don't detract from the curves of the bike.
Ken Meyer provides us with a favorite scene in the Palouse. His layering provides perspective as our eye is drawn to the main subject - the barn.
Nancy Garrison chose a group of red poppies in a field of green to create this nice abstract. Her use of complimentary colors creates a bit of tension in this otherwise soft imagery.
Karin Meyer's choice of a mostly inclined shape is in stark contrast to the calmness associated with the smooth rolling hills of its environment. The red-green elements add even more tension. Her subject is nicely placed and and she gives us a sense of place by including just a slice of sky.
Larry Myers' approach to the barn was to place it in a corner away from the intersection of lines in both the "rule-of-thirds" and "golden ratio". But, he gives us no doubt as to the image's "punctuation mark" thanks to its color and shape. The angry sky attracts our eye momentarily but goes back to the barn.
Nancy Springer converts to black and white in this popular location within the Palouse. Here, she places elements very nicely to provide perspective or depth to the image and her choice of eliminating color emphasizes tonalities. It's sharp from front to back.
Kathy Hansen's view from Steptoe Butte shows us the character of the Palouse in June. The rolling hills reflect calmness and she places the row of trees perfectly. The tire tracks from farm machinery and the criss-cross pattern at the bottom add interest to the image.
Here's Deborah Eaton's picture of the famous round barn. She places the barn in a great spot and since there isn't very much going on between her and the barn, she drops the horizon to include a wonderful sky. The rolling terrain adds a sense of depth to her image.

Emily Wilson was nice enough to take pictures of some of us:

Here's Kathy Hansen and Mike Rich with a nice pattern of Palouse dust on the back of Mike's car.
Marilu, Mike, Evelyn, Julie and Nancy
Larry gives us a nice smile
Ken and Patty Sparks
And, finally, here's all of us - a fun time with a great group.

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