The Palouse Country of Washington State…

Turbines Palouse

This past month has literally been a whirlwind! I wound up an exciting photography tour featuring the Best of Italy with the ever amazing M&M Photo Tours. We had an outstanding group of photographers traveling to Cinque Terre, Venice, Rome, Florence to the Amalfi Coast and more, photos coming soon! Less than 48 hours after returning from Italy, I traveled to the west coast to Washington to start a photo tour with photographer Wayne Bennett. We touched on every nook and cranny of the Palouse, and had our awesome workshop participants along for the experience.  Our group benefitted from Wayne’s extensive knowledge of the Palouse. We also received special permission and invitations to photograph specific areas of interest.  Local knowledge is super helpful, however the locals themselves are truly wonderful people. It was an honor to be invited to photograph areas that are part of their homes, and we are very grateful for the kindness of everyone we met! We also enjoyed running into several other photography groups which was a lot of fun! This is one area with endless subject matter, the Palouse is HUGE!  I’m anxious to show photos from both trips, but I’ll start with one of my favorites from the Palouse, turbines from the wind farm. This is a multiple exposure shot with the Nikon D500. This technique creates a unique effect with the moving turbines, an almost whimsical daisy like appearance with mechanized equipment designed to generate energy. I love the contrast of the turbines against the blue sky and beautiful clouds. One of the things I especially enjoyed about the Palouse was the ability to not only document the beauty and uniqueness of the Palouse, but also work with creativity and artistry as well. Please mark your calendar for 2017, we will be returning once again!


  1. Martin Kulik on February 2, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Debra,
    I love your shot of wind turbines the Palouse, multiple exposure shots. I was wondering how exactly have you been able to take perfectly and evenly spaced wings of the turbine. I know that if you take multiple shots and import it to photoshop layers and blend it all layers might do that except perfectly spaced it out. I am very curious.
    Please let me know. Thank you,
    Martin Kulik

    • Deborah Sandidge on February 2, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you, Martin! I had the camera set up to shoot in multiple exposure mode, and shot in continuous rather than single frame which evenly spaced out the shots generally speaking. Not perfectly but close enough. Try continuous mode and see how it works for you. With fast moving clouds, I use single frame so that I can extend the duration between shots to create a long exposure look. For the fast moving blades of the turbine where I wanted them looking more defined, continuous mode worked well. Good luck, and try this on flowers!

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