Sunday, May 8, 2011

Time for a break...let's take a drive!

Greetings, friends!
Well, the Out There Photography website overhaul is in full swing, and MAN, is it TEDIOUS! It will be well worth it in the end, but it's time for a break.
So, we thought we'd post a few photos of the Palouse from our trip through there last weekend.
When we left our friends in White Salmon, WA on Sunday morning, we decided to take a "scenic" route home instead of following the usual route. The entire drive home took 11 hours instead of 6, but we had a great time, saw lots of new country, and took A LOT of photos! There will be more photos from that drive later, but tonight we're just going to focus on the Palouse.
The drive through the Palouse is a unique experience. Endless rolling hills of grass, wheat, and other crops, the occasional tiny town, a river or two, and a great big sky. There are long stretches along the highways of the Palouse where the fields come right down to the road, so it's just you, the road, and acres of rolling fields. It might be difficult to imagine, but it's really a unique experience and we recommend everyone check it out if you get the chance.
We arrived at Steptoe Butte State Park at about 5:30pm, just as the sun was starting to head toward the horizon and the light was starting to change into that golden, "magic-hour" light. Steptoe Butte is an island of rock in the middle of an ocean of rolling fields. From below, the Butte doesn't look all that impressive, but once you've made your way up the narrow road that leads to the top, the views make you feel like you've stepped out on top of the world. Just over an hour's drive from Spokane, WA, this is one of the Inland Northwest's lesser known gems.

That's enough storytelling for one evening, so let's get to the photos!

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy!


That's a crop duster flying over the fields. Lucky shot!

Paraglider...looks fun!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Updates, updates, updates!

Greetings, friends!
Well, it's been an eventful couple of weeks, and Out There Photography has a few updates to share. These updates have been somewhat delayed due to a nasty little spring cold, but we've now beaten back the plague and are back in action.

First and foremost, the results of the First-Annual OTP Snow Melt Contest! The last of the snowbank melted on April 29, meaning Linda B. is our winner with a guess of April 28! Congrats Linda!

Second, we mentioned before that we were headed down to the Columbia Gorge to set up our first public showing of our photographs. The prints look great in the space, and we're really happy with how it all turned out. There are, of course, photos of our exhibit at the end of this post.

Third, we're going to be doing a major overhaul on our blog website as well as our gallery site. You won't see much difference once the work is done...however these changes will make it easier for Google and other search engines to find our stuff. (By the way, we were surfing around on the internet the other day and discovered two of our photos in the top row of a Google image search...needless to say, there was much squealing and jumping up and down.)  :)
Even though you won't see any difference once this work is done, there will be a few days (beginning today) where some of the photos on the blog site and the gallery site might not show up properly. Bear with us, and we'll get this done as quickly as possible.

That's about it for now. We did take a LOT of photos on our short trip to the Gorge, so look for stories and photos from our adventures sometime in the next few days.

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy!