The origin of the name “Palouse” is unclear. One theory is that the name of the Palus tribe (spelled in early accounts variously Palus, Palloatpallah, Pelusha, et cetera) was converted by French-Canadian fur traders to the more familiar French word pelouse, meaning “land with short and thick grass” or “lawn.” –Wikipedia
The following is the official field report and visual record from Expedition Palouse. The contents of the report were compiled by a team of explorers known as ‘NxNW’.
The Palouse is a region in eastern Washington that is known for unique topography, passionate college football fans and acres and acres of unfenced land. Following #ExpedtionPalouse, the expedition team learned that the area is also known for waterfall loving marmots, a friendly farmer named Dale, a long-haul trucker turned town barber named Terry, a crop dusting pilot (possibly named Maverick) and fry sauce.
- Location:The Palouse
- Date: June 3-6 2015
- Expedition Gallery: Click To View
“I brought crystal balls…spotlights…all sorts of stuff.”” -Scott Wood
“He’s a regular friggin’ apothecary. ” -Jacob Lucas
- Justin Balog: www.justinbalog.com
- Armando Martinez: www.armandom.com
- Mark Garbowski: toomuchglass.net
- Scott Starks:
- Mike Criswell: www.criswellphotography.com
- Dave Wilson: www.davewilsonphotography.com
- Scott Wood: www.scottwoodphotography.com
- Scott Wyden Kivowitz: scottwyden.com
- Jacob Lucas: www.jflphotography.com
- Steve Perlmutter: www.perlmutterphotography.com
Expedition Vehicles: 2011 Toyota Tacoma TRD, 2015 Chrysler Town & Country
Strongest WiFi Signal: Hilltop Inn Pulman, WA
Impromptu Portrait Sessions With Local Barber: 2
Barn Restoration Funds Established: 1
Breakfast at ‘The Top Notch Cafe’: 2
Lunch at ‘Paradise Brewery’: 2
Untappd Check-ins: Quite A Few
Team Shutter Actuations: 15851
Team Camera Count: 32
Avg Hours Of Sleep Per Night: 4
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Day 1: Seattle, WA to Pullman, WA
“Terminator 2 might not have the same impact if it was filmed in Pullman.” -Scott Wood
After the entire team was assembled on the morning of June 4th 2015, we set out across the great state of Washington and drove from Seattle to Pullman. Along they way, we sent text messages to those sitting next to us, posted photos on Instagram and applied the official hashtag #BlameBob to everything, whether it was relevant or not. Oh yeah, Wilson Hyperlapsed a lot of the drive.
- Unveiling the official expedition flags and patches.
- Discovering that we can control Dave’s iPhone camera from his watch.
- Joe’s World Famous Potatoes
“No wifi? Does that mean your watch doesn’t work?” -Jacob Lucas
“I’m a defeatist, so just ignore me. ” -Dave Wilson
Day 2: Steptoe Butte
“If that’s too complicated, try Instagram. ” -Scott Wyden
The alarms sounded out at 3:00am. The team assembled in the lobby, filled up our thermoses with coffee and headed out to meet the monument we came for. The summit of Steptoe Butte was an hour away, and sunrise was shortly after. I’m no geologist, however I did stay in the ‘Pullman Hilltop Inn’, and as far as I can tell Steptoe Butte is a volcanic cinder cone that’s well over a million years old. The road to the summit spirals around the Butte providing a 360 degree view of rolling hills of Palouse.
Day 3: Exploring The Palouse
“I worked on an A-10 Flight Line, these crop dusters aren’t that big of deal. ” -Scott Wood
On the final day of Expedition Palouse, we established the official ‘nXnw Round Barn Restoration Fund’ to aid in the restoration Dale’s grandfather’s round barn. After the establishment of the fund, it was time to nap. Our last night in the Palouse, half of the team photographed a shooting star over the famous Weber House. The other half of the team…well, they #BlameBob .
- Meeting Dale and Establishing the ‘nXnw Round Barn Restoration Fund’
- Half of the expedition team photographing a falling star.
- Fry Sauce
“At least the wings will be straight.” -Steve Perlmutter
“There’s not enough separation!” -Jacob Lucas
“Don’t cross the beams.” -Scott Wyden
Palouse By Phone
“I’m more of a fluid type guy. I don’t get bogged down with focus and exposure. ” -Justin Balog
Hipstamatic is a digital photography application for the Apple iPhone and Windows Phone sold by Synthetic Corporation. It uses the phone’s camera to allow the user to shoot square photographs, to which it applies a number of software filters to make the images look as though they were taken with a vintage film camera. The user can choose among a number of effects which are presented in the application as simulated lenses, films and flashes. –Wikipedia
Palouse By Petzval
“Any brass opportunities? ” -Armando Martinez
The Petzval lens was developed in 1840 by Joseph Petzval. It consisted of two doublet lenses with an aperture stop in between. The front lens is well corrected for spherical aberrations but introduces coma. The second doublet corrects for this and the position of the stop corrects most of the astigmatism. However, this results in additional field curvature and vignetting. The total field of view is therefore restricted to about 30 degrees. An f-number of f/3.7 was achievable, which was considerably faster than other lenses of the time.. –Wikipedia
“Have you heard of Cougin’ it?” -Dale
“You when you go to bed and dream? That’s what the lens is like…” -Justin Balog
Animated Typology of Telephoto Lenses
“Garbowski has them for his seven cameras.” -Scott Wyden
The Palouse region around Steptoe Butte is known by the photographic community as the ‘land of the long lens’, the expedition team named this region ‘Telepalousa’. Along the road to Steptoe you will find Gimbals, camouflage clad 600mm birding lenses, and Domke photo vests. The following typology is comprised of the instruments used by the expedition team itself.
Relevant Satellite and Radar Imagery
Although team member Scott Starks arrived on location early to scout locations, the expedition team relied heavily on GPS and satellite data to search for, as well as find, ‘Awesome’.
“How did photographers exist before iPhones.” -Steve Perlmutter
A Fellowship of Explorers
We are photographers, but more importantly we are a fellowship of explorers. So until the next expedition, may the unicorn continue to laugh.
“Is that your happy face? ” -Anonymous