Tracks - Steptoe Butte State Park, Washington

One of the interesting things about shooting the Palouse during the harvest time is the patterns that the farm equipment make in the landscape. When you are on ground level, they don't jump out to you as compared to the view when you drive to the top of the 3,600 foot high Steptoe Butte. The first challenge that you encounter once on the butte is what to shoot. The 360 degree gives you so many choices that it is difficult to pick one. Trying to take a wide shot, in my opinion, doesn't work as well as zooming into parts of the undulating landscape, as you lose a lot of the nuances (I still shoot wide but I never like them when I get home). Using a telephoto lens can focus on the details much more and bring more interest to the photo. In this image, I used the tops of the trees to anchor it, and used the tracks in the landscape moving from the lower right to lead the viewer through the image. As a side note, this was shot in early evening light just as we were arriving.