Canon 5D Mark II, 400mm F/5.6, f/5.6, 1/400, iso 400
Long time readers will recall that I have done several posts that I call "Channeling" where I display an image that reminds me of other photographers' work. I have featured the marvelous work of Diane Varner several times.
As I began working on today's image, it came to me that this one reminded me of Michael Reichmann's work. Michael is the man behind the Luminous Landscape website. His site has been a source of knowledge and inspiration since I began taking photography seriously in 2001. I continue to read it and learn from it weekly.
In my opinion, Michael's work is exemplary no matter what the subject matter. But some of my favorites of his have been all about form and color. No doubt why this shot reminded me of his work.
I made this image in The Palouse three weekends ago. My wife and I were driving back from our sunset in Endicott when I noticed this combine plying the hills. I pulled over and mounted the 400mm on my tripod. I was hoping for one of those classic Palouse tractor shots with dust and grain flying, but alas it was not to be. In amazing last light of day, he was headed back to the barn.
The next week I noticed that the lead image on Luminous Landscape was a shot from The Palouse. After a bit of checking I discovered Michael was there to lead a workshop. I missed being there with him by just a few days. Michael has been gracious enough to email with me occasionally over the years. Back when he was doing photo reviews on his site he reviewed one of mine. One of these days we will meet in person! In the meantime, I will enjoy his site and photography, and once in a while "channel" a shot he might make. (Here is a page with several images from his recent Palouse trip.)
(Note that today I refrained from putting my name on this image, as I normally do. I just couldn't bear to break up the composition!)