The Palouse from 4,000 feet


After seeing a friends aerial images of the Palouse, Dan and I decided we wanted to give it a try too. We each rented a Cessna 172 and scheduled two one hour flights. One in the morning and another in the evening. We liked it so much, we decided to do one more evening flight after the tours ended. Below is a collection of some images I like thus far.

Because you are moving and shooting out of a windy window, it becomes a challenge to make perfect compositions. I took about 600 images during the three flights and quickly realized not to worry about perfect composition in camera. I would do some cropping in post.

All images were taken with my Fuji X-T1 and 18-55mm lens. Remember this is an APS system so that translates to about 28-70 full frame. I never felt I needed more or less than that. It was the perfect lens for this situation. 
































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Thank you!


Thank you to those who attended my Topaz Webinar yesterday. Just a reminder that you can save 30% on anything in your CART by using the code barclayweb12 at checkout. Or you can save 50% if you are just buying Topaz Adjust by using the code barclayadjust. 30% off of the entire suite of plug-ins is a really great deal. The codes are only valid through 9-1-14 so don’t miss out.

The blog image is from one of our favorite stops in the Palouse! We call it Auntie Em’s house.


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Boston Part 2 and a Tripod/Ballhead for sale


I processed a few more from my Boston trip, see below.

A friend has a lovingly used Really Right Stuff Tripod with Ballhead for sale.  Its the TVC33 with the BH55 head. Also included is the QB89 Bag. Total paid $1,479.   Selling for $950. That is a heck of a deal! If interested, let me know and I’ll put you in touch to work out the details.

Don’t forget, I’m doing another Topaz Webinar today at 5PM EST.  











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A quick trip to Boston shooting the Fuji 18-135 lens – Perfectly Clear Photographer Spotlight


My friends at Athentech, the makers of Perfectly Clear have a blog post each month spotlighting a professional photographer. I happen to be in the spotlight for the month of August. You can see the interview and read post here.

I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with two friends this week shooting in and around Boston. I had not been out shooting in awhile, it was great to get out!  Thanks Ken and Steve. All images shot with either the Fuji X-T1 or X-E2 and the new 18-135 lens. And yes, that is another Gehry building! This one at the M.I.T campus in Cambridge.












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EMP #2 B&W

In a recent post, a reader suggested that the Gehry EMP building would look great in B&W as well as color. I think his comment was in response to my saying something like, “some subjects demand to be color”. This is why I love feedback from readers. While I have played with B&W on another Gehry building in LA, I just felt the EMP (Experience Music Project) with all of its color worked better in color. I decided to take the reader to heart and have processed a few EMP images in B&W.  Guess what? He was right!


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Fall Pocono Workshops – Topaz Adjust Sale


Fall is fast approaching with spots left for both the week long and weekend workshop in the Poconos. Come on and join the fun! All images in this post are from the Poconos.

Through the end of the month my friends at Topaz are offering their award winning ADJUST for 50% off!  Click on this link and use the code augadjust at check out.

There are still a few spots left for our B&W focused February tour with special guest Chuck Kimmerle.  Click on the TOURS tab above to see the details.










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Palouse Velvet – Lecture in Wrentham MA Sept 18th.


When I look at this image from our spring shoot in the Palouse, it reminds me of velvet. I never tire of the beauty that is the Palouse.

I’m coming to Wrentham, MA to present my Dream – Believe – Create program for the Stony Brook Camera Club at The Wrentham Senior Center on September 18th at 7:30PM. The club allows visitors so come say hello!  Please RSVP with Janet at and put Barclay in the subject line so they can plan for you.

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Last Light on Steptoe Butte

I continue to be amazed at just how good Perfectly Clear is as a first step in my post-processing workflow. For this image, I used Perfectly Clear first. Then I did a little bit of work in Lightroom to bring out the shadows just a bit. I then darkened the overall feel of the image as it was a tad too bright and did not have the feeling of last light. Lastly, I warmed it up just a touch to match the gold quality of the light that I remember.


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Steptoe Sky

On the last morning at Steptoe Butte, I was shooting a favorite scene when I looked to my left and spotted a great sky developing. What to do!? Do I stay or run? I grabbed a few more of my favorite scene and then ran! I only managed a few captures as the sky was moving and changing very quickly, ultimately casting a shadow on the land.



If you’ve not yet read Tony Sweet’s most recent blog post, I suggest you do. Thought provoking.

I would like to introduce you the the excellent work of Jim Lasala, a new friend that I had the pleasure of having lunch last week. My LINK takes you to his Haiti gallery page. However, be sure to look at both Haiti galleries, Cuba and all the others while you’re at it. Jim does some excellent work. You’ll be inspired.

I will be doing another Topaz Webinar on August 26th.  Click this link to sign up. Remember I have a number of FREE video tutorials on this website here including links to all past webinars.




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The Many Patterns of the Palouse

Unless I’m presented with a grand landscape that includes a great sky, I find I’m more drawn to the intimate landscape of the Palouse. I love varied colors of the gentle rolling hills that create beautiful intimate scenes like this.  Of course the late light and long shadows did not hurt.


On another note, I’ll be speaking at The Harford County Photography Group in Maryland on August 13.  If you’re in the area you are welcome to attend. Details below.



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