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Photographer: Christopher Picard

Photo taken: Taken on May 30, 2018 from Steptoe Butte in the Palouse

Photographer’s description: “Taken in the Palouse from Steptoe Butte in the early evening. I was looking for interesting patterns and shadows. The sun was intermittently covered by clouds so the landscape was constantly changing. I used a Nikon D810 with a 24 x 120 MM f/4 lens.”

Critique: “The sharp contrasting shadows, plus the early evening light, really help the colorful rolling hills stand out in this photo. Keeping the sky out of the photo creates a nice vanishing horizon to top off the photo that lets us imagine the hills continue on.”

Below is a gallery of previous Reader’s Lens picks. Share your recent photo from around the Northwest. Submit online at seattletimes.com/submit-photos. Our favorite will appear in this spot next week. We judge the year’s best and award prizes in December.