Join a professional photographer and experienced safari guide on this small group (max 7 people) 5-day photography workshop into Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. This intensive field-based photography workshop will focus on finding, and safely photographing, Greater Yellowstone’s abundant wildlife as well as capturing both classic and lesser known landscapes throughout the 5 days in the field.
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Your guide will meet you at your Jackson Hole area hotel and start by traveling north to photograph a couple of the classic landscapes of the area as we begin to explore Grand Teton National Park. This first morning will include a field orientation to the best camera settings, framing, and tricks to creating great landscape images. Once the sun gets too high in the sky for landscapes we will switch gears and prepare for photographing wildlife by discussing settings, strategies and techniques for maximizing the wildlife photography opportunities to be had throughout the workshop.
Over the last several years Grand Teton National Park has become one of the best wildlife viewing parks in the world with all of the region’s wildlife represented. Moose, elk, deer, bison, pronghorn, fox, coyote, bald and golden eagles, black bears, grizzly bears and even wolves are commonly spotted. Early season wildflowers and spring vegetation will also add color to the dramatic landscapes you will encounter at every turn. Your instructor will cover the best camera settings to increase your chances of making great images of animals in different light and backgrounds.
After a short break for lunch we will explore Elk Ranch before working our way further north into prime grizzly habitat where you will learn how to safely find, view and photograph bears in the wild. This will include a lesson on techniques for safely traveling in bear country including recognizing bear signs, how to use bear spray and proper behavior in the presence of bears. In addition, your instructor will teach you the basics of wildlife tracking while providing tips for spotting and photographing animals in the wild.
We will check into our park lodge and take a short break in the afternoon to rest, process images and have an early dinner in preparation for photographing the sunset behind the Tetons. (Breakfast, Lunch included)
We will wake early to photograph sunrise on the Tetons and early morning wildlife. As the sun rises will explore lesser traveled roads in Northern Jackson Hole in search of wildlife before returning to the lodge for an early lunch with time for a mid-day break and a photo-processing class for anyone interested in learning about image management, editing, post processing and outputting images for different uses.
We will then return to the field for more great photography opportunities in the softer light of late afternoon and evening. The exact locations and topics will depend on current conditions, group interest and the successes of our previous field time. Flexibility in our schedule will allow us to take advantage of any wildlife sightings in addition to other photographic opportunities. After sunset, we will again return to the lodge for a late dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch included)
We will spend another early morning tracking bears, photographing classic landscapes and looking for other wildlife in Grand Teton National Park. Once we have our fill, we will then travel north into Yellowstone National Park along the Lower Loop. We will travel along the east side on our way north, which will take us around Yellowstone Lake to where the Yellowstone River flows out to the north at the famous Fishing Bridge. From here on is some of the best bear and wolf habitat in Yellowstone! We will see Mud Volcano on our way to Hayden Valley where the river flows through open sage meadows toward the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. At the top of the canyon the river falls over both the upper and lower falls creating the 20 mile long canyon that is one of the most scenic places in Yellowstone. Depending on timing and group interest we will try to fit in as much as possible on our way to the northern part of the park.
From here the route will vary on road conditions, but we will make our way to the Lamar Valley, often called the Serengeti of North America. This is the single best wildlife photography area in Yellowstone and known for its abundance of grizzlies and wolves. Here we will spend the afternoon and evening in search of these apex predators with time to learn about and photograph other wildlife and landscapes. The day will end at our lodging in Silvergate, Montana where we will be based for two nights. Silvergate is only a half mile from the park entrance and one of the most remote places you will ever spend the night. This is one of our favorite places on earth! (Breakfast, Lunch included)
We will depart early in order to be out for sunrise and the best chance to find and photograph wolves in Lamar Valley. Time will be spent tracking wolves with plenty of time to photograph the magnificent landscape and vistas of this dramatic part of Yellowstone. From there, we’ll spend the day exploring the northern Yellowstone region including time for Tower Falls, Mammoth Terraces and the north entrance to Gardiner, MT. We will take a mid-day break either along the way or back at our lodge or at a place of interest along the way. This will allow us to rest and prepare or another great evening in Lamar Valley! After an evening of bear, wolf and wildlife photography in Lamar and Slough Creek, we will return to Silvergate for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch included)
Another early morning will give us one last chance to photograph the wolves of the Lamar Valley before beginning to head back into the interior of Yellowstone via the west side of the lower loop. This will give us time to explore and photograph more classic Yellowstone places including the Upper, Middle and Lower Geyser Basins with an opportunity to photograph an eruption of Old Faithful. We will then travel south over the continental divide (three times!) on the way back to Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole. We will plan a mid-day break at Old Faithful where we can explore the geysers, lounge in the lodge and enjoy lunch at Old Faithful Inn.
We’re not done yet though! The wildlife in the evening as we travel through Grand Teton National Park, as well as the sunset vistas will make for a great finish to our adventure together. We will plan a group dinner in Jackson Hole where we can relive our memories of our peak moments together and share our best images with the group. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)