Yellow​stone Winter Wildlife Photography Workshop - 2018-2

Yellow​stone Winter Wildlife Photography Workshop - 2018-2

Dates:  January 22 - 29, 2018  (8 days/7 nights)

Tour size:   Cindy plus 7 people          5 Places Left
Transport:  Two snowcoaches for 4 days, each person allocated their own bench seat.
                    Two large SUV’s for 4 days, each person with a door to exit quickly.
Cost:  $5,200 per person (All single accommodation.  Less $250.00 each for shared Double)

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Optional Add-on:  16 hour Adobe Lightroom Workflow Workshop in Bozeman.

Dates:   Jan 30-31, 2018
Cost:  $450.00

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The Absolute Best Yellowstone Winter Photography Workshop.  An all-inclusive FIRST CLASS package, this intense photography workshop includes meals, lodging and all the instruction you desire.  Dial your mode to M and start exposing perfectly for wild subjects in snow.  We all love a good story, so tell a winning one with your enhanced compositional skills.  We will spend 4 days photographing the wildlife of the Lamar Valley and 4 days photographing deep in the interior of Yellowstone via snowcoaches.  Although we will see and photograph many scenic wonders on our journey, we will spend the majority of our time photographing wildlife.  Each morning we will depart at 7:00 am and not return until dark.  A box lunch and snacks will be provided each day.  Our private coaches and vehicles allow us to stay on location for extended periods and to maximize each wildlife encounter.

Our privately chartered 12 passenger snow-coaches will carry just four participants each.  We will have complete freedom to travel to different areas of the interior determined by recent wildlife sightings and weather.  Perhaps Hayden Valley for fox, otter, ermine, bison and trumpeter swan; or the Madison River for bobcat, bull elk and fishing coyotes.  We have 4 full days to photograph wildlife in the interior among stunning, wintery, backgrounds.

On the Lamar Valley days we may expect to see bighorn sheep, pronghorn, moose, fox, mule deer, bull elk, ermine, wolves and eagles.  On the morning of January 24, we will travel just outside the Northeast entrance for a 3-hour session to photograph wild pine marten, stellar jay, Clark’s nutcracker, mountain chickadee, pine siskin, and evening grosbeaks as they feed just outside open windows.

In the evenings we will hold critiques and continue to eat & breathe photography!  Settle into your riverside room, as we will stay all eight nights at the Best Western Hotel in Gardiner, Montana.   

As well as personal instruction, lectures and slideshows, I also ask you to bring from home, on a flash drive, 10 images of your choice for discussion and critique.

Wildlife photographed last year during January included: bobcat, ermine, beaver, coyote, trumpeter swan, otter, bison, fox, bull elk, pronghorn, moose, bighorn sheep, mule deer, marten, and lots of birds.
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Details:

Day 1 – Monday January 22

10:00 am:  I will meet participants in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express in Bozeman (not Belgrade) where we review camera settings and check equipment, this is followed by a digital photography lecture and slide show.  We will discuss exposing properly for digital capture, shooting on Manual, wildlife photography strategies and natural history photography during winter.   After lunch we will stop by Bozeman Camera for any rentals or last minute items before traveling together to Gardiner.  After check-in, we will enjoy a late afternoon wildlife drive followed by a welcome dinner.  Dinner and lodging at Best Western Hotel, Gardiner. 

Day 2 – Tuesday January 23

7:00 am:  Depart Gardiner to Lamar Valley.  Spend all day on the Northern Range, wildlife, abstracts, snowscapes.  Hopefully the Wolf Project will be able to give us a 30-minute talk in the field.  Dinner in Gardiner, lodging at Best Western Hotel Gardiner.

Day 3 – Wednesday January 24

7:00 am Depart Gardiner to Lamar Valley.  10:00am-1:00pm photography session where we expect to photograph pine martens and assorted birds near Cooke City.  Spend the rest of the day on the Northern Range.  Dinner in Gardiner, lodging at Best Western Hotel Gardiner.

Day 4 – Thursday January 25

6:40 am: Depart Gardiner for Mammoth Hot Springs to board our two chartered snow-coaches.  Sunrise on Swan Lake Flats, on to ghost trees at Norris Geyser Basin and then to Hayden Valley with a keen focus on wildlife happenings.  Spend all day in the interior of the park, wildlife, wildlife, and wildlife!  Dinner in Gardiner, lodging at Best Western Hotel Gardiner.

Day 5 – Friday January 26

6:40am: Depart Gardiner for Mammoth Hot Springs to board our two chartered snow-coaches.  Either Hayden Valley, the Madison River or the Lake area, wherever the recent wildlife sightings and light takes us.  Spend all day in the interior of the park, wildlife, wildlife and wildlife!
Dinner in Gardiner, lodging at Best Western Hotel Gardiner.

Day 6 – Saturday January 27

6:40am: Depart Gardiner for Mammoth Hot Springs to board our two chartered snow-coaches.  Either Hayden Valley, the Madison River or the Lake area, wherever the recent wildlife sightings and light takes us.  Spend all day in the interior of the park, wildlife, wildlife and wildlife! 
Dinner in Gardiner, lodging at Best Western Hotel Gardiner.

Day 7 - Sunday January 28

Depart Gardiner at 6:40 am.  Board snow-coaches in Mammoth and head out to the interior for wherever the light and wildlife takes us until sundown. 

Day 8 – Monday January 29

7:00 am:  Depart Gardiner to photograph the travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs in the clean morning light.  We will also hope to photograph pronghorn, mule deer, elk and bighorn sheep in the Gardiner Basin, and perhaps moose or bull elk on the Blacktail Plateau photographing until 1:00 pm.  Depart for Bozeman airport or the Holiday Inn Express arriving by 3:00pm.

Days 9 & 10 - Optional Adobe Lightroom Workflow Workshop.

Is it time to finally get your photos organized?  If so, my intensive 16-hour Lightroom Workflow Workshop will get you sorted once and for all!  The course is held at the Holiday Inn Express in Bozeman from 9.00-5.00 each day.  $450 tuition for this hands-on course includes comprehensive handouts, a customizable workflow worksheet (DAM) and lunch each day.  This course is the best investment you can make towards realizing your photography goals.    Minimum 4 participants, maximum 6 participants.

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Tour Includes:  All meals and lodging are included.  Field and evening instruction with Cindy – as much or as little as you wish!  Transportation from Bozeman to Yellowstone and back; Park entrance fees; 6 nights lodging at Gardiner; private snow-coaches and drivers; and transportation to/from Lamar Valley. 

Tour Price Does NOT Include:  Alcohol.  Gratuities: Snowcoach drivers, a daily tip of around $20 is appropriate.  Round trip transportation between your home and Bozeman.  We suggest that you arrive in Bozeman the night before.  If you choose to do so please make your reservation at the Holiday Inn Express in Bozeman (not Belgrade), (406) 582-4995, which offers an airport shuttle and is where I will pick you up on Day 1. Please call and double check on shuttle operating times.  Use Corporate Code 100310096 to receive a group discount.  Meals and lodging are your responsibility on the day before and after the tour.

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To Reserve any Group Yellowstone Photography Tour please Contact Cindy.

 



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