Yellowstone in Winter
Session One January 16-24th, 2019 (Full)
Session Two January 26th-Feb 3rd, 2019 (Full)
This is a FIRST CLASS trip with R/T shuttle from Bozeman, lodging at Gardiner hotel and Old Faithful Snow Lodge, baggage transfer, breakfast and lunch, and the best Van Terra snow coach available with easy in/out, plenty of space, and comfortable seating for both the park interior and Lamar Valley. Our guide is outstanding, having been in the park for over 25 years he knows all those "special" locations.
Join us as we travel through the interior of majestic Yellowstone National Park at the peak of the winter season, photographing big game wildlife and scenic wonders via our privately chartered 12 passenger (limited to 6 passangers) Van Terra Snow Coach. The wildlife we expect to see on our journey may include bison, big horn sheep, coyote, red fox, elk, otters, pronghorn, mule deer, wolves, ermine, and more, all located in and among spectacular environmental features and stunning backgrounds.
As with all STL's, this is a workshop, not just a photo tour. "Shoot the Light" Photographic Instructional Workshops are designed to enhance your visionary skills, as well as your technical execution. Special emphasis is placed on creating images with Visual Impact. Increase your proficiency while using compositional elements and light to design in-camera images that are a cut above.
Our small group (6) and private vehicle allows us to make the most of each wildlife encounter. As a photo specific tour we have the luxury of staying on location for extended periods, departing lodging at 7am each morning, and returning at days end.
I learned more on this one trip (Yellowstone) about photographic technique than on my previous 22 trips under different instructors. Manual metering was so rapid and straightforward that I never had to worry about ever blowing out a histogram. This allowed me to focus on the picture composition without concerns about the imaging quality. Chas is a remarkably gifted natural teacher and is able to explain the complex in simple comprehensible terms. He manages to do it in a natural and very amusing way so that it sticks with you. His compositional and post-production skills are equally amazing. Because he is currently in the process of converting many of his photographic principles into short movies, this will eventual become available on the net for any one with an interest in improving their photographic skills. I look forward to the experience both in film and future workshops.
Thanks for a great trip to Yellowstone. I went in thinking I was a pretty good photographer but knowing there was much I could still learn. What I didn't expect was the complete epiphany I experienced when taking your advice to shoot in manual exposure mode. I have always shot in Av mode and while my exposures were generally okay, I was constantly battling the metering system with exposure compensation, especially when compositions changed. I just assumed there was no real alternative, believing manual exposure mode was too complex and slow for wildlife photography. Your teaching method made clear it was not complex at all (in fact, it is very intuitive and logical) and afforded the opportunity to focus on composition as opposed to worrying about the proper exposure. It's really a photographic-altering experience for me. I'll never (or rarely) shoot in Av mode again and can already see that my images have taken a step up. Many thanks!
Itinerary: Day One: 10am shuttle from Bozeman, MT to Gardiner, MT. Group orientation, metering class, cold weather tips, camera settings, and more discussions.
Day Two and Three: We spend our first two days in the park via a privately chartered van photographing in the wildlife rich Lamar Valley. We spend our first two days in the park via a privately chartered van photographing in the wildlife rich Lamar Valley.
Day Four, Five, and Six By privately chartered Snow coach, we begin our adventure traveling to the Firehole River Basin, Madison River and Geyser Basins, where we can expect to photograph Bison, Swan and Elk among other wildlife. Bobcat frequent this area. The thermal areas within the park attract such wildlife as Elk and Bison We will be spending the next three nights at Old Faithful Snow Lodge Cabins. Hayden Valley and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone offer many wildlife photo opportunities. These thermal areas provide winter grazing and warmth for many animals.
Day Seven: Depart Old Faithful area traveling through the park to Hotel. We will stop many times along the way, as many opportunities will arise for both wildlife and scenery.
Day Eight: We spend our final day in the park via a privately chartered van photographing in the wildlife rich Lamar Valley.
Day Nine: Departure from Gardiner, MT via shuttle at 12:15am to Bozeman Airport.
Getting there: It is recommended that you arrive the day before the workshop starts, spending a night in Bozeman, MT. If you miss the shuttle to Mammoth you will be required to find your own way at your own expense.
Hotel Recommendation:not included Holiday Inn 5 E Baxter Ln, Bozeman, MT 800-652-8972
Workshop Fee: Double Occupancy: Final fee $7,295 Single Occupancy: $ 1195.00 additional. We must have Advanced Notice to insure single accomadations throughout your stay. Note...Final Fee is subject to lodging, snow coach transportation/gas fluctuation.
Fee Includes: Photographic instruction, 8 nights accommodations in Gardiner and Old Faithful lodges, airport transfers to/from Bozeman Airport to YNP and park use fee, all transportation and luggage transfers within the park heated Deluxe Glaval Snow Coach, hotel breakfast all days, with box lunches days 2-7.
Not Included: Airfare to/from Bozeman, MT and meals other than specified above. Lodging in Bozeman prior to and after the workshop dates.
Terms: A $1500.00 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve space. Balance is due in full 90 days prior to the workshop date, unless otherwise noted. If we do not receive the balance on or before the due date, we will try to fill your spot off the waiting list. If your spot is filled, you will lose your deposit only.
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