Location: Gardiner, Montana
Dates: May 13-17, 2020
Details: Established in 1872 as our first national park, Yellowstone is a natural wonder and photographer’s paradise. Encompassing more than 3500 sq. miles, Yellowstone is the biggest national park in the lower 48. The photography opportunities are stunning; turquoise thermal pools, geysers, roadside wildlife and towering waterfalls make this one of our favorite parks. Yellowstone is special for its wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves and the largest herd of bison in the US.
One of our favorite times to visit Yellowstone is May. Spring bear cubs climb trees near their mothers, and tawny bison calves graze in lush green meadows. The busy summer season hasn’t begun, and early morning photo shoots are serene with very few people in the park. The high meadows still have snow, so the wildlife concentrates in lower meadows. On our recent May photo trip to Yellowstone we saw numerous bears, countless bison, pronghorn, elk, bighorn and deer…all easily photographed from the road. Lamar Valley, with its resident wolves and hundreds of bison, is a truly iconic scene of the West and shouldn’t be missed.
In addition to photographing wildlife, we will explore the thermal pools and geyser basins in the park. The graphic shapes and colors of these pools provide excellent subjects for landscape images, especially abstract and reflection images. We will be at the best pools for sunset to backlight the steam and capture twilight reflections. Spring flowers such as shooting star and arrowleaf balsamroot provide macro photography opportunities
What you will learn:
- Wildlife Photography techniques
- Seeing Creatively
- Filter Use
- Macro photography techniques
- Lightroom Workflow; ten steps for every image
- Our days will be focused on photographing in the park.
While we will have some class time, due to the size of the park and abundant photography options, much of our time will be spent photographing in the field. Most of our classes for this workshop will be in the field.
Hotel: Best Western by Mammoth Hot Springs in Gardiner, Montana; group rate $162 per night. Ask for the Tom Bol Photo Workshop room block
Closest Airport: Bozeman, Montana Airport. Drive time from Bozeman to Gardiner, Montana is 90 minutes.
Recommended camera gear:
- Camera body
- Lenses ranging from wide angle 24mm to 70-200mm
- Wildlife telephoto lens – 300mm or more
- Macro lens or extension tube (optional)
- Polarizing filter
- Laptop for editing and critique
- Speed light (optional)
Included in the fee:
- All instruction
- location and permit fees
- Copy of Tom’s ebook Create Better Photographs
Students will provide their own:
- Hotel accommodation
- Transportation, airfare, rental car
- All meals
- Yellowstone National Park entrance fee