Yellowstone Winter Wildlife Photo Adventure

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Coyote on a kill © Kevin Loughlin

 

Winter in Yellowstone is the ultimate destination on the North American continent for wildlife photographers. This snow capped Serengeti is unrivaled by any other place in the hemisphere. Bison stand crusted in hoarfrost, wolves trot across the empty expanses of white, bobcats prowl the banks of rivers, elk concentrate in impossible numbers at times, coyotes and red fox leap through the air plunging face first into the snow after deeply hidden rodents, and bald eagles flock to the edge of the rivers in droves to take advantage easy picking along the banks of the geothermal heated waters flowing out of Yellowstone. This is wildlife photography at its best.

WILDSIDE NATURE TOURS IS AN AUTHORIZED PERMITTEE OF YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

  • Workshop Cost
  • 2018 Cost

    $5500 from Bozeman, MT

     

    Prices are per person, double occupancy. If a single room is preferred or a suitable roommate is not available a single supplement fee of $600 will be charged.

     

    Included in the Tour Cost

    All ground transportation, including transfers from arrival airport. All accommodations. All meals. All entrance fees.

     

    Not Included in the Tour Cost

    Air travel, passport fees, luggage fees, trip insurance, alcoholic beverages, bottled beverages, departure taxes, phone calls, laundry, or other items of a personal nature.

  • Itinerary
  • Day 1 Arrival in Bozeman and transfer to West Yellowstone

    Arrive in Bozeman between 12-4pm if possible. We will provide shuttle service for everyone from the airport to our first night accommodation in West Yellowstone. From here we will check into our hotel rooms and then regroup for a meet and greet / dinner at a local restaurant. Over dinner we will discuss the logistics of the coming days.

     

    Day 2 – 3 West Yellowstone / Madison River

    We will spend the next two days working the interior of Yellowstone in private snow coaches with plenty of room to pile our gear, stretch out, and be comfortable. These two days will start with a pick-up out front of our hotel at 6:45 am. Each day will be spent entirely in the National Park, for which we will provide box lunches. This portion of the workshop gives us our best opportunity for bison covered in hoarfrost and some truly unique wildlife opportunities such as bobcats and red fox in the snow.

     

    Day 4 Drive to Gardiner

    We will transfer up to Gardiner Montana this day where we will check into the Best Western. This evening Kevin and Don will organize an in depth critique of participants photographs up to this point in the workshop. This mid-trip review will prove to be extremely useful for both participants and your workshop leaders. This not only gives us the opportunity to gage where everyone stands photographically, and therefore allows us to custom tailor the rest of the trip to each participant’s individual needs, but it also allows you the participant the opportunity to get real feedback that you can then build upon over the coming days.

     

    Day 5-6 Lamar Valley area

    The following days will be spent working the Northern Range of Yellowstone National Park. This will provide us with access to the absolute best place on Earth for photographing wolves. Wolves however are just one of the many different opportunities that we will have along the Northern Range. Every species of mammal in Yellowstone National Park, except for the bears, will be concentrated throughout this stretch of the park come this time of year.

     

    Day 7 Lamar Valley and final evening image sharing

    This will be the last morning of photography. We will head out into the park before dawn just as we have the previous days. In the evening, we will once again conduct an in depth critique of everyone’s works from the second half of the workshop. We will provide pizza as well as beer and wine for the session.

    Day 8 Return Home

    We will provide shuttle service for everyone back to designated airport from where we all depart our separate ways.

  • Accommodations
  • Standard hotels such as Best Western or similar.

  • Additional Info
  • Skill Level: intermediate to advanced

    Physical Difficulty: moderate

    Airports:

    • Fly In/out: Bozeman, MT
    • Transportation: All ground transportation will be provided once you arrive in Bozeman.

     

    What You Can Expect

      • Personalized 1 on 1 in the field instruction by two professional wildlife photographers
      • Daily opportunities for personal Lightroom and Photoshop instruction
      • Periodic image reviews through the duration of the workshop in order to assess your progress and specific needs
      • A head first dive into hardcore wildlife photography and what it takes to get the job done
      • The opportunity to work in a 1:3 ratio of instructor to participants. Most other workshops offer a far larger ratio
      • And let’s not forget, one heck of a great time!