GRAND TETONS: Fall Wildlife Photography Workshop
From: $3,000 (See details)
Cost is per person, double occupancy from Jackson, Wyoming. (JAC)
3 - 5 Participants
2020 – 3 spaces available
2021 – 5 spaces available
PRIVATE TOUR OPTION
This tour is available as a private trip for any size group. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests.
Highlights of GRAND TETONS: Fall Wildlife Photography Workshop
Description of GRAND TETONS: Fall Wildlife Photography Workshop
This workshop will follow the wildlife each day after enjoying sunrise landscape opportunities at iconic locations each morning.
Photography opportunities abound during fall in the Grand Tetons. The golden colors of Autumn offer a brilliant backdrop to wildlife preparing for Winter. Wolves hunt in coordinated packs while bears are busy fattening up for the long period of cold. All the while the Teton Range looms above, encapsulated in deep snows.
So much to see, you’ll be happy for the long days. However, we will also enjoy night sky photography when conditions allow.
*Although we will eat our meals as a group, meals costs are not included in this tour.
**WILDSIDE NATURE TOURS IS AN AUTHORIZED PERMITTEE OF GRAND TETONS NATIONAL PARK
Length of Tour
Day 1 – Arrive in Jackson Hole.
Days 2 through 5 – Day to Day Opportunities as they arise. (The Southeast, the North, Snake River).
Day 6 – Open Day.
Day 7 – Return Home.
Day 1 – Arrive in Jackson Hole and check into hotel
We will meet this evening for dinner and a meet and greet. Here we will also discuss the coming week, photography strategies, logistics, and expectations.
Days 2 through 5 – Day to Day Opportunities as they arise. (The Southeast, the North, Snake River)
*The following opportunities will be arranged day-to-day as weather and wildlife conditions dictate.*
Much of our time and energy will be spent in the southern section of Jackson Hole which will include the Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest. Key areas will include Mormon Row, Antelope Flats, the Gros Ventre River and Mountains, and Shadow Mountain. This is the classic Jackson Hole and Grand Teton experience.
Stunning landscapes with sweeping vistas of the Tetons, classic images of the old Mormon barns and cabins with the Tetons in the background, bison and calves, pronghorn, moose, big horn sheep, wildflowers galore, and several lesser known areas of the valley that are a treasure trove of images waiting to be created.
Moose Wilson and the steps of the Tetons (SOUTHWEST).
This wildlife hotspot provides us with some of our best opportunities for nesting birds, black bears and classic images of moose wading out in the water to feed, plus elk with calves in aspen groves. This location will be somewhat flexible and depending upon weather and other wildlife sightings that we receive from our contacts in the park, we could end up here at different times on multiple days!
The northern end of the valley offers Oxbow Bend for another classic sunrise. From here we will then venture off into lesser traveled areas in search of wildflowers, macro photography, bears, wolves, elk, and landscapes.
The Snake River is an integral part of the Teton landscape, often offering a breath-taking sunrise reflections of the Tetons. There are many other vantage points along the river that will offer unique, quiet wildlife and landscape opportunities.
Day 6 – Open Day
Today’s activities will be decided the night before and will be contingent upon what we have seen and photographed as well as reports we have received from our local contacts.
Day 7 – Return Home
Depending upon flight departure times, we may choose to spend the morning photographing the sunrise nearby. From here, we will say our farewells and depart our separate ways!
Cost is $3,000 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Jackson, Wyoming. (Airport code JAC.
This trip ends in same as arrival city (Airport code JAC).
Although we will eat our meals as a group, meals costs are not included in this tour.
If a single hotel room is preferred, or we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $500 will be assessed.
NOTE: For boat-based tours, see pricing options for single cabins. Single cabin cost includes the single hotel cost above.
If fewer than the minimum number of required participants are registered, we may still be able to run the trip by adding a small-group supplement fee, per person, determined by the number of participants registered.
A $500 deposit per person is required to hold each space on this tour. Deposit may be made online by clicking the "Book Your Trip Now" button and using any credit card. If you prefer, you may call us at 888-875-9453 to pay by phone. You may also mail us a check, however, remember that all space is held on a first come-first served basis as deposits are received.
How to Book
In order to hold your space, click the "Book Your Trip Now" button above and complete the deposit process, including payment of the deposit through our Paypal portal using ANY CREDIT CARD. Upon completion of deposit, please visit our secure, online CLIENT INFORMATION FORM to complete your registration.
For all land-based tours: full payment by check is due 120 days prior to the departure date.
For all boat-based adventure cruises of 7-days or longer: full payment by check is required 180 days prior to departure.
NOTE: If you prefer to use credit card for final payment, a 3% fee may be added to cover the credit card merchant fees we incur.
The Antler Inn offers comfortable amenities and easy access to our photo locations as well as local eateries and the famous Jackson town square.
Activity Level Rating: 2 (Note: 1 is easy and 5 is difficult)
Park rules prohibit workshop attendees to walk more than a half mile from their vehicles, so there will be no difficult hikes during this trip.
There will be a good amount of driving as we seek wildlife and follow reports from the leaders’ friends and contacts in the area.
Gear for Birding & Wildlife Viewing
• Good quality binoculars
• Spotting scopes are not typically needed as we will be photographing much of the time, unless you plan to do some digiscoping.
Photography Gear Recommendations
The best camera is the one you have with you! That said, we will help you get great photos no matter what camera you use.
This Photo Workshop is geared toward those using DSLR or Mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses, here is what we recommend that you bring:
• Bring at least 2 camera bodies – to reduce changing lenses and just in case of accidental damage to one
Recommended Lenses for Birds & Wildside
• 100-400mm (or equivalent) for birds in flight
• 500mm lens or longer for birds and wildlife
Recommended Lenses for Landscape Opportunities
• 24-105mm (or equivalent) for landscape and general purpose
• In addition you may also want to have an ultra-wide lens equivalent to about 16-35mm which may be used for fun landscapes and night sky photography.
Recommended Lenses for Macro (Bugs, Frogs, etc.)
• 100mm Macro is fine for general purpose macro photography
• 150mm Macro is best for small, quick moving subjects like frogs
Filters (Mainly for Landscape Photography)
• Polarizing Filter for removing reflections (screw in for wide-angle lenses)
• Filter Holder for 4×6″ (or similar) filters
• 2-stop Neutral Density Filter
• 8-stop (or more) Neutral Density Filter
• 2-stop Hard and/or Soft Graduated Neutral Density Filter
• Tripod for long exposures, big lenses and steady video
• Flash for low light, fill light and stop action
• Better Beamer or MagMod flash extender
• Rain cover for camera
• Weather resistant Camera Bag (Backpack style is best)
• Batteries and chargers
• Lots of memory cards!
• Laptop or other downloading device
Do not purchase your flights until the trip has been confirmed to go.
Detailed Trip Information
Upon notification that final payment is due (120 days prior to departure for land based tours / 180 days for boat based tours), you will receive a trip package of detailed information for your tour.
Any additional information about the trip, including lodgings, contacts, participants, meeting locations, etc., will sent about 2 weeks prior to the trip departure, or after final payment is received for late registrants.
As with all tours, we highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to cover your investment. Please see our section on Travel Insurance.
Passport & Visa
US Citizens may require a visa to enter certain foreign countries. See above for any required visa information.
Participants arriving to the USA from a foreign country may need to get a travel visa to enter the United States. Be sure to check the requirements for your country of origin.
The trip itinerary is developed many months ahead of time. Occasionally, despite our best planning, changes may occur during the trip, or we may be forced to alter our plans. Changes may occur because of weather, road conditions, safety concerns or other circumstances. In these situations, it is the leader(s) responsibility to carefully consider and implement appropriate alternatives. Any additional costs incurred because of changes will be the responsibility of each individual participant. Refunds will not be issued as a result of itinerary changes.