YELLOWSTONE AND GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARKS PHOTO TOUR
SEPTEMBER 10-18, 2011
World famous Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park are two of the most exciting places in the United States to photograph landscapes and wildlife. Two magnificent national parks that are a must see on any nature photographers list. Join us as we explore these two great parks and surrounding areas.
The Greater Yellowstone ecosystem is a mountainous region bisected by the continental divide. Several peaks like Grand Teton are over 13000 feet. Powerful geological forces created this landscape.
Fall is a great time to visit as the huge summer crowds and traffic jams are gone. Wildlife is more abundant. It is the time of year when many other professional photographers and videographers visit the park annually.
We will start and end this tour with Grand Teton National Park. This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen and photographed. It is amazing with its beautiful mountains and reflections. The Tetons are one of the most famous skylines. Millions of photos appear in millions of magazines, television ads, postcards, book covers, and calendars. The Teton skyline rises abruptly above Jackson Hole which is where our hotel is based.
Yellowstone has one the great concentration of thermal activity. It is home to the famous Old Faithful. It also has beautiful rivers, geysers, springs, mudpots, waterfalls, canyons, ponds, and mountains. Vibrant leaves of aspen and cottonwood show off their fall color. We will visit a gorge carved by time and water that some people think rivals the Grand Canyon.
Yellowstone and Grant Teton National parks are the première wildlife viewing areas in the US. Creatures great and small await us at almost every corner. We will be visiting the parks during the rut for elk, moose, and pronghorn. This is a great time to photograph great wildlife behavior like courtship, territorial displays, sparing. The elk will bugle, spar, and herd cows this time of year. Other species that are commonly photographed as moose, bison, big horned sheep, mule deer, coyotes, wolves, and bears. The mammals will have their prime winter fur since they are getting ready for the harsh winter ahead. Bird photography can be very exciting as we will look for trumpeter swans and great grey owls or whatever else we discover.
Our itinerary will be planned around recent wildlife activity and weather conditions. We need to take advantage of the lighting and the unique opportunities. This tour is pretty intense. Our goal is to capture the best images we can during our tour. The days are long, typically starting before dawn and ending after sunset. However, we typically will take a long lunch to rest and recuperate. Come and enjoy the autumn tranquility of this great ecosystem.
Sept 10-18, 2011 Saturday-Sunday
Yellowstone and Grand Teton Nationals Parks
Tour begins and ends in Jackson Hole, Wyoming we will pickup and dropoff people at airport.
$2300. Per person includes hotel (double occupancy), instruction, and transportation. Park admission and transportation.
For single occupancy it is an additional $300.
Balance Due: August 1st
Payment can be made by check to Slonina Photography. We also accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. If you prefer to use credit card you can call our office at (508) 839-5111 or use the paypal shopping carts on our website.
Balance Due 60 days before start of trip.
Saturday: We will meet pick people up at the Jackson Airport. We will have an introductory meeting go over safety issues, recent wildlife sightings and behaviour. We also will discuss plans, goals and objectives for the upcoming week.
Sunday: We will explore Grand Teton National Park. We will meet and be on location before the sun comes up to take advantage of the morning light and the peak wildlife activity. We will photograph the Snake River and some of the lakes and of course the wildlife. We will explore the park and conclude with a sunset photo shoot.
Monday: Sunrise Grand Teton then mid day drive to Yellowstone National Park with many stops for the wildlife and scenery. Photograph evening light and check into hotel in West Yellowstone.
Tuesday and Wednesday: Shoot sunrise to sunset with a few breaks for lunch and dinner. We will photograph the geysers, old faithful, wildlife, waterfalls, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone etc.
Checkout hotel then Sunrise Shoot
Afternoon Shoot till Sunset
Friday: Sunrise to Sunset Yellowstone National Park. Explore Lamar Valley,
Saturday: Morning shoot Checkout Hotel and return to Grand Teton check in hotel and then afternoon shoot.
Sunday: Early morning quick shoot and we will transport people to their afternoon flights
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Anyone with an interest in wildlife photography from a beginner to professional. Both Digital and Film shooters are welcome.
Our groups are small in size this one is limited to 6 people. We will work with each participant to provide complete, informative, helpful lessons. This also ensures that no question is left unanswered.
Before and after each workshop we will assess each participants needs, interests and skills so we can teach techniques that will help each participant.
The hotel is included in this tour (8 nights stay). Double Occupancy
For Single Occupancy it is an additional $300.
Also included are instruction, gates fees and permits.
We also will be providing transportation including pickup and dropoff at Jackson Airport.
Food and drinks will not be included. We will visit various restaurants in and out of the park. Each participant will be responsible for their own food tab. We will provide snacks and drinks.
Air travel is not covered.
Jackson Hole Airport, Wyoming (JAC)
Pickup and Dropoff at Airport
If you cancel before 60 days of departure you will receive a full refund. Within 60 days you will lose deposit unless we are able to fill the spot.
John Slonina is a professional nature photographer who has been photographing for over 25 years. He estimates he has taken over 150,000 photos. John has a love of natural history as well. You will receive information on photo technique and the natural world. Understanding the natural world not only increases your appreciation of nature but also helps you become a better nature photographer.